Friday, August 29, 2014

Why I Accepted The Ice Bucket Challenge

Disclaimer:
 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is defined as this by the creator, The ALS Association: "The challenge is this: film yourself getting doused with a bucket of ice water, post the video to social media and then nominate your friends to do the same. If you’d rather not have freezing water dumped on your head, you are asked to donate to an ALS charity of your choice." Simple enough right? Who would have known in such a short time this would have turned into a viral sensation, earning over 94 million and climbing. 
If you follow this blog you know that I am part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers. A couple days ago I found the entire team was challenged by Monica, the go to person for this great group of people. When I heard her challenge us I panicked. I hate my picture taken, how would I ever publish a video of myself? The feeling of dread was so strong I was starting to feel physically ill, then I thought about it. I remembered Alfred Butler, A family member who died from this terrible disease. I remembered him going from a healthy, active person, to a man who couldn't control his body. I thought him and remembered him trying to talk and the look in his eyes when he couldn't control his mouth enough for the words to form. I thought about the stares and snickers people with ALS endure while going throughout their lives.
Then I thought about Anthony Carbajal. I thought about his Ice Bucket Challenge. I thought about what courage it took him to record his challenge. I thought about the courage it takes him to life his life day to day. If you have not seen his challenge you must watch it from start to finish.


People have been saying that those who take the Ice Bucket Challenge are only looking for attention. You are right I was looking for attention, not for myself, for this awful disease. I have seen the affects of it first hand. If stepping out of my comfort zone for a minute brings awareness to ALS then I am proud to say, 
"Challenge accepted Monica!"


The above video was captured with the HTC One M8. Look for thoughts on the phone and how it fits into my life in life in an upcoming post. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Maleficent Arrives on Blu-ray Combo 11/4

Maleficent Arrives on Blu-ray Combo 11/4

Did you see Disney's Maleficent in theaters And can't wait to own it? Or Perhaps you missed it and are waiting for it to come out on DVD, Either way, save this date: November 4th. 

Maleficent stars Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie  as Maleficent, a villian from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be made available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms. 
Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).
Bonus Features
·         From Fairy Tale to Feature Film - Reimagining Maleficent for a new generation
·         Building An Epic Battle –Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces
·         Classic Couture - Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
·         Maleficent Revealed - Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
·         Aurora: Becoming A Beauty - Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.
·         Deleted Scenes:
o   “Stefan In King's Chamber”
o   “Pixie Idiots”
o   “Diaval asks about the Curse”
o   “Pixies Seek Asylum”
o   “Suitor”
·         And More!
Stay connected with the latest news and information about Disney’s “Maleficent”:
·         “Like” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent
·         Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Maleficent
·         Check out  Website and Mobile Site: http://www.disney.com/maleficent
·         Visit www.Disneymoviesanywhere.com and download the DMA App at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-movies-anywhere-watch/id766894692?mt=8

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Disney's Hot Deal On The Frozen Soundtrack


Disney Soundtrack

Do you want to build a snowman, or just sing about them? 

If you answered the latter then you are in luck. Disney Music has announced that you can purchase the Frozen Soundtrack from iTunes for just $5.98 for a limited time. 
Friday is Frozen’s day to shine as the featured $5.99 album of the day on iTunes.
This has 32 tracks on it, which will be sure to have you and your little guys singing for hours.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Udderly Smooth August Chat


This Post is written as part of a continuing relationship I have with Udderly Smooth, though I might receive compensation in the form or product or money all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Wow summer flew right by. Time for back to school. For us it means telling you ways Udderly Smooth Lotion can help get rid your body of damage down to your skin from summer sun and flip flops. Join us for the August  #UdderlySmooth Twitter Chat.  This is one of our usual chats, not a formal Twitter Party. As usual there will be fun and prizes while you learn about all the great things Udderly Smooth skin care products have to offer. Please Join us:

August 31st, 9 PM EST
Hashtag:  #UdderlySmooth

Prizes: 
9 winners will receive an Udderly Smooth gift basket: 


Grand Prize:
One lucky winner will receive a Pandora Bracelet with this cute little cow bead.

Who knows, if we get trending there m
ay even be an extra prize thrown in.

Please help get the word out by RTing:
"RT @mmc67: Join @UdderlySmooth and @mmc67 for a Twitter Party August 31st. 9PM EST. Great fun & prizes. 
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Skylanders Trap Team forTablet
Are your little guys, or yourself, crazy over Skylanders? Do you ever feel like the one thing that is missing is more physical play with the characters? I have some news I think you are going to love this. Huge news release for fans of Skylanders:

SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM™ UNLEASHES FULL GAME EXPERIENCE ON IPAD, KINDLE FIRE AND ANDROID TABLETS DAY-AND-DATE
WITH CONSOLE VERSION

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – AUGUST 12, 2014 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) announced today that it will bring the complete Skylanders Trap Team videogame to tabletsi at launch, marking the first time a full Skylanders® game will be available on iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets day-and-date with the console version. The tablet version of the game delivers the same experience with console-quality graphicsi[i] and comes with its own high performance controller, delivering yet another significant technological leap to the Skylanders franchise.

The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will include a Bluetooth® Traptanium PortalTM; an embedded Bluetooth® controller to provide the best gameplay experience possible; a built-in tablet stand; two Skylanders characters; two Traps and a display tray that lets Portal Masters keep track of the Traps they've collected and which villains they have trapped.

"Skylanders has become an incredibly appealing brand and franchise for kids around the world. And the tablet has become an incredibly appealing gaming platform for kids around the world. But we haven't been able to bring the full Skylanders experience to the tablet until now," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "We always want to deliver breakthrough experiences, and we also always want to be wherever gamers want to play. This is a chance for us to bring the magic of Skylanders to a whole new platform and audience. Whether you want to sit on the couch and play with the wireless controller, or play on the go using just the tablet itself, this provides a great experience for gamers."

Skylanders Trap Team brings a ground-breaking innovation to the Skylanders franchise by reversing the magic of its signatureToys-To-Life™ play pattern to let kids bring life to toys. Skylanders Trap Team allows Portal Masters to seek out the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, defeat them and pull them out of the game into their living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps. Fans can then play as both heroes and villains who join the forces of good in an all-new adventure. Now, for the first time in franchise history, fans can experience a full Skylanders game on the go, wherever and whenever they want.

The tablet version of Skylanders Trap Team upholds the same gameplay-driven adventure as the console version with console-quality graphics,[ii] complete with lush, expansive environments that push the technological boundaries of select tablet devices. Like the console version of the game, all toys will be cross-platform compatible, with all skills and upgrades intact.

Skylanders Trap Team on tablet can be experienced two different ways:
·         "Controller" –– Fans can play the game just like the console version using the Bluetooth Traptanium Portal and toys with the custom Bluetooth Skylanders game controller included in the Tablet Starter Pack.
·         "Touch Controls" – For players who prefer to use touch controls instead of a controller, fans have the option to play the game just using on-screen touch controls.

The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack will be available on October 5th in North America, October 10th in Europe and October 2nd in Australia on the following platforms: a variety of iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation®4 system; PlayStation®3 system; Nintendo's Wii™ system and Nintendo's Wii U™ system. A different, unique adventure also will be available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Activities


Aug. 12th The Muppets Most wanted on blue-ray 

On Aug. 12th The Muppets Most Wanted will be released on Blu-ray Combo Pack. We are so excited to be able to purchase the movie we loved in the theater. Until then I would like to  share some Muppets Activities with you! Help Kermit escape from the Siberian gulag maze,  test your Muppets Most Wanted knowledge and help the gang spot the difference. As if this was not enough fun you can also spend the weekend enjoying some coloring! Have Fun!!!

Download Muppets Most Wanted Activity Games

Monday, August 4, 2014

A look at the Legos Furry Creature Collection

Lego's Chase The Mouse
Recently I had the opportunity to hang out with some of the people from the Lego company at the Blogger Bash in NYC. As you may remember, I have two guy that are huge Lego Fans. Remember their adventures of trading up to get to LegoLand? After enjoying breakfast with Lego Batman, which I will share with you later, I headed to The huge ToysRUs to find a gift to bring home. With so many great sets it took me a second to find what I was looking for, but then I spotted it, the perfect gift for the little guy who loves cats. Needless to say, the gift was a huge hit.


Your kid has a huge imagination and, at times, it gets hard for you to keep up with him. When you run out of bright ideas that keep your little one happy and smiling all the time, there is only one thing that can save the day: An innovative LEGO toy from the Furry Creatures collection.
Chase The Mouse With The 3-In-1 Cat is, by far, one of the most versatile toys ever created by LEGO. We all know that children tend to get bored of their toys pretty fast, which is precisely why the 3-in-1 cat was created.
This super sweet kitty keeps an eye on a mouse companion that’s nabbing some cheese, but this isn’t really the best about this LEGO innovation. In fact, your little one can move the cat’s whiskers, ears and mouth to give it countless expressions . Furthermore, the legs can also be adjusted to create a variety of poses.
Oh, and if, by chance, your kid gets bored along the way, don’t despair, as there is no need to rush and buy yet another toy – the 3-in-1 cat from LEGO Furry Creatures can be rebuilt into a puppy or a cuddly bunny for even more fun and joy!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Disney Movies Anywhere: Entertain On The Go

Check out a clip from Pixie Hollow Bake Off!

Traveling with your little guys this summer? The Disney Movies Anywhere app may be just the thing to keep them entertained when going from point a to point b. 
Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a cloud-based digital movie service that offers a hassle-free way for consumers to buy, watch, and manage Disney digital content across platforms and devices via the easy-to-use DMA app or at DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com. A DMA-eligible digital title purchased from an iTunes-connected account or redeemed in DMA will be accessible in a user’s DMA and iTunes lockers. There are currently over 400 films from Disney’s rich history available through DMA for streaming and download, including Disney Branded Animation, Disney Live-Action, Pixar, and Marvel titles, along with exclusive, original content. For more information or to redeem Digital Copy codes to build your library and earn Disney Movie Rewards Points for digital purchases, visit www.disneymoviesanywhere.com.
Reunite with your favorite fairies this July on Disney Movies Anywhere, kicking off with an all-new Pixie Preview ‘Pixie Hollow Bake Off’ featuring ‘Fairy Gelata’ voiced by Giada De Laurentiis.   In this latest adventure our favorite fairies must use their talents to help Tink in a high-stakes, head-to-head bake-off.   And come back each week to check out more flitterific Pixie Previews available throughout the month in the Disney Movies Anywhere Discover section her http://di.sn/bh0. Check it out in the Clip above.
The above video is just one of the movies available to you. If you download Disney Movies Anywhere and link your iTunes account, you’ll get The Incredibles for free.