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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 2/27

2/27/18
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It's starting to feel like spring here in PA!  The sun is coming up earlier and we are getting outdoors more.  So put some spring in your step and enter some great 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 on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

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



Featured Giveaway:

Disney Pixar's COCO Blu-ray 3/12 US

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!


Disney•Pixar's COCO Arrives on Blu-ray 2/27 Plus Giveaway #Sponsored #PixarCoco

2/26/18
I received a copy of Disney•Pixar’s COCO on Blu-ray.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

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Disney•Pixar’s COCO is now available on Digital HD and is releasing on Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow, Feb. 27th.   We missed COCO while it was in theaters, so we are thrilled about being able to watch it for home movie night!

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco”—the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors—won a 2018 Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the domestic box office Thanksgiving holiday weekend, became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico, broke records in China and earned widespread praise, receiving 96 percent from critics and 97 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this vibrant tale filled with love and laughter arrives home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 27.

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco


Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in “Coco;” and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel’s beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of Coco and more.



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"Coco" is packaged several ways to ensure viewers get the most out of their in-home viewing experience. The Multi-screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for Digital 4K Ultra HD or the 4K UHD Combo Pack, which includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD, bringing the rich color, textures and sounds to life and immersing viewers in two fantastically animated worlds. Dolby Atmos audio heightens the memorable score created by Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino and his 83-piece orchestra, as well as original songs like “Remember Me” by the Oscar®-winning team behind “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

BONUS FEATURES*

Blu-ray & Digital:

  • Deleted Scenes with Introductions - Director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes and the part they played in the development of “Coco.”
    • Da de los Muertos - In this musical extravaganza, the colors and excitement of Día de los Muertos come to life as we meet superstar Ernesto de la Cruz.
    • The Way of the Riveras - A musical number in which Abuelita and Miguel prepare their Día de los Muertos celebration while she teaches him Rivera family history and traditions.
    • Celebrity Tour - Héctor, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de la Cruz.
    • The Bus Escape - The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Héctor and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.
    • Alebrije Attack - Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.
    • The Family Fix - After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.
    • To the Bridge - As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of Día de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the marigold bridge.
  • Filmmaker Commentary – Presented by Lee Unkrich (director), Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson (producer).
  • The Music of “Coco - Collaborating with musicians of Mexico and some unique instrumentation, this documentary explores the beautiful fusion of music essential to the story of “Coco.”
  • Paths to Pixar: “Coco - Explore how the film crew’s personal stories resonate with the themes of the movie itself.
  • Welcome to the Fiesta - A musical exploration of the skeletons that make the Land of the Dead in “Coco” so wondrous and intriguing.
  • How to Draw a Skeleton - Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga gives a lesson on the quick and easy way to draw skeletons using simple shapes.
  • A Thousand Pictures a Day - Join the “Coco” crew on an immersive travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries, and small villages during the Día de los Muertos holiday.
  • Mi Familia - Developing the Riveras was a labor of love that took the cast and crew on a deep dive into the meaning of family.
  • Land of Our Ancestors – Watch Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from many eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life.
  • Fashion Through the Ages – The cast of characters in “Coco” are from many different eras, making for some magnificent costuming opportunities.
  • The Real Guitar – The majestic guitar that spurs Miguel on his journey through the Land of the Dead is a unique creation. Watch as it is initially designed by a Pixar artist and ultimately realized as a real instrument by a master luthier in this poetic ode to craftsmanship.
  • Dante - How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dogs that inspired Dante.
  • How to Make Papel Picado - Join Pixar artist Ana Ramírez González as we learn how papel picado is made traditionally, and then try your own approach to this beautiful art form.
  • Un Poco “Coco - A montage of original animated pieces used to promote “Coco.”
  • Coco Trailers” - Trailers include “Feeling,” “Dante’s Lunch,” “Destiny,” “Journey” and “Belong.”
DVD:
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Dante


My two daughters, ages 7 and 3, fell instantly in love with the story of COCO.  This film is centered around the importance of family, from its beautiful music to the intricate story line.  It reminded me quite a bit of another Disney favorite, Lilo & Stitch, where Lilo and her sister said "Ohana means family.  And family means no one gets left behind or forgotten."  


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Disney•Pixar’s “Coco

Miguel longs to be a musician like his grandfather, but his family is against it for reasons which I will let you discover.  He goes on an adventure in the land of the dead and learns more about his family and strengthening their bonds in the process.   There are some very emotional moments, especially when Miguel sings to his grandmother Coco.  You'll definitely need some tissues!




My oldest is very interested in learning about different cultures, and she was very fascinated by the traditions of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  She asked many questions while watching, so I think a trip to the library to find some more books about the topic is in our future.   She also asked questions about our own family tree.  While her great-grandparents have passed away, we both enjoyed talking about them and helping her get an idea of who they were and how much they are dearly loved.  


It's no wonder that COCO won a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Animated Motion Picture!  It has wonderful themes about family, the importance of honesty, and learning more about your past.  My daughters loved it so much they have asked to watch it many times since we got the blu-ray.  

COCO is available now on digital HD and on Blu-ray/DVD Feb. 27th.  It would make a great gift!  



Don't forget to download your free COCO activity sheets

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Giveaway:  One winner will receive COCO on Blu-ray


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This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter. Giveaway Ends 3/12/18 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. 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 sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

When Calls the Heart Season 4 Collector's Edition #Sponsored #Hearties

2/23/18
Thank you to Edify Media for sending When Calls The Heart Season 4 on DVD to review.  This post contains affiliate links.



When Calls the Heart Season 4 Collector's Edition


From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, a beautiful story filled with “many of the values we all hold precious such as love, family, friendship, community, faith and caring about one another” (Military Press)!
Return to the rural town of Hope Valley returns for another season of adventure, romance, and community in this collection from the fourth year of When Calls The Heart. This six DVD set continues the captivating story of strong-willed schoolteacher Elizabeth (Krakow), her beloved Constable Jack Thornton (Lissing), the fiercely independent Abigail Stanton (Loughlin), and all the citizenry of Hope Valley as they face the challenges of the frontier with courage, grace, and heart.


Need to Catch Up?

When Calls the Heart Season 1
When Calls the Heart Season 2
When Calls the Heart Season 3

I love owning the collector's editions of each season; all of the movie versions are included as well as the Hallmark Channel episodes so you don't miss anything from the season.  Even if you don't have the Hallmark Channel, you can see all of the exciting moments from season 4!

There are also 2 hours of bonus features, including Q & A with the cast and the famous  Hearties Family Reunion (on the set in Vancouver Canada).  If you can't make the trip to Canada (like me), it's as close to being at the reunion as you can get.  Plus, there are 6 Bible Study Guides, which are great for small groups.

This season starts off with a special Christmas episode, which was heartwarming and sweet and had me wondering when Jack was going to propose to Elizabeth.   I mean it has been 3 seasons of dancing around each other.   By the end of the season though, there are some satisfying and not-so-satisfying conclusions in their relationship.  I don't want to ruin the surprise for you so I'll leave it there.  Some of the off-shoot story lines dragged a bit this season, but I did enjoy learning more about various townspeople.

When Calls the Heart Season 4 Collector's Edition makes a great gift for the fan in your life!



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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 2/20

2/20/18
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It's been quiet around here lately.  I've been dealing with some health issues and some dental work.  I'm hoping to be feeling up to more blogging soon!

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! Make sure you 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.

Thank you for linking up!

Tuesday Giveaway Linky 2/13

2/13/18
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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.

Happy Valentine's week!  Hope you have a special celebration with your friends and loved ones.

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.

Featured Giveaway

My Little Pony: Spring Into Friendship DVD US only, 2 winners Ends 2/14


Hasbro, Spring DVD

Thank you for linking up!


PlasmaCar Giveaway @mamathefox

2/10/18
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These winter days are long and we are looking forward to spring.  Get your little ones outdoors (or even use indoors in the basement) outside and having fun with PlasmaCar!


The Original PlasmaCar is a ride-on toy that does not have pedals, gears or a motor. Instead the rider uses their body to wiggle their way around.

By using their own natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, friction, and the PlasmaCar is naturally kid powered!

   

Available now though Amazon (it’s Prime!)

   

Enter to win (1) PlasmaCar valued at $70

 

Hosted by: MamatheFox.com

Sponsored by: PlasmaCar

Co-Hosted by: MomJunky & Miki's Hope

  Giveaway    

Open to Continental US residents only

Peter Rabbit Review {No Spoilers} @beatrixpotter #PeterRabbitMovie #Sponsored

2/9/18
I attended a free Peter Rabbit screening and received promotional items (thank you Allied).  All opinions are mine.


Movie Review



Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

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This post is written by The Attic Guy.

Going to an animated movie with my 7-year-old is always a good time but because of my long working hours I'm usually the first in the theater to fall asleep once the lights go out.  Not the case with this movie.  From the opening music to the very end of this movie we were laughing and enjoying this cute cotton-tail, oops I mean fairy tale.  

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The first scene sets the stage of the constant quest for fun and food in Mr. McGregor's garden for Peter and his siblings while Mr. McGregor attempts to rabbit-proof his garden for good.  Peter is the often too brave member of the family and loves causing havoc for Mr. McGregor.  As the feud builds throughout the movie, the pranks get funnier and more extreme maybe even "hare raising!"    

As time goes by the feuds become less about the food in the garden and more about winning the battle for the affection of the artsy lovable lady next-door.  When pranks and retaliations eventually go over the edge homes and relationships are destroyed for everyone involved.  Could Peter put all of the pieces back together and help mend homes and souls?   Better get to the theater and see this movie to find out.  I guarantee you and your children will love this one and what better time of year to have a fun bunny movie, right before Easter!  

Peter Rabbit is in theaters today, Feb. 9th.


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Wonder Comes to Blu-ray Feb. 13th #ChooseKind #ShareWonder

2/8/18
Wonder is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 13th from Lionsgate, just in time for Valentine's Day.  I couldn't be more excited, as I missed it while it was in theaters and have been looking forward to the Blu-ray release for months.
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The incredibly moving and heartfelt family film, Wonder, heads to Digital January 30 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, and USA Today’s top-selling book of 2017, by R.J. Palacio, writer-director Stephen Chbosky (Beauty and the Beast, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) brings to life the uplifting story of a boy who inspires and teaches others that true beauty is found within.

Certified Freshon Rotten Tomatoes and co-written for the screen by Steven Conrad and Jack Thorne, Wonder stars Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (2000, Best Actress, Erin Brockovich), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (2001, Best Writing, The Royal Tenenbaums), Golden Globe® nominee Mandy Patinkin (1984, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Yentl; 1995, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “Chicago Hope”; 2003, Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Television Motion Picture, “Homeland”), and Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Smurfs 2).



Wonder follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. 

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The Wonder home entertainment release includes all-new special features, including a never-before-seen 5-part documentary, multiple featurettes, a music video, and an audio commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio. 

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby TrueHD, which provides the most authentic lossless audio experience available for the home theater. Together Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD allow consumers to experience both cutting-edge imaging and lossless audio sound technology for an immersive entertainment experience.



Timed to the book’s sixth anniversary, and to Valentine’s Day, Wonder will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.


4K UHD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Summer of Fun” 5-Part Documentary
    • “A (com)Passion Project” Featurette
    • “Family Matters” Featurette
    • “A Technical Wonder” Featurette
    • “A Note of Kindness” Featurette
    • “We All Deserve a Standing Ovation at Least Once in Our Lives” Featurette
  • “A Child’s Sense of Wonder” Featurette
  • “What a Wonderful World” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio
  • “Brand New Eyes” Music Video
  • Wonder Soundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette


DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio
  • “Brand New Eyes” Music Video
  • Wonder Soundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette





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