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#GoodDino Fun Activities for the Kids!

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Is it November yet? :) I'm anxious for The Good Dinosaur to be released, and I know that my kiddos will be excited to have some quiet time activities. You can never have enough!

In case you missed it, Disney•Pixar is releasing a new film November 25, 2015 called The Good Dinosaur. You can read my last post here.

While you wait for the film to be released, enjoy some of these fun activities featuring Arlo and friends, courtesy of Disney•Pixar!

MAKE A HEXAFLEXAGON!

COLOR ARLO & FRIENDS!

TEST YOUR MEMORY SKILLS!

Make a fun game night with the kids after dinner and get them excited for The Good Dinosaur!

Don't forget, November 25! :)

Keep up with The Good Dinosaur online! Share your thoughts using the hashtag #GoodDino!

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The Good Dinosaur is Coming!

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 photo courtesy © Disney•Pixar

photo courtesy © Disney•Pixar

A little back story on me and the dinosaurs. Growing up, The Land Before Time was one of my favorite non-Disney films. Then, in junior high it all changed. I was no longer a fan of dinosaurs, thanks to my traumatizing experience watching Jurassic Park; I was thoroughly convinced a velociraptor would take the pleasure of randomly attacking me in the middle of the night.

I know, some imagination, huh?

Needless to say, now that we are back to cutesy looking dinosaurs and meaningful storylines (besides "there's a dinosaur: R-U-N), I am excited to be back in the dino game. :)

A SINGLE MOMENT CAN CHANGE HISTORY...

So, what exactly would happen if dinosaurs were never extinct and lived amongst humans? 

This is the story of the an Apatosaurus dinosaur named Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) and a cute little human friend that he meets along the way of his journey to becoming brave.

I'm also excited to share that the Director, Peter Sohn, was also the voice of "Squishy" from Monsters University, my son will be thrilled about that. The producer, Denise Ream, also produced "Cars 2" and was an associate producer for Pixar's "Up." 

FACE YOUR FEARS

If there's one thing that my husband and I really hope to teach and live by example for our kids, it's to face our fears. In life, we will be presented with obstacles and some of them might scare us; we might feel helpless or like there's no way around them. But teaching them that it's okay to have fear, but to face it and look it in the eyes and KEEP GOING, that's when we become brave. I'm really excited to have another Disney•Pixar film that reinforces this mindset. 

Don't forget to mark your calendars for November 25, 2015, when The Good Dinosaur is released!

What do you think about the trailer? Are you just as excited as I am, to see this cute little dino take over the silver screen? :) 

Keep up with The Good Dinosaur online! Share your thoughts using the hashtag #GoodDino!

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Get Ready for Star Wars' #ForceFriday

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image © Lucasfilm | Disney | StarWars.com

In case you missed the epic event of the global unboxing of Disney & Lucasfilm's Force Friday merchandise, have no fear. Tonight, across the country, you can have a chance to check out the newest gadgets, apparel, and toys for the Star Wars™ The Force Awakens film franchise. 

I have to admit, watching the unboxing was really exciting. Even after I took my kids to school I was ridiculously mesmerized and was happy. You know, like freaking out when the Millennium Falcon was unboxed but not having anyone in the room, or house, to high-five and get excited with!! 

Since then, I've been in somewhat of a haze and am overall thrilled with the new products. My kids are going to be so elated with the new LEGO sets, they saw the BB-8 droid before they went to school this morning, along with the Storm Trooper Nerf gun. Oh my goodness, I have a feeling this year's Christmas list is going to be something!

 Image © Lucasfilm | Disney |  Target.com

Image © Lucasfilm | Disney | Target.com

Force Friday 3rd Party Retailers

Tomorrow, at approximately 12:01 am, 207 Target stores will be open nationwide to celebrate #ForceFriday. Unfortunately for me (sad, sad panda face), our local Target stores will not be participating at midnight, but they will have merchandise right at opening, and I am EXCITED. 

Not to mention if you get the Target weekly ad, there are coupons for purchases for the weekend, and then participate in the #ShareTheForce Saturday with photo opps and cool activities!

In addition to Target, other retailers like Kohl's, Toys R Us, JoAnn's Fabrics, and Walmart will be participating! It's like a serious bounty hunt to find what you want, so make sure you've got The Force ready. 

Disney Store's Force Friday Event

To top it all off, The Disney Store will be hosting an epic event. The first 100 gets who make a purchase in-store will receive a free Star Wars™ pin!! The new Star Wars merchandise will be unleashed and some stores will open as early as 6:00 am! Make sure to check out DisneyStore.com/ForceFriday for more information!

Will you be joining in on the Force Friday fun??

Star Wars #TheForceAwakens Global Toy Unboxing Event!

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With the surrounding anticipation for the upcoming feature film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on Thursday, September 3, 2015, we will be able to participate in the world's first-ever global LIVE toy unboxing event. This epic event will take place over the span of 18 hours, 15 cities, and 12 countries, and will feature a host of celebrity stars from Maker Studios network. The event culminates at midnight, and then #ForceFriday will begin at many retailers.  

You can catch Anthony Carboni and Andi Gutierrez hosting the countdown to Force Friday unboxing event on Star Wars' YouTube channel – it begins in Sydney, Australia 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 2), with the grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT  (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 3.

My kids are very excited to see our cousin, Dante Basco (12 am EDT, 9/3) and one of their favs, EvanTubeHD (8:30am EDT, 9/3), on the list of personalities to participate! Dante will be unboxing from Hong Kong and EvanTubeHD will unbox from New York.

 photo courtesy © Disney/Lucasfilm

photo courtesy © Disney/Lucasfilm

This will be the first look at the film-inspired toys and at the end, we will have #MidnightMadness at select retailers to shop for The Force! I can tell you now that Target is one of the retailers that will be participating, beginning at 12:01 am on 9/4, and select Disney Stores will also be opening early to showcase new Force Awakens merchandise. Check out Disney Store's website to see where you can shop in person.

*For those of you in NorCal, Arden Fair, Vintage Faire, and Roseville Galleria Disney Stores will all be closing early 9/3 at 8pm and opening early (between 6 am - 8 am) on Force Friday. Check their website for opening times. 

We are super excited, and will be logged in to watch this event unfold! Then, hopefully we can stay awake long enough to line up for #MidnightMadness! :)

Will you join us and watch the live event? 

What's Your Legacy? Walt Disney Records and H2OPlus #ShareYourLegacy Sweepstakes!

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I was originally introduced to the H2O+ amenity line as a guest at the Disneyland Resort. They are the exclusive worldwide provider for in-room amenities of the Disney Resorts, and I have to say their products are AMAZING.

H2O+ helps women achieve healthy, hydrated skin through advanced water-baed formulas and innovative skincare technology. 

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Guess what?! H2O+ is teaming up with Walt Disney Records to celebrate The Legacy Collection, which commemorates the rich heritage of classic Disney films and soundtracks. Remember my previous post about The Little Mermaid Legacy Collection? I seriously love the Legacy Collection and the next one on my list is "Disneyland."

WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY?

Have you considered what are you leaving behind as you travel through life? As a busy mom of five, attempting to navigate through life working both in and out of the home, tending to the family, being a daughter, sister, friend, and making sure that I MAKE time for myself, I can say my legacy today is hard work, determination, faith, and positivity. 

What will it be when I am gone? Well, I'm not planning on going anywhere anytime soon, so I know there will be more adventure, triumph and even trials ahead that I will learn and grow from. It think my legacy will evolve a little with each new experience. 

That being said, I want to leave a life legacy of full of love, magic, integrity, passion, perseverance, kindness, and hard work. I want my kids to realize and understand that life comes around only once, and if they have a dream, to set goals and take steps towards living that dream. Life is taken way too seriously and a lot of stress comes from not being happy in where you are, simply because you are focused on where you want to be. I think that we can enjoy the present, even if it is not ideal, but we should also take steps to make changes that we can. 

I want to encourage a life of passion, kindness, and faith in my kids. I want them to believe in themselves, and be confident in their skills, and their skin. I want them to see me love others and know that we should be kind. I want them to work hard. They see their Daddy and I work really hard, and they've already begun to follow suite. I'm proud of them and I hope they are proud of me and the legacy I will leave behind. It begins now.

I invite you to #ShareYourLegacy because we all have a story and all stories lead to a legacy.

Enter now for a chance to add an exciting Broadway story to your legacy. Grand Prize Winner and a guest will be whisked away to New York City for a once in a lifetime Broadway experience. Find out more at: www.h2oplus.com/legacy and #ShareYourLegacy with us!


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  • H2O+ Skin & Bodycare Beauty Basket ($500 retail) full of bestsellers for healthy, glowing skin for your big night on the town.

Disclaimer: I am participating in this campaign as a member of Entertainment New Media Network. Although this is not a paid post, I was sent a small thank you gift for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Magic Kids: DisneyBounding

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Welcome to this month's Blogorail Yellow Loop! Today we are sharing DisneyBounding ideas for you and your family.

Last year I was swept into the world of Disneybounding as I attended my first Disney Social Media Moms On the Road event. I went as Ariel!

Then in January I met Leslie Kay, the fabulous gal that started this phenomenon, at the Star Wars marathon weekend. 

I've always loved getting dressed up and I think costumes are awesome, but the concept of creating an outfit from what you have in your closet to represent a character is pretty fun. Not only is it usually easier to wear, you can mix and match pieces for other characters. You are only limited too your own imagination. 

Well, it's almost Halloween and instead of spending a bunch of money on costumes, I thought it would be awesome to do a family DisneyBound! My kids have not quite jumped on the scene so I'll share some ideas and then I have to show you some of my favorite looks from friends that have done Disney events with their kids' Disney styles!  

Since we are a large family, I've tried to think of how we could accomplish a bound that has enough characters, but also a group that we can all agree on – and like. Let me tell you that is no easy feat! So, after taking to the kids and Jeff, I've come up with Peter Pan. There are enough characters and we love the film, so it works!

When we think of outfits we draw inspiration from the characters' outfit colors and styles and then interpret that into what we wear.  There is a really cool app called Polyvore that is all about styling and has a huge library of apparel and accessories that you can create an inspiration board from.

I plan on having some extra fun with scoping out inspiration online and from friends! Here is my friend's son – he went to a local ComiCon event as Han Solo!

 photo courtesy Amanda Zimmerman

photo courtesy Amanda Zimmerman

I'm seriously very excited for this project; it will take a little bit to gather all of the pieces for everyone, but it's going to make an amazing family photo! :)

Do you DisneyBound with your kids?  

For more DisneyBounding ideas, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Yellow  | DisneyBounding Ideas

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Moments of Magic: Disney Apps = Stress Relief

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Take a deep breath. Open your iPhone and PLAY.

This is what I do when I get a little antsy. Sometimes I just like to sit with headphones on, turn on the sound for whatever game I'm playing and go to town. 

Other times, I'm in a long line at the store by myself, or I'm waiting for my kids to get out of class, or I'm waiting for my students to finish an exam... and I like to play Disney games. Why? Because they're fun and they keep my mind focused on something; I like to think that they are exercising my brain. Plus, did I mention that they're fun?

In all honesty, I don't get a lot of time to play these games, but I thought it would be best to pass some of my favorites along to all of you! Did you know that there are over 50 Disney apps in iTunes?! I haven't tried them all, but I found a few good ones!

Side note: I only download games to my phone that I will play. Sorry kids, get a job and buy your own. I know, that stinks, but it's life. Luckily, the kids enjoy all of these games so they're pretty happy about it. :) 

My top 5 Disney apps! (all free)

1. Inside Out Thought Bubbles

This is pretty fun and one of the newest Disney gaming apps. My youngest just discovered it on my phone recently. The goal is to capture the memories by matching them by color. In order to do that, you shoot a single memory towards a bunch of the same colored memories to make them drop for collection. We learned how to do skill shots, where you bank-shot the memories off the sides to reach the same colored memories. It's really fun, we are taught by the emotion Joy, who is fabulous. She cracks me up! I haven't gotten very far in the levels yet, but I'm excited to see who else pops up on the screen in later levels!

2. Disney Side

This one is hilarious and pretty self explanatory.  You take a picture of yourself or someone else and then you can become different Disney characters! Our favorite is Haunted Mansion. This one is definitely for all ages! 

Bonus? You can save the images and even make a video of the characters you become. Within the app you can save to your phone or share it with others. I found that even my hubby has snagged some selfies in the app on here! Definitely a fun one for everyone.

3. Frozen Freefall

We love Frozen. Yes. Still. And the game is really fun. I have a slight obsession jewels with matching and popping. When Maleficent came out, they released a version for the film and that was equally as exciting. In this game you're traveling through winter. With the help of Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Olaf, you're set for a snow-filled adventure. I love the graphics and small lements of the game, like the ice pick and snowballs were great touches.

Recently they added an endless map (in-app purchase) and you can travel through all four seasons plus a few other fun ones!

4. Big Hero 6 Bot Fight

This is the newest game that I've downloaded. I am really liking the graphics and storytelling within the game itself. It's more of a thinker than the other games. My eldest son would really like it, he has no idea I downloaded it, yet. I'm more of a "don't want to think, let me match things" type of app gamer. If that is even a "thing."  I just love Big Hero 6, so it looked really awesome!

5. Disney Tsum Tsum

You seriously cannot resist the Tsum Tsums. They're uber cute and you just want to squeeze them! We began playing Tsum Tsum when it was first released and every so often I will still pick it up. I love the video that plays before launching the game. The tsum tsums are rolling and tumbling around and pile up before the Disney Store opens at 10 am! 

I have issues every once in a while with the parent app - LINE, so it's deterred my playing for a little while. But when it is working, it's awesome. Gotta think fast especially since it's timed and boy do I get into it. This one is addicting once you start.

Well, I guess with the apps, they distract me from stress. They might not relieve it all the way, but they definitely assist in refocusing my mind and energy so that I can move forward with a smile. Magic makes everything better! :)

I should warn you again, that they can become addicting on the cuteness factor alone!

How about you? Do you have a favorite Disney app? I'd love to check some new ones out, too! 

A Look at Disney's McFarland, USA

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Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.