We Bought A Zoo Coming to Blu-Ray and DVD April 3



       Featuring Family Friendly Audio Track The Whole Family Will Go Wild for this Heartwarming Adventure Starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download April 3 – Just in Time for Easter


Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost FamousJerry Maguire) and starring Matt Damon (ContagionTrue Grit), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Thomas Haden Church (Easy ASideways), WE BOUGHT A ZOO is “a sweet-natured tale…that you’ll want to see with your kids” (Liz Braun, Jam! Movies).

Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children.  Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Johansson) and her dedicated team.  With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo.  Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard.

Featuring an incredible musical score composed by Jónsi of the band Sigur Rós, the WE BOUGHT A ZOO Blu-ray is loaded with over 2½ hours of special features including 20 deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, star J.B. Smoove (The Sitter, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Editor Mark Livolsi, and more. The film also features an English Family Friendly Audio Track that earned the Dove Seal of Approval.  The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for an average retail price of $24.99 and $19.99 respectively.  

WE BOUGHT A ZOO Blu-ray Combo Pack Special Features
  • Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy including theatrical film
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
o   Elevator Empathy
o   A Gift From Ronnie
o   Life is Elemental
o   Thank You, Rhonda
o   Rosie Names Her Peacocks
o   Quick Learner
o   Just Can’t Get a Handle On It
o   So Much Bloodshed
o   Buster is Loose
o   Utterly Free / Nobody Died
o   I Make My Own Hours
o   The Stuff is Alive
o   We’re Living The Story
o   Disaffected Youth
o   It’s Their Zoo, Too
o   Goodnight Big Mac
o   Such a Cliché
o   Sorry About the Rain
o   Benjamin’s Big Speech
o   Opening Day
  • Gag Reel
  • “The Real Mee”
  • “We Shot a Zoo”
  • “Their Happy is Too Loud”
  • Audio Commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, Star J.B. Smoove and Editor Mark Livolsi

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My Review/Thoughts:

Watching this movie was definitely an emotional experience for me.  The story about a dad who loses his wife and has to take care of two hurting children while grieving himself, really struck a chord since it reminded me so much about my sister-in-law (you may remember that she lost her husband in a car accident two years ago).  If you've ever experienced loss, this movie will definitely touch your heart.  Be prepared to have tissues on hand!

I liked the fact that this was a true story about a family going from loss and despair to hope and perseverance.  Although this is a family film, I was surprised at the language in it, even for a PG movie.  There were some cuss words frequently used and a reference that you may find inappropriate to be coming out of a young child's mouth (although used humorously).  I would recommend this for ages 10+ for that reason, as you may find it difficult to explain the reference I am talking about to a younger child (I won't use the exact word, but it refers to a male body part).  

There are some really great themes overall including: hard work, dealing with grief, romance (the teen romance was tastefully represented), and compassion for animals.   Though we were a bit caught off guard by the language, the good story line and themes overshadowed it. 

Matt Damon was definitely perfect in his role as a dad and I hope to see him in more roles like this!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free (a review DVD from Fox Home Entertainment) in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

Love Is...Some Ground Up Hamburg

Ladies, I'm going to brag on my husband today. I believe he deserves it.

The other night, we had family taco night, which we hadn't done in a while. My hubby came home from a long day at work and went to directly making dinner while I watched our daughter play in the living room.

He cooked up the hamburger for our tacos into two separate dishes; one with the taco seasoning and one without just for me because he knows I don't like the spiciness of the seasoning. Then he diced up the tomatoes for me (even though he doesn't like them himself). And spread out all the fixings that my son and I like on the table.

We took turns eating so that one of us could feed our toddler and the other could enjoy dinner while it was still warm.

When dinner was finished, I mentioned I wanted to use the extra hamburger for my lunch the next day. He apologized that there wasn't a lot of meat left since he wasn't sure how much to leave out for me that wasn't seasoned. I was a little disappointed that there was just a little bit left, and I guess he could see that in my face (though I told him it was fine, I could make do with what we had).

He went out to the pharmacy to pick up some things that I needed and came home. Then I saw him in the kitchen again cooking and asked him what he was making, thinking that maybe he was making his lunch for work ahead of time.

He told me that he was cooking hamburger.

He had stopped by the grocery store on the way home and picked up some more so that I could have it for my lunch. And he took the time to cook it up for me and store it in the fridge to save me from having to do it.

When I put together my lunch the next day, I couldn't help but smile and be reminded of the sweet thing that he did for me. It was something simple, but that simple thing was done with so much love behind it.

I am one blessed woman to be married to a man who demonstrates love every day with simple actions.

Thank you honey for loving me like that.

Chick-Fil-A Old School Fun Kids Meals Giveaway

Spring is here! Are you getting outside and active with your kids?

Chick-Fil-A is going "old school"; helping fuel family fun and promoting an active lifestyle.

The Old School App below has fun games to play with your kids.  Plus you can take the "Old School" quiz.

  • Are you a disco-dynamo or the bomb dot com? Take the throwback quiz to reminisce about the pop culture icons of your era!

(I'm definitely a child of the 80's and early 90's. My results were "Totally Tubular to The Max.")

    What could be better than some nutritious Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meals to add to your fun?

    Giveaway: One lucky reader will win 3 free Chick-fil-A kids meals coupons!

    Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  If you do not do the mandatory entries, your entries will not count.  

    Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  The sponsor is providing the free coupons for the giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

    Not So Wordless Wednesday: Inside the Box

    We love it when the mailman comes to our house with a package..

    It means ....

    Play Time!

    For more (Not So) Wordless Wednesday fun, stop by 5 Minutes for Mom.  You can also link up with your W/W post below.

    Teaser Tuesdays: If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff


    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:

    This week's teaser is from a favorite children's book.  I've been pretty busy lately and haven't had much time for independent reading.  My daughter enjoys pointing at the pictures and commenting (although I can't understand her babbles, I love hearing them!). 

    "She'll ask you for some bubbles.  When you give her the bubbles, she'll probably ask you for a toy.  You'll have to find your rubber duck."

    pg. 6-7 If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

    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.

    Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Giveaway And Crafts



    Chipwrecked Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download Combo Pack Available March 27

    Also Available in an “Island Adventure” Edition with Additional
    Fun Features Including Sing-Alongs, Games and More!

    Everyone’s favorite chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore, and their female companions, The Chipettes, have the time of their lives during a family vacation they’ll never forget in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on March 27 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  The hilarious live-action comedy will also be available as an exciting “Island Adventure” edition on Blu-ray and 2-Disc DVD, filled with tons of fun for the whole family to enjoy just in time for Easter.

    The Chipmunks, Chipettes and their caretaker Dave Sevelle (Jason Lee; “My Name is Earl”) embark on a trip of a lifetime aboard the Carnival Dream cruise ship.  Seeking fun and excitement, the Chipmunks turn the luxury cruise liner into their own personal playground.  But the ultimate vacation quickly becomes a disaster when the Chipmunks, Dave and Carnival cruise pelican mascot, who turns out to be the chipmunks’ old manager, Ian Hawke (David Cross; Megamind), accidentally fall overboard and find themselves ‘Chipwrecked’ on a remote island.  Stuck in an unfamiliar territory, the six furry castaways are separated from Dave and must figure out a way to survive on their own for the first time in their lives. 

    Written and produced by husband and wife duo Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED features a star-studded voice cast with Justin Long (Dodgeball) as Alvin, Mathew Gray Gubler (“Criminal Minds”) as Simon, Jesse McCartney (Horton Hears a Who!) as Theodore, Christina Applegate (“Up All Night) as Brittany, Anna Faris (What’s Your Number?) as Jeanette, and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) as Eleanor.

    Connect with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Twitter: @FoxHomeEnt

    We are big fans of the Chipmunks!  I remember watching the cartoons when I was a kid.  I think it's neat that my kids get to enjoy them as well.  We haven't seen Chipwrecked yet, but are looking forward to it coming to DVD.

    Here are some fun activity sheets and crafts to go along with the release of the DVD.  My favorite is the home made play dough!


    (Just right-click, save to your computer, and print.)


    In Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the Chipmunks and the Chipettes find themselves on a family vacation with Dave aboard a cruise ship. The Chipmunks and the Chipettes quickly find themselves causing raucous to the other passengers, which Dave has to amend immediately by setting up a dinner with the Captain.  Before he leaves for his dinner, Dave receives a gift from Theodore, a macaroni necklace that he made for him.  With the release of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on DVD and Blu-ray on March 27th, we will look at some other crafty ideas that parents can enjoy making with their mini ‘munks, such as origami, home-made play dough and soap bars. 


    Origami, the art of making different designs through paper folding, is a simple and inexpensive way to spend time with your children, without the need of any gadgets. All you need is paper and you’re all set. You can make simple designs such as a plane or a dog face by simply making a few folds. Once you’ve mastered the more simple examples, you and your young one can move on to the more complex origami, like the crane.  
                                                      PAPER PHOTO FRAME

    Instead of buying mom or dad a cookie-cutter card from the store, why not make a personalized homemade card that includes photos of their favorite faces. This easy to make craft is perfect for any occasion such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays or even just to tell them you love them.  

    Homemade play dough is easy to make and is relatively inexpensive – all you need for the most part are some salt, water, flour and food dye to jazz up the dough. Young children can do it by themselves though adult supervision is recommended. The dough-making process takes a mere 15-minutes and you get comparable results with those that are store-bought. 

                                                                                SOAP BARS  

    Soap bars are the perfect craft to do with any child of any age. They make for a fun project and can be given as gifts to moms, grandma or teachers. They’re also fun to use in the bath!  Children can mold designs of their favorite character or animal and make colorful patterns.   Though it is a homemade craft, certain soap recipes call for the use of a stove and thereby adult supervision is required. 

                                                                TIE-DYED SHIRTS
    Boys and girls of any age would have fun making tie-dyed shirts.  It can easily be done at home with a few supplies or be part of an art project in school.  You can take any plain boring white shirt and add colorful designs to it by simply tying the shirt in various knots and dipping it into dye. Not only is it a fun craft but now you also have a brand new summer shirt to enjoy.  


    One of my readers is going to win Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on DVD!

    Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  If you do not do the mandatory entries, your entries will not count. 

    Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  This information was provided by Fox Home Entertainment Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

    Vocalpoint Offer: $7 Crest And Oral B Coupons


    Vocalpoint is offering members $7 in coupons for the New Pro-Health Clinical products from Crest® and Oral-B®   

    If you're not familiar with Vocalpoint, members receive coupons and samples to try and tell on great products.  Head on over and sign up!  These coupon offers go fast!

    Wordless Wednesday: Spring by the Chesapeake Bay


    For more Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also leave your W/W post link below.

    Progresso's Souper You


    Progresso®  has announced its top ten finalists in their Souper You® Contest out of over 10,000 entries.   You can vote daily for your favorites and help someone win an ultimate makeover experience in Hollywood this spring.

    Every vote that you cast enters you to win one of 3 prize packs including a one-year supply of Progresso Soup!

    To check out the finalists and vote for your favorite, visit www.SouperYou.com.  Voting closes March 25th.

    Watch last year's winners below:

    Even if you're not one of the finalists, Progresso can help you stick to your weight management plan.  Did you know that Progresso has 40 delicious soups with 100 calories or less per serving?    I love their beef pot roast and minestrone!  Delish!  And it's something I can feel good about eating.   What's your favorite?

    Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  This information was provided to me by Progresso through MyBlogSpark.  All opinions are my own.

    Monday Monkey Blog Hop Google Plus Linky 3/19


                               Welcome to the Monday Monkey Blog Hop hosted by
                              Mommy of Two Little Monkeys and   Mommy Digger.

    Mommy of Two Little Monkeys

    Monday Monkey Google + Pages Blog Hop Guidelines:

    Follow the first two blogs in the Linky, these are your hosts. Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!
    Leave a linky for your Blog page so we can follow you with G0ogle + Pages
    While it isn’t required, it would be fantastic if you could spread the word! The more people who link up, the more followers you will get.
    Feel free to grab the linky code and post it on your blog!
    This will bring more followers to the hop and more traffic to you =]

    Happy Monday Monkey Hopping!

    McDonald's Shamrock Shake Giveaway

    It's St. Patrick's Day, and what could be more festive than celebrating with one of McDonald's Shamrock Shakes?

    For the first time, the famous McCafe Shamrock Shake is back nationwide!

    I am going to try one for the first time today (hey hey it's my birthday!).   I received some coupons from McDonald's in the mail today, just in time!

    And to share the Shamrock Shake love, I am having a QUICK GIVEAWAY for my readers today only .  (If you're entering, you'll have to be ready to respond to my email quickly so I can mail these out to you before the Shamrock Shakes disappear for the season.)

    Two of my readers will receive a pack of 3 coupons for a Small  McDonald's Shamrock shake.

    Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  If you do not do the mandatory entry, your entry will not count. 

    Disclosure:  I was provided coupons for my family to try out the McDonald's Shamrock shake.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  The giveaway coupons were provided by McDonald's Family Arches for me to share with my readers..  

    Three Hearts DVD Winner


    Thank you to everyone who entered the Three Hearts DVD giveaway.  The winning according to random.org is:

     #13 KewKew


    Rules of Etiquette When Driving Near Baltimore

    You are driving down the highway and see the Welcome to Maryland sign. You wonder, what should I expect when driving on Maryland roads?

    Without further ado, here are the "Rules of Etiquette" when you are driving near Baltimore:

    #1 Turn signals are so 1990's. Why use 'em?

    #2 You should drive at least 20 miles over the speed limit at all times. If not, you're fair game.

    #3 When making left hand turns, get into the middle of the intersection and angle towards opposing traffic. If the light turns red, floor it!

    #4 Drive as close to the bumper in front of you as possible. Everyone needs a little nudge of motivation to get moving.

    #5 Pay no attention to what you learned in Kindergarten about staying within the lines.

    #6 If the person in front of you doesn't merge into heavy traffic, honk at them and make wild gestures. Then proceed to swerve around their vehicle.

    #7 If it's raining, pray for snow.  People drive much better in the snow than they do in the rain.

    #8 If you see a School Bus with their stop sign out, go around them. The kids are dropped off on the other side at the curb anyway.

    #9 One-way signs are merely a suggestion.

    #10 When you hear sirens or see flashing lights, hit the gas and avoid the pokey.

    Welcome to Maryland: Drive at your own risk.

    (These rules of etiquette are not endorsed by the Attic Girl. )

    Good Luck Giveaway Hop: $25 Sephora GC Giveaway



                  Today may be your lucky day – so hop down and win some of these giveaways!

    This is the Good Luck Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamaNYC! This event will run from March 14-19th.

    We have over 60+ bloggers each giving away some amazing prizes! Be sure to hop down the list when you are done with this giveaway!

    St. Patrick's Day has always been a special day for me.  Why?  Not just because I'm Irish.  But it's also my birthday!

    I Shamrock You
    Click Here For Images  

    So I thought I'd join this fun giveaway hop in celebration and give a gift to YOU.  Just because I appreciate every one of you that stops by and leaves a comment, reads a post, or gives a shout out on social media.

    Once you've entered my giveaway, hop on over to the other great blogs on this list.  You'll find some great prizes and discover some new blogs to follow.

    Enter to Win a $25 Sephora Gift Card in the Rafflecopter Form Below.  This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older only.  You must do the required entries or your entries will not count.

    Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post or associated with any company.  I am providing the gift card myself in appreciation for my readers.

    Real Moms Real Deals $100 Amazon GC Giveaway


    Who wants to win a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card?

    I have teamed up with realmomsrealdeals.com and a bunch of other great sites to bring you this $100 amazon gift card giveaway.

    About Real Moms Real Deals:

    We are, 100% committed to bringing fantastic REAL deals, to REAL mom’s, like you!

    What does this mean, exactly?

    It means squeal-inducing savings, up to 90% off…nope, not a typo!…on products you actually use and love! We also proudly support hand crafted items right along with brand name items, so for those of you who have an affinity for beautiful craftsmanship that comes only from hand crafted items, we’ve got you covered!

    Not only are we super diverse in the brands we offer our deals on, we also have a wide range of products available to you! Everything from baby clothes to home décor (and more!). Come see what fun daily deals you can snag today!!!

     It's easy to enter. Simply use the Rafflecopter to submit your entries. Good-Luck!  

    Contest is open to the US and Canada and entrants must be 18 years of age or older. This contest is in no way associated with facebook, or any other website. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and will be notified by email and must respond to that email to claim their prize. Ends 3/27/12 

    Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  This giveaway is being run by Real Moms Real Deals and they are providing the gift card.  

    Shabby Apple Baby Boutique Dress Review

    I've seen a lot of buzz on the web about Shabby Apple.  It's a fashion company "started by women and for women seeking to bring dresses back to what they used to be:  a one piece outfit.  No need to add anything-no tank tops, no cardigans, nothing (except accessories of course)".    

    They have beautiful boutique and vintage style dresses, skirts, and tops that are not only fashionable, but also modest.  

    What's also neat about this company is that a percentage of their proceeds go to charities that benefit women and children.

    You may be familiar with Shabby Apple's women's dresses, but did you know that they also have a Shabby Baby line too?

    Shabby Baby Dresses

    We have a wonderful selection of little girl dresses to choose from. Whether you’re looking for flower girl dresses, something playful, something casual, or even something for a special occasion, like an infant Christmas dress, we’re sure to have something that you will love. We’ve designed all of our toddler and infant girl dresses to compliment our other lines so whatever Shabby Apple outfit you’re wearing, you’re daughter is sure to look great along side you!

    I love finding adorable clothing for my daughter.  Now that she is in the toddler stage, I look for items that are cute as well as comfortable and functional.

    Shabby Apple

    The company sent me this Hibiscus dress in Size 12-18 months.  It has beautiful white flowers outlined with yellow and brown with shades of blue and green.  The coloring is perfect for spring or summer.

    Shabby Apple

    Shabby Apple  

    I love the cap sleeves, brown band highlighting the empire waist, and the length that falls right below the knee. 

    It's a light fabric as well, which is great for when the weather gets warm.   For cooler days, you can add a sweater or cardigan.

    The dress is machine washable on the delicate cycle and must be line dried.  I like that it doesn't have to be hand washed; that's definitely a time saver.

    Shabby Apple

    The site states "This dress fits very generously through the neck and shoulders. We do not recommend ordering a size up."  I found that to be true.  However, the brown band with the button in the back was a little tight.  (I'm not sure how long this dress will fit, and there aren't any larger sizes available in this style.)  The larger 18-24 months size might not be as tight, but I'm not sure if it would be too loose around the neck and shoulder area.

    There is a sizing guide for their women's collection, but there isn't one for their baby collection.  I think a sizing guide would be helpful.   Especially since sizing for babies and toddlers varies among companies.

    My only other criticism is that the dress does not come with a diaper cover.  I like having a diaper cover, not only for the look, but also to keep my curious tot from trying to take off her diaper.

    Overall, I am very pleased with this dress!


    Shabby Apple Facebook Page
    Shabby Apple on Twitter

    Where to Buy:

    Stop by Shabby Apple and check out their toddler and girls dresses today.

    Thanks to the folks at Shabby Apple, you can save 10% off your purchase with code theatticgirl10off . (until April 12, 2012)

    McDonald's Happy Meal Chefs Contest

    Do you enjoy cooking with your children?  McDonald's new "Happy Meals Chefs" Contest may be right up your alley!

    Your child could win an apprenticeship with McDonald’s executive chef and help his team whip up new fun and goodness in the Happy Meal.

    Ten finalists will win a trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the Global Champions of Play program where they will join kids from around the world celebrating balanced eating and fun play.

    HMchefsLogo.jpgFrom now through April 18, parents or legal guardians with kids (ages 8-11) are eligible to enter on the Happy Meal Chefs contest website

    Working as family teams, all you have to do is answer a brief questionnaire and submit a short online video that creatively showcases your mealtime.

    The contest is part of their new Happy Meal campaign aiming to make nutrition fun for kids. In addition, the campaign includes new TV advertisements featuring menu items from recommended food groups found in the new Happy Meal, which includes apple slices and a kid-size fry. These are the first ads that support McDonald's nutrition commitment to promote a nutrition and/or lifestyle message in 100 percent of its national communications to kids.

    The ads introduce new characters – each with a story that celebrates kids’ aspirations – who achieve their goals with the help of balanced eating and active play

    Check out the first ad here.

    The new Happy Meal campaign is McDonald’s latest effort to support their “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices,” announced in July 2011.

    Disclosure:  This information was provided by McDonald's Family Arches Community.  By sharing this post, I may receive coupons from McDonald's.