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2015 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Slate #disneysmmoms

12/30/14
No compensation was received for this post and all info. was provided by Walt Disney Studios.

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is New Year's Eve!  Where did the time go?  As we think about the past year and all the wonderful things that have happened, we will usher in 2015 with hope and promise.  And we'll see some exciting new entertainment from Walt Disney Studios!

Here's a sneak peek at what's coming in 2015:

Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Marvel, DreamWorkks, LucasFilm



January 23, 2015 - Strange Magic (Touchstone Pictures / Lucasfilm)
#StrangeMagic

George Lucas




February 20, 2015 - McFarland, USA (Walt Disney Studios)
#McFarlandUSA

Walt Disney Studios





March 13, 2015 – Cinderella (Walt Disney Studios)
#Cinderella

Walt Disney Studios





April 17, 2015 – Monkey Kingdom (Disneynature)
#MonkeyKingdom

Disneynature






May 1, 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel)
#Avengers
#AgeOfUltron

Marvel





May 22, 2015 – Tomorrowland (Walt Disney Studios)
#Tomorrowland
Walt Disney Studios





June 19, 2015 – Inside Out (Disney / Pixar)
#InsideOut

Disney Pixar






July 17, 2015 - Ant–Man (Marvel)
#AntMan

Marvel



October 9, 2015 -  The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Studios)
#TheJungleBook

Walt Disney Studios


October 16, 2015 – The Untitled Steven Spielberg Cold War Spy Thriller (DreamWorks Pictures)

DreamWorks Pictures



 
November 25, 2015 – The Good Dinosaur (Disney / Pixar)
#TheGoodDinosaur

Disney Pixar



December 18, 2015 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Lucasfilm)
#StarWars
#TheForceAwakens


LucasFilm




My daughter is really excited about Cinderella!  It's releasing right before my birthday so we may make that a Mommy/Daughter day.  And my son is eagerly anticipating the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  {That teaser trailer is just far too short!}

Here's to an exciting 2015!

Which movie is on your must-watch list?

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 12/29

12/29/14
Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Now, onto this week's Link Up!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

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.

Featured Giveaways


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

WubbaNub Infant Pacifiers: Great Stocking Stuffer for Baby's First Christmas! #holidaygiftguide #sponsored

12/23/14
I received a WubbaNub pacifier for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

This year we are celebrating The Attic Baby's first Christmas!  She will be nearly 5 months old and we can't wait to share the holiday for the first time as a family of five. 

One of our favorite gifts for Baby's First Christmas is usually an ornament for the tree.  Each of my kids has one to commemorate their first Christmas with us.  But I have also been looking for other cute gifts for her first Christmas and stumbled upon this thing called a WubbaNub.

WubbaNub Stocking Stuffers for Babies

A Wubba what?  Yes, that's what I thought at first too.  It has an intriguing name.  But it also has a great purpose and was created by a mom who wanted to solve the problem of not being able to find her baby's pacifier.  I'm sure you can relate to that binky problem too!  Those binkies get dropped easily and can't always be found if they blend into the carpet or the crib.  I have found myself often sticking my finger in the pacifier hole just to keep it in reach of her mouth and that can be tedious.

Pink Bear

The WubbaNub was created to help this problem.  It is not only a BPA, PVC, Latex and Pthalate hospital grade soothie for baby's under 6 months {it's recommended they not have teeth}.  It has an adorable baby sized stuffed animal attached onto it.  This allows for the pacifier to stay in baby's mouth longer and make it bit easier to find in the diaper bag or if it's dropped.  Plus having that larger stuffy attached can make it easier to catch before it drops to the floor {those light pacifiers can drop in a flash!}.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies

I was sent this cute WubbaNub Pink Bear to try out with the Attic Baby.  It is small enough for her little hands to grasp and manipulate.  While she can't quite get the pacifier back in her mouth on her own, she can grab onto it and can even sometimes keep it from dropping onto the floor.   She has had this type of soothie since we got home from the hospital, so there was no adjustment to using it.  The stuffed animal is soft, cuddly, and cute and she seems to like playing with it.  It can be a good distraction when she's fussy too.  

When my preschooler saw it, she thought it was so small and cute that she tried to steal it from her sister!  {She hasn't had a pacifier since she was 1 yr old but the cute cuddly animal made her a bit jealous.  After all, why can't she have what sissy has?}

Holiday Gifts for Babies

The only issue I have with what we call her "Wubby" is cleaning it.  You can put it in the washing machine to get the stuffy clean and then sanitize the pacifier by itself.  This requires air drying the bear, which I usually do overnight.  Sanitizing the pacifier can also get the bear wet again if you're not careful.  But since we have to wash pacifiers frequently anyway, we have made this a part of our routine.

WubbaNub has a variety of cutie pies, including this limited edition holiday Reindeer.  How cute is that for Baby's First Christmas?  
WubbaNub



The WubbaNub gets two thumbs up on the cuteness factor and two coos from my baby girl.  It'd make a great gift for baby showers too!



Where to Buy:

BabiesRUs.com, BuyBuyBaby.com and select stores for $12.99


gift guide For more holiday gift ideas, be sure to check out the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

The Maze Runner Blu-ray & Book Giveaway #MazeRunner #sponsored

12/21/14
I received The Maze Runner Blu-ray & novel from Fox.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.


If you're looking for that last minute gift idea for your teen, you will want to check out the Maze Runner on Blu-ray.  It's truly an exciting adventure that will captivate your teen (but it also appeals to adults too).  This movie follows pretty closely to the book {according to the author James Dashner at the Twitter Viewing Party} so if you know a fan of the series, they won't be disappointed!  But even if you haven't read the book {like me}, you'll be caught up in this intriguing mystery of the maze.

What's going on inside this maze?  Who are the Grievers and why are they so creepy?  These are just a few of the questions you'll be asking.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, but you will love the action sequences in this movie!  It will have you hooked and waiting for the next one.
 

Fox Home Entertainment


Will you make it out alive? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to unlock the mysteries of the maze on December 16 when THE MAZE RUNNER hits Blu-ray™ and DVD. 
Fox Home Entertainment

Based on the book by James Dashner that made The New York Times best-sellers list for more than 100 weeks, THE MAZE RUNNER brings together an up-and-coming cast of young talent including Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf,” The Internship), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), and Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”) that do whatever it takes to survive.


In this heart-pounding survival thriller based on the best-selling novel, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” ) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn — especially the deadly Grievers that roam the concrete corridors at night — Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose… and find a way out before it’s too late!


THE MAZE RUNNER Blu-ray™ comes in a 2-Disc Combo Pack, including two hours of pulse-stopping bonus features that make for the ultimate fan gift this holiday season. Created especially for this release by BOOM! Comics, dive into the backstory world of the Gladers before Thomas’ arrival, with the limited-edition, twenty-four page prequel comic book written by director Wes Ball and co-screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. Fans will also receive a limited time offer for the mobile game featuring a bonus runner “Newt” plus free in-game currency on Blu-ray™ and DVD.


*According to Box Office Mojo: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=mazerunner.htm



THE MAZE RUNNER BLU-RAY™ SPECIAL FEATURES
24-Page Prequel Comic Book
Deleted Scenes with Commentary from Wes Ball
Navigating The Maze: The Making of The Maze Runner (A Five Part Documentary that includes: The Maze is Born, Creating the World, Finding the Gang, The Movie Inside the Maze, and The Digital Details)
The “Chuck Diaries”
Gag Reel
Visual Effects Reels
Ruin Wes Ball Short Film in 2D and 3D with Commentary from Wes Ball
Audio Commentary by Wes Ball and T.S. Nowlin
Galleries





Giveaway:

One reader will win a copy of The Maze Runner on Blu-ray and the book
Fox Home Entertainment

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 or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 1/5/15 at 4:00 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.


Disclosure:  I received the novel and movie from Fox.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum Holiday Dress for Baby Girls #sponsored #trulyscrumptious

12/19/14
I received a dress from the Truly Scrumptious collection.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

One of my favorite things to do for the holidays is to dress up my little girls in holiday garb to take photos for family.  There is nothing cuter than a pretty baby in a beautiful holiday dress!

I was sent this Ivory Long Sleeve Empire Waist Velour Dress from the Truly Scrumptious Collection by Heidi Klum exclusively at Babies "R" Us.  

Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum


This adorable holiday dress has a velour bodice with a foil dot netting skirt.  It has delicate details like three lurex tipped bows on the bodice, dainty buttons in the back and a gold snowflake at the bottom of one sleeve. I love how it looks when the sunlight hits the gold dots on the skirt!

Babies "R" Us Holiday Dress

I love the long skirt and the fact that it has a lining and diaper cover included.  It really makes a polished and pretty angelic holiday look!  This is size 6 months so it is a little loose but I'd rather have it loose than too tight.

The only thing I think that would put it over the top in adorableness would be a matching headband with a gold bow.  But I am on the hunt for a cute accessory to finish it off.  {You can add tights as well, but since I photographed on a warmer day, I let the Attic Baby show her cute little feet.} 

Holiday collection for baby girls


How adorable does this dress look for holiday photos or parties? {I'm not biased or anything}

Babies "R" Us


The Truly Scrumptious collection has practical and stylish clothing for your little fashionistas, both boys and girls, at really reasonable prices!  Check out their holiday line today.

{I've already added the Girls Ivory Furry Zip Up Jacket and Faus Fur Beret to my wish list!}








Where to Buy:

In Stores and online at toysrus.com on sale right now for $11.99 {regular $19.99}

Maze Runner Twitter Viewing Party Dec. 19 #MazeRunnerFriday

12/16/14
I will receive a copy of The Maze Runner from Fox. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

The Maze Runner just released on DVD & Blu-ray today Dec. 16th and we can't wait to watch it!  

Maze Runner [Blu-ray]Will you make it out alive? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to unlock the mysteries of the maze on December 16 when THE MAZE RUNNER hits Blu-ray™ and DVD. Based on the book by James Dashner that made The New York Times best-sellers list for more than 100 weeks, THE MAZE RUNNER brings together an up-and-coming cast of young talent including Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf,” The Internship), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), and Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”) that do whatever it takes to survive.


In this heart-pounding survival thriller based on the best-selling novel, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” ) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn — especially the deadly Grievers that roam the concrete corridors at night — Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose… and find a way out before it’s too late!


THE MAZE RUNNER Blu-ray™ comes in a 2-Disc Combo Pack, including two hours of pulse-stopping bonus features that make for the ultimate fan gift this holiday season. Created especially for this release by BOOM! Comics, dive into the backstory world of the Gladers before Thomas’ arrival, with the limited-edition, twenty-four page prequel comic book written by director Wes Ball and co-screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. Fans will also receive a limited time offer for the mobile game featuring a bonus runner “Newt” plus free in-game currency on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
 

You're invited to a Twitter Viewing Party of the movie this coming Friday Dec. 19th at 5PM PT/6PM MT/8PM EST.

Pop in your copy of the movie and tweet along with author James Dashner, the Maze Runner Movie, Fox Home Entertainment and bloggers across the country.

Follow along on Twitter:

When:
Friday Dec. 19th at 8PM EST


Where:
#MazeRunnerFriday

Who:
@JamesDashner 
@FoxHomeEnt 
@MazeRunnerMovie
@atticgirl76   (that's me)
 


Find out behind the scenes information, ask questions, and more!

Tweet you there!

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 12/15

12/15/14
Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Now, onto this week's Link Up!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

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.

Featured Giveaways


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

More Great Gift Ideas From @BestBuy #HintingSeason #sponsored

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


I'm back to talk about some more great gift ideas at Best Buy.  There's still time to find that perfect present for under your tree!


Holiday Gift IDeas

There are so many amazing gift ideas for everyone in the family at Best Buy, from the GoPro Cameras, the Canon Rebel Ti5 to the LG OLED TV in our Holiday Gift Guide.  They truly have a wide selection for the techies in your life, making Best Buy the destination for the latest electronics and technology this holiday season.  They have expert service and unbeatable prices! 



Here are some hot tech gift ideas that are on our wish list and probably yours too:


XBox One

My teen is a huge gamer {like most teenage boys}.  The XBox One is definitely at the top of his wish list!  Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. 

Best Buy
With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One really takes gaming to a whole new level!

Not only is it a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  You'll have access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.  How perfect is that?


JBL Bluetooth Speakers or Headphones

 My son is all about listening to music on his phone these days.  He would love these JBL speakers and headphones!  Check out these great features:

Best Buy HOliday gifts


JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.





Garmin and TomTom GPS

I'm probably the most directionally challenged person in our family.  But my husband does a lot of driving, so one of the Garmin or TomTom GPS would be right up his alley {and mine}.  It would also be great for our soon-to-be teen driver too.

Holiday Gifts


Give the gift of clear direction with a new GPS from Garmin or TomTom featuring bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  They also include Lane assist, Lifetime traffic and map updates and Voice Recognition Technology.  

·         Garmin 52LM
o   5.0” display
o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
o   Lane assist with junction view
o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

·         Garmin 2597LMT
o   5.0” display
o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
o   Lane assist with junction view
o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

Best Buy

·        TomTom Go 50s
  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
  • Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
  • 3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
  • 5" touchscreen with advanced lane guidance
Best Buy


 Best Buy has great gift ideas this #hintingseason!  Which one is on your holiday wish list?

Best Buy

The Maze Runner Survive The Night Snapchat #SurvivetheNight

12/12/14
I will receive a copy of The Maze Runner on DVD from Fox.  No compensation has been received and all opinions are my own.

#SurviveTheNight Dec 13


In anticipation of the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Maze Runner movie, FOX is partnering with Snapchat influencers tomorrow (Sat) Dec. 13th at dusk through dawn on Sunday the 14th.


They say no one survives a night in the Maze. Starting at sundown, two Snapchat influencers will try to master the challenges beamed in from WCKD HQ. Only the fans will decide who comes out as the true winner!

Called "Survive the Night," the activation will have Snapchat influencers competing in Maze Runner-inspired Snap challenges on the hour, every hour from dusk until dawn.  Challenges posed by the Maze Runner handle on Snapchat will trigger the influencers to post their own original responses. Fans are then invited to vote for their favorite influencer each round via Twitter using the #SurviveTheNight hashtag. The influencer with the most votes will have exclusive MazeRunner intel to give their fans in return at the close of the activation.

Participating influencers are Amymarie Gaertner (Snapchat handle: xoxoamymarie) and Kenny Holland (Snapchat handle: kennyholland).


Follow along on Snapchat with mazemovies for all of the #SurviveTheNight fun!

Annie Coming to Theaters Dec. 19 Giveaway #sponsored #AnnieMovie

I received the same Annie movie prize pack in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

The very first movie I ever saw in the theater was the 1982 film Annie.  It was a musical delight for my 6 year old heart.  I fell in love with the story of the orphan and her dog Sandy.  And I can still sing most of the songs by heart!


The updated version of Annie is coming to theaters Dec. 19th.  While the original version will always be special to me, I'm interested in seeing it and sharing it with my little girl.  I can't wait to hear my favorite song "The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow".  




About the Movie:

Annie is a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhan√© Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.





Find out more:

Movie website:  http://www.annie-movie.com/site/
Resources for Educators and Librarians: 


Giveaway:

One winner will receive an Annie Prize Pack including:
  • kids t-shirt
  • activity book
  • stickers
  • poster 

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 or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 12/26/14 at 10:00 AM 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.


Disclosure:  I received an Annie movie prize pack.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

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