***I received an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney and ABC studios. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources. I received a DVD to give away from the PR firm representing Disney.*
Last month, I had the opportunity to screen the brand new Disney Channel movie, The Descendants which debuts tonight July 31 at 8 PM EST. I have to say that from the minute I sat down to this movie, I loved every single of it. It is a movie that not only the kids will love, but the adults will be dancing and singing along too. Of course, this movie is made by the fabulous Kenny Ortega, the main director behind High School Music, so you know this movie will be great! Along with a stellar cast and an incredible plot, this will be the summer movie that everyone will be taking about.
The Descendants focuses on the villains of the Disney movies and their kids or “descendants”. You will see all the great Disney villains such as Maleficient, Cruella de Vil, Jafar, and more! The main focus revolves around Ben (the son of Belle and the Beauty from Beauty in the Beast) who is poised to take the throne. However his first act is to offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.
In enters, the Descendants or the offsprings of the villains (Carlos, Mal, Evie and Jay) who are then allowed to leave the Island of Lost (where the villains live) to be given a chance to attend a prep school where all the Disney heroes live including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. At this point when they enter they feel like outcasts from the others and have to decide whether to live their lives as heroes or go back to living “rotten to the core”.
Upon existing the island, they are given directions from their villainous parents to steal the Godmother’s magic wand to make everything evil in both of their worlds. Mal (Maleficient’s offspring) pretends to fall for the prince to gain more access to the heroes world and to complete the task of getting the magic wand once and for all.
However, things change when Mal decides that she truly falls in love with the prince and has to then make a decision whether all the villainous children should live their lives continuing on as villains or become the heroes, living their life good. The evil teens face the main dilemma whether they should follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?
The cast of this fabulous movie includes:
Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked,” TV’s “Glee”) as Maleficent
Dove Cameron (TV’s “Liv & Maddie”) as Mal the daughter of Maleficent
Wendy Raquel Robinson(“The Game,” “Miss Congeniality”)as Cruella de Vil
Cameron Boyce (TV’s “Jessie”) as Carlos the son of Cruella de Vil
Maz Jobrani (“The Interpreter,” “13 Going on 30”)as Jafar
Booboo Stewart (“X-Men Days of Future Past,” “Twilight”)as Jay the son of Jafar
Kathy Nijimy (“WALL-E,” “SisterAct”)as the Evil Queen
Sofia Carson (TV’s “Austin & Ally”) as Evie the daughter of the Evil Queen
Mitchell Hope (“Down the Way,” “Yes Mum”)as Ben the son of Beast and Belle
Melanie Paxson (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Happy Family”)as Fairy Godmother
Brenna D’Amicoas Jane the daughter of Fairy Godmother
Sarah Jeffery (“Shades of Blue,” “Rogue”)as Audrey the daughter of Princess Aurora
Zachary Gibson (“Zapped”)as Doug the son of Dopey
Jedidiah Goodacre (“If There Be Thorns,” “Zapped”)as Chad Charming the son of Cinderella
Dianne Doan (“Last Night in Suburbia”)as Lonnie the daughter of Mulan
Without giving away too many spoilers, I will say that this is one movie you will want your kids to see. I think the important plot of deciding whether they should change to good or stay “rotten to the core” will resonate with a lot of children, especially with the early teenager stages. The end result will definitely appeal to both parents and children. It is a feel good movie with good messages and a wonderful plot.
Along with the unbelievably good storyline, the dancing and acting is stellar. All the songs in this movie are so catchy and the dance numbers directed under Kenny Ortega are phenomenal. Don’t blame me though if you have the songs caught in your head for quite some time, like I do! I warned you!
Tune in tonight to see The Descendants on the Disney Channel, immediately followed by BUNK’D! I hope you enjoy both of them as much as I did!
Win it: One winner will receive a copy of The Descendants. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter, so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me why your children are excited to see this movie. Please put all comments in comment section proceeding this post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck. a Rafflecopter giveaway
* I participated in the Amwell blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.*
Do you like to visit the doctor? Really, you don’t? I can’t say I’m surprised. I don’t either. That’s why I love Amwell. Thanks to this telehealth company, we can see a doctor at any time of day or night for many illnesses. That means that instead of dragging ourselves or our kids off of the couch and into the office, we can pull up our Amwell app and quickly and easily see a doctor in the comfort of our homes.
Amwell is The Leader in Telehealth
Amwell is no start up company. It’s not a fledgling service. Amwell is the most popular telehealth app in the world. It’s also the first telehealth service to receive accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association. In addition to that, it’s the first telehealth platform to integrate with Apple’s Health App, and it’s the only service that allows you to select the doctor you want to see. This is a full-feature healthcare app, and it’s great.
As if all of that weren’t enough, using Amwell is more cost effective than a traditional doctor’s visit. The average office visit costs around $82.00 according to Healthcare Blue Book, but Amwell offers visits for only $49.00. That’s $33.00 cheaper!
Amwell doctors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which means that no matter what time of day or night that you need to see a doctor, you can. If you don’t have transportation, there’s inclement weather, or you just feel to rotten to get off the couch, you can still see a doctor. And you’ll see a GOOD doctor. Each and every Amwell doctor is board certified with an average of 15 years in practice.
Amwell is also super convenient. Whether you’re on vacation or a business trip, a doctor is always only a smart device away. These board certified physicians can also prescribe medications when required.
Some of the Issues Amwell Doctors Can Address
Sprains and other strains
Helping to stop smoking
My Amwell Experience
Let open with this. I absolutely love Amwell. My daughter had a fever, so I pulled up my Amwell app, and picked a doctor who looked right for me. I had a free visit, and I thought it was the perfect time to use it. Using the promo code HASHTAGFREE, I met with the doctor of my choice, and he gave my daughter a virtual once over.
After our meeting, the doctor determined that my daughter had a common virus. He prescribed plenty of rest and lots of fluids, as viruses have no treatment except to run their course. He also advised me to use a children’s fever reducer to make my little one more comfortable.
You Can Have an Amwell Experience, Too
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***I received an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney and ABC studios. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.**
Last month on my press trip for Disney, I had the chance to interview some great actors. That continued on as we got to interview the actors from the all new show BUNK’D debuting this coming Friday, July 31st on the Disney Channel. If your kids are obsessed with Jessie like mine are and saddened that they have to still watch repeats, do not fear because BUNK’D is here!
BUNK’D is the spin-off the Jessie show and features the talents of Karan Brar, Skai Jackson and Peyton List who return in their Jessie roles, as well as newcomers Nina Lu, Miranda May, and Kevin G. Quinn. BUNK’D will appear directly after the movie The Descendants on the Disney Channel. Welcome to Camp Kikiwaka everyone!
Here is a short synopsis of the show:
*Emma, Ravi, and Zuri Ross have left their New York penthouse for a summer at Maine’s rustic Camp Kikiwaka, where their parents met as teenagers. Now CITs (Counselors In Training), they must learn the ropes from the overly cheerful head counselor Lou and the camp heartthrob, Xander. Zuri makes new friends with two younger campers, the uptight Tiffany and compulsive fibber Jorge. The camp’s owner is Gladys and she’s even scarier than the legendary creature that’s rumored to stalk the grounds, and with help of her sneaky niece Hazel, she’s out to get the Ross kids because of her decades-old rivalry with their mom. Along with their new friends, Emma, Ravi and Zuri adapt to their new “home away from home” and settle into their exciting new lives at Camp Kikiwaka.*
Starring: Peyton List as Emma Ross
Karan Brar as Ravi Ross
Skai Jackson as Zuri Ross
Miranda May as Lou
Kevin Quinn as Xander
Nina Lu as Tiffany
Nathan Arenas as Jorge
I was completely excited when the cast came out to do a question and and answer with us! I first spotted Skai Jackson and she was gracious enough to take a picture with me along with some other of the wonderful cast.
We then did the interviews split up into 4 round table discussions so the cast went around and we had a chance to have more one on one time with them. I loved this way of interviewing because we really had a chance to talk to them about themselves and the upcoming BUNK’D show!
Our first interview was with Kevin Quinn and Karan Brar. Again, with Karan Brar being on Jessie, I recognized him almost immediately. We asked about their experiences shooting and how it was different from other shows. They told us the dynamics between the cast were incredible and they were all close on and off screen. They were so excited about their new adventures to take place on BUNK’D! One thing you will see it that Karan has a thick accent on the show, as you will see tomorrow night, but don’t be deceived as he is actually from Washington!
Then we met Miranda and Peyton who were both so endearing. Not only are they genuine, they are both so beautiful! They told us in addition to acting, they love to sing. While they did not know each other before coming on set, they quickly became best friends and often when they are not acting, you can find them doing sleep overs at each other house or just hanging out. They were both so grateful to get the roles on BUNK’D!
Our last interview was with Nina, Nathan, and Skai. While I loved all the interviews, this had to be my favorite because Nathan who plays Jorge is SO FUNNY! I think he had us cracking up from start to end! He said to us that he could not believe how fast this all happened to him and he kept coming up with one liners the whole entire time. This is one actor that is definitely up and coming! Skai and Nina were also the cutest and really grateful to be given this opportunity to be on BUNK’D! While they never been to camp before, this is their time to live out camp right on set.
After the interviews, they were doing promo introductions for the show and all the actors were taping telling that BUNK’D will be on July 311. In this time, we got to peek on set and see the camp vibe. It took me back to my camp days. There was a tiny bit of shooting going on and then the day wrapped up.
It was a wonderful day all around. The actors on this show are truly incredible and I think this show has mass appeal to all ages. When I let my kids watch a show, I want them to be able to look up to and emulate the characters. This is one show I will most definitely let them watch because it does just that. Be sure to tune in tomorrow, July 31st to see BUNK’D! This is one show you do not want to miss!!
*I received a tablet for review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
I love hanging out with my kids during the summer, but sometimes I need to take a break from bonding to get some work done. That’s when I look to Intel technology to help me with surviving summer. With Intel powered devices, I can be productive, the kids can have their play time, and we can both stay sane. That’s how surviving summer works for me.
Surviving Summer With Technology Powered by Intel Atom Processors
This is an on-the-go world, and we’re an on-the-go family. Whether I’m headed out to the office, taking my daughter to her dance class, getting in a little extra work on the couch, or just playing some games with the kids, I need to be connected at all times. Technology powered by Intel Atom processors can help keep me connected and on a steady ship to Port Happy.
Intel Atom processors allow us to stay connected for longer with enhanced battery life for our devices and the enhanced performance of a super fast processor. Because it’s Intel, you know you can trust it. You also know that you’ll have all the power and efficiency you need for surviving summer with style.
Surviving summer means staying productive and sane, and Intel is a great ally in that quest for balance. Products powered by Intel Atom processors allow us to check our calendars, work emails, or shop online whenever and wherever we are to make sure we’ve got all our ducks in a row while we’re getting ready for work or packing lunches for the kids.
If you’re in the business field, Intel Wireless Display technology allows you to send media from your tablet to televisions WITHOUT WIRES, which means you can knock out that presentation with some pizzazz. After the presentation, you can use your Intel Atom powered device to stay connected while taking your lunch break. And you can feel secure in the knowledge that your device is protected with Intel’s great security features, as well.
There’s also no need to worry about connectivity when you’re surviving summer. the Intel Atom processor features enhanced battery life as well as 4G LTE capability, which means you can stay fully connected even when you’re not in WiFi range. In addition to that, video chat apps mean you can be in constant contact with clients or the family no matter where you are.
Surviving summer means more than work. There also needs to be play time, and with devices powered by Intel Atom processors, there’s always fun to be had. You can find kid-friendly tablets packed with educational games and great graphics, or you can just download educational and fun apps on to your Intel Atom device if you don’t have one for the kids.
When evening rolls around, an interactive story might be fun to get the kids to sleep. After that you can sit back, relax, and read your own grown-up stories with an ebook app to decompress a bit. Or maybe you’d rather listen to music or watch some cat videos on Youtube. Whatever you decide, Intel Atom devices can do it.
Two Great Tablets for Surviving Summer
Here are a couple of examples of the power of Intel Atom powered devices that you can use for surviving summer.
ASUS MeMO Pad 7
Sleek tablet with long battery life
7-inch backlight screen
10 finger multi-touch support
16 or 32 GB storage
2.0 MP front camera and 5.0 MP rear camera with auto focus
Optional 4G LTE connectivity powered by Intel XMM 7160 modem
Intel Atom Z3560 processor
Android 4.4 KitKat operating system
Available in rose champagne, gentle black, and burgundy red
Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840
8.5 mm thick for ultimat portability
Super-bright IPS screen with full HD resolution
High-end metallic finish
UP to 7.5 hours batter life while watching videos
Intel Atom Z3745 processor
Android 4.4 KitKat operating system
As you can see, surviving summer can be great fun with powerful tablets powered by Intel Atom processors. If you need a tablet upgrade, why not check out tablets powered by one of the best processors out there. With a tablet powered by Intel Atom, surviving summer can be a breeze.
Get Your Own Intel Atom Tablet for Surviving Summer
Win it: One winner will receive the Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840 tablet ($200 value). For this giveaway, please let me know why you want to win and what you learned from Intel here: Intel. Please put all comments in comment section proceeding this post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
**I received compensation as part of a promotional program with HP and MomSelect. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
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