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Family-Friendly Entertainment

New Rio APP Announcement And DVD Giveaway

7/28/11

Rio will be available on 3-Disc Party Edition, featuring the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy; as well as in a 2-Disc DVD Party Edition on August 2nd. We have not seen it yet, but are excited for its release to DVD since we usually rent movies after they have come out in theaters.


Summary:



Captured as a young bird from the wild, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) is a domesticated Spix Macaw living thousands of miles away from his homeland, Brazil. When his human owner Linda (Leslie Mann, 17 Again) discovers that he is the last male of his kind, they head south to Rio de Janeiro to meet the only other female. But it's far from love at first sight between the socially-awkward, flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries). Shortly after Blu's arrival, the two rare birds are captured by greedy animal smugglers and find themselves lost in the Brazilian rainforest. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on a hilarious and clumsy adventure where they learn about friendship, love, courage and spreading one's wings to fly.

The creators of ICE AGE bring audiences a whole new tropical adventure in RIO featuring the most colorful cast of characters south of the Equator, including George Lopez (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock"), Jemaine Clement (Despicable Me), Rodrigo Santoro (Che), will.i.am (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), Jamie Foxx (Dreamgirls), Jane Lynch "Glee"), & Wanda Sykes(Over The Hedge).







Along with the upcoming DVD release, a new Rio APP is available on Android Market and iTunes App stores. It has two characters and one background available for coloring. Once the DVD and Blu Ray release on August 2nd, the insert included will unlock the additional 10 characters and 4 backgrounds for a total of 12 characters and 5 backgrounds or 60 unique coloring pages!







For those in the LA or NYC areas, a hands-on demonstration of the app will be available at Santa Monica Place in LA and Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island at a KIOSK with iPads, approximately 40-49” off the ground, easily reachable by children, to try the app.




Rio is also celebrating National Friendship Day on July 30th with beach takeovers and ecards.  Mall takeovers are happening in the areas below.  This will be a 2-3 hour event with the Rio trailer played, hands-on fun like making a friendship bracelet, creating your own mask, fun Rio activity sheets, writing a friendship letter, and taking the friendship pledge!



7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover
MD
1065 Brea Mall
Brea
CA
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine
TX
6301 N.W. Loop 410
San Antonio
TX
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy
TX
3333 Buford Dr., Ste 1000
Buford
GA
1201 Hooper Ave.
Toms River
NJ
One Mills Circle, Suite One
Ontario
CA
2700 Potomac Mills Circle
Prince William
VA
301 Mt. Hope Avenue, Ste. 1900
Rockaway
NJ
4502 S. Steele St, Ste 1177
Tacoma
WA
400 Ernest  Barrett Pkwy.
Kennesaw
GA
6901 22nd Ave. North
St. Petersburg
FL
6020 E. 82nd St.
Indianapolis
IN
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord
NC
3 Del Amo Fashion Center
Torrance
CA





You can find the dates to these events here.




BUY IT:  You can preorder the DVD on Amazon.




GIVEAWAY:  One of my lucky readers is going to win Rio on DVD!



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This giveaway ends:  Thursday August 11th at 12:00 Midnight EST and is open to US Residents 18 and older only.  Winner will be chosen randomly, emailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or another will be drawn.  This prize will be directly shipped from the sponsor.

Disclosure: I will receive a DVD in exchange for this post.  Sponsor is responsible for shipping the giveaway DVD to the winner.




Wordless Wednesday: Nap Time With Daddy

7/27/11



For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also share your W/W post in the linky below.

Baby Bindle SeatPak Discount Code

7/25/11



If you would like to purchase a SeatPak from Baby Bindle, here is an opportunity to get FREE shipping exclusively for my readers! Use code ATTICGIRL2011 (this is good until September 1st!).



Wordless Wednesday: Future Reader

7/20/11






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Teaser Tuesdays: Leaving by Karen Kingsbury

7/19/11


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"Goodbyes were one of the hardest things about life...one way or another people were always leaving. Always moving on."

--pg. 25 Leaving by Karen Kingsbury

What are you reading?  If you have a teaser, you can head on over to Miz B's blog or share it here by leaving a comment.

Winner of the General Mills Prize Pack and Apologies

7/18/11
Thank you to everyone who entered the General Mills prize pack giveaway. The winner according to random.org is:

#13 lilpinksocks

I'd also like to apologize to Sally and to Chris.  I did have Sally's information in my spam folder and should not have done a re-draw.  It was an honest mistake and I feel terrible that I don't have two prizes to give away.   I have been frazzled lately and was in a hurry.  I am so sorry for the mix up and I hope you are not too upset with me!

Ten Reasons Why I Want To Visit Virginia Beach

7/12/11
Ever get the itch to go on a vacation to the beach?  I want to go to the beach very badly.  My favorite thing to do while at the beach is to lounge in a comfy chair, bury my feet in the sand, and read a great book.  It's been a few years since I have had the opportunity to do that.  It has also been a long time since my family has had the chance to kick back and have a vacation together.

Virginia Beach is about a 5 hour drive away from my area (approx 4 hrs from DC).  Driving down there would definitely be a challenge due to the fact that I have a 6 month old that hates riding in her car seat.  Every time we buckle her up, she cries.  Her crying leads to wailing and I'm sure you can imagine how much fun that is on a long trip.  But the beach is totally worth the torture in my opinion.

If I had the money at my disposal, I would plan a vacation where we could stay in a suite or rent a beach house and invite my husband's family.  I'm sure that his two sisters (with 7 kids between them) and his parents would enjoy being all in one spot together.  His sisters haven't had the chance to meet our baby yet.  It would be a fun family get together for all of us!


Here are my top reasons why I want to visit Virginia Beach:

1.  There are 35 miles of coastline; this gives you lots of options!  I love finding a quiet spot on the beach to read, which isn't very easy considering how many people are visiting at any given time.  With all that beach area, I'm sure I could find a great spot!  I'd set up our Pack 'N Play for the baby and all the other kids could play in the sand.  I'm sure my son would love burying himself in the sand too.

2.  There are many areas to explore.  I read about First Landing State Park online.  It is near the Chesapeake Bay which offers bike trails, camping areas, and places to fish.  My son would love to investigate all the little creatures that wash up on the shore.  It's also fun to collect different kinds of sea shells for our sea shell collection.

3.  There are lots of restaurants with various options for dining.  I love trying out new places.  My hubby loves seafood so I'm sure we could find lots of fresh fish and crabs to make him a happy camper.  And there are kid-friendly options as well.

4.  They play family-friendly movies on the beach weekly.  What could be more fun than watching a movie together out on the beach with an ocean view?  I'm sure popcorn, candy and s'mores would make it absolutely perfect.

5.  Funkfest free concerts in August; my family loves to watch summer concerts.  And in this economy, free is always a plus!

6.  The Virginia Aquarium is close by;  my son would be in heaven.  He loves animals and there are so many fun learning opportunities for families.

7.  Busch Gardens is not too far away.   We have never been there and I'm sure we could find lots of fun roller coasters and water rides to keep us busy for hours.

8.  My guys could go fishing.  Both of them love fishing, which would give me extra reading time.  So all of us would be happy!

9.  My husband and his dad could golf.  There are over 198 holes which would make my husband a very happy golfer. And I would be a happy wifey because again, I could get in some extra reading time!

10.  I could try jet skiing for the first time.  I have always wanted to get on a jet ski and crash over the waves!

If you are looking to plan a vacation at Virginia Beach, you can find out more at www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com.

Disclosure:  I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Virginia Beach Tourism blogging program for a gift card worth $40.  For more information on how you can participate, click here.



Baby Bindle Seat Pak Winner

7/11/11


Thank you to everyone who entered the Baby Bindle SeatPak giveaway.  The winner according to random.org is:

#8 Sally

Congratulations!  I will be emailing you shortly for your information.



Honey Nut Cheerios Prize Pack Giveaway




My family loves cereal!   One of my son's favorites is Honey Nut Cheerios.  They are great for breakfast or on-the-go snacks.

Have you heard the "buzz"?   Honey Nut Cheerios is America's favorite cereal!


  • As a special thanks for making Honey Nut Cheerios® cereal America’s #1 choice, they are hosting a "Billion 'O' Giveaway" providing free samples of Honey Nut Cheerios® cereal to fans beginning July 4, 2011, available while supplies last. Zip on over to www.FavCereal.com for your sweet sample.
It’s a celebration Honey Nut Cheerios® plans to keep going all summer long. So start your day with a touch of honey sweetness and heart-healthy whole grain oats – grab a spoon and let’s enjoy this moment together. You can even showcase your colony’s love for America’s Favorite Cereal by throwing a buzz-tastic breakfast bash for your family with Honey Nut Cheerios®. Thanks a BILLION for your support!   


Giveaway: General Mills through MyBlogspark is generously giving one Honey Nut Cheerios prize pack as pictured below.






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This giveaway ends: Monday July 25th at 12:00 Midnight EST and is open to US residents 18 and older only. Winner will be chosen randomly, emailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or another will be drawn. This prize will be directly shipped from the sponsor.


Disclaimer: The information, prize pack, and prize pack to give away were all provided to me from General Mills through MyBlogSpark. Myblogspark is responsible for shipping prize to the winner. For more information, see my Disclosure Policy.

Aloha Friday: Summer

7/8/11
blogging memes

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.



My Question For You This Week: What do you think about people posting details about their vacations/trips on social networks? Do you think it's wise to tell people that you are not home?


Benefits of Cereal Giveaway Winner

7/7/11

Thank you to everyone who entered the General Mills Benefits of Cereal giveaway. The winner according to random.org is:

#22 Julie

Congratulations! I will be emailing you soon for your info.




General Mills Benefits of Cereal Wrap Up And Giveaway

7/5/11

In this final week discussing the benefits of cereal, let's discuss how cereal impacts our breakfast choices.

Did You Know...

A recent study shows 77 percent of D.C. parents believe maintaining a healthy body weight is important to ensuring their child´s health.

When it comes to fighting childhood obesity, there is a lot to love about cereal. Frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights. That´s true of men, women and children who choose sweetened cereals.

Teen girls who eat cereal are less likely to become overweight than non cereal eaters.
Boys´ cereal consumption is associated with lower body mass index (BMI).


For more information, go to www.cerealbenefits.com



Giveaway: General Mills through MyBlogspark is generously giving one Benefits of Cereal prize pack as pictured below.


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How does this information change the way you think about your kid´s breakfast?

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This giveaway ends: Tuesday July 12th at 12:00 Midnight EST and is open to US residents 18 and older only. Winner will be chosen randomly, emailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or another will be drawn. This prize will be directly shipped from the sponsor.


Disclaimer: The information, prize pack, and prize pack to give away were all provided to me from General Mills through MyBlogSpark. Myblogspark is responsible for shipping prize to the winner. For more information, see my Disclosure Policy.








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