Wednesday, February 28, 2018

COCO REVIEW

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review  All opinions are my own.
I have two little boys Brandon is 10 and Quinn is 7.  It use to be so easy finding things that they both like.  Now it is getting tougher!  My oldest is too grown up for the really kiddy stuff and my youngest is still really into it.  That is why I love movies like COCO.  It is fun enough to keep my youngest smiling and dancing, but also has that sense of maturity that my oldest is starting to crave!!

COCO IS the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors 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.

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.”

o    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.

o    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.

o    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.

o    The Bus Escape - The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Héctor and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.

o    Alebrije Attack - Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.

o    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.

o    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



About “Coco
In Disney•Pixar’s Coco,Pixar Animation Studios’ 19th feature film, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt)—despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
 MY REVIEW:
In high school I took 2 years on Spanish.  Not only was I taught their beautiful language, but I also learned quite a bit about their culture.  The Day of The Dead was always so fascinating to me.  Just the way this beautiful culture honored their ancestors .  Disney's COCO did an awesome job showing what this day is really about.  I loved watching it with my kiddos.  Not only was the story line great, but it also got my kiddos asking questions!  The characters were likeable and had depth.   I also love that COCO taught us morals.  A long time ago, Miguel's great-great-grandmother, matriarch Imelda (Alanna Ubach) was married to a musician who left her and their young daughter high and dry! He left and never returned.

 Imelda turned to shoe-making to support herself and her daughter, and she turned shoe-making into a family business. She also began a ban on any and all music in the family - no singing, no guitar-playing, no musicians! 
And she enforces this rule always!

 But all poor Miguel wants is to play his music and pursue his dreams. Miguel does practice in secret though, watching old movies of the great Ernesto and teaching himself how to play, and decides against his Grandmothers wishes to enter a talent show for the Day of the Dead. Several events however result in Miguel stealing Ernesto's guitar from the mausoleum, and the next thing he knows is that he's suddenly an invisible ghost to the living - but the returning dead can see him and he can now see them. Which in turn sets him on a journey across a mystical bridge from the land of the living to the land of the dead, a wondrously beautiful place but one from which he must quickly find a way to return before he ends up becoming one of the dead himself and having to stay there forever. He's helped along the way by a down-on-his-luck denizen named Hector (Gael García Bernal), who's in danger of being forgotten, and a number of other characters he encounters. His quest ultimately requires him solving a generations-old mystery and setting right a wrong that occurred long before he was born. 


We loved it!  It is a must watch movie for all families. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

DATE NIGHT WITH SALLY HANSEN’S AND RIMMEL LONDON

I was given products in this post for the purupose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
I don't get a date night with my hubby to often.  We always plan one, but it just seems as if our plans fall through.  This past weekend though my hubby prepurchased tickets for us to see a show.  So I knew that this time we would def. be making it!  It was fun getting ready to, I felt like I was in high school again getting ready for him to pick me up to go out!  Yes my hubby was my high school sweetheart!!!  Anyway thanks to several new Salley Hansen's products getting ready was easier than normal


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I like their instant dry technology!  Sometimes I want to paint my nails last minute.  But with dry time that just is not an option.  Thanks to these Insta-Dri polishes it now is!  And I can look my best no matter how long I wait to start getting ready.






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Monday, February 12, 2018

Delta Children

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review
I remember a very long time spending a few minutes alone with my hubby.  We talked about everything and nothing at all.....  Now with 2 boys in school, sports and who have hobbies those moments alone are just a fond memory!  Okay so maybe I am being a bit melodramatic, but I don't get much time alone with my hubby.  My boys hate being alone in their room and normally just bring their toys or games to living room to play...  Well unless of course I am in the kitchen or my room then they bring their stuff there!  I draw the line at the bathroom, lol.
Well this weekend that all changed with my hubby finally set up their Delta Children furniture.  My youngest son who was sleeping in my childhood bed got his very own Batman bed!  And my boys also got a cars activity center to share!  Now I can't get them to come out of their room.

Let me tell you a bit about both of them:

If you are like me and have a hard time getting your little one to sleep in his own bed you def. want to check out this super cool Batman bed. 
Even superheroes need a comfy place to sleep—and the Batman Upholstered Twin Bed from Delta Children is just right for the caped crusader in your life. Designed to add sleek style to any Batcave, this kids’ twin bed features a headboard and footboard adorned with the Bat logo, graphics of the Gotham City skyline and 3D applique of Batman’s silhouette. What makes this twin bed for kids even more super? It is constructed with a sturdy wood frame and upholstered in a faux leather fabric to create a cozy and secure sleep space for your little vigilante.
About Batman: Dark Knight. Caped Crusader. Sworn protector of Gotham City. Batman goes by many names, but he has only one mission—become the world’s greatest weapon against crime. His powers? Super-sophisticated gear and intelligence. Batman’s utility belt and Batmoblie help him morph him into the ultimate vigilante. Made to KA-POW, Batman furniture from Delta Children adds cool style to your child’s space while creating a fun crime-fighting ambiance that's perfect for pretend play.
  • Holds up to 350 pounds
  • Bed features upholstered headboard and footboard
  • Constructed with wood and faux leather
  • Ultra-cool Batman graphics on the headboard and footboard
  • Easy assembly
  • Fits standard twin mattress (sold separately)
  • Wooden slat bed frame; doesn’t require a box spring
  • Meets or exceeds all CPSIA requirements
  • Assembled Dimensions (in inches): 42.12 (width) by 33.4 (height) by 80 (length)
It was so easy to build!  My hubby kept pushing it off, but when he finally did put it together, it took all of 10 minutes.  The only tool we need was a screw driver.  And I love that once it is together how low it sits to the ground.  My Quinn is a klutz and tends to trip over air.  So I prefer the distance from the floor to his feet to be as short as possible.  Also this makes it easier for him to make his own bed. The bed as mentioned above can hold 350/lbs.  My son only weighs 47/lbs, but there is some days when my son wants to have movie night in his room.  So my hubby or I plop down onto his bed, normally accompanied by a dog or 2.  And we watch w/e horrible... I mean delightful movie the boys picked for us to watch.  So the fact it can hold a lot of weight is great, because lets face it a kids bed is so much more than just a place to sleep!  My son had all my dogs on the bed the other day pretending it was the Batmobile.
The leather header, footer and railing make cleaning it so easy!  I wish I could say I only need to wipe dust off, but the truth is my kids smear all sort of grosses on their beds!  An easily clean surface is a must in my house.   Oh and speaking of the headboard I love that it is tall and comfortable.  I spend several hours a week reading to my boys in their room.  This header provides a perfect place for me to lean back!
Finally I love the attention to detail.  My son can't get over the fact he is sleeping in an actually Batman bed!  As I said he even pretends it is the Batmobile.  Delta Children gets kids, it helps them to use their imagination.  

As I said before this was only one of the amazing new additions to my boys room this weekend.  They also got their very own activity center!


You may not know this, but my family is all about the art!  My home is decorated in things my boys and I painted or made.  We spend the first Saturday of every month at our local walk in art center open house.  We take painting classes and even have painting days at home.  My hubby handles all the sports in our family, but I take car of the creative part.  My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE this Activity Center Easel.  Not only does it give them a place to paint, but they also have a area to do their homework, store their art supplies and in the back they can even put their art pads and books. 

Plus let not forget the perfect height stool that came with it!  My boys are in love.  I like the fact that it was pretty easy to build.  Not as easy as the bed.  Also it is durable.  Once we had it together their was no wobbling.  My kiddos need this when I paint it is a relaxing, when my kids paint you would think they hate their canvas with the force they use lol.

Time to get crafty! Designed to help your little one express their creative side, the Disney/Pixar Cars Activity Center from Delta Children provides the space and storage your budding artist needs. The 3-in-1 design features a magnetic dry-erase board that can be positioned for your child to sit and draw with markers, or stowed upright to reveal a spacious tabletop to complete craft projects. On the other side of the easel a fabric toy bin and two tiers of storage pockets offers convenient compartments for art supplies, toys and books. Adorned with colorful Cars graphics of Lightning McQueen, Jackson and Cruz, this Activity Center makes everyday endeavors more inspiring.
About Cars: The ultimate speed racer, Lightning McQueen, loves going faster than fast! A four-time Piston Cup winner and World Grand Prix favorite, McQueen’s cool and confident attitude paired with a supercharged V-8 engine, free-flowing dual exhaust and speeds that reach 200 MPH makes him the wheel deal. Off the track, he spends most of his time in Radiator Springs—a small town along Route 66—with his best bud, Tow Mater and girlfriend, Sally Carrera.
  • Recommended for ages 3-6 
  • 3-in-1 design features toy storage, and an adjustable easel that retracts to reveal a spacious desktop 
  • Set includes: magnetic dry-erase board, stool and large removable fabric toy bin
  • Features toy organizer on the reverse side for toys, books and art supplies
  • Surface wipes clean easily
  • Stool measures (in inches): 11 (height); Stool holds up to 50 pounds
  • Meets or exceed all national safety standards and CPSC regulations
  • Easy assembly
  • Assembled Dimensions (in inches): 20 (width) by 34.5 (height) by 19.5 (depth)