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4 Things I Learned Screening Fighting with My Family That Have Nothing to do with Wrestling

So I’m not gonna lie to you guys, when I was given the opportunity to screen Fighting with my Family, I opened my email with confusion. It has been a LONG time since I watched anything wrestling related and I was not familiar with Paige, nor her rise to fame at all. Still, the trailer intrigued me and I decided to give it a shot, and of course the fact that Dwayne Johnson stars in the film also may have been a persuading factor. 

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige™. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

When I finished watching the movie I was so glad that I took a chance. Fighting with My Family is so much more than a wrestling movie. You will laugh, you may cry, and you will fall in love with the “Knights”. No spoilers ahead, I’m going to tell you a few lessons that rang true when I viewed this film, and during my interview with the cast, Paige herself, and director Stephen Merchant.

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3 Disney Spots You Might’ve Missed If You Boycotted “The Big Game”

So yesterday was “the big game” and I honestly have zero interest in taking part in anything NFL related. Not that I ever knew what was happening before, but now more than ever they won’t get views and/or coins off of me. What I WAS excited for was all of the movie trailers that aired during the game. I didn’t have my tv on AT ALL, but I was tuned in via internet. Every time a trailer dropped I was ready and I ESPECIALLY was looking for the sneak peek of Toy Story 4.

If you’re like me and didn’t tune into the game or anything like that at all, no worries. I’m here to share with you friends, all 3 Disney spots that aired during “The Big Game”.

Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL opens on March 8, 2019 in U.S. theaters.

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Avengers: End Game

AVENGERS: ENDGAME releases in U.S. theaters on April 26, 2019.

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Toy Story 4

Disney·Pixar’s TOY STORY 4 ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

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Personally, I stayed up past my bedtime JUST so I could make sure I didn’t miss the Toy Story 4 trailer. I know I keep saying it but there’s just something about 2019 and nostalgia that I can’t help but be excited for. So which trailer did you enjoy the most?

Want to know what else Disney has in their line up this year? Check out the full list here.

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The One City I’m Looking Forward to in 2019 – #Aladdin

I’m a millennial. I have all the big wanderlust dreams and I’d love nothing more than to drop everything at a moments notice and take flight. I can’t wait to give my children the travel experiences I never had and show them the world in a whole new way. That being said, we thankfully have some travel plans this year.

In a little over a week I’ll be headed to the Courage to Earn More Retreat in the Bay Area! I’m hype about it for so many reasons, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts real soon. We also made some plans for both of the boys birthdays later this year. RJ is turning 5 and I can’t believe it! That’s a whole separate emotional, time is going by so fast icantbelievethisismylife post. Of all the plans I hope to see this year I’m personally biased. I definitely have somewhere I’m looking forward to visiting the most.

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The Year Ahead: List of Disney Movies Coming in 2019

2018 was such an amazing year at the movies! We had Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet and Mary Poppins, not to mention Black Panther, Infinity War and Ant Man. So much of my time last year was spent at the movies, and I got the opportunity to take my children to the movies a lot too which actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. That said, 2018 was great but 2019 is going to be LIT! Disney has an awesome lineup of movies set to start being released in just a few short months and I already know we are going to be spending EVEN MORE time at the movies this year. Check out everything coming to you in 2019 from Disney/Marvel Studios below. Continue Reading →

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Should I Take My Toddler to See Ralph Breaks the Internet? | No Spoiler Review

My family and I attended an advanced screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet. All opinions expressed are my own.

In RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.

I waited six years for this movie and it was definitely worth the wait! I contemplated long and hard about taking the boys to see  Wreck it Ralph 2. Neither of them were even born when the first one came out, and they weren’t even about to appreciate it the same way I did! But I decided to be a “good mom” and take them with us, even though it’s a school night and now it is WAY passed their bedtime. From one toddler mom to another, here’s what I thought.

How long is the movie?

The run time for Ralph Breaks the Internet is 1 hour and 54 minutes. It’s a little long, and just like with Smallfoot RJ started to get restless. If you time it for the right time of day, and follow my recommendations in my Smallfoot review, you should be fine. We went close to bedtime which probably wasn’t the best idea.

Are there any parts of the movie I should worry about?

I think this movie is pretty safe. There were a couple parts of the movie that got a little loud, but it didn’t seem to bother RJ or Zayn. There weren’t any dark or scary scenes or any thing that he seemed to be afraid of. He did mention that he didn’t like the “bad guy” at the end of the movie but I think that was more creepy than scary.

Will we ALL enjoy the movie?

Our whole family enjoyed the movie. It’s a sequel that is definitely worth the watch. The princess scene was more than I imagined it would be and I love that Disney incorporates so many important lessons within their movies. The lesson about friendship resonated with me even at 28. Everyone can learn something from Ralph and Vanellope.  All in all we all gasped, laughed and loved this movie together. It was a hit for our whole family.

Ralph Breaks the Internet – Releases in theaters everywhere November 21st 2018!

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The Live-Action DUMBO Trailer Premiered #DUMBO

I am convinced that Disney has dedicated 2019 to us millennials! You guys already know how I feel about Aladdin, then the teaser and reaction trailers for Toy Story debuted earlier this week, and now DUMBO. I can’t lie, DUMBO was the first trailer that made me feel STRONG emotions. Talk about taking it back! I don’t know if the movie being a live action movie made it feel all the more real, but I got choked up watching the trailer! I can remember the emotions I felt watching DUMBO as a kid and these mama hormones/emotions had me in my feelings last night.

Listen y’all, I was so caught up in DUMBO and these kids in the trailer that I had to watch it 3 or 4 times to even notice the rest of the cast. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out below.

If that trailer didn’t make you feel anything then you have no emotions! Anyway, with all these awesome movies coming out next year I am fully prepared for the rollercoaster of emotions Disney is ready to take me through. I honestly am more excited than ever for 2019 because I know it’s going to be SO good. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Still waiting on those Lion King confirmations/sneak peeks (we’re waiting for you Bey!).

What movie (Disney or not) are you most looking forward to in 2019? Are you excited about DUMBO?

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Instant Family is a Heartwarming Reminder That Family Can Come From Anywhere

I attended a screening and press junket for Paramount’s new film Instant Family as media. All opinions expressed are my own.

With November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Paramount’s film Instant Family comes right on time. Instant family was written and directed by Sean Anders and is inspired by his own experience adopting three children with his wife. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne give you a look a hilarious and heartwarming portrayal of what happens when their family goes from a family of two to five overnight.

Going into seeing the movie I had no idea what the fostering/adoption process was even like. Instant Family opens your eyes to the entire process and I love the direction the story takes. Lizzie, Juan and Lita are three amazing children that are taken through the foster system and moved from home to home, until Pete and Ellie happen to find and fall in love with them. The movie takes you through all stages of the fostering and adoption process, including what you may or may not expect when a birth parent is involved. You really get an opportunity to see how the process affects all parties, including extended family (the grandmas in Instant Family are HEAVILY involved LOL).

Margo Martindale in Instant Family from Paramount Pictures.

Interviewing the cast, we really got to see that the cast became a family on and off the screen. Julianna in person is the exact opposite of her character on screen (though the ketchup scene was her favorite to film) and Gustavo won my affection when he told us his favorite day on set was when they catered Mexican food (because food.. is life LOL). The entire case was dedicated to making sure the story of Instant Family was told in a way that was true and relatable not only to Sean’s story, but the story of the thousands of families that go through the foster and adoption process.

When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders, also starring Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.

“Instant Family” – In theaters Everywhere November 16th, 2018

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You Haven’t Seen The Grinch Like This Before – #TheGrinch

My family attended an advanced screening of The Grinch. All opinions expressed belong to us! 🙂

This past Tuesday was a busy day for me. Not only did I go check out Mickey: The True Original Exhibition, but we took the boys to an advanced screening of Illumination’s new version of The Grinch. I’m not gonna lie, when I first heard there was going to be ANOTHER Grinch movie I rolled my eyes HARD. How many remakes can they make of the same freakin’ movie? But once the trailer dropped, I easily changed my mind.

4 Reasons This Version of The Grinch is Different Than Any Version You’ve Seen Before

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

This is Universal and Illumination’s eighth movie together. Once I saw the trailer I immediately knew this version would be different. Illumination and Universal have brought us some of RJ’s favorite movies like Minions, Despicable Me, SING and Secret Life of Pets. ALL of these are movies he can quote. They are also all movies I don’t mind playing on repeat (ok, I get a little tired of Minions LOL).

Tyler the Creator

I can’t even pretend like I know a lot about Tyler the Creator, but I know he’s respected in the music genre (which is a lot nowadays because…. these kids…). You can hear a little bit of his music in the original trailer but a complete lyric trailer was released and well, i’ll let you be the judge of it. You’ve never heard “You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch” like this before.

Cindy Lou Who

Little Cindy Lou is a different kind of girl. I love that in this version of the movie you get a good look into Whoville and the personality of some of the Whos. All Cindy Lou is focused on is making her mother’s (shoutout to the nod to single mom’s!) life a little bit easier this holiday season. She is DETERMINED to speak to Santa and do just that.

The Grinch

The Grinch himself is different than any Grinch we’ve seen before. He’s still his grumpy, green, grinchy self but you can tell there’s a soft spot underlying, even before his heart grows! He also has a HUGE amount of awesome gadgets that he invented to make cave life a little less boring. It was cool seeing what he came up with when it was time to steal Christmas from Whoville.

Will you be checking out this version of The Grinch? What’s your favorite holiday movie?

ILLUMINATION PRESENTS DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH – Now In Theaters

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Will My Son Enjoy Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms? |No Spoiler Review|

 My family and I attended a free screening of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. All opinions expressed are my own.  

Last night my family got to see an advance screening of Disney’s newest movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. To say I was excited was an understatement and I waited anxiously to get off work ALL DAY. I had told RJ in advance that we were going to see the movie because I wanted to get him excited for it even though he was excited about getting to go to the movies in general. I showed him the trailer and waited for his reaction. 

And then I asked excitedly “Do you wanna see that? And he was like… “Ummmm I wanna see The Grinch”. HA! Shut my little dreams down. But let’s remember he’s (newly) 4 and so cartoons are life. That’s all he knows. ANYWHO despite him wanting to see the Grinch and not giving a hoot about the trailer I showed him we ALL took ourselves to the screening last night.

 Please excuse me for looking atrocious, I just came from work!

Please excuse me for looking atrocious, I just came from work!

Ratings, Run Time and Synopsis

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Is the Nutcracker and the Four Realms appropriate for younger children?

The movie is rated PG and I think that starts at age…. 7? I think the movie is true to rating. The scene where Clara and Phillip go to the Fourth Realm is a little dark and RJ told me he didnt like it and it was scary. If you have younger kids I would just be mindful of that scene. Other than that I think it’s appropriate.

So… will my son enjoy the movie?

So even though RJ completely played me when I showed him the trailer, he loved the movie (other than the scene I mentioned). When he got home from school today he asked me could he watch it on TV LOL. The movie is honestly amazing and great for all audiences. I think the best age would be elementary aged, any older or younger and they (the boys) may not be too interested. But all in all, your whole family will love this movie!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms releases in theaters everywhere 11.02.18!

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