California Here I Come! I’m Going to San Francisco for the #Cars3Event!

Cars3Event

As a blogger and social media influencer it’s always exciting to be scrolling through your e-mails in the morning and see in the subject line “Disney Invites You…” It’s even more exciting when the subject line is: “Disney, Pixar and ABC Invite You….” In the blogging world there is one thing that we all know – Disney (and any organization under Disney) knows how to treat bloggers to an unbelievable experience so that we can share with all of our readers everything they need to know about upcoming movies, features or events. All Disney invitations come with lots of pixie dust and amazing adventures and I know this trip to San Francisco will be no different.

The official itinerary isn’t finalized yet but the tentative schedule looks like this:

Monday, March 27th: Arrive into San Francisco and attend a reception that evening at Pixar with footage from CARS 3 (opening in theatres on 6/16) and a screening of the short film LOU. Did you see that part that says – AT PIXAR!!!! 

Did I tell you – I’m going to Pixar!

Tuesday, March 28th: Attend a press day at the Sonoma Raceway for CARS 3 including interviews with Director Brian Fee, Producer Kevin Reher and various animators, take a lap around the racetrack in a real race car, learn how to quickly change out a tire at a pit stop and go on a tour of the garage. That night we will screen the upcoming Disneynature film BORN IN CHINA (opening in theatres on 4/21)!

Wednesday, March 29th: We will head back to Pixar to learn all about Pixar in a Box followed by a special screening of the series premiere episode of “The Toy Box,” the ultimate toy-competition series, which will provide talented designers with the chance of a lifetime: an opportunity to bring their toy concept to life with industry-giant Mattel and to the shelves of Toys ”R” Us the day after the series finale. Inventors present their toy concepts to a group of mentors that include Pixar Creative Director of Consumer Products Jen Tan, who will be available for an exclusive Q&A after the screening. The eight-episode series hosted by Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) premieres on Friday, April 7th at 8/7c on ABC.

Somewhere in there we will also get to see an adorable new Disney Junior show – “Puppy Dog Pals” which stars fun-loving pug puppy brothers Bingo and Rolly, whose thrill-seeking appetites take them on adventures in their neighborhood and around the globe. Whether helping their owner, Bob, or assisting a friend in need, the pugs’ motto is that life is more exciting with your best friend by your side. Premiering April 2017, the series features two 11-minute stories that showcase Bingo and Rolly’s similarities and differences and demonstrate positive lessons about friendship, problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and adventure. Following the screening, Sean Coyle (executive producer) and Diane Ikemiyashiro (Disney Junior creative executive) will participate in a Q&A. #PuppyDogPalsEvent

Oh wait – did I tell you – I’M GOING TO PIXAR!

Follow along on social media March 27 to March 29 to get all the latest news on Cars 3, Born in China, The Toy Box, Lou and Puppy Dog Tales – #Cars3Event #TheToyBox #PuppyDogPalsEvent #BorninChina #ABCTVEvent #DisneyNature #DisneyPixar

By the Way – I’m So Excited!

I’m Going to Pixar!

Some of the other really fun bloggers that will be traveling along with me: Andrew from Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy | Ari from Love, Peace and Tiny Feet | Laura from Celebrate Woman Today | Holly from I Like It Frantic! | Jennifer from Jen Around the World | Stella from Healthy Frugal Living | Nicole from SAHM Reviews | Lynsey from Coffee For Mom | Olivia from This n That With Olivia | Brenda from The Small Things | Barb from Rural Mom | Kate from Highlights Along the Way | Dawn from Hustle.Mom.Repeat | Pam from Mom Does Reviews




Beauty and the Beast Activity Sheets!!

Beauty Beast Activity Sheets

It feels like we have been waiting for this film forEVER!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is now playing in theaters everywhere! If you are like me and a huge fan of the animated film, you MUST go to the theater this weekend and see the live-action version! You won’t be disappointed!

In celebration of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opening, here are some really cool new activity sheets including bookmarks, a memory game, maze, coloring sheets and a door hanger.

If you haven’t gotten to see the film yet – enjoy this little trailer. Well, even if you have seen the film – you can enjoy it too!

 

Like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast

Follow BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beourguest

Follow BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beautyandthebeast/

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

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is now playing in theaters everywhere!

 




FENCES with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis – Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway

Fences Combo Pack GiveawayFences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. Family dynamic, love, loyalty, father/son relationships and the role a wife and mother silently plays in all of it is only the tip of the ice berg of this film.

I’m a huge Denzel Washington fan and Viola Davis amazes me over and over again in each role she takes on. I’m not sure what I enjoyed most ~ Denzel Washington, Viola Davis or the chemistry and combination of the two together. I think this is one of those movies I may see over and over again!

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this incredible drama which has been hailed by critics. The movie will arrive on Blue-Ray Combo Pack and On Demand on March 14, 2017.

Some people build fences to keep people out — and other people build fences to keep people in. Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Academy Award® winner Viola Davis deliver the “performance-driven masterpiece” of the year in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Set in 1950’s Pittsburgh, the film takes a passionate look at former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson (Washington) as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. Washington’s directorial triumph “connects with people on a deep, emotional level” and pulses with the universal truths of love and forgiveness, despite what lies beyond your own fence.

The FENCES Blu-ray Combo Pack includes over 30 minutes of fascinating bonus content. With interviews from the cast and crew, including actor/director Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, discover how August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play was adapted from stage to screen. Plus, visit the movie’s Pittsburgh set, learn how Davis prepared for her award-winning performance, and much more.

 

Enter to win your very own copy of FENCES!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway will begin on March 8 and end at midnight on March 14, 2017. Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim prize. If not claimed within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., 18 years of age and over. An Open Suitcase is not responsible for shipment of prize. Prize will come directly from Paramount Pictures and may take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Paramount Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.




Lose Yourself in the Music with Chromecast Audio

Lose yourself in the music!

Dance like no one is watching!

Turn up the volume, close your eyes, and let the music take over your soul!

Make your speakers smart(er)

Chromecast Audio is an affordable way to enjoy the music you love on your existing speakers. Connect the tunes from your phone to your speakers and still be able to answer your phone! The Chromecast Audio devices are available at Best Buy and are truly inexpensive ($30).

What is Chromecast Audio?

Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into your speakers for streaming music through WiFi. Once set up, simply use your iPhone®, iPad®, Android phone and tablet, Mac® and Windows® laptop, or Chromebook to stream your favorite tunes to the best speakers in the house. By using your phone, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home. And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery.

Easily stream music, without the hassle of pairing

Tap the Cast button from music apps to send the music instantly to your speakers. Search, play, pause, queue songs and change the volume right from your phone—anywhere in the house.

Listen to your favorites, anytime

Enjoy over 30 million songs from music services like Pandora, Google Play Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. We’re constantly adding new apps, so there’s no end to the music, radio stations and podcasts you can enjoy.

Plus, stream any audio from your Android phone or your laptop

For apps that are not yet Cast-enabled or music stored on your device, you can stream audio from your Android phone or tablet to the speaker. Or, use your laptop to stream music and audio streaming websites from the Chrome browser.

  • Streaming music over wifi instead of bluetooth gives you a higher quality of sound. Chromecast Audio uses WiFi to stream lossless high resolution audio to your speakers, so you get better than CD quality sound. With Bluetooth, audio is re-compressed and limited to standard resolution.
  • With WiFi streaming, your music keeps playing without disruption, even if you get a phone call or a text notification. With Bluetooth, phone calls and notifications are heard over the speakers.
  • Control music from anywhere in the house. Chromecast Audio streams music over WiFi, which means you can control the music from anywhere within your WiFi network. With Bluetooth, your phone needs to be near the speaker or the music will stop playing.
  • Streaming music over WiFi doesn’t drain your battery, while pairing from Bluetooth does.
  • Easily share music from multiple devices. With WiFi every mobile device on the network can connect and control your speakers. Chromecast’s guest mode makes it even easier for guests to connect to your speakers without connecting to your WiFi network. With Bluetooth, pairing devices can be tedious and requires disconnecting one device before another can connect.
  • Play same music across multiple speakers. Chromecast Audio lets you group multiple speakers together to play the same song everywhere.

Chromecast Audio Best Buy

This is one of the coolest gadgets I have used in a long time! It was in place within seconds and we’ve been dancing around the house for days!

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

 




Practically Perfect in EveryWay! Mary Poppins Returns in 2018!

Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks home after many years and uses her magical skills to help the now grown up Michael and Jane rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives in MARY POPPINS RETURNS.

I continue to watch the original movie still. Sing each song. Smile and laugh as if I’m seeing it for the first time. The original Mary Poppins was released on August 27, 1964. I was just nine years old and smitten with the film. It came at a particularly hard time in my youth. My parents had just divorced. We lived in a really small town (1 square mile). A town where everyone was catholic and no one divorced. I remember an over-whelming sense of dread at the thought of going back to school in September. Trying to think of ways to explain to people how much my life had changed. And then there was Mary! I secretly wished for the longest time that she could be my nanny! I wanted to dance with penguins. I wanted to go fly a kite! After all, in every job that must be done – there is an element of fun!

The original film enjoyed universal acclaim, received a total of thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture—an unsurpassed record for any other film released by Walt Disney Studios—and won five; Best Actress for Julie Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee“. In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.  The film is widely considered to be Walt Disney’s “crowning achievement”. Like the recent remake of The Jungle Book, this film holds a special place in my heart. A film that offers so many childhood memories. 

Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, MARY POPPINS RETURNS stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, and also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018! I can’t wait!