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How to Save on All Your Family Adventures ~ Plus a Great Discount Code!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Entertainment®, in which I was compensated. All opinions are my own.

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I have used the Entertainment Coupon Books for as long as I can remember.  I remember my mom buying the books each year as part of our sports fundraisers.  I would sit and flip through the “activities and attractions” section, thinking about which coupons my parents might use.

I guess I’ve always had a wanderlust spirit.

As an adult, I continued to buy the Entertainment Premier Savings Books for myself each year, either to help support local fundraisers or just because I loved the savings they offered.  However, as time has passed and technology evolved, I found myself buying a book that would just sit on our coffee table to be flipped through occasionally.  I would use the attraction coupons all the time because those were outings that I would sit and plan, but I knew I wasn’t getting the most out of my savings book.
Like most of you, I am busy!  Three kids, a house to run, a business, and so on, my brain gets to full and I would often find myself at a retail checkout counter or at a restaurant table remembering that I had an awesome coupon, that was sitting on my table at home.

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So, I was ecstatic when I learned that Entertainment had come up with a solution that will benefit all us on the go moms, who are also trying to save and stay on budget.  The digital membership!  You can now download the Entertainment app and access all those amazing deals!

Now all the coupons and savings that have kept me buying the Entertainment Premier Savings Collection books for decades, are going to be used to the best of my ability, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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For over 50 years, Entertainment® has been the leading provider of unbeatable local discounts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Allowing consumers to enjoy doing more for less cost while supporting local businesses in the community. Consumers have saved over $22 BILLION since 1962, and that number will continue to grow as it offers amazing discounts that we can now have in the palm of our hands all the time.

I recently received the 2018 Tampa Bay Edition and there is so many great deals I am already planning to use.

Some of my favorites include:

Buy one admission to Skate World and receive one admission free.
Buy one admission to Jungle Bounce and receive one admission free.
Buy one admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and receive one admission free.
All the Chuck E Cheese coupons offer a big savings for my family on rainy days.
Plus, great discounts to the Sunken Gardens, Dolphin Landings, and countless other attractions, stores, and restaurants!

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As a family of 5, these coupons really help us stretch our budget, and allow us to take our children on fun experiences they might otherwise not be able to experience.

Have you bought an Entertainment Premier Savings Coupon Book recently?

Now’s the time to try it again, Use promo code SAVE5 to receive $5 off all Entertainment Books plus free shipping!  (Expires 9/25)

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Create an Epic “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” Viewing Party with Movie Night Snacks and No-Sew Costumes!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Snyder’s-Lance, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Pop4Captain http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Create an Epic Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie Viewing Party

My kids love Captain Underpants!  We have all the books and have already preordered the “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” DVD at Walmart.  As our excitement builds for the movie’s DVD release, I have started prepping for a perfect Family Movie Night Screening Party.  Complete with the perfect movie night snacks and DIY Captain underpants costumes.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants is perfect for a family movie night, with incredible voice talent of both Kevin Hart and Ed Helms.  Also, best of all this film has a lot of heart!  The story explores the great friendship of two boys and their love of writing and creativity.  This is such a great message for kids to see, while they laugh uncontrollably at the outrageous humor.

This movie is receiving A+ reviews and is certified fresh, so make sure you pre-order your copy of the Captain Underpants DVD today!

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Snacks:

After we have busted out all the blankets and pillows in the house to create a comfy viewing area in the living room, it’s time to think about the best movie night snacks that are not only delicious for the kiddos, but also easy.  I’m prepping a party amid back to school and sports season, so convenience is important.  I headed to Walmart to stock up on Pop Secret popcorn and Lance crackers, both of which are normal staples in my home and perfect for a movie night party!

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You can’t have a movie night without popcorn!  My kids are always pulling out the Pop Secret Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn when ever a DVD enters my home.  We choose Pop Secret because of the great butter taste, it’s delicious and a great quality popcorn.  The bags pop quickly and fully!  So, this will definitely be on our movie night snack bar.

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I grabbed 4 packs of red plastic cups for under $1 at Walmart and cut underpants shapes out of cardstock.  Then I simply hot glued the underpants to the cups and filled them with popcorn.  This is a simple way to add some fun to your snack table!

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Lance Sandwich Crackers are another snack that we will undoubtedly have on a snack bar table.  Lance has been making little sandwiches for over 100 years with two awesome crackers on the outside with incredible spread in-between.  These cracker packs have been a snack time staple for my family for as long as I can remember.  My Nana used to pack them in her cooler bag whenever my brother and I would go with her to the playground or for a picnic.  Now I always keep these flavorful, wholesome, filling, and portable snacks on hand.  They are perfect for school snacks, on the go, and when I need to keep a group of kids happy. 

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Captain Underpants Costumes

With snack handled and a viewing area full of comfy blankets and pillows it’s time to add some extra fun to your viewing party with easy no-sew Captain Underpants costumes!  Aidan got a kick out of these cute costumes and I know my nephews will be all smiles on movie night.

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To start with I grabbed a package of plain white underwear in the boys section of Walmart.  I made sure to get a size that would easily fit over their clothes. 
This takes care of the “Underpants” part.

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Now for the cape!

You’ll need:
Red Felt by the bolt, 1 Yard easily made 3 capes so have it cut to your preffered length.

Large piece of Black Felt
Large Piece of Yellow Felt
Fabric Scissors
Glue Gun
Printable Template (Underpants / Cape)

Optional:
Velcro (if you’d like to add it to the collar opposed to just have a hole cut open)
Iron on Adhesive (if you want a stronger hold that will last in the washing machine, use iron on adhesive instead of a glue gun)

Create the Capes:

Cut the red felt to your desired length, depending on the ages of your guests.  I went with 24” by 32”.

Print and cut the free printable template.

Fold the felt length wise and trace and cut the capes neck hole and shoulder curves.  Once you have done this, you have a basic felt cape that can be decorated in countless ways.

For the Captain Underpants cape we I traced a large circle with the black felt, using a salad bowl and cut that out along with an underpants shape with the yellow felt.

Next, I hot glued the black circle to the center of the cape.  Then, added the underwear shape to the center of the black felt circle.

The entire process took me about 15 minutes, and if I had chose to use iron on adhesive or Velcro, the process still would have taken less than 30 minutes.

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I can’t wait to see a bunch of little Captain Underpants’ smiling and laughing on September 12th!

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Preorder:

The Captain Underpants DVD is will be available in Walmart stores 9/12! Be sure to reserve your copy now by pre-ordering today! While supplies last

 

Coco is coming to theaters on November 22nd!!!

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Is it November yet?  Disney has my family doing a movie countdown again!  I showed all three kids the trailer for COCO last week, and I have been asked at least a dozen times “Is COCO in theaters YET?
We can’t wait to learn more about Miguel and his cool story! 

About COCO

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on November 22nd!

Meet The Cast:
FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING

  • ANTHONY GONZALEZ (“Ice Box,” TNT’s “The Last Ship”) lends his voice to MIGUEL, a 12-year-old aspiring musician who struggles against his family’s generations-old ban on music. When a magical mishap lands him in the Land of the Dead, Miguel seeks out his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, to help him return to the Land of the Living before it’s too late.
  • ANA OFELIA MURGUÍA (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Bandidas”) voices Miguel’s cherished great-grandmother MAMÁ COCO. She is very old and fragile, but that doesn’t stop Miguel from sharing his daily adventures with her.
  • RENÉE VICTOR (“Weeds,” “The Apostle”) provides the authoritative voice of ABUELITA, Miguel’s grandmother and the ultimate enforcer of the Rivera family’s ban on music. She loves her family very much and will do anything to protect them. But when she gets angry, she wields a mean slipper. 
  • JAIME CAMIL (CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” Disney Junior’s “Elena of Avalor,” “Secret Lives of Pets”) is the voice of PAPÁ, Miguel’s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business.
  • SOFÍA ESPINOSA (“Gloria”) provides the voice of Miguel’s loving MAMÁ who gently encourages her son to embrace their family’s traditions.
  • LUIS VALDEZ (“Which Way Is Up,” director “La Bamba” & “Cisco Kid”) is the voice of TÍO BERTO, Miguel’s uncle, a hard worker in the Rivera family shoemaking business.
  • LOMBARDO BOYAR (“Happy Feet,” TNT’s “Murder in the First”) lends his voice to a friendly MARIACHI who Miguel encounters in Santa Cecilia Plaza.FROM THE LAND OF THE DEAD
  • GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) helps bring to life HECTOR, a charming trickster in the Land of the Dead who is forced to enlist help from Miguel to visit the Land of the Living.
  • BENJAMIN BRATT (FOX’s “Star,” “Doctor Strange”) is the voice of Miguel’s idol ERNESTO DE LA CRUZ, the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Revered by fans worldwide until his untimely death, the charming and charismatic musician is even more beloved in the Land of the Dead.   
  • EDWARD JAMES OLMOS (“Blade Runner,” “Stand and Deliver”) lends his voice to CHICHARRÓN, a curmudgeonly friend of Hector’s who is sadly being forgotten—an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead.
  • ALANNA UBACH (“Meet the Fockers,” Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) provides the voice of MAMÁ IMELDA, Miguel’s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Miguel meets Mamá Imelda in the Land of the Dead and discovers she does not share his passion for music. 
  • SELENE LUNA (“My Bloody Valentine,” “Celebrity Wife Swap”) voices TÍA ROSITA, Miguel’s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead.
  • ALFONSO ARAU (“Three Amigos,” director/producer “Like Water for Chocolate,” director “A Walk in the Clouds”) is the voice of PAPÁ JULIO, Miguel’s late great-grandfather who he meets in Land of the Dead.
  • HERBERT SIGUENZA (“Larry Crowne,” “Ben 10: Alien Swarm”) lends his voice to both TÍO OSCAR and TÍO FELIPE, Miguel’s late identical twin uncles who he meets in the Land of the Dead.
  • OCTAVIO SOLIS playwright “Lydia, Santos & Santos”) is the voice of an ARRIVAL AGENT in the Land of the Dead’s Grand Central Station.
  • GABRIEL IGLESIAS (“Planes,” “The Nut Job,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”) provides the voice of the HEAD CLERK in the Land of the Dead’s “Department of Family Reunions.”
  • CHEECH MARIN (“Cars 3,” “Tin Cup,” CBS’ “Nash Bridges”) is the voice of a CORRECTIONS OFFICER in the Land of the Dead.
  • BLANCA ARACELI (“The Bridge”) voices the EMCEE for a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead.

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Like COCO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarCoco 

Follow COCO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pixarcoco

Follow COCO on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixarcoco/

Visit the official COCO website here: http://movies.disney.com/cOCO

COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd!

Girls Trip is the Must-See Movie of the Summer!

While at the recent BlogHer Conference, I had the amazing opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the movie Girls Trip.  This was one of the highlights of my entire time at BlogHer – I haven’t laughed so hard in a really long time!  Within the first few minutes of the movie the comedy began and this movie had an entire room of women in hysterics for over 2 hours.

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Rated R

In theaters July 21 

When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

It was amazing seeing Queen Latifah back on the big screen as she is one of my favorite actresses and can always bring a movie to life.     

While the movie is over-the-top in some respects, it has characters that most women can relate to.  I often feel like Jada Pinkett Smith’s character Lisa, who is a busy mom who appears to have lost her ability to let loose until her besties pull it out of her.  I wish I had a friend like Tiffany Haddish’s character Dina who played a fiercely loyal friend who was the source of most of the comedy.  Regina Hall’s character, Ryan, is forced to find herself; while Queen Latifah’s Sasha has her loyalty tested.  These women’s stories are so relatable that it makes this movie tug your emotions in different directions while still keeping you laughing.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about this movie, it left me missing my old girl friends, wanting to take a Girls Trip without the kids, and needing a wardrobe change from laughing so hard.

Get tickets now!

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Smurfs: The Lost Village in Theaters April 7th! #SmurfsMovie

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Both my husband and I grew up watching the Smurfs, so now every time a new Smurfs movie comes out we love being able to watch our kids enjoy the character we grew up adoring.

Last weekend my family was able to prescreen the newest Smurfs film that is set to be released on April 7th, Smurfs: The Lost Village.  This Smurfs movie is honestly my favorite movie to date!

About the Movie: 
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Our Thoughts:
When leaving the theater all three children exclaimed “Smurfs: The Lost Village is the best Smurfs movie we’ve seen!”  and I have to agree.  It was jam packed with just enough comedy, drama, happy, and heart breaking moments to keep everyone’s attention locked on the screen.  I didn’t have to tell either twin to “shhhh” once, that tells you how much they enjoyed it!

This is a movie I definitely recommend for families this Spring!  It’s Smurftastic!

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Want to learn more about Smurf’s The Lost Village?  Head over to the Smurfs Movie website and check out the Smurfs inspired recipes, activities, and more, to get you in Smurftastic mood before heading to the theater next week!

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