15 Shark Week Crafts for Kids and Awesome Adults

Shark Week crafts are a fun way to get everyone excited for Shark Week. Yes, we are calling these Shark Week crafts for kids, but let's get real, I know plenty of adults firing up their glue gun at this moment. Shark Week rules. This post contains affiliate links. Shark Week starts on June 26th this year. The highly anticipated week is packed with the creatures we love to fear. Sharks are … [Read more...]

Art Festival Chicago – Gold Coast Art Fair 2016

This weekend a wonderful art festival is coming to Chicago. The Gold Coast Art Fair will take place June 18-19 in Grant Park. I cannot wait to attend with my family and report back to you all. I will receive media passes to cover the event. Gold Coast Art Fair Art. It's what sets us apart from all other species on this planet. We have the ability to see, hear, feel, taste, smell, and … [Read more...]

Harry Potter, TMNT, and Star Wars Model Kits – IncrediBuilds

Adding any sort of 3D element to creative play is always fun. But when you're able to personally customize your favorite officially licensed characters from all the best new--and old--movies? That's a whole new level of awesome. I'm so excited to introduce you to IncrediBuilds. They have Harry Potter, TMNT, and Star Wars Model Kits, just to name a few. I received product to facilitate this post … [Read more...]

My Favorite Childhood Movie – Adventures In Babysitting is Remade

Any of you other 80's kids grow up loving the movie Adventures in Babysitting? I certainly did and I'm so freaking excited to announce that it's been remade into a Disney Channel Original Movie! While on the Captain America: Civil War press junket we were able to screen the movie and talk to the stars, Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson. Don't worry, no spoilers here; and all thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

The Jungle Book Characters I Like the Most In the New Film

Disney has been up to a lot of magical transformations lately, bringing old classics back to life in live action films. I was able to screen their latest masterpiece, The Jungle Book, while on a press junket last weekend. This post will include my review and The Jungle Book characters I liked the most, but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. I will also do my best to keep this … [Read more...]

Zootopia Movie Review and Free Disney Coloring Pages

If you don't have plans to go see Zootopia on opening weekend, bust out those pencils and get it on the calendar. Zootopia is perfect for the whole family. Even my 14-year-old son said he'd go see it again. Plus, we've got some great free Disney coloring pages to go with the movie. My family and I were able to go to an advanced screening of the film, but all thoughts and opinions shared here are … [Read more...]

P!nk and Alice Through the Looking Glass #DisneyAlice

Who better to play the trademark song for Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass than P!nk. Seriously, I'm so darn excited for this movie I can't even handle it. Check out the killer new movie poster too! Alice Through the Looking Glass Partners with P!nk Growing up, Alice in Wonderland was always one of my favorites to binge watch under a blanket fort stocked with snacks. Not many … [Read more...]

Monthly Subscription for Easy Science Experiments for Kids

One of my favorite memories from science class was when my teacher used liquid nitrogen to quick freeze a Snickers bar. He then shattered it with a hammer and let us eat the pieces. It's demonstrations like that that make science fun and exciting. Sadly, many classrooms are limited now with food allergies and other liabilities. I'm thrilled to introduce the MEL Science monthly subscription box … [Read more...]

A New Angle on the Peter Pan Story with PAN

The Peter Pan story has always been one of my favorites. I mean, what kid wouldn't love the idea of never growing up. To be able to play and frolic for all eternity. And considering the setting of the Peter Pan story, you'd never run out of things to do. With that in mind, I was eager to get a look at PAN. A copy of the movie was sent for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links. All … [Read more...]

My Reaction – Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens Review

First, I'd like to say there are NO SPOILERS in this post. It is my mission to make sure you enjoy the plot and surprises for yourself, just as I did. This is simply my reaction to the movie. I am able to write this Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens review because I was one of the lucky bloggers given the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the film. All thoughts shared here are … [Read more...]

Our Reaction to The Good Dinosaur Movie with Printables

When it comes to Disney anything, my expectations are really high. I'm happy to report that The Good Dinosaur movie did not disappoint. My family and I were able to attend a media screening of the film but all thoughts shared here are based on our honest reactions. The Good Dinosaur Movie Here are all our reactions to The Good Dinosaur Movie. But first, a little about us for perspective--I'm … [Read more...]

New Additions to GameTruck Chicago Plus Limited Time Offer

Remember a couple years ago, when I surprised my son with a GameTruck party for his birthday? If not, you can check out the whole story here. Since then, GameTruck Chicago has been awfully busy. They've upped the standards for all sorts of play--not just in the video game arena either. New Additions - GameTruck Chicago Now, GameTruck Chicago offers all the best from the actual video game … [Read more...]

New Finding Dory Trailer

Disney Pixar has just released the new Finding Dory trailer. I can already tell this is going to be a great movie. This Finding Dory trailer clocked in at just over a minute long, but it had everything I remember and love about Dory and the gang. The Finding Dory Trailer is Just a Taste of the Awesome Remember finding Nemo? Remember how much fun it was to watch Dory meander around and forget … [Read more...]

Six Flags Great America – 13 Fright Fest Facts

Last week five of us--two adults and three teenage boys--braved Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America. We did not go into any of the haunted attractions this time around but experienced plenty just being in the park. We received complimentary admission but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Six Flags Great America It's been years since I've gone to Six Flags. I've always loved the thrill … [Read more...]

Marvel Avengers Playmation Starter Pack

It's that time of the year where I feel super generous, so I have teamed up with a few of my D23Expo Blogging friends to bring you yet another amazing giveaway. This giveaway is for a Playmation Starter Pack, and boy are you going to love this new interactive gaming system. The Playmation gaming system is so immersive, fun, and enjoyable I had to write a blog post all about it. Check out my … [Read more...]

The Good Dinosaur Movie – A New Poster and Trailer

The Good Dinosaur is a story of friendship, and it's making its way to theaters November 25, 2015. To celebrate the impending arrival of this dino-sized family film, Disney/Pixar has release a new The Good Dinosaur poster and trailer. The Good Dinosaur Movie - The Power of Friendship The Good Dinosaur movie looks at a world where the dinosaurs never died off. Pixar Animation Studios follow … [Read more...]

The Moana Movie Has Its Leading Lady

The Moana movie is sailing into theaters on November 23, 2016, and it now has its leading lady. Newcomer and Hawaiian native, 14 year old, Auli'i Cravalho will be the voice of Moana, the star of the Moana movie. Official Boiler Plate Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a … [Read more...]

Being Prepared for all of the Life Adventures

Life is full of adventures and we should all have the attitude to seize them when they present themselves. But, life has a personality all its own and occasionally its sense of humor is pretty wicked. Adventures of Life My life's persona is a lot like that of Lucy from the Peanuts Gang. In which case, I am totally Charlie Brown. Life loves pulling that football right out from under me while … [Read more...]

Family Fun in the Allegheny Mountains at Omni Resort

There just happened to be a Groupon for the Omni Bedford Springs Resort on sale a couple weeks before we left for our #MFRoadTrip. Driving from Chicago to the East coast, I knew we'd need to stop somewhere in between, so I looked up this gorgeous resort in Pennsylvania. I was able to get discounted media rates for our stay, but all thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Family … [Read more...]

Stay a Little Longer at Homewood Suites by Hilton #MFRoadTrip

We have two regrets from our trip to the Charleston, South Carolina Homewood Suites by Hilton Extended Stay hotel. First, not staying longer. Second--every blogger's biggest mistake--not capturing the kids' initial reactions to our suite on camera. The gasps and squeals of delight were hysterical. Otherwise, we couldn't have asked for more. We were given a complementary one night stay at this … [Read more...]

Awesome New Games and Products from Disney Interactive #D23Expo

As odd as it may sound, I have poison ivy to thank for my gaming passion. Growing up in the woods with a deadly allergy to poison ivy was a bit like growing up in a prison. So my mom took sympathy and compensated by keeping me stocked with all the new games on the market. I'm so excited to tell you about everything we learned at the Disney Interactive panel at the D23 Expo. I was able to attend … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Stay at the Hampton by Hilton in Louisville #WeGoTogether

On the way back home from our Modern Family Road Trip (#MFRoadTrip) we stayed in Louisville, Kentucky at the Hampton by Hilton downtown location. This place was perfect for our family. While we were able to stay for free to facilitate this post, all thoughts and opinions are always my own. The Hampton by Hilton - Downtown Louisville There are numerous reasons my family and I love this hotel. … [Read more...]

The Silly Symphonies Were Just an Experiment #DMEd23Expo #D23Expo

While attending the D23 Expo, we were incredibly honored to sit front row at the Silly Symphonies concert presentation. I was able to attend this event as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney but all thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Affiliate links included help fund the creative minds of my children. And cookies. The Silly Symphonies This was one of the highlights … [Read more...]

Disneyland Celebrates 60 Years with Diamonds #Disneyland60

Disneyland has been creating and putting magic into the world for six decades. To celebrate, they're filling the sky, painting the walls, and even splashing the scene with diamonds. I was able to attend these events as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Disneyland Turns 60 This was my very first trip to Disneyland so I'm now … [Read more...]

Schedule of Animated Disney Movies Through 2018

Animated Disney movies will always have a special place in my life. I grew up collecting, watching, and rewatching all of them on those classic VHS tapes. Remember when you rewind them all?! I am so excited to bring you Disney's animated movie plans for the next couple years. I attended the D23 Expo as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thought and opinions shared here are my own. Any … [Read more...]

Star Wars, Toy Story, and Pandora Coming to Disney Parks #D23Expo #StarWars

Today at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, we attended a live panel for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Huge announcements included Star Wars 'Land', Toy Story Land, and Pandora being added to Disney Parks. I was able to attend this event as part of an all expenses paid press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Star Wars Let's just start … [Read more...]

Magical Things are About to Happen at the Disney #D23Expo

You probably are already aware that I'll be attending Disney's #D23Expo later this week. I haven't shut up about it. But that's because some truly magical things are going to happen and I simply cannot believe that I'll be there! Disney really does make dreams come true. This trip will be paid entirely by Disney as part of a press junket. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I've included … [Read more...]

5 Ways to #LiveBrighter with Pets – Direct Energy Promo Code

This summer we have been doing more with our pets. Pets love to get active, and they encourage us to do so, as well. It's a great way to enjoy the nice weather and watch our dogs have a blast. Presented by Direct Energy, Crafted by Sweep Tight. 5 Ways to #LiveBrighter with Pets and Family Go for walks - If it's not too hot out, walks are always a win. We have had some days in the nineties, and … [Read more...]

5 Family Road Trip Printables to Keep Tweens Looking out the Window

We are going on a road trip! We're headed to the east coast from Chicago. We'll be stopping off at really cool places along the way reaching as far southeast as Savannah Georgia. With two kids and two adults in a car, it's going to be quite an adventure. We're prepared with fun printables, audio books, and tons of non-device-dependent activities for the road. Join us using the hashtag #MFRoadTrip … [Read more...]

10 Things to Add to Your Family Summer Vacation Checklist

Our summer vacation is flying by. We've been lucky to cross several things off our checklist already but we've still got a lot planned! The theme of our checklist is family bonding. With the kids rapidly becoming tiny adults, family time is a huge priority. Pretty soon they'll be off, flying far from the nest and I want them to have happy memories that will draw them back as often as … [Read more...]

Raging Waves is the Largest Waterpark in Illinois #EndlessSummer

If you're looking for things to do in Chicago with your family, there are about a bazillion. The city is clean, pretty, and bustling with fun attractions for all ages. But, if you're here in the summer, it's well worth the 45 minute commute to Yorkville to spend a day at the largest waterpark in Illinois. Raging Waves Waterpark is a place where you'll make lasting memories, laugh like a kid … [Read more...]

5 Things to Bring on Your Family Bike Ride

In an effort to get my family moving this summer we all got bikes. As a blogger I am guilty of sitting for way too long and sometimes half a day goes by where I haven't physically moved. My body is changing and not for the better. I'm getting squishy and... stinky? Good grief, something has got to give! I'm grabbing my family for a long bike ride through the trails just outside my house and have … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget the Road Trip Snacks

Planning a family road trip can be a lot to take on. Especially if you are traveling with little ones, or going a really long distance. The four of us are headed to the east coast (from Chicago) at the end of the summer and I have already been planning for months! The main thing I need to remember is the road trip snacks! This post has been sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats, but all thoughts and … [Read more...]

Teen Beach 2 Movie on DVD with Bonus Features #TeenBeach2Event

The surftastic sequel to Teen Beach is finally out on Disney DVD! The Teen Beach 2 movie is great for the whole family and one you'll be watching well into the winter months. The songs are fun and catchy, the cast is adorable, the dancing will have you on your feet trying to keep up, and the message in this movie is amazing for kids--especially young girls. I was able to screen this movie and will … [Read more...]

How To Throw the Ultimate Teen Beach 2 Viewing Party Printables

With Teen Beach 2 coming out in just 4 days, (6/26) you've got just enough time to throw the ultimate viewing party. I'm thrilled to share some awesome ideas, recipes, and crafts with you created by the brilliant minds at Disney. Teen Beach 2 airs on Disney Channel and is available for purchase on DVD this Friday at 8 ET/PT. Teen Beach 2 Viewing Party The Food: First, make sure you're … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss Celebrity Family Feud on ABC #CelebrityFamilyFeud

Family Feud has been on in the background of my life for as long as I can remember. Playing on the kitchen floor at my grandma's house it was on the tube. While my mom folded laundry that iconic buzzer was going off every time someone shouted an incorrect answer. Now it will be something my kids look back at nostalgically because I still can't get enough. I couldn't be more excited to announce … [Read more...]

My Emotional Response to Disney Pixar’s Inside Out #InsideOutEvent

With Disney movies it's expected that the amount of feelings you experience throughout the show will be exponential. Disney is just like that. But that's why we love them. However, I didn't expect Disney Pixar's Inside Out to have the effect it did on me--and an entire theater full of people. I was able to see the premiere of Inside Out in LA as part of an all expenses paid trip sponsored by … [Read more...]

Must-Have Disney Inside Out Toys for All Ages #InsideOutEvent

Disney really never let's you down. They have the greatest story lines, the best art, and as usual the cutest toys. The Inside Out movie will be in theaters everywhere June 19th. Already the Inside Out toys are flying off shelves! And for good reason! They're awesome! I'm sharing my favorites here and have used affiliate links where applicable. I received several of these products for free at the … [Read more...]

Teen Beach 2 Stars Teach Us How To Dance #TeenBeach2Event

While in LA on probably one of the most exciting press trips of my entire life, we had the opportunity to have stars of Teen Beach 2 teach us how to dance. Attempt to teach us anyway... Teen Beach 2 Stars Chrissie Fit ("CheeChee") and Jordan Fisher ("Seacat") are two of the stars in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Teen Beach 2. If you haven't seen Teen Beach, you've got until June 26th to … [Read more...]

Final Farewell From Phineas and Ferb Creators #PhineasAndFerbEvent

Phineas and Ferb creators and executive producers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh were awesome enough to spend half a day with our group of mommy bloggers in LA this weekend. We screened the final episode of Phineas and Ferb, "The Last Day of Summer" followed by a picnic with the guys and Phineas and Ferb themselves! Phineas and Ferb - Last Day of Summer After screening this … [Read more...]

40th Season Celebration at Six Flags Great America

This year Six Flags Great America is celebrating #40seasons of rides, food, fun, and entertainment. On May 29th, 2015, Six Flags celebrated their 40th birthday, and I was so excited to be there with my family to celebrate! My family received passes to the park for free in exchange for my posting about the #40seasons celebrations; all opinions are my own. 40th Season Celebration at Six Flags Great … [Read more...]

Summer Fun for the Whole Family #MedievalSummer Giveaway

School is finally out! What sort of summer fun do you have planned for the family? Have you considered taking everyone to Medieval Times? If not, you really should. My family and I had a total blast! Were able to go free of charge to facilitate this review, but all thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. Summer Fun for the Family The best part of Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is … [Read more...]

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