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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser Trailer

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I don't know about you, but we are counting down to December 15, 2017. Disney has just released the official teaser trailer and poster for Episode VIII.

See for yourself.

"Breathe. Just breathe." – Luke Skywalker

If you remember, we last saw Finn under glass like Snow White, poor guy. I want him to wake up so badly. It's just so eerie to see him laying there STILL. He'd better not die on us. Although, my daughter reminded me that this film picks up from the last one and he was just injured. Let's hope she's right. 

From the trailer, Poe Dameron is running from something, with our favorite droid, BB-8. I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in the film. He's a bad ass pilot. Oh, and BB-8 is a little smart hunk of technology. He brings so much humor. Lucasfilm always does a great job of bringing EVERY character to life.

We also all know Kylo Ren is just a ball of crazy and we don't trust him, so I have no idea what to expect with him in this next film aside from bad things.

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Um. ALL tears when I saw General Organa's silhouette. For reals. I will be bringing a box of tissues (most likely Star Wars themed) to the theater.

And now, the cliffhanger.

OMG. What hell did Luke just say?! Did you catch it? At the very end. Go back and rewind. I will not be a putting that out into the universe. 

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© Disney/Lucasfilm

I have so. many. questions.

Sound off, Magic Makers. What are your thoughts?!

May the Force be with us all!

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny

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Star Wars fans rejoice because Disney and Lucasfilm have announced a new animated shorts series that celebrates the stories of iconic heroes throughout the Star Wars universe. Fans will be delighted to see key heroines of the films: Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano. There are books, toys and even a TV special that will be following later this year!

"Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia's heroism, Rey's courage, or Ahsoka's tenacity," – Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm

About the Series

Narrated by Lupita Wyong'o (Maz Kanata), the Disney YouTube channel will launch the animated shorts in July 2017. 

What's extra exciting, is that the series will remain true to the Star Wars canon, so fans will have an opportunity to see, as Kathleen Kennedy stated, "small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are." It's important for us to remember that even small decisions impact our destinies, and our kids need to understand that, too! We can't wait to watch them together.

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©Disney/Lucasfilm

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©Disney/Lucasfilm

Adventure Figures

Joining Disney and Lucasfilm on this venture is Hasbro, showcasing newly created 'Adventure Figures' (think dolls + action figures). If you watched the Star Wars Celebration live stream | Day 2, they revealed the 11" figures to Daisy Ridley (Rey), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren)!

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©Disney/Lucasfilm/Hasbro

It is so important that our kids can run down toy aisles with strong female character representation, and more options that don't involve a beach outfit, stilettos, or shopping bag. I was not a fan of dolls growing up and I loathed dress-up dolls. In addition to the fabulous heroines we will see other favorite heroes, sidekicks and villains in the consumer products line. 

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The figures will hit the shelves in August 2017, along with a global launch of bedding, toys, books, and apparel. OH, Did I also mention that Hasbro will roll out Star Wars Forces of Destiny role play and accessories? You'll find Rey's Extendable Staff and a new electronic Jedi Power Lightsaber toy. I'm most excited about that staff, and I'm sure my kiddos will be thrilled!

Will you be watching Star Wars: Force of Destiny this summer?

3 Easy Tips for a Star Wars Movie Night!

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The Star Wars franchise is a pretty popular thing at our house. We geek out together over Star Wars and have themed parties, movie nights, and infuse the Force into pretty much any and everything we can. If you saw our Christmas picture a couple years ago, you know that we like to have fun together. 

In order to stay away from re-inventing any wheels, because honestly who has time for that?! I'll share a few fun activities and food ideas that we have created over the years that would make for a whole lot of fun for your next Star Wars themed movie night or event!

1| pick a MOVIE

First things, first. Which movie are you going to watch? I am going to focus only on the live-action films, not any animated features or shows. There are seven main films that are available for purchase and/or download today:

  • Episode I - The Phantom Menace

  • Episode II - Attack of the Clones

  • Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

  • Episode IV - A New Hope

  • Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

  • Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

  • Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Soon, we will be able to add Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to the mix (set in between Episodes III & IV. But, for now, we have Episodes I-VII).

Being the nut that I am, when presented with this opportunity to write about a Star Wars themed movie night, I wanted to write about the made for TV film, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. Why? Because they are cuddly and cute, feisty and fearless. Also, it has been ages since I've seen it (released in 1985) and I thought it would be fun to introduce the kids to the world of the Wookies.

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Photo © Lucasfilm

Sadly, after a ton of searching, we found that both Ewoks films (Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor) were removed from the Star Wars Canon and now the only places you can watch them are on sketchy online sites or youtube... unless you have a VHS player and score one at a thrift store. You can also order a copy of the films from Amazon for the price of a really cute handbag. I happened to see a combo release DVD on Amazon, new for $189. Say what?! Well, my grand idea was somewhat thwarted, but I will admit that I found a YouTube link for Battle for Endor. It was not great quality, but it did the job.

Wicket is probably my favorite creature ever. If I didn't already have a name for my future French bulldog puppy, I'd name it Wicket. LOL. 

So, first things first, pick a movie that everyone agrees on, or make it a marathon and watch them all! From there, you can choose to cater your party food, activities and decor to that specific show.

2| Food & Drinks

Disclaimer, I am not a food blogger, but you knew that. I am an "ooooh that recipe pin on Pinterest looks amazing" or, "those cupcakes might be do-able," type of person. I also have numerous Pinterest fails, but you will never see them because I ate them and forgot to post the pictures. C'est la vie.

When Daddy is a photographer/designer plus a Star Wars fanatic, you have to make epic birthday invitations. :)

When Daddy is a photographer/designer plus a Star Wars fanatic, you have to make epic birthday invitations. :)

Here is an example of some delicious treats that I made for our son's "Episode X" Star Wars themed Dark Side party.

Pick easy and quick foods, nothing too crazy, because you don't want to be so exhausted from cooking in the kitchen that you fall asleep watching the movie!

The chocolate dipped pretzel light sabers and Chewbacca chow were quick, easy and just enough salty and sweet! Here are the recipes!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

  • Pretzel Rods

  • CandiQuik White Chocolate

  • Food Coloring

  • Wax paper

Depending on how many light saber options, you know, dark or light side, will determine how many bowls of coloring that you need.

  1. Melt the chocolate according to the package instructions

  2. Add food coloring to create the hue you want

  3. dip your pretzel rods and lay flat on wax paper to dry

Chewbacca Chow (aka muddy buddies or puppy chow by chex)

Easy-peasy, right? That's how I like it. 

You're going to need to wash down all of the delicious treats, so one of our family favorite beverages is Boba Fett Soda. Coffee mate no longer sells the Star Wars themed bottles, but you can still use the Italian Crème Soda flavor!

3| Dress like the Force

Grab your favorite Star Wars pajamas. You can find them almost anywhere nowadays. For our family Christmas picture we bought pjs from Kohl's and Target. 

And there you have it! A fairly quick and easy way to add the Force to your next Star Wars themed movie or party night! 

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Star Wars™ Inspired Boba Fett Soda!

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Every once in a while I crave some bubbly. I'm not typically a soda drinker, but I love the sparkles!

I grew up drinking Italian sodas, so I thought I'd try making something to satisfy the craving with less sugar and heaviness. I wanted to figure out a way to have the bubble, a hint of sweet, and not a fruity flavor. 

Remember those Star Wars™ + Coffeemate creamers from Force Friday? :)

Well, believe me when I say that I have plenty. There were five Star Wars™ flavors, and one was Italian Sweet Crème! It also happened to be Boba Fett bottle design, hence the name. 

Italian sodas are made with just a couple of ingredients. Super easy, super fast. They are also fairly cheap. Well, I tested out my own recipe tonight and I'd like to introduce my new recipe:

Boba Soda! 

What you'll need:

  • 1 - 2 tbsp Boba Fett Italian Sweet Crème creamer
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Syrup 
  • 8 oz Club Soda
  • Ice
  • Whip Cream (optional)

Add your ice, club soda, creamer (I liked it with 1 tbsp, my kids preferred it with 2), then syrup. Stir it up and drop in a fun straw. It's always more fun with a straw.

And there you have it! Easy, peasy! This would have been an awesome drink to serve at my son's Star Wars™ Episode X party, but we can have it for our Force Awakens celebration instead! 

Be creative and try out any creamer flavor or syrup combo. I was happy with the slight hint of vanilla, and more bubble. 

Too bad the Force can't whip me up another! Are you brave enough to try out the Boba Soda? 

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!

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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??

My Coffee Smiles. It has The Force.

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Because, Star Wars. 

Listen, coffee is not something I joke about. It's a serious lifeline. 

Today, my coffee just became more powerful.

I'm trying the Spiced Latte today, and it's like holiday season in my mouth. It has a cinnamon and spice type taste.

It makes me happy.

Tomorrow, (#ForceFriday) I'm going to the Dark Side and will try the Espresso Chocolate.

I hear there are FIVE (5) flavors.

Yes, I will attempt to find them all.

I now LITERALLY have The Force within me... along with some amazing Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf roast. haha.

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Sidenote: I picked my limited edition Star Wars™ Coffemate® creamer up at Target.

Don't miss out on #ForceFriday, read more here.

Happy hunting!

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.

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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?