3/21/17

The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover Coming to DVD Mar. 28th #SwanPrincess #Sponsored

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Get ready to go on an undercover detective adventure when THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER arrives for the first time on DVD March 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The newest installment of the beloved animated franchise follows the enchanting tale of young Princess Alise and her friends as they embark on a new adventure where they solve a royal mystery using their detective skills and spy gadgets. Featuring fan-favorite characters and all news faces, this next installment is the perfect fit for a new generation of Swan Princess fans, as well as nostalgic fans of the franchise. 
 
Join “The X Factor” star Macy Kate in the studio as she records the theme song for THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER, "Born to Be Me." 


Macy Kate also sang the theme song in the previous installment, THE SWAN PRINCESS: PRINCESS TOMORROW, PIRATE TODAY, which was titled "I'll Be Your Star."



Synopsis:

After mysterious visitors arrive in the Kingdom, Princess Alise, Lucas and their friends go undercover on a secret spy adventure to see if they can be trusted. They will need all of their superior detective skills as well as some super cool gadgets to solve the royal mystery and save the Kingdom.

Directed by Richard Rich from a story by Richard Rich and Brian Nissen, and a screenplay by Brian Nissen, THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER was produced by Richard Rich, Seldon O. Young, and Jared F. Brown, with Seldon O. Young, serving as executive producer.


My two girls love all things princess, so they were super excited to watch this movie!   The plot line kept my oldest glued to the screen to find out how Princess Alise and her friends stop the bad guys from stealing the royal gold.  The animal friends are pretty hilarious, especially when they wear their spy sunglasses to go "undercover" to watch the visitors.   AK loved the tattoos and spy glasses they sent us with the film!


There are many great positive messages in the film including the theme song "Born to Be Me."   The characters learn to work together to solve problems and find their own strengths in the process.  The film also emphasizes how important it is to care for others and help when people are in need.

The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover is a fun rated G film for the whole family to enjoy!



Here are some fun coloring pages to go along with the movie:


Activity Sheets/Printables
*click on upper right hand corner to pop out and download/print





Giveaway:

One reader will win The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover DVD + 1 Plush (sponsor will choose plush)

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Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter. Giveaway Ends 4/4/17 at 11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery. Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

3/20/17

Tuesday #Giveaway Link Up 3/20

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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways!  This is the first day of spring, can you believe it?  We still have snow on the ground that is starting to melt. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! 

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Smurf's Movie Swag US only Ends 4/2



SING blu-ray US only Ends 3/31



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3/19/17

Smurfs Muddy Buddies Recipe Plus Giveaway #SmurfsMovie #RWM #ad

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Sony Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


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Are you a Smurfs fan?  I grew up watching Smurfs back in the 1980's, when we only had basic cable and no DVR to record episodes in case you missed them.  Every Saturday morning, I got up early to watch cartoons and get my weekly Smurf fix.  I love that they have rebooted one of my favorite cartoons to share with my kids!  

Smurfs: The Lost Village will be arriving in theaters April 7th, and it's sure to be another smurftastic adventure!  Read on to learn more about the film, how to make your own Smurf Muddy Buddies snack for family movie night, and enter to win some smurftastic swag below.

About the Movie

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette  and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!






Make your Own Smurf Muddy Buddies

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Ingredients:

4 1/2 Cups Rice Chex cereal
2-3 Bags of Wilton Royal Blue Candy Melts
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter *
1/4 Butter or Margarine
1 TSP Vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 shaker of Wilton blue glitter Sprinkles
1 large bag of dark blue Sixlets

Supplies:

Mixing Bowls (microwavable)
2 Gal Ziplock Bag
Baking tray
wax paper
red and white polka dot Cupcake baking cups
Easter grass
Decorative basket


Instructions:

1.  Measure cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside.


2.  Pour the powdered sugar and sprinkles into the 2 gallon Ziplock bag and set aside.  

3. Cover a large baking tray with waxed paper and set aside.  

4.  In a microwaveable bowl, add butter and Wilton candy melts. Microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute.  Stir.  Then microwave in 30 second increments and stir until smooth.  (Melting it over the stovetop might work better; I tried to save time by microwaving.)


Stir in vanilla.

*We omitted the peanut butter in this recipe due to my daughter's peanut allergy.  To make this recipe more allergy friendly, you can substitute the peanut butter with Wow butter or Sun butter, use peanut-safe white chocolate chips to dye dark blue, and allergy friendly sprinkles.  I couldn't find peanut allergy safe candy melts locally and needed a something quick & easy so I chose Wilton.


5.  Pour the blue mixture over the cereal and stir evenly to fully coat the cereal.  



6.  Pour the cereal into the 2 gallon Ziplock bag and seal.  Shake until the cereal is completely coated.



7.  Unseal the ziplock bag and pour the cereal onto the wax paper-covered large baking tray.  Spread the cereal out and break up any big clumps.   (Some of the blue chocolate didn't distribute perfectly, but this was our first time making them.)   My daughter calls the imperfect lumpy pieces Smurf poop!   


8.  Put the tray in the fridge for about 15 minutes to set.  

9.  Once the muddy buddies are out of the fridge, use a spoon to scoop them into the red & white polka dot Baking cups.  Add sixlets as desired.



I used a Mikasa basket to display the Smurfs Muddy buddies inside the toadstool baking cups with some Easter grass and added one of my daughter's Handy smurf figurines.  And voila!   



This is a fun snack to make with your kids and easy to store in a ziplock bag for munching later.  It's perfect for a smurfs themed party or family movie night!

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Check out these other fun Smurfs crafts & recipes:

The Lost Village
Smurf Blue Playdough by Mom Knows Best

DIY Smurfs Village
DIY Smurfs Village by The Jersey Momma

Candied Smurf Popcorn
Candied Smurf Popcorn by A Mom's Perspective

Smurfs Pretzel Candy Recipe
Smurfs Pretzel Candy by A Magical Mess

Smurf Mask Crafts
Smurf Masks by Healthy Happy Thrifty Family

The Lost Village Recipes
Smurfberry Punch by Every Day Lifes

 Crafts for Kids
Smurf Slime by The Homespun Hydrangea




Giveaway:

One reader will win some Smurfs: The Lost Village swag including:
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-Smurfs: The Lost Village movie t-shirt
-Smurfs: The Lost Village planter kit 
-Smurfs: The Lost Village tattoos
-Smurfs: The Lost Village activity pages
-Smurfs: The Lost Village  bookmark

Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter. Giveaway Ends 4/2/17 at 11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery. Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Sony Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

3/17/17

SING Coming to Blu-ray March 21 #SingMovie #SINGaway #sponsored

I received a copy of SING on blu-ray to review.  All opinions are mine.


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From Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS comes an animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside all of us. 

SING stars Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and underappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies. 

SING is the musical comedy event of the year!






My family couldn't be more excited for the release of SING to blu-ray!    SING has many fun characters who each have a challenge to overcome to achieve their dreams.  My personal favorite was Rosita, the mom of 25 active piglets, who dreams of singing and dancing on stage effortlessly.  Many moms will relate to juggling kids, housework, and the day-to-day ins-and-outs of balancing life goals with family.  

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SING was nominated for a Golden Globe, and it's easy to see why.  From the plot line, dynamic characters, to the toe-tapping music, there wasn't a moment that didn't keep my kids' attention.  
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On a family-friendly scale, there is the usual bit of crude humor/jokes that are in there for the adults and thus the PG rating.  (For example,Gunter wears a thong in one scene)   Nothing was too over-the-top.  My family was cracking up throughout the whole movie, especially at Gunter's silly antics.  

There are some great life-lessons to draw from this film about hard work, determination, overcoming challenges and facing your fears.
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Here are two great quotes to sum up the themes of the film:

“Don’t let fear stop you from doing the things you love.” 

“You know the thing about hitting rock bottom? There is only one way to go, and that is up!” 
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There are many great bonus features including our personal favorites:

3 Mini Movies:  Gunter Babysits, Love at First Sight, Eddie's Life Coach

Music Videos:  "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing-Tori Kelly
                          "Faith" - Stevie Wonder & Ariana     
                                               Grande
                          "Set it All free" Scarlett Johansson
                         

Our favorite mini movie was Gunter Babysits.  Gunter is hysterical as he takes on watching all 25 of Rosita's piglets for the evening!    My girls danced, sang, and begged to replay the music videos, especially "Faith".  The lyric videos are handy so you can sing along.  We will definitely have to download the soundtrack on iTunes to play in the car.  The music is upbeat and I love Stevie Wonder!


SING is funny, energizing, and heart-warming entertainment for the whole family!   


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Where to Buy:  SING is available in stores Mar. 21 and online http://uni.pictures/Sing



Giveaway:  One reader will win a SING Blu-ray

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Just use the Giveaway Tools below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

 This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 3/31/17 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.


Disclosure:  I received a SING bluray for review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

3/16/17

Strasburg Rail Road Easter Bunny Train is Coming in April #EasterBunnyTrain #sponsored

I received tickets for my family for the Strasburg Railroad Easter Bunny Train to review.  All opinions are mine and you should definitely experience it for yourself.

All aboard!  This Easter someone special is coming to Strasburg Rail Road:  the Easter bunny!  You can create Easter memories this April on a 45 minute train ride with the Easter bunny through Lancaster County's expansive farmlands.

The Easter Bunny Train pulls into Strasburg Rail Road on Good Friday, April 14th. Children get an Easter surprise and can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny on the train. We are incredibly excited to visit for the first time this spring!



Strasburg Railroad, Lancaster County
Photo Credit: Strasburg Rail Road

Even more fun awaits at the new Easter Egg Hunt (included in your Easter Bunny Train ride experience)!  Children will have the opportunity to hunt for eggs in the field adjacent to the RR's freight yard.  An area will be designated for children ages 5 and under, and another area for children ages 6-11. Just bring your own basket!




Easter Egg Hunt Times: 

Friday & Saturday:  12:00, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

Sunday:  12:00 & 2:00 PM


*Hunts will be conducted Rain or Shine; children must present a current Easter Bunny Train ticket to participate



Easter Bunny Train, Lancaster County
Photo Credit: Strasburg Rail Road


Train Schedule


Friday, April 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour
Saturday, April 15 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. on the hour
Sunday, April 16 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour


Easter Egg Hunts are included in the ticket price and will be held on Friday and Saturday before the 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. trains. On Sunday before the 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. trains.  Rain or shine.


Tickets
First-Class Parlor and Lounge Cars: $27 all ages


Coach Car: $4 for ages 2 and under; $12 for ages 2-11; $18 for adults


All tickets can be pre-purchased at www.StrasburgRailRoad.com or by calling 866.725.9666.

Tickets can also be purchased at the station.






My girls had a blast on their first Strasburg Rail Road train ride at Day Out With Thomas.  I just know they are going to love seeing the Easter bunny on the train too!  They are really looking forward to a fun Easter egg hunt, and having a separate area for the little ones is a great idea.

There will be lots of fun "extras" too including the Pint-Sized Pufferbelly, a miniature steam train, hand-powered Cranky Cars and the LO&S Motorcar.

Easter Dinner
Enjoy Easter Dinner on the Strasburg Rail Road! Easter Dinner will be even more special with a traditional Lancaster County menu served aboard a fully restored Victorian dining car.

The Easter Dinner Train is available on Easter Sunday only and will feature roast beef, carved turkey, ham balls, and parsley buttered potatoes with a vegetable medley. Plus, your choice of apple pie or chocolate cake. Enjoy the meal during a 45-minute train ride with beautiful countryside views.

Strasburg Rail Road has many fun events coming up for the whole family to enjoy!  Will you be visiting this spring?




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