“PAPER TOWNS” Trailer & Synopsis

After falling in love with “The Fault In Our Stars” I can not WAIT to see PAPER TOWNS! Based on the best-selling book by John Green, there is no way this movie will be anything but magical! The premise is unique, the cast is full of talent, and the soundtrack sounds amazing. Check out the latest trailer below and if you haven’t read the book….READ IT! On July 6th I will be hosting a giveaway for some PAPER TOWNS goodies. 

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Synopsis – “Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.”


Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Screenplay By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based upon the book by John Green


PAPER TOWNS (20th Century Fox) will be in theaters July 24, 2015 and is rated PG-13.

Check out PAPER TOWNS on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter #PaperTowns!

Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway coming July 6th then check out the movie on July 24th!


6 Potty Training Tips From L. Jana, MD + Pampers Easy Ups Party!

*This post was sponsored by Pampers. All opinions are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.* 

If you have a little one at home that is showing some interest in potty training, summer would be a great time to learn especially if they are starting preschool this fall! After going through the process five times, I know how daunting it can seem at first. There will be accidents, setbacks, maybe a few tears but with the help of Pampers Easy Ups and books like “It’s You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too!” potty training can be a positive experience for everyone involved. 


Last week I was able to throw a Pampers Party with some friends and their toddlers! We talked about different tricks we’ve used to help with potty training, what ages our kids were when they learned, and how to make it a fun event for our kids! There was one thing we all agreed on… Pampers Easy Ups are the way to go when it’s time to transition between diapers and underwear! Here are a few reasons Pampers Easy Ups are the best:

  • The core can hold 25% more than other leading brands of training pants! That means more dry, comfortable mornings!
  • Because of the design, Pampers Easy Ups have less leaks compared to other leading brands.
  • With characters like Thomas & Friends and Dora the Explorer kids will look forward to putting on their Easy Ups!
  • They are designed more like underwear to make the transition easier.
  • There are cute graphics that disappear when wet to help kids learn.
  • The sides are stretchy to make them easy to get on and off.
  • They come in two different sizes for boys and girls. (2T/3T and 4T/5T)



Here are 6 potty training tips from an expert, L. Jana, MD:

Barbara Delinsky’s “Blueprints” Book Review + Giveaway

*Prizing and samples provided by St. Martin’s Press.*

I haven’t quite finished “Blueprints” since getting it last week, but I love it so far! My mom is about the same age as the character Caroline and I am a little older than her daughter, Jamie. Even though the scenarios are very different from our lives right now, I think we can all relate to how “things of the world” can get in the way of our relationships with members of our family. This book has helped me to take a step back and remember to put situations into perspective instead of getting caught up in materialistic things that, in the long run, don’t really matter. I can’t wait to finish Blueprints this weekend then pass it on to my mom. I’m sure she will enjoy it just as much as I have.


9 New Features Of Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

*This post was sponsored by Scholastic. All opinions are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.* 

We are a few weeks in to our Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and my kids love it! Right when school ended, I knew I was going to need a little more help around the house so I started a new chore chart. My kids have to complete their tasks before they play, watch TV, or go anywhere. The first item on the list each day? Read for 20 minutes. (Before they were allowed to wait until bedtime…not anymore!) At first they thought 20 minutes was too long for the summer, but after they got involved with the Scholastic site and started logging their minutes for the Summer Reading Challenge, they were super excited! The key to keeping them excited and entertained is to find just the right book. Scholastic makes that easy by providing lists of books to read, by age. There are also some fun games over at Energizer!  


This year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Power Up & Read,” Powered by Energizer®. The program was so easy to sign up for and the website was simple to navigate. My kids each got to pick out a user name (there were so many fun choices) and immediately started logging their minutes! One chose “PlayingVolleyball” and another chose “CatchingFootball.” Reading the FREE short stories (written by prolific authors) included on the website can count toward your minutes! The more you read, the more bonus features and stories you can unlock! 


Here are 9 new features of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge:

Team Umizoomi: Umi Space Heroes Synopsis + Giveaway

My 6-year-old loves anything to do with math, including Nickelodeon‘s Team Umizoomi! He was super excited to check out their latest DVD, Team Umizoomi: Umi Space Heroes!  He thought this 45 minute special was “super exciting” and “full of math!” He loved the space theme, the Trouble Makers, and everything else about this intergalactic special. This is a great, and educational, DVD to add to any collection!


Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves Fairytale Land Giveaway

Nickelodeon‘s new “Big Little Movies” are just the right length (45 min.) for preschoolers who can’t sit still for 90 minutes! I like them for my kids too even though they are a little older…especially during the summer! They are perfect to watch when my kids need a break from the heat. One of the latest titles, Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves Fairytale Land, has already become a favorite! The characters in this mini-movie are so cute and the way Dora has to save Fairytale Land is adorable too! I also love that the DVD came out before it’s TV debut. I can’t wait to check out the other movies in this series! 

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Dora’s Explorer Girls: Our First Concert! DVD Giveaway

My daughters grew up watching Dora and they were so excited when she grew up a little too! Nickelodeon‘s “Dora’s Explorer Girls” episodes are just right for my 8 and 9 year old. The latest DVD, Dora’s Explorer Girls: Our First Concert!, became a hit right when the music started! My oldest daughter has a few friends at school that are OBSESSED with this series! She can’t wait to tell her friends about this new DVD! The four other girls in this series, Emma, Kate, Naiya and Alana, fit right in with Dora and her love for adventure. My favorite is Alana…she reminds me of myself, my daughters love Kate. My husband loves Shakira but was disappointed to find out she isn’t in every episode. Guess he’ll just have to watch this one over and over. Great movie for the all the girls in the family, and the Shakira fans!

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10 Facts About The San Andreas Fault + “San Andreas” Movie Review

Like any other bigger than life action movie based partially on reality, SAN ANDREAS does not disappoint in the action and special effects. Just when you think the main characters have faced all obstacles, another one comes their way…..and they survive! But let’s face it, don’t we always want the heroes to stick around? Especially when the hero is Dwayne Johnson?  There were moments of suspense and moments that made the theater all laugh in unison. The acting was praiseworthy and the eye candy and adrenaline filled action were plentiful. 
This movie will hopefully raise awareness for emergency preparedness across the nation. In fact, the United States Geographical  Survey is using the movie “San Andreas” as a reminder of emergency preparedness but does state that, “damage this big could only be accomplished with the help of Hollywood.” Would we all be more prepared for natural disasters if Dwayne Johnson starred in more movies about natural disasters? Or would we be less prepared in hopes of being personally rescued by The Rock? It’s a toss up…


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Here are 10 fun facts about the San Andreas fault:

1 – The San Andreas fault is roughly 10 miles deep!

10 Fun Facts About Disney’s Tomorrowland + Review

I always have extremely high expectations when it comes to Disney! I am rarely disappointed, but still there are some Disney movies that are stuck in your brain a week after seeing them! Tomorrowland was one of those movies. I saw the previews several times but still didn’t really grasp what the movie was about. I knew it starred George Clooney, had something to do with the future, and was made by Disney. That was enough to get me excited! Our whole family was able to attend and we all thoroughly enjoyed everything about Tomorrowland! It was action packed and had you on the edge of your seat for most of the movie. It was funny, innovative, entertaining, and original. I knew I would be impressed with Clooney, but I was blown away by 12-year-old Raffey Cassidy. She did an amazing job in her role as Athena! I was completely enthralled by her character and mannerisms. This is definitely one of those movies to watch more than once to completely understand the concepts behind the storyline. I can’t wait til it comes out on Blu-ray so I can check out all the bonus features! Until then, I might have to make another trip to the theater!


Here are 10 fun facts about Disney’s Tomorrowland:

1 – In the end credits where they list the shooting locations, they name Tomorrowland as one of the places.

5 Fun Facts About Pac-Man + “Pixels” Trailer!

On May 22, 1980 a special yellow guy came across our videogame screens to eat his first power pellets and chase his first ghost. Millions of quarters later, Pac-Man is an icon.  Happy 35th Birthday Pac-Man! We can’t wait to see you return to the big screen in this summer’s PIXELS in theatres July 24th.