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Disney's A Wrinkle In Time Comes to Blu-ray Plus Activity Sheets #WrinkleInTime #Sponsored #DisneySMMC

5/31/18
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Just in time for summer break, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, comes home May 29 on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere and June 5 on Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD™, DVD and On-Demand

The stunning story of an ordinary girl’s extraordinary adventure through time and space offers exhilarating entertainment and positive messages for the whole family—encouraging self-confidence, inclusion and pushing imagination to the next level.

Families who bring home “A Wrinkle in Time” will go behind the scenes to meet the talented crafts persons, actors and filmmakers who brought to life every spectacular detail of this triumphant tale. Bonus material includes an extended featurette providing inside access to the A-list cast and crew; insightful audio commentary from director Ava DuVernay and team; deleted scenes; bloopers; and two music videos, including “I Believe” performed by GRAMMY®-nominated music mogul DJ Khaled and featuring GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Demi Lovato.

More than 50 years after Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel “A Wrinkle in Time” was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal, the big-screen retelling of this timeless classic takes audiences on a transformative journey, exquisitely illustrated through jaw-dropping visual effects, a stirring musical score and diverse, star-studded cast. Three celestial guides, Mrs. Which (two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling), come to Earth to share their wisdom and love with struggling eighth-grader Meg Murry (Storm Reid) as she journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago.

As fantastical as the film’s premise and imagery may seem, “A Wrinkle in Time” centers on a universal human need that feels particularly relevant and relatable today. “This is a story about belonging,” says DuVernay. “It’s about a girl who just doesn’t feel strong in her mind, body and spirit. But through this epic journey, she finds her strength and learns that the center of the universe starts inside her. It’s about Meg feeling like she belongs in the universe and has a mighty part to play… as do we all.”

Bonus features include**:


BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:


·                  A Journey Through TimeTake an up-close look at the making of this magnificent movie with Director Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, and the cast and crew.


·                  Deleted Scenes (with optional director audio commentary)


o    Ant on a String


o    Aunt Beast


o    Meg Learns About Calvin’s Dad


o    Papergirl


·                  Audio Commentary


o    Director Ava DuVernay


o    Producer Jim Whitaker


o    Co-Screenwriter Jennifer Lee


o    Production designer Naomi Shohan


o    First assistant director Michael Moore


o    Editor Spencer Averick


o    VFX supervisor Rich McBride


·         Bloopers


·                  Original Songs/Music Videos



o   “Warrior” performed by Chloe x Halle



Books that are made into movies can be very tricky, since we have a picture in our mind of the characters and places that a film doesn't always get "right."  I read the book when I was probably in fourth grade, but I don't remember all the details.  So I can't really compare the book to the film.

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Disney's A Wrinkle In Time


Disney brings its own spin to A Wrinkle In Time.  The visuals are colorful and draw you in.  The plot line seems pretty basic:  a girl named Meg, along with her brother and a friend from school, go on a journey to find Meg's astrophysicist dad who disappeared.  Along that journey, Meg is helped by three celestial guides who help her begin to see herself the way they see her, and find her strengths.

Disney's A Wrinkle In Time

I enjoyed the three celestial guides played by Oprah Winfrey, Reece Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.  They were quirky and Reece's character Mrs. Whatsit made me laugh.  

Somewhere in the plot line I got lost a bit.  There were some things that happened that didn't seem to make any sense, and probably had some meaning, but I just didn't get what that was.  Perhaps there are some things that were explained a bit better in the book that the movie just didn't have time for in its time constraints.  


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Disney's A Wrinkle In Time

The themes in the film are pretty clear, however.  I don't want to give any thing away, but it deals with bullying, self-discovery, tween crushes, love, family bonds, and courage.    The film will spark good conversations with your kids, and hopefully an interest in reading the book.

I'd recommend this for ages 10+ to really grasp the message and keep kids' attention.  I am looking forward to reading the book with my daughter in a few years!






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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 5/29

5/29/18
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How was your Memorial Day weekend?

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.

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Masterpiece: Little Women Now Available on DVD @masterpiecepbs #Sponsored #LittleWomenPBS

5/25/18
I will receive a copy of Masterpiece: Little Women. All opinions are mine. This post contains affiliate links.
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Did you catch Little Women on your local PBS Station?  If you missed it on tv, you'll be happy to know that MASTERPIECE: LITTLE WOMEN” released on May 22nd to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD!  {You can also watch all 3 episodes at PBS.org for a limited time. The first episode expires 5/27 so hurry!}
Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father is away at war. Under the guidance of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage. Accompanied by the charming boy next door Laurie Laurence, their cantankerous wealthy Aunt March and benevolent neighbor Mr. Laurence, Little Women is a coming-of-age story that is as relevant and engaging today as it was on its original publication in 1868. 
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Little Women, 2017 Masterpiece PBS

“Little Women is one of the most-loved novels in the English language, and with good reason,” says writer and executive producer Heidi Thomas. “Its humanity, humor, and tenderness never date, and as a study of love, grief, and growing up it has no equal. There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world.” 
Heading the cast are Academy Award® nominee Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything, Hilary and Jackie) as Marmee, the devoted mother of the four adolescent March girls; Michael Gambon (Churchill's Secret, Page Eight) as Mr. Laurence; and Academy Award® winner Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) as the March family matriarch, Aunt March. 
The March sisters—the “little women” of the title—feature newcomer Maya Hawke as the willful and adventurous Jo; Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series) as the eldest and most virtuous, Meg; Annes Elwy (King Arthur: Excalibur Rising) as the shy sister, Beth; and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) as Amy, the youngest of the family. 


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Little Women 2017, Masterpiece PBS
Also appearing are Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End) as Laurie, the loveable boy next door; Dylan Baker (The Good Wife) as Mr. March, who is serving as a chaplain with the Union Army; Julian Morris (Mark Felt) as John Brooke, Laurie’s cultured and handsome tutor; and Mark Stanley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as the charming Professor Bhaer. 
A celebration of family as much as it is a recognition of the challenges of growing up and forging an individual identity, the program remains relevant due to the universal themes at its core. Backed by a nearly all-female creative team, Thomas’ adaptation doesn’t shy away from tackling the darker, more complex emotions the March family experiences. Drawing from a novel that was well ahead of its time the show speaks to current issues as much as it does to the issues women faced at the turn of the 20th century. 


Devotees of the original novel will relish the book’s indelible scenes in this MASTERPIECE production: the cruel fate of Jo’s manuscript, Amy’s accident on the ice, Meg’s first ball, Beth and the forbidden piano, the pickled limes affair, and many other cherished episodes in a journey to a bygone time. 


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Little Women 2017 Masterpiece PBS

Although modern society would be disorienting in the extreme to the March sisters, Thomas notes that even today “girls are still confused about their desires and their desirability, and the passage from innocence to experience is more turbulent than ever.” 
“We need hope, and we need empathy,” she adds. “We need laughter, and we need catharsis, we need joy and inspiration. LITTLE WOMEN gives us all of these things.”
MASTERPIECE: LITTLE WOMEN” has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore at the BBC, and is produced by Playground (Wolf Hall, Howards End) for BBC One. The series is a co-production with MASTERPIECE on PBS. The producer is Susie Liggat. Executive producers are Colin Callender and Sophie Gardiner for Playground, Heidi Thomas, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. 
One of my all-time favorite books growing up was Little Women.  I probably read it at least 20 times!  I grew up in New England, and have always been fascinated with Louisa May Alcott's life in Massachusetts. 


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Louisa May Alcott, Courtesy PBS.org
I have seen many film versions of Little Women over the years.  The 1994 version with Wynona Ryder has always been my favorite.  I don't know if it's because of the nostalgia of that time in my life or because of the amazing cast or both.  


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Little Women 1994, Columbia Pictures
I am pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this version almost as much!  The storyline didn't stray too far from the original {there were some additions and things added for a more modern audience} and the actors were very good.  I love how the writers showed the more vulnerable sides of Marmee and Jo. 
I also like how they showed more insight into Beth and how kind Mr. Lawrence was to her. Michael Gambon was the perfect choice for Mr. Lawrence and Angela Lansbury was absolutely divine {and hysterically cranky} as Aunt March!
Spoiler Alert:  If you are not familiar with the story line, please skip this part!
There were a few things that I didn't think were quite perfect.  Amy didn't seem to progress in age from when she was a little girl to a grown young woman.  She was supposed to be 12 in the beginning, but the actress looked too old.  I liked the 1994 version where they used two different actresses to show that progression better.  The writers seemed to focus a lot on Amy's art, but not as much on her silly obsession with her nose and pinching it with a clothes pin to make it appear smaller and more turned up.

I also didn't think that Professor Baer was a great actor match {they made him a bit younger}, but I've always had an issue with Jo falling for the Professor vs. Laurie (the giant age gap, good grief!).  I think Laurie was perfectly portrayed and I still found myself mad about how Jo turned him down and he ended up marrying her sister instead.  (I mean, what tween girl didn't fall for Laurie?)  
Over all, I think this version is definitely worth watching again. If you're looking for another great re-telling of a classic story, I recommend you watch Masterpiece PBS: Little Women!



Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 5/22

5/22/18
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It's that time again!

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! 

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Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

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Grand Prize Winner will receive a:  $20 Gift Card To Amazon & a Copy of the Book "A Candle for My Mother"

4 Runners-up will receive a:  copy of the book "A Candle for My Mother"

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Author: Pamela Newton
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A Candle for My Mother is an inspirational story of a young woman from the Midwest, Lorraine Newton, who longed to travel the world despite being the mother of four young children. “I’m going to see places, come hell or high water!” Lorraine remarked, and she made it happen. Lorraine’s stories in the book are told in her own words from tape recordings she made before she died, and letters saved by a friend, detailing Lorraine’s family’s amazing experiences in Iraq and travels in Europe. Into the bubbling political cauldron of the Middle East in the 1950s ventured an American family. Iraq was not necessarily what Lorraine had in mind, but the country fit exotic to a tee. It conjured up “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” markets filled with silks and gold, and travel in Europe on vacations. Lorraine was about to embark on a grand adventure. Pamela Newton never felt closer to her mom than when she was traveling, sometimes logging over 100,000 miles a year: “Mom’s adventurous spirit was with me on every trip, in every country, encouraging me to make the most of each moment.” The things that Pamela experienced on her business trips often triggered a remembrance of her mother and her childhood. Those memories became the reflections and gratitude's that Pamela expresses at the end of each chapter when visiting churches across the globe to light candles for her mother, a tradition she began in Westminster Abbey. For readers who may be reminded of exciting memories from their childhood, A Candle for My Mother has been designed with pages interspersed throughout for writing personal reflections. Here a son or daughter can add their favorite pictures, recount “Best Day Ever” times, write a thank you to their mom, or include poems, musings, or thoughts. It is designed to be a gift to oneself or one’s mom. Read it, write in it and then give it to your mother…with gratitude.
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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 5/15

5/15/18
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Happy Tuesday!

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! 

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Pinkalicious and Peterrific: Pinkamagine It! Arrives on DVD May 15 #Sponsored #PBSKids

5/11/18
I received Pinkalicious & Peterrific: Pinkamagine It! and Pinkalicious for review. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine.


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"PINKALICIOUS AND PETERRIFIC: PINKAMAGINE IT” will be available on DVD and Digital HD starting May 15. This is the DVD debut of the popular series Pinkalicious, with six new colorful adventures all about creativity, self expression, and pink, pink, pink!

In PINKALICIOUS AND PETERRIFIC: PINKAMAGINE IT! children join Pinkalicious and her brother Peter on adventures in the arts, creativity and self-expression. Kids will enjoy these six fun-filled stories that take place in Pinkville, a pink-loving town with a touch of whimsy. In “Pinkalicious,” based on the best-selling book, when Pinkalicious wakes up to discover her whole body has suddenly turned pink, she’s ecstatic. However, she soon discovers that you can have too much of a good thing. Then, in “Fairy House,” Pinkalicious and Peter build a fairy house to attract the Springtime Fairies. But when the fairies turn out to be noisy roommates, they decide it’s probably best if they find the fairies a better home.



Stories on this DVD include: 


“Pinkalicious”

If there is one thing Pinkalicious loves most, it’s the color pink! So when Pinkalicious wakes up to discover her whole body has suddenly turned pink, she’s ecstatic. However, Pinkalicious soon discovers that you can have too much of a good thing. 

“Fairy House”
Pinkalicious and Peter build a fairy house to attract the Springtime Fairies. But when the fairies turn out to be noisy roommates, they decide it’s probably best if they find the fairies a better home. 

“Pinkabotta & Peterbotta”
Pinkalicious and Peter try their hand at being inventors and create Robotta, a robot that can move, talk and most importantly, clean. But when Robotta malfunctions, the house becomes messier than ever. Fortunately, Pinkalicious and Peter have a backup solution to make cleaning more fun: Pretend to be robots while doing it!

“Slumber Party”
Pinkalicious hosts a Princess of Pink slumber party. But one of her friends gets home sick and isn’t sure she wants to spend the night! Fortunately, Pinkalicious and friends imagine a dragon named Gertie to protect them. 

“Invisible Band”
It’s the day of the Pinkville Parade and the whole marching band has gotten sick! Luckily, Pinkalicious and her friends eagerly volunteer to perform in their stead. There’s just one small problem…they don’t have any instruments!

“Dancing Shoes”
Pinkalicious tries on a mysterious pair of shoes. But after she puts them on, she can’t stop dancing!


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My seven year-old daughter's favorite color is pink.  We started reading the Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann in Kindergarten.  She is a huge fan and is so excited about the animated series Pinkalicious and Peterrific on PBS Kids!


The show encourages kids to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts – all proven to strengthen children’s cognitive and emotional skills and help them learn more effectively.

Both of my daughters enjoyed these episodes, especially "Dancing Shoes," since they both love dance.   It combines colorful animation, music, and imagination.  And the best part, they are learning and don't even realize it!

They can't get enough of Pinkalicious and Peterrific and can't wait for more episodes.

Pinkalicious and Peterrific: Pinkamagine It! is a fun way to celebrate spring!


“Pinkalicious and Peterrific” airs weekdays at 9am and 2:30pm and weekends at 8am (check local listings).  

Stay tuned for new episodes May 14th!



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