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Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators #CuriousGeorgeDoc #ad

7/28/16
I have been a fan of Curious George for decades.  I read Curious George books growing up and read them to my own children.  We have also enjoyed watching episodes (over and over again) on PBS Kids.  There's just something about that lovable monkey and how his curiosity gets him into mischief!

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Did you know that Curious George is celebrating his 75th birthday this year?  And that since the first Curious George book was published in 1941, the stories of the adventurous little monkey have sold over 75 million copies in more than 20 languages? Incredible!

I recently learned that a documentary has been made about the authors called Monkey Business: The Adventures of George's Creators. 

I am fascinated with the how authors get their ideas and about the authors themselves. I am thrilled to be a part of the team to help spread the word about this special story!

Curious George Documentary


About the Documentary:

The documentary delves into the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, the authors of the beloved Curious George children’s books. The Reys were of German Jewish descent and narrowly escaped the Nazis on makeshift bicycles they rode across Europe, carrying the yet-to-be-published Curious George manuscript with them. 

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To tell this remarkable story, Yamazaki obtained exclusive rights from the Rey's estate, curated by longtime caretaker to Margret Rey, Ley Lee Ong, gaining access to the over 300 boxes of the Reys’ personal archives at the de Grummond Collection, housed at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Through a unique and Rey inspired technique of animation, as well as archival photographs, the documentary tells the story of the couple's lives, the birth of George and how the well loved children's book character almost didn't come to fruition.  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Universal hold the publishing and merchandising rights to the literary and cultural icon, but it is Yamazaki who has been entrusted with documenting this inspiring story of perseverance, adventure, family and what it means to be a world citizen.
 

Monkey Business: The Curious Adventures of George’s Creators is Yamazaki’s directorial debut, after amassing an impressive editing credit list including collaborations with seasoned storyteller, Sam Pollard ( When The Levees Broke ). Marc Levin (Chicagoland) is on board as Executive Producer. Yamazaki, who claims Japan, the UK and New York as three unique homes, wasinspired by the Rey's journey and philosophy of living. She felt a kinship with the married authors of German Jewish descent who were also multinationals having made homes in Brazil, Paris and ultimately New York City. With immigration and refugee crises at the center of current and urgent international debate, Monkey Business reminds us that we are all world citizens, searching for and deserving of a home.

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ABOUT EMA RYAN YAMAZAKI (Director)
Raised in Japan and England and currently based in New York, Ema has always loved telling stories first as a dancer, and now as a filmmaker. She has directed documentaries such as MONK BY BLOOD and NEITHER HERE NOR THERE that have been seen around the world. As an editor, Ema’s work has screened on HBO, PBS, CNN at Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival,among others.
 

MARC LEVIN (Executive Producer)
In his 30+ years as an independent filmmaker, Marc has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Camera D’Or at Cannes, National Emmys and duPont Columbia Awards. His work includes SLAM , HEIR TO AN EXECUTION , and the BRICK CITY TV series. 


JACOB KAFKA (Animator)
The son of a rabbi and a seismologist, Jacob grew up in Massachusetts and has been making movies since he was five years old. His animated short films BASED ON A TRUE STORY and COLD FEET have played in festivals such as TIFF Kids, Woodstock Film Festival, Animation Block Party, ASIFAEast Animation Festival, and been featured on Cartoon Brew. He developed the animation software "Rough Animator" for mobile devices, which has been used by thousands of animators around the world.



Curious George Documentary

KickStarter Campaign:

In order to share the film with as many people as possible, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $175,000 for production and distribution.

I hope you'll visit the Kickstarter campaign and spread the word about this project.  I can't wait to see the final cut (look for The Attic Girl in the film credits)!


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Follow Monkey Business: The Curious Adventures of George’s Creators #curiousgeorgedoc

No compensation was received for this post.  I was asked to be part of the social media team for this campaign as a life-long fan of Curious George.  I will receive a T Shirt & film credits as part of this team.

Pete's Dragon Free Printables & Clips #PetesDragon

7/27/16
I think I was about a year old when the original movie Pete's Dragon was made. When I was about 7 years old, I saw it for the first time and it quickly became one of my favorites. I remember wishing that I had my own invisible dragon who could follow me around and help me whenever I needed it! 

I am so excited that they have re-made Pete's Dragon for my own kids to enjoy coming to theaters this August 12th!

Pete's Dragon






Check out these clips: 







Download these fun Pete's Dragon printables at home!

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









Follow Pete's Dragon #PetesDragon

No compensation was received for this post.  All photos and info. provided by Walt Disney Studios and used with permission.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up #linky #giveaway

7/25/16
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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 link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

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

All Things Bright and Beautiful (Children's Book) US only Ends 7/27

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$25 Amazon Gift Card US only Ends 7/26

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Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


The Air Protect Tour Comes to King of Prussia 7/23 #AirProtectTour

7/21/16
Summer is a great time for road trips with the family and safety is #1 on parents' minds when it comes to their little ones riding properly in their car seats.  

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?  And that 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly?  Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of injury or death by 71% according to Safe Kids.  These stats are so important!

From choosing the right seat for your child to making sure it is installed safely, Safety First is making the process a bit easier for parents with their Air Protect Tour.
 


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Safety First, (Dorel Juvenile) teamed up with Allstate Insurance Company and Safe Kids Southeastern Philadelphia coalition (led by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), invites families to a community fun day at the King of Prussia Specialty Care & Surgery Center this Sat. July 23rd from 9AM-12PM. 


 car seat inspections

Free Car Seat Inspections 

You can register for a free car seat inspection (registration is required) during the event.  All parents and caregivers of young children are encouraged to attend. Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chop-car-seat-safety-check-king-of-prussia-specialty-care-center-july-23-registration-25870347907

Child passenger safety technicians will teach you how to correctly transport your children and to make sure that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up on every ride. (This is an educational service, not an installation service.) Through this hands-on opportunity, you will learn how to properly secure your children in their child safety seats.

Safety 1st and Allstate are also encouraging parents to bring unwanted, expired or damaged car seats to be properly recycled by Dorel Juvenile’s manufacturing plant. A special Safety 1st gift will be given to those who bring in old seats.
 

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 Activities:

Event will include:

A giant inflatable tunnel for attendees to drive through to receive:
o Child safety seat checks by Safety 1st car seat technicians (registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chop-car-seat-safety-check-king-of-prussia-specialty-care-center-july-23-registration-25870347907)
o Information on Safety 1st latest technology products Air Protect™
o Demos of the latest Safety 1st car seats
o Photo opportunity for kids on an oversized (8 ft.) car seat

*Safety kits from Allstate
*Information booths and giveaways
*Kids activities, including face painting and balloon animals


 

Find out more about this great community event at http://info.safety1st.com/air-protect-tour.

When:  July 23, 2016 9 AM- 12 PM

Where:  King of Prussia Specialty Care & Surgery Center
               550 S. Goddard Blvd
               King of Prussia, PA 


The Air Protect Tour will be stopping in the following cities this summer:

  • June 17 - 2525 State St, Columbus, IN (1-5pm)
  • June 25 - 5550 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, IN (11am-3pm)
  • July 23 - 550 S. Goddard Blvd, King of Prussia, PA (9am-12pm)
  • July 24 - 3500 Reservoir Dr., E. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA (10am-2pm)
  • August 2 - School Street Park, 511 School Street, Agawam, MA (3-7:30pm)
  • August 27 - 801 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI (11am - 3pm)


No compensation was provided for sharing this community event as part of the 2016 Safety First Blogger program. 

Disney's Queen of Katwe Sneak Peek #QueenofKatwe #disneysmmoms

7/20/16
It's no secret that I love books and movies, especially ones that are based on true-life stories that are uplifting and inspiring.  Queen of Katwe is one such movie that I am looking forward to seeing in theaters September 23, 2016!


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“Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. 

Directed by Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (“The Hoax”) based on the book by Tim Crothers, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (“The Darjeeling Limited”) and John Carls (“Where the Wild Things Are”) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
 
For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. 

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QUEEN OF KATWE / Disney© 2016


Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.
  

This movie has so many great universal themes and lessons for the whole family to watch together.  I love how it focuses on dreaming big and going for your dreams!  It also can open up great conversations with your older kids about other countries and cultures.


Trailer: 





Interviews with Lupita Nyong’o & David Oyelowo:




Follow Queen of Katwe #QueenofKatwe

No compensation was received for this post.  All photos and info. provided by Walt Disney Studios and used with permission.

Save for Back to School at Chuck E. Cheese's & Payless #BacktoSchool #ad

7/19/16
I received coupons in exchange for sharing this promotion.  All opinions are my own.

We're in the middle of some very hot summer days right now, and finding ways to entertain the munchkins and keep cool can be a challenge.

One of our favorite places to go to is Chuck E. Cheese's.

Chuck E Cheese's


The kiddos can burn off some energy in the air conditioning and it is budget friendly. My girls love seeing Chuck E. Cheese too!

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Chuck E. Cheese's has partnered with Payless for you to squeeze every last bit of summer fun while easing you into the Back-School-Mindset with this promotion:
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From July 17 to September 6, all Chuck E. Cheese's customers will receive a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase at Payless.   And all Payless customers will receive two coupons for Chuck E. Cheese's.


Take advantage of these fun savings and stop into Chuck E. Cheese's today.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 7/18

7/18/16
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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 link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

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

All Things Bright and Beautiful (Children's Book) US only Ends 7/27

giveaways

$25 Amazon Gift Card US only Ends 7/26

giveaways


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 7/12 #giveaway #linky

7/12/16
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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 link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

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

Ferocious Fluffity (Children's Book) US only Ends 7/16

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Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


Beauty and The Beast Teaser Trailer & Poster #BeOurGuest #BeautyandTheBeast

7/7/16
Disney's Beauty and The Beast is one of my favorite animated films.  Since I've always been a huge book worm, the character of Belle really resonated with me.

I am excited to share with you the latest news about Beauty and The Beast coming to theaters March 17, 2017 (and just in time for my birthday)!


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Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is based on the animated classic which refashions the classic characters and musical numbers from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience. The film, which stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson, opens in theaters everywhere on March 17th, 2017!

The cast list is amazing!  It's going to be a long wait, but I'm sure it will be well worth it.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

  



Find out more at the official BEAUTY AND THE BEAST website here: http://movies.disney.com/beauty-and-the-beast-2017

Follow Beauty And The Best #BeOurGuest #BeautyandTheBeast:

No compensation was received for this post.  All photos and info. provided by Walt Disney Studios and used with permission.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 7/5 #giveaway #linky

7/5/16
Tuesday Giveaway Link Up

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! Stop in as often as you can.

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

Ferocious Fluffity (Children's Book) US only Ends 7/16



Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


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