Seriously, this movie looks so good! How excited are you to see it? You don’t have to wait too long because it hits theaters on 10/10 but to get you excited here are some new film clips:
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Genre: Family Comedy
U.S. Release Date: October 10, 2014
Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Director: Miguel Arteta
Producers: Shawn Levy, Lisa Henson, Dan Levine
Executive Producers: Philip Steuer, Jason Lust
Writer: Rob Lieber
Based on the novel by: Judith Viorst
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.
In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
*I visited Great Wolf Lodge for my review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
A few weeks back I had the chance to visit the brand new Great Wolf Lodge located in Fitchburg, MA. My family was so excited to visit because we always wanted to stay at a Great Wolf Lodge but we had none in our vicinity. Now with the Great Wolf Lodge opening in the heart of Massachusetts (about an hour drive from Providence, an hour from Boston, 1.5 hours from Hartford, 2.5 hours from Albany, and 1 hour from Manchester, NH) it is easily accessible to the entire New England region. We started our drive very late on Friday evening and in an hour (as promised) we were greeted by the super friendly reception staff upon checking in.
When we got out of the car to check in, we noticed that they had shows for the children going on right in the main lobby area. Each night at Great Wolf Lodge ends with story time and is perfect ending to a fun filled day. When we checked in, we noticed that the show was hopping and all the kids were dressed in their pajamas to enjoy their favorite bedtime stories in the Grand Lobby. Since my kids saw this, they instantly sat down with the other children to watch. After all the kids are able to snap a photo with Wiley or Violet (two of Great Wolf Lodge main characters) and give them each a high-paw. This made for such a great start to our vacation. In the morning they also have a 9 AM Wolf Walk with the characters.
Once checked in, we were given keys to our room and when I say room, I mean a 7 person suite that is simply gorgeous. If you are traveling with a large group, the Wolf Den Suite is the way to do it. It is has separate bedrooms to accommodate your entire family or if you chose to go traveling with another family. In this suite, there is a Master bedroom with a king bed along, the entrance bedroom (main portion of the suite) which includes a queen bed, twin-size sofa sleeper for those extra people traveling with you, a cave-themed sleeping area for kids with their own bunk beds and TV, a large picture window, a microwave, fridge, coffee maker, and hair dryer.
This suite is HUGE and allows each member of your family to have their own individual space. Hayley and Zane went gaga over the bunk beds. It was their first time sleeping in bunk beds and they loved the concept. In the morning when we were sleeping, they were able to watch their favorite shows in bed. As for my husband and I, we had a great night sleep in the main bedroom and we put baby Taylor in her own bedroom. They do have pack n plays available if you are traveling with smaller children too.
After an awesome night of sleep in such a fun filed suite complete with bear themes, we were ready to start the day. We grabbed Dunkin Donuts right in the lobby. I read some reviews that there were long lines for D +D in the morning, but we did not encounter this. We got right up and were able to grab our java and breakfast on the go. You can pay via cash, credit card, or on your room charge at all the places you want to eat, as well as the activities you want to participate in.
The next stop was obviously the water park and when I say water park, I mean a MEGA indoor water park that is unlike anything I have ever seen before. It is a massive, 84 degree indoor water park with over 68,000 square feet of water-packed excitement! At Great Wolf Lodge New England, the water park is separated into two main areas both with young children and older children rides. Before you enter, they measure you and you are given colored bands to tell you what rides you can or can’t go on. They do this for your children’s safety which I am a big fan of. Do not worry if your kids fall into the youngest height requirements, because there is still plenty of rides for them to go on!
At the water park, you will find a favorite slide or water attraction for the entire family. They have slides from the most beginner to the most advanced, a spray park for the younger kids , a younger water area for toddlers, a lazy river, and so much more. Hayley and Zane’s favorite was definitely the Slap Tail Pond which features waves up to 3 feet tall that comes in 5 minute intervals. It also features zero deep entry and goes up to 5 feet. Both my kids stayed in the mid section of the pool and spent hours there. They also loved Big Foot Pass which was an agility challenge course where you have to climb ropes right in the pool. Your kids will get to jump from lily pad to lily pad to reach the end of the pool. They provide safety water vests at no additional costs to children who are not able to swim or just want to wear one to feel safer.
If you have older kids including teenagers, they have some water rides they will never forget such as the Howlin’ Tornado which features a 6 story funnel all while swishing and swirling down the slide, 30 feet up the sides of the funnel before landing in the main pool area. My husband also had his share of fun and went on the Wolf Tail which features a enclosed tunnel which drops you into a 360 degree thrill ride. I was too scared to go on but he said it was the most awesome ride he has ever been on!
After spending hours at the pool, we then went on to explore some of the other attractions such as the Howlin’ Timbers Play Park which includes indoor rides such as the Frog Hopper attraction and train ride. In this section, they also have a Howlers Peak Rope Course, mini golf, and bowling! I am not kidding when I say Great Wolf Lodge has everything! Once done with the play park, we visited the Northern Lights Arcade where they played games for hours and even had the chance to go on a ride-on movie (XD theatre) of their choice.
Some activities we did not do but heard rave reviews about is the Scooops Kid Spa and MagiQuest. My three kids were a little young but we heard that both activities are huge hits at Great Wolf Lodge and should be checked out if you have kids 6+!
Lastly, we had a great amount of food choices available at all times whether it was taking out pizza in the Hungry As A Wolf Pizza Palace or sitting down for a great dinner at Lodge Wood Fired Grill. They have it all!
Be sure to visit Great Wolf Lodge New England for a fantastic family weekend of fun and excitement today!
* I work with Tiny Prints on promotions. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
As a recent mom for the third time, I have a lot on plate these days. Between taking care of my kids, working, and maintaining a little bit of time for myself, I am busy! With the birth of a child, I like to remember the occasion and make my friends/family aware of a birth by sending them a birth announcement. Sure I can try to do my own but I can assure you that it would not come out as well and take up way too much of my little time I have each day. That is why I am thankful that Tiny Prints makes such gorgeous and affordable baby announcements.
If you are not familiar with Tiny Prints, they are the premiere , one stop shopping destination for all things invitations, announcements, personalized gifts, and more. At Tiny Prints, they have just about any type of personalized card you are looking for. For me, I was in dire need to send out announcements as well as thank you cards.
When we first looked at Tiny Prints for the announcements, I was amazed just how many beautiful announcement cards there were and best of all, they were all so affordable. I had a hard time deciding which announcement I was going to go with. I had about 9 in shopping cart and finally narrowed it down to 1, with the help of friends.
The best part of Tiny Prints is they have announcements, as well as invitations, that will gel with your personal style. For me, I wanted to incorporate our family in the picture, so I was readily able to do that with the two sided card that featured my family of 5 on the back, and baby Taylor on the front. I then was able to add my own words and in no time at all, the card was ready to be sent. You will be able to get a proof of the card before it gets sent to printing, to assure that all the details are correct. You also have free range with wording and various fonts you want to use. If you want to have your address already printed on the corresponding envelopes, they will be able to do that too!
We also received Thank you cards for Taylor and I could not be happier. Again, they have so many different styles to pick from, that you will be sure to find one that you just fall in love with. I know we did!
We are so happy with Tiny Prints and the customer service there. I got my card promptly and in the beautiful blue box, it always comes in. If you have a new baby and are looking for ideal Thank you cards and/or announcements, then Tiny Prints is your online store!
Here is some other new and exciting information:
Tiny Prints launched a partnership with Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that provides low-income children, ages zero to 12, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. Together with Baby2Baby, Tiny Prints has committed to distributing over 3,000 new cribs to families in need them through donating a portion of its birth announcements sales back to Baby2Baby!
Tiny Prints now has the Tiny Prints Baby2Baby Personal Stationery line created by celebrated designer Jill Smith! Inspired by children’s drawings from the Baby2Baby/Tiny Prints Mother’s Day playdate, Jill created a joyful line of personal stationery sure to make anyone smile. In addition to the birth announcement sales, Tiny Prints is donating 5% of proceeds from its Baby2Baby personal stationery line back to the non-profit.
* I work with Toys R Us/ Babies R Us on promotions. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Little Taylor is now almost 3 months! Can you believe it?! Time really goes fast. I absolutely love having a girl partly because I can dress her up. There is nothing quite as cute as seeing her in adorable outfits day after day. Now I am so excited because Babies“R”Us just launched the Heidi Klum line and it is simply adorable, and best of all, affordable!
As a mom, I like to find fantastic clothes but can’t fathom spending an arm and a leg. Now I do not have to with the Truly Scrumptious Line. The exclusive apparel from the Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum fall collection is now available on all Babies “R” Us countrywide and online. In this line, Heidi Klum once again brings together her fashion and motherly expertise to provide parents with the perfect fall clothes and accessories for their little ones.
So this is the outfit Taylor received from her line and I can’t rave enough about it! People ask me all the time where I received it and they are always shocked to learn that it did not come from an expensive clothing store (that truly I can’t afford). I tell them with the Truly Scrumptious line you can get the high priced, fashionable items but at reasonable costs. You can’t beat that!
Not only does Heidi Klum include clothes in her collection, you can also find nursery furniture, baby shoes/socks, and baby gear in her line too. Fashion certainly meets function with her line and the bold, yet beautiful, prints will look great on your children. Be sure to check out Babies “R” Us today for the complete Truly Scrumptious Line By Heidi Klum.
**I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program.**
A few years ago my girlfriend welcomed her husband back to the States after participating in a tour overseas. I remember that day clearly when he returned and it will forever be etched in my mind. It was such an inspiring day because we finally got to acknowledge what he did overseas and show the support to the thousands of other true heroes who returned home that day and every other day since. Serving our country is an amazing and selfless act that should be not only be praised but rewarded each and every day.
While my friend welcomed her healthy husband home that day, a lot of families are not afforded this option. A lot of military families welcome husbands or wives home who have been injured in battle and simply can’t afford the basic necessities in life. This is where you and I can come in! Now Believe in Heroes® is raising funds and awareness for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to help out the military, who need our help! If you have never heard of Believe in Heroes®, they were established in 2010 to bring grocery retailers, trusted brands, and shoppers together to raise funds for WWP, a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
Running through Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, Believe in Heroes® calls on Americans to show their support and appreciation for the newest generation of veterans through the common household task of grocery shopping, while enjoying great savings and sharing how they made a difference to help raise awareness. We all go grocery shopping and who does not like to save?! I know with being a family of 5, I am all about saving money. Now I can make a difference all by saving money at the same time. By doing the simple act of grocery shopping, you will be able to support our true heroes!
A lot of the coupons that are offered through this wonderful project, are household items I use on an everyday basis such as Jello, Silk, and Campbell Soups. When you visit the coupons offered, print them out and shop away at your local grocery store. Each of these participating brands/retailers on the coupon page in the Believe in Heroes® campaign is helping further the Wounded Warrior Project® mission – to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Over $25 in savings with these coupons and all the while benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project®! What could be better!
Aside from clipping these coupons, you can support Believe in Heroes® and the Wounded Warrior Project® by purchasing Believe in Heroes® merchandise in stores or online. You will also be able to provide a generous, tax deductible donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) right on their site too.
Let’s help out these thousands of injured warriors returning home from the current conflicts and to provide assistance to their families today! There is really nothing to it other than visiting the Wounded Warrior Project® and start printing these coupons to help out. You will also be able to see more about this project and how/where to save and shop at: Wounded Warrior Project®. This is so easy to do and boy will it feel great to contribute to such an important cause! Coupons are only available to 11-30 or while supplies last, so hurry!