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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 1/15

1/15/18
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Happy Tuesday!  We're gearing up for some crazy weather again this week.  How about you?  While you are stuck indoors, stop by and enter some fun giveaways!

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 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!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

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


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I'm sure many of us remember exactly where we were on September 11th, 2001.  I was in my (private school) classroom teaching like any other week day.  I remember someone from the office coming down to my room to tell me about the horrible events at the World Trade Center and The Pentagon.  Many parents in our school worked in DC, so there were parents coming in to pick up their children early and lots of talking in the halls.  I didn't know the magnitude of what had happened until I watched the news at home, and it was horrifying.

That day changed us all and changed the direction of our country.

12 STRONG is coming to theaters January 19th, and looks to be a very moving film based upon the book, 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers.      



12 STRONG is one of the great unknown stories of American valor. Twelve brave U.S. soldiers dropped everything and ventured into an unknown land, outnumbered 5,000 to 1 to complete one of the most successful special forces missions of all time. However, they had to use the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers rather than state-of-the-art warfare to battle the heavily-armed Taliban. This is the amazing story of these 12 heroes and the families who wondered if they would come home alive.

Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals,” “The Shape of Water”) star in “12 Strong,” a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films that tells the declassified true story of the first American soldiers sent into Afghanistan after 9/11.


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Award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig directed the film, which is produced by legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Black Hawk Down”), together with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill under their Black Label Media banner (“La La Land,” “Sicario”).


Oscar winner Ted Tally (“The Silence of the Lambs”) and Peter Craig (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2”) wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book Horse Soldiers by author Doug Stanton. The executive producers are Oscar nominees and Alcon principals Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”), together with Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Ellen H. Schwartz, Garrett Grant, Yale Badik, Val Hill and Doug Stanton.


This film has been rated R by the MPAA for war violence and language throughout.






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One reader will receive 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers Book and 2 Fandango tickets to see 12 STRONG




This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 1/29/18 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.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. 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.  Prizing provided by Warner Bros. Pictures. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 1/9

1/9/18
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The weather has been so crazy lately!  Snow, sleet, ice. Welcome to January.

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 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!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Thank you for linking up!


My Little Pony The Movie Blu-ray Release Jan 9 #Sponsored #MyLittlePonyMovie

1/8/18
I received My Little Pony: The Movie for review.  All opinions are mine.

This holiday/winter break didn't feel long enough, did it?  We had some super cold weather and spent a lot of time indoors with lots of games, playdough, and of course, movies.  My girls were super excited to have My Little Pony: The Movie show up at our door to watch over our break!
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Join the “truly magical adventure” (Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend) of the Mane 6 and their new friends when My Little Pony: The Movie comes home on Digital December 19 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 9 from Lionsgate.
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Best friends Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rarity team up in their most epic adventure yet!  


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From L to R: Fluttershy (Andrea Libman), Spike (Cathy Weseluck), Rainbow Dash (Ashleigh Ball), Pinkie Pie (Andrea Libman), Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain), Princess Skystar (Kristin Chenoweth) and Applejack (Ashleigh Ball) in MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE. Image Courtesy of Lionsgate and Hasbro.

This new installment of the global phenomenon features the Mane 6 voices of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” accompanied by Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Into the Woods, 2015), Primetime Emmy® winner Kristin Chenoweth (Best Supporting Actress, “Pushing Daisies,” 2009), Golden Globe® nominee Liev Schreiber (Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama, “Ray Donovan,” 2017), Michael Peña (The Martian, Ant-Man franchise), Sia, Taye Diggs (Chicago, “Private Practice”), Golden Globe® nominee Uzo Aduba (Best Supporting Actress – Television, “Orange Is the New Black,” 2016), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise).

From L to R: Fluttershy (Andrea Libman), Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain), Applejack (Ashleigh Ball), Rainbow Dash (Ashleigh Ball), Pinkie Pie (Andrea Libman) and Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong) in MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE. Image Courtesy of Lionsgate and Hasbro.

When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 go on a journey beyond Equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and exciting challenges along the way.

Directed by “My Little Pony” veteran Jayson Thiessen (“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”) and including original music and songs performed by Sia, Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana, Kristin Chenoweth, and Emily Blunt, My Little Pony: The Movie is full of music, fun, and laughter for the whole family. The My Little Pony: The Movie Blu-ray and DVD include all-new special features, including a deleted scene, a music video, three featurettes starring the Mane 6, an exclusive Equestria Girls Short and a Hanazuki short.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
·       Deleted Scene
·       Equestria Girls Short
·       “Baking with Pinkie Pie” Featurette
·       “Making Magic with the Mane 6 and Their New Friends” Featurette
·       “The Journey Beyond Equestria” Featurette
·       “I’m the Friend You Need” Music Video (Sung by Taye Diggs)
·       “Hanazuki: Full of Treasures” Featurette


My Little Pony: The Movie was everything we thought it would be.  The story line resembles something out of a Disney princess movie; a princess goes off in search of someone to help save her kingdom, finds friends along the way, encounters the "evil" character in an epic good vs. evil battle, and there's a whole lot of singing awesomeness throughout.

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Songbird Serenade (Sia) in MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE. Image Courtesy of Lionsgate and Hasbro

If you're a fan of the series, you will love the movie!  The "bad guy" King Storm is bad, but you also can't help but laugh at his corny humor.  You'll meet some new characters, including Sia as pony Songbird Serenade, whose song "Rainbow" is perfectly suited to the movie. Emily Blunt is wonderful as Tempest Shadow, and wow, can that girl sing!    


There are great themes about team work, friendship, forgiveness, trust, kindness, accepting differences, and learning from your mistakes.

My three-year-old and six-year-old girls were engaged in the movie the entire time.  There aren't any super scary parts, so you can watch with kids of different ages.  


Did you know there is My Little Pony facebook camera mask so you can make yourself pony-tastic too as Twilight Sparkle and Tempest Shadow?  It'll keep your kids (and you) entertained for a while!

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Don't forget to download these fun My Little Pony Activity Pages.  

My Little Pony The Movie is definitely worth picking up on Blu-ray/DVD.  You'll watch it over and over again with your kids!

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LEAP! Available on Blu-ray #Sponsored #LeapMovie

1/2/18
I received LEAP for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.


The holidays were a whirlwind for us this year!  Over our winter break, since I have been dealing with health issues, there were lots of indoor activities including movie-thons.  My girls were very excited to have Leap! arrive on Blu-ray!


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Celebrate the holiday season with the inspirational and uplifting family film Leap!, arriving on Digital HD November 7 and Blu-ray™ (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand November 21 from Lionsgate. Featuring all-star voice talent led by Elle Fanning (Maleficent), alongside Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and Maddie Ziegler (The Book of Henry), with Mel Brooks (Spaceballs), featuring Carly Rae Jepsen (singer-songwriter of the hit song “Call Me Maybe”) and Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Leap! is a colorful and imaginative story about an orphan girl who is determined to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina. Filled with irresistible original music, Leap! features the hit track “Cut to the Feeling.”



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Elle Fanning Stars in LEAP!
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Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (Fanning) has one dream — to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend, Victor (Wolff), an imaginative, exuberant boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own — to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But there’s a catch: Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Jepsen), who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

An animated adventure the whole family will enjoy, the Leap! home entertainment release includes a behind-the-scenes video gallery and a look at stars Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler in the recording booth.


BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “In the Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler” Featurette
  • Behind-the-Scenes Video Gallery:
    • The Birth of a Dream
    • Animating the Dance
    • Reconstructing 19th Century Paris 

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Elle Fanning Stars in LEAP!
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I knew Leap! would be a movie that my girls would love as soon as I saw the trailer (both love dressing up in dance costumes and twirling).  Felicie wants to become a ballerina, even though she has had no training, so she sets off to Paris with her friend Victor to follow that dream.  Along the way, she encounters obstacles including a "mean girl".

The movie has many heart-warming moments, a bit of history mixed in (although modern times are mixed with historical), as well as humor that kids will enjoy.  There are great lessons on determination, hard work, friendship, and never giving up on your dreams.

Felicie lies to accomplish her goal of going to dance school, and the writers didn't really deal with this moral problem well.  Despite the fact that Felicie lied, she is still allowed to stay in the class and audition like the other girls.  There was no negative consequence for her lie from the dance teacher.


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Elle Fanning Stars in LEAP!
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

The other issue I had with the film was the bully/mean girl situation with Camille.  The writers had a great opportunity to deal with bullying in a very realistic way.  Camille however, has a very quick change of heart towards Felicie, after calling her a "rat", making her feel worthless, and treating her horribly up to that point.  

In real life, bullies don't have such a quick turn-around in character and end up being friends after a hug and an apology.  Most times it takes something significant to change a bully, and many times bullies don't change at all.  I wish they hadn't oversimplified the anti-bullying message.


Overall, the setting, quirky characters, inventions, dance moves, and toe-tapping music (love Carly Rae Jensen's "Cut to the Feeling", my girls couldn't stop dancing!) all make
Leap! a fun family adventure. There are also some important life lessons to discuss with your kids too.



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