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Friday, June 28, 2013

Monsters University Hidden Gems!

Fans of Disney*Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: WALL•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo Jr. ball can be seen in the girl’s bedroom as Carl Fredricksen’s house flies by her window. Disney*Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY features a few such gems, three of which are revealed here:


A113 – The School of Scaring classroom number is A113, which refers to the former classroom of John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton at CalArts. The number makes an appearance in every Pixar feature film.


Pizza Planet – The Pizza Planet truck is in the driveway of the JOX fraternity house when Mike is riding Archie the Scare Pig down Greek Row. The Pizza Planet truck, which first made an appearance in "Toy Story," has made a cameo in nearly every Pixar feature film.


Luxo – The Pixar Luxo ball is in graffiti on the wall behind Claire Wheeler and Brock Pearson during their introduction to the Scare Games’ first challenge. Pixar Animation Studio’s groundbreaking short film “Luxo Jr.” was the first computer animated short film released by Pixar during its first year as a studio in 1986.

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{Friday Sneak Peek} Smurfs 2 - Opens July 31st





In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world¹s greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? Returning cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry as Smurfette and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. Brendan Gleeson joins the cast as Victor Winslow. The film is directed by Raja Gosnell and produced by Jordan Kerner.  The screenplay is by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Jay Scherick & David Ronn and Karey Kirkpatrick with a story by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss & Jay Scherick & David Ronn, Based on the Characters and Works of Peyo.








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Thursday, June 27, 2013

{Review} Cascade Platinum Pacs Scrubs Away Stuck-On Food!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for 
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Do you dread washing dishes? Are your plates and glassware speckled with water spots and streaks? Countless times I have purchased dish washer detergent, run a full cycle, and then find out that my dishes still aren't clean and have lost their sparkle and shine. The idea of then washing the dishes by hand, just makes me want to imagine that the dirty dishes will wash themselves! There has to be a better way!



There is a solution, and its found in Cascade Platinum Pacs! Cascade is so powerful, it helps your dish washer stay sparkling! It has a triple action formula, that helps prevent residue on your dishes, and even filming on your machine. Cascade Platinum scrubs away tough 24 hour stuck-on food, eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes, and has the Grease Fighting Power of Dawn! 


My family and I enjoyed a breakfast of Belgian waffles, topped with strawberries, peaches, and lots of syrup! The type of clean up that other detergents, just wouldn't be able to handle. Our amazing breakfast, left the dishes a sticky, tacky, horrible mess! Even the dishwasher door, was coated in splatter, and drops of unknown film! How would Cascade Platinum Pacs, stand up to the challenge?

Everything sparkled after the cycle was completed! Like, the door, the walls, and my dishes were spot free! I was amazed that the evidence of our breakfast was long gone,  but that everything had found a new level of shine! Cascade was a vast improvement over the other brands, we have used in the past.
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Now, more than ever, people eat with their eyes, and the evidence is all over sites like Facebook and Instagram. With that in mind, Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, has partnered with Cascade to discuss why presentation is just as important as preparation.

·         From prep to plating: It’s more than just a great-tasting recipe, but also perfect presentation. Sparkling dishes, shining flat ware and spot-free glasses truly let you put your best food forward with culinary creations that pop!

·         Gail recommends impressing with a Platinum Presentation: “The easiest recipes pop with unexpected, gourmet presentations.  Drizzle bright sauces on sparkling white plates or layer desserts in crystal-clean glassware. Keep your presentation sparkling with Cascade Platinum, which keeps dishes perfect for anytime entertaining and impromptu guests.”

The Cascade “My Platinum” contest is encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes on Instagram. Show off how sparkly Cascade makes all your pots, pan and plates!

·         Visit the Cascade "My Platinum," page (http://tinyurl.com/PlatBlog) for information on how to enter and submit images. Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher. Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!

To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade.  Participants that have not registered will be disqualified from winning.

Each week will have a 6-day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo. Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended. Please be sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entries to the contest!

·         Week 4 Theme: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30)
       Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!
·         Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-6/30)
Check out the Cascade Website for news on products, coupons, and contests

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*I was not compensated for my personal review on behalf of Cascade Platinum or Mom Central Consulting, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Lone Ranger - Opens Next Week, on July 3rd!


I am so excited to be heading to an advance screening of The Lone Ranger, tomorrow! There are so many reasons to love this film...but I will give you two! Can you say Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter? I just love them both, and cannot wait to see them in a film together!

 

The Lone Ranger, is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed a man of the law, into a legend of justice! Unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption!

Are you as excited as I am to see this film? It opens nation wide, next week, on July 3rd!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

20th Anniversary of the Sandlot & TASK Field Dedication #CardsCare #TASK #STLSandLot

Thanks to Cardinals Care, FOX Sports Midwest, 20th Century FOX Home Entertainment, and the 20th Anniversary of the "Sandlot" a field was dedicated to some very special children in Fenton, Missouri. It was a morning I will never forget as Fredbird, the Fox Midwest Girls, and the staff of TASK all rallied around the children who were just smiling from ear to ear in anticipation of playing on the new baseball field! 

David Mickey Evans (the Director) and Patrick Renna (Ham Porter), explained to those in attendance that the Sandlot was more than a baseball movie, it was a movie about friendship! Take a group of misfits, clean up an open lot, and all you need is a ball...it's where the real lessons in life were learned. The amazing thing about the "Sandlot," is that baseball was inclusive and allowed a kid with zero talent, to become legendary!

"Your killing me Smalls," and "Play ball,"were quoted as Pat Renna played with his team. The score didn't matter, and no one cared that "typical rules," were not followed in this game. This baseball game was about inclusion, fun, and smiles. When a community rallies around children with physical and mental challenges, so that all can play; it was an honor to watch and enjoy this momentous occasion! 


You can get more information about TASK via Twitter and Facebook. Let's support TASK, Cardinals Care, FOX Sports Midwest, and 20th Century FOX Home Entertainment by your continued support and donations!

Want to see more pictures? Check out my Google+ album!

post signature *I was invited to attend the dedication of the TASK field, I was not compensated in any way for sharing my thoughts or personal experience while attending the event.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Monsters University Releases in Theaters TODAY!


I was invited to see Monsters University, on Tuesday, at an advance screening, and loved it! There are so many great things to share with you, I will try to contain my excitement as I write!  Make sure you are there with plenty of time for the previews, as you will be treated to an extended clip for Planes, a preview of Frozen, and the big release of the Blue Umbrella!


I thought the Pixar Short Film, Blue Umbrella, was artfully done, and was a feast for the eyes! The tale was unexpected, as every day objects draw you into the story and you cannot help but cheer for the Blue Umbrella, on his quest for love. (Look for the rain gutter, he was my favorite in this amazing short film.)

 

Monsters University, blew me away! It was beyond what I had hoped for, as I write this I cannot wait to take my 6 year old! He has asked what my favorite part was, and there are just too many, to select just one favorite scene  I promise I will not reveal any spoilers, so that you can enjoy the film just as much as I did!

I will tell you that I love Mike, and the opening sequence! There is something so adorable about an awkward youth in braces, and a heart filled with dreams as big as the solar system! The desire to fit in, seeking inspiration, and having a huge heart; are all things I see in my own children and something I identified with as a very nerdy little girl!


You will love the brothers of Oozma Kappa, and each of their colorful personalities! Find humor in the house mom, and I dare you to not giggle each time she appears in this film. I promise you a brotherhood and bond, that will remind you of your own family. The brothers of Oozma Kappa band together, and train for the Scare Games, just like any other Greek week challenge, but I promise you you have never competed in games like these!


Take your family to see this film! Monsters University would be a great way to avoid the heat of the first day of summer! Go and cheer for your favorite monster!

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY releases in theaters TODAY!


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{Friday Sneak Peek} Frozen


Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.


The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”).




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FROZEN opens in theaters in 3D everywhere on November 27, 2013!
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lone Ranger Ride For Justice #LRRideforJustice


FANS SPOT LIFE-SIZE STATUES OF THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO TRAVELING THE U.S. FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO NEW MEXICO

In support of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” releasing in U.S. theaters on July 3, Disney kicked-off of The Lone Ranger Ride for Justice Tour in New York City's Union Square on June 12th. Life-size statues of the Lone Ranger and Tonto appeared atop an iconic building on 18th Street in Union Square. Fans gathered for a meet-up in Bryant Park and participated in a hunt to find the statues and were given Lone Ranger prizes and screening passes.

The tour continues across the country ending in L.A., just in time for the movie's opening on July 3rd.  The Lone Ranger and Tonto will be gracing rooftops, mountaintops and famous landmarks along the way, only staying long enough in each city to be discovered by the locals before they continue their ride westward to Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, New Orleans, Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Hollywood, and Burbank. 

Fans who find the Lone Ranger and Tonto are asked to enter at  Disney.com/loneranger/ and to Instagram or Tweet a photo or Tweet the location with the hashtag #LRRideforJustice for a chance to win a trip for two to New Mexico. Follow the films' social channels to participate in the hunt to find the statues, or to guess their location.  No purchase necessary.  Void Where Prohibited.   Ends 7/8/13 at 11:59:59pm EST. Open to legal residents 13 years or older of U.S. (including D.C.). Restrictions and limitations apply.  Sponsor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.  

For more information or to enter the sweepstakes visit: Disney.com/lonerangerFacebook.com/TheLoneRanger, or https://twitter.com/LoneRanger


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Wordless Wednesday - Ted Drewes Frozen Custard #StLouis

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Heading to the Advance Screening of Monsters University!

Very excited to see Monsters University tonight! Have you registered yet, to attend MU?

Monsters University is a Disney Pixar Film which arrives in theaters June 21st! You can create our own monster and school identification here: (http://disney.go.com/monsters-university/create-a-monster/)



Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer.  The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY releases in theaters on June 21st!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Color Your World - Blog Squad Challenge #ColorYourWorld #BarelyThere


I was challenged by Barely There® to shop at Kohl's and "Color Your World," by finding a summer outfit that would best complement the pink Barely There® Custom FlexFit®Bandini™!  Are you kidding me? Of course I would love to shop on behalf of Barely There®, and take pictures! 

I found a great pair of pink mesh Rock & Republic Peep-Toe Platform High Heels, to complement my Barely There® Custom FlexFit® Bandini™ in this amazing new bright color. I paired the look with a white HeartSoul Lace Back Top, and my favorite pair of skinny jeans! Just a few accessories from Kohl’s, like a silver cuff, and I was ready to head out for a day with the girls! I am ready for the summer, as my Barely There Custom FlexFit® Bandini™ is seamless, tagless, is great for layering, and has convertible straps to match any of my looks!

Vote for the Blog Squad outfit that best plays up color and complements the Color Your World bra. The participating Blog Squad members who designed the top three outfits with the most valid votes will win a Kohls gift card.
Closed: Voting begins 6/17/13 at 8:00am ET. Limit one vote per person per day.

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*As a Barely There Bloq Squad Member, I was sent product samples and a Kohl's gift card to facilitate my shopping experience at Kohl's. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. If you vote for me in the "Color Your World," Blog Squad Challenge, and I am selected as one of the top three, I will receive a gift card.
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