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“An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life” Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

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Viewers can now stream the Amazon Original SpecialAn American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life” on Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria.This is the 4th special from Amazon Kids and you and your family are going to love watching this one together.

american-girl-summer-campWe were so excited to get a sneak peek at the special. As fans of the American Girl brand, we love any and all things “American Girl”. I feel like this special sends a powerful message to all girls, which is what I love about all of the American Girl toy, books, and movies….they help to empower girls!american-girl-story-friends“An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life”  is about friends Z (Zoe Manarel, The Nightingale) and Paz (Alison Fernandez, Logan) who arrive at S.T.E.A.M. camp excited for tech heaven. When the administrator(Camryn Manheim) surprises everyone by restricting their devices, they think their summer’s doomed. (No cell phone use is allowed.) 

_DSC0265.nefThings take a mysterious turn when they meet Jordan (Monique Green, Marriage of Lies), an enchanting “counselor” who sends them on an adventure, opening them up to a world of possibilities, including befriending a third camper, Drew (Lauren Donzis, Liv and Maddie).

_DSC0689.nefThis special, directed by Alison McDonald (An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win).

Here’s a preview of the special:

“Summer Camp, Friends for Life combines the relatable themes of friendship and collaboration in a fun and engaging S.T.E.A.M. camp environment. Our customers will be inspired by Z, Paz and Drew as they work together toward solving the mystery presented to them.” – ,” Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios.

One of the reasons I was really drawn to this special was the emphasis on S.T.E.A.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), as it related to girl. Females are often underrepresented in schools, in these subjects of study, and in the workplace, holding jobs in these fields, Teachers in elementary, middle and high schools currently encourage their female students to take interest in these areas of study and join in on S.T.E.A.M. focused activities and classes, in hopes of fostering their love for these areas and even motivating females to pursue further studies at the college level. I appreciated how the special even made mention of the first female civil engineer and the history of how S.T.E.A.M. came to be accessible to girls from all walks of life. S.T.E.A.M.is such an important topic!An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life is available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at http://www.amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at http://www.amazon.com/prime.american-girl-story-summer-camp-2Even more exciting news is that American Girl also announced plans to bring its newest contemporary character Z (short for Suzie) to life via a beautiful 18-inch doll, along with several outfits and accessories, like Z’s dog and scooter, as well as items that reflect her film making interests, including a camera, smartphone, and tripod. The Z doll will be available beginning today at the American Girl brand store at Amazon, through its award-winning American Girl catalogue andmericangirl.com, and at all American Girl retail locations nationwide.

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Celebrate the 75th Anniversary with the Release of Disney’s “Bambi” Plus Character Activity Sheets

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“Bambi,” celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and joined the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. It’s also now available on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand as well. bambi-cover

The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more.Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette.

Take a peek:

Designed to bring together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling, it is only fitting that the Tribeca Film Festival serves as the setting for this year’s announcement of upcoming additions to the Walt Disney Signature Collection. This collection includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, one of the great visionaries of the 20th century. This summer, “Bambi” will take its place in the collection alongside three other great achievements in storytelling, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Pinocchio.”how-to-draw-bambi

As a fun family activity, Disney has released these “How to Draw” character activity sheets. You can print them out and draw Bambi and Thumper, just like an actual Disney animator. The step-by-step illustrated instructions are so simple to follow along with to create your own animations.how-to-draw-thumperDid you know….?
“Bambi” was released in 1942 during World War II and took over five years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Beloved by generations, “Bambi” holds the No. 3 spot on the American Film Institute’s “10 Top 10,” honoring the 10 greatest animated films of all time. The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl – and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest.

For more information about this Disney classic, visit the official site here.

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{Giveaway} Circus Vargas Unveils Original New Production- SteamCirque!

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Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top: SteamCirque! The all-new, original production is set to debut in Orange County June 1-5 at MainPlace in Santa Ana before moving on to Great Park in Irvine June 8-18, 2017 and it looks like it’s going to be an amazing show to experience with your entire family! (see below for a chance to win tickets)circus-vargus-steamcirque-1The Show: 
Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!circus-vargas-steamcirque-2

The Storyline:
An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician-
part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new, imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts. It becomes a test of wills, the steampunkers versus the circus folk, who will win? Audiences will have to come and see to find out!!

“SteamCirque is inspired by adventure, colored by imagination and brought to life by the amazing cast of Circus Vargas!” – Rolanda Kaiser

Here’s a peek at the show from Circus Vargas’ YouTube channel: 

Creative Inspiration:
Husband and wife team Nelson and Katya Quiroga’s inspiration for this year’s production
came to them over a casual dinner with friends. While reminiscing of traveling, their many
adventures and how fast time has passed, Nelson remarked suddenly that he’d felt as if
he’d been “Around the World in 80 days!” referring to a novel from French author Jules
Verne’s collection, Voyages Extraordinaire. That comment and the subsequent
conversation that followed morphed into hours of story-telling. “It’s been quite the
journey, says Katya. Sometimes we don’t even believe it ourselves.”
SteamCirque is inspired by adventure, colored by imagination and brought to life by
the amazing cast of Circus Vargas!circus-vargas-steamcirque-3As you can see, children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!circus-vargas-steamcirque-4Circus Vargas will be returning to Orange County to perform at 2 different locations. First at MainPlace in Santa Ana and then moving onto Great Park in Irvine. The schedule for the shows will be as follows:

MainPlace in Santa Ana

  • Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 2 at 4:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3 at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Great Park in Irvine

  • Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 9 at 4;00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10 at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 11 at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13 There are no showtimes on this day.
  • Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18 at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Information:
General admission tickets begin at just $12 for children and $22 for adults and can be purchased by visiting http://www.circusvargas.com, calingl 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visiting the box office at each location.

Please plan to arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.
Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an
unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

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I’m also hosting a giveaway. Actually, you’ll see TWO giveaways below. Circus Vargas will provide TWO family 4-packs of tickets to your choice of shows. I’m giving away ONE family 4-pack for the Santa Ana location of the show (at Main Place Mall) and ONE family 4-pack for the Irvine location of the show (at Great Park). Enter below on the Rafflecopter for the one you’d like to win. (or enter both). Good luck and thank you for entering!

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For updates, discounts and behind the scenes video, connect with Circus Vargas on Facebook.

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New Despicable Me 3 Trailer and Poster

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The new trailer for Despicable Me 3 debuted today, just in time for a National Brothers Day! I think it’s hilarious that Gru is a twin! Who would’ve thought? Are you “Team Gru” or “Team Dru”?despicable-me-3-poster Our family is beyond excited for the release of this film, which will be in theaters June 30! Despicable Me 3 shows us that “it’s good to be bad”! despicable-me-3-gru-and-druIllumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

Watch this all-new trailer:

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.despicable-me-3-minionsThe film is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

See Despicable Me 3 in theaters June 30, 2017

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{Giveaway} Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes: Tickets Now on Sale

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Calling all Marvel fans! Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and will burst into arenas across the country starting this summer, with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.MUL2 Age of Heroes Cast Teaser Photo Final - LOW RES
The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017. Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will be playing throughout Los Angeles from July 7–23, 2017 at STAPLES Center/Los Angeles, Citizens Business Bank Arena/Ontario and Honda Center/Anaheim and you won/t want to miss out!

“The show that brings the grandeur of Marvel to life. Age of Heroes creates an experience that immerses families in non-stop action, creating movie-style thrills and jaw-dropping stunts that showcase the powers of your favorite Super Heroes right before your eyes. -Juliette Feld, producer of Marvel Universe LIVE!marvel-2

Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin. The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.marvel-spidermanImmersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind.marvel-thorThe following is the schedule of performances for Southern California:

Los Angeles performances will be Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9

  • Friday, July 7 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 8 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 9 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

STAPLES Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Tickets start at $25 each and are available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Ontario performances will be Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16

  • Thursday, July 13 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 14 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 15 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 16 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Citizens Business Bank Arena is located at 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764. Tickets start at $25 each and are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Anaheim performances will be Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23

  • Thursday, July 20 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 21 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 22 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 23 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Honda Center is located at 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806. Tickets start at $25 each and are now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.giveaway-enter-to-win

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my lucky readers to win a family 4-pack of tickets to opening night of Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. Winner will have their choice of the opening night at either the Los Angeles, Ontario, or Anaheim location. Enter below on the Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone! Thanks for reading!
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Sheryl Crow “Be Myself” 2017 Tour Dates

Multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and musician Sheryl Crow released a new album, entitled Be Myself, on April 21st via Warner Bros. Records. Be Myself, her ninth studio album.Sheryl-Crow-Be-Myself-cover

A video for “Halfway There” has been created utilizing cut-out animation style which presents the songs lyrical questions through a whimsical Monty Python-esque satirical imagery. Watch the video here:

Crow celebrated the announcement of her new album by playing to an absolutely packed house at a rare, surprise club show at West Hollywood’s intimate Troubadour last night where the lucky crowd was treated to a handful of new tracks from Be Myself, along with several fan favorites.

For this album, Crow worked again with producer, musician, and songwriter Jeff Trott, a long-time collaborator throughout her career. Trott co-wrote many of Crow’s classic hits including “If It Makes You Happy” and “My Favorite Mistake.” Crow says her main goal was “to investigate what made my early songs strike people as being authentic and original. So for the first time in my life, I made it a point to sit down and really listen to my old records. I’d drive my kids to school and play the old stuff as I came back home. That helped me remember what it felt like when I was just beginning as an artist. But it wasn’t about repeating myself. It was about revisiting where I came from and seeing where that would take me now.”

 

The track-listing for Be Myself is as follows:

1.“Alone In The Dark”
2. “Halfway There”
3. “Long Way Back”
4. “Be Myself”
5. “Roller Skate”
6. “Love Will Save The Day”
7. “Strangers Again”
8. “Rest Of Me”
9. “Heartbeat Away”
10. “Grow Up”
11. “Woo Woo”

Sheryl Crow also announced her upcoming tour dates for early summer.will tour this spring and summer in support of Be Myself. The following dates have been confirmed:

  • June 8 – Greek Theatre/Los Angeles, CA
  • June 10 – The Mountain Winery/Saratoga, CA
  • June 11 – The Mountain Winery/Saratoga, CA
  • June 21 – Wolf Trap – Filene Center/Vienna, VA
  • June 24 – North Carolina Museum of Art/Raleigh, NC
  • June 25 – Chastain Park Amphitheater/Atlanta, GA
  • June 28 – Beacon Theatre/New York, NY
  • June 29 – Rochester Internat’l Jazz Fest/Rochester, NY
  • July 14 – Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater/Chautauqua, NY

For the latest news about Sheryl Crow and ticket information, go here.

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Shopkins LIVE! National Tour To Stop at Over 75 U.S. Cities

I’m pretty sure every kid’s dream just came true with the latest news….Shopkins Live!, the first live theatrical production based on the phenomenally successful Shopkins toy brand will embark on a national tour of over 75 U.S. cities!, premiering in Buffalo, New York, on Thursday, September 14, 2017! unnamed (5)

Based on America’s #1 toy brand, Youtube sensation and international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys, Shopkins Live! will feature The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as ‘Jessicake’, ‘Bubbleisha’, ‘Peppa-Mint’ and friends prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair”.

Since its launch in 2014, the Shopkins brand continues to be a hot ticket item for children worldwide. Shoppies dolls consistently rank as the #1 kids toy in the U.S.; the first-ever Shopkins movie, Shopkins Chef Club, was released last year by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; and numerous dedicated apps continue to expand the brand’s ever-growing world.

Shopkins Live! will run for approximately 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, April 28. For more information on Shopkins Live! , including a list of cities the tour will stop at, visit http://www.shopkinsliveontour.com and sign-up to be the first to hear about the pre-sale offer, on-sale dates and North American tour dates.

 

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‘The Book of Henry” Official Trailer and Poster

Have you watched the official “The Book of Henry” trailer yet? Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed) and starring Academy Award™ nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph), and Maddie Ziegler (Dance Moms), “The Book of Henry” looks like it’s going to be one to watch this Summer!  ,
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Watch the official trailer here: 
Here’s a synopsis of the film:
Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.the-book-of-henry-new-artworkI cannot wait for “The Book of Henry” to to hit theaters in select cities on June 16, 2017. Will you be heading out to see it?

For the latest updates and news about “The Book of Henry”, visit the film’s official website here.

This is not a sponsored post. Artwork and trailer are property of Focus Features. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

An American Girl Story – Ivy and Julie 1976: A Happy Balance: Now Streaming on Prime #IvyandJulie

This is a sponsored by KidzVuz for Amazon Studios. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

American Girl is one of my daughter’s favorite brands. As a mom, it’s one of my favorites as well. Not only because I love the dolls and all of the adorable products, but also for all American Girl does to empower and encourage girls to be whatever they dream of and to pursue their goals.

My daughter loves to read the American Girl books, especially the ones that come with the historical dolls and are representative of that doll’s time period. Even more fun is when the stories are taken from the written form to the onscreen versions. Have you watched any of the movies on Prime yet? american-girl-story-ivy-and-julie-coverI’m excited for the third and newest American Girl Story – Ivy and Julie 1976: A Happy Balance to stream on Prime Video. Starting March 24, this Amazon Original Special will be availalbe to stream on Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria. melody1The first two original American Girl specials for Prime Video, An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win and An American Girl StoryMaryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas, were based on the characters Melody Ellison and Maryellen Larkin from the BeForever historical-inspired character line. Both specials are also currently available to stream on Prime Video.ivy-and-julie-stream-on-primeI was excited for the opportunity to stream the latest Amazon Original Special, Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance and I absolutely adored it. Without posting any real spoilers, I can share about some of the elements in the film really resonated with me.

Here’s a brief synopsis of Ivy and Julie 1976: A Happy Balance: 
A story set in San Francisco in 1976. Ivy Ling (Nina Lu, BUNK’D) is a 10-year-old Chinese-American girl who struggles with finding a balance between her two cultural identities: Chinese and American. With her family’s Chinese traditions and obligations, she wishes to be like her all-American best friend, Julie Albright (Hannah Nordberg, General Hospital). When her gymnastics tournament and family’s big Chinese New Year dinner land on the same day, Ivy relies on Julie to guide her with a difficult choice. The special also stars Gwendoline Yeo (American Crime) and Lance Lim (School of Rock).

Watch this preview of American Girl Story –Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance: 

First of all, I loved the fact that the story was set in 1976 but presented what still seem to be common “modern day challenges” for families. As a mom of a pre-tween daughter, I, too, encounter the struggle between getting my daughter to do what our family is going and wanting to do what she wants to do. I feel like my own daughter can really relate to Ivy’s character because they are both at the age where girls tend to struggle with trying to fit in.American-Girl-Story-Ivy-and-JulieI love the friendship between Ivy and her best friend, Julie, and how much they care about one another and are a support system for each other. In the story, they are each dealing with different issues but really listen to each other for advice when it comes to their uncertainty about what to do about each of their own unique situations. These are the kind of girls you want your own daughter to hang around with. (Too bad they’re fictional characters, right?)

It seemed as though people, especially other children, in the 70’s weren’t quite as sensitive and accepting of different cultures they way they are now.  Ivy was very hesitant to share about her own family’s culture with the other girls in her gym. It was understandable though because the other girls seemed unfamiliar with these other cultural traditions, like when “Chinese School” was mentioned and none of the other girls knew what that was. while her parents and grandparents want her to become more educated about her Chinese roots. She reminds me of myself, as a kid, when she fights almost every cultural influence in her family, the way I fought my parents at her age when they wanted me to be more educated about Judaism. I felt like I could personally relate to Ivy and her struggle with trying to be a “typical” girl in the 70’s because I hid the fact that I was Jewish when I was younger for fear of being teased. How awful is that?

Ivy’s grandparents are so much more than just typical grandparents and the scenes where they appear with her really warmed my heart. While her mother is attending law school full-time, in addition to her father working to support the family, Her grandparents go beyond their traditional role as they lend a hand with the children on quite a few occasions.while her mother is attending law school, in order to achieve her own dreams. Although the grandparents seem so “traditional”, Ivy comes to know that deep down, they really “get her”.

I cried a lot of happy tears watching An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance, which most likely stems from my being a mom. My daughter also loved the film. Also, it has a happy ending and those are my favorite kinds of endings.

Prime members can now stream this special at no additional cost to their membership. Enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at http://www.amazon.com/originals. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at http://www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit here.

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New Despicable Me 3 Trailer + Gru is a Twin?

I cannot believe it….Gru has an identical twin brother! His name is Dru! How hilarious is this poster for the upcoming “Despicable Me 3”? Now I really can’t wait to see the film and learn the history of these two brothers! I can only imagine how opposite they must be! despicable-me-3

From the creators of Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and Minions, Illumination brings us another chapter in the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes, and don’t forget those adorable Minions too!

Watch this hilarious new trailer: 

Joining Steve Carell (Gru and Dru) and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.dru-and-gruDespicable Me 3 is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda and co-directed by Eric Guillon. It’s written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.despicable-me-3-minionsAre you as excited for Summer now as I am? DESPICABLE ME 3 is in theaters June 30! Get the latest news about the film by following along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join in on the conversation at #DespicableMe3.

This is not a sponsored post. Images and clips are property of Illumination. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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