Friday, May 29, 2015

Disney Tomorrowland Movie Review Young Actresses Shine Opposite George Clooney


Movies



Following its debut over Memorial Day Weekend, the movie Tomorrowland owned the top box office slot beating out second-ranked Pitch Perfect 2 despite pulling in just $41.7 million in receipts, far less than the $50 million originally projected. Disappointing movie opening revenue aside, this latest Disney adventure film is still worth seeing.

Directed by Brad Bird and inspired by the Tomorrowland that Walt Disney envisioned at Disneyland in 1955, this movie is an adventure mystery story about looking optimistically toward the future. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy genius (George Clooney) who is marred with disillusionment teams up with Casey (Britt Robertson), a fearless teen with intense scientific curiosity. Together they embark on a dangerous mission in time and space to unearth the secrets about a place known simply as Tomorrowland. What they find and experience along the way changes both their lives forever.



My insightful 17 year-old son Jacob, who accompanie me to the screening at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, pinned this motion picture as a kind of cross between Meet The Robinsons and The Jetsons. After talking in depth about it after the show, both of us agree that one of the movie's strongest selling points is its talent. 

For sure, Double Academy Award and Triple Golden Globe Award winner George Clooney is good as former boy genius Frank Walker. But it's the young kids who upstage the senior actor, particularly 20-something Britt Robertson as Casey Newton and 12 year-old Raffey Cassidy as Athena, who deliver perhaps their greatest performances to date.




American actress Robertson began her career in TV with Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers in 2004. Prior to Tomorrowland, she had a major role in the film The Longest Ride playing opposite Scott Eastwood.

Robertson as Casey
Meanwhile, British actress Cassidy has accomplished so much in her short career having appeared both in Snow White and the Huntsman and Dark Shadows in 2012. And to think she's still just a tween!


Cassidy as Athena
Together these young ladies brilliantly rise above the seemingly daunting challenge of supporting actresses to the great George Clooney. In fact, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that both of their electrifying female screen presences often outshine him as the plot moves forward. See this movie to find out what I mean.

My Tomorrowland Movie Experience, MommyBlogExpert.com
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hotels.com $500 Giftcard Giveaway - Hurry #KindaNailingIt Sweepstakes Ends June 7


Giveaway



To say my family of six loves to travel both domestically and abroad is putting it mildly. In recent years we've enjoyed exotic U.S. and international destinations ranging from Alaska to Iceland, The NetherlandsParisPrague, IsraelNew Zealand, Fiji, Panama, Cancun, Costa Rica and many other locales.

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So when I was asked by Hotels.com to host a giveaway in conjunction with the newest Captain Obvious commercial you can watch below, I said yes without hesitation. Go ahead and click on the video. This kid really knows how to enjoy his vacation trip to the fullest and is most definitely #KindaNailingIt don't you think? 




Read on to find out how you can enter to win the $500 Hotels.com giftcard that will be awarded to one lucky Mommy Blog Expert reader.

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MommyBlogExpert's Hotels.com Giftcard Giveaway ends June 7, 2015 at 12 am PT and is open to legal residents of the U.S. only. Winner receives a $500 giftcard from Hotels.com. Winner of this MBE contest will be selected at random from all entries and will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours to claim their prize.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Burts Bees Baby Photo Contest - Chance to Win $5000 Grand Prize & Other Prizes


Contest





Want to win a Grand Prize of $5,000 and a professional photo shoot of your baby to celebrate Burt's Bees little fans? Enter Burt's Bees ABCs of Baby Bee Photo Contest. Additional winners will receive up to $2,500 worth of gift cards and Baby Bee and Burt's Bees Baby essentials.


MBE's Triplets, Vintage Family Photo, MommyBlogExpert.com

How to Enter

Capture and Share an image of your sweet Baby Bee in 1 of 4 special moments
  • A is for Asleep (baby sleeping)
  • B is for Beaming (baby smiling)
  • C is for Cozy (first yawn or story time cuddles)
  • D is for Day (baby at play)


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After registering and submiting a photo of your Baby Bee in any of the above categories bee sure to include a brief description on why you think your baby should be the "Most Buzzed About Baby Bee." Contestants must be three years of age or younger. After submitting, make sure to vote for your favorite up to once a day, every day, until July 6, 2015. Invite all loved ones to vote with you too! Winners will be announced on or around July 18, 2015.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

$10 Kobo Giftcard Giveaway - 200 Winners - Enter to Win Now #KoboGloHD


Giveaway



This is a sponsored post

Contest Open to U.S. and Canada Residents*
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To celebrate the new Kobo Glo HD eReader which MommyBlogExpert just had the privilege to review, you are invited to enter this great sweepstakes to win 1 of 200 $10 Kobo giftcards.


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Kobo Glo HD eReader Review Perfect Answer for Busy Moms Who Love to Read


Reading



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#KoboGloHD Review

In a previous life I must have been a librarian because ever since I was a child growing up in the 1960s I've loved the feel, smell and touch of the pages of books. Actually, I can't think of another quiet activity that I still relish more today than reading a really good book. The problem is that with my hectic family and blogging life it usually takes me up to six months to get through a single hardcover or paperback book because I'm always on the go while my book sits at home unread on the nightstand. 


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That all changed recently when I was asked to test and review the new Kobo Glo HD ($129.99), the first e-reader I've ever tried or reviewed for this blog. Now I can bring multiple books with me anywhere I go, whether I'm traveling, headed to an exotic vacation in New Zealand, driving my kids around town or simply sitting in the doctor's waiting room. 

As I said this is the first e-reader I've used and was not sure I'd enjoy it. In fact, eventhough I'm tech savvy and love gadgets, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical that I would like the digital experience as much as turning the pages of an old-fashioned good book.

1st Book on My New Kobo eReader, MommyBlogExpert.com

Easy Setup 
Setting up the Kobo Glo HD was a breeze. After charging it by plugging the USB cable into my computer, I connected to WiFi and entered the date and time into the device. After automatically downloading the Kobo updates I was then prompted to create an account and select a password. Then the fun began. I scrolled through the various titles for sale and downloaded the two top books on my to read list: The Book of Joan, the biography of Joan Rivers by daughter Melissa Rivers and the novel Beachtown by Mary Kay Andrews.


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Using the Device
I love the look and feel of the easy-to-use Kobo Glo HD. The 1448 x 1,072 pixel resolution 6" HD Carta E Ink touchscreen is crystal clear and is easy to hold in one hand and I like that it includes a fully adjustable ComfortLight so I can change the lighting whether I'm reading in bed, outside in the backyard or on a bench at the park under a shady tree. 

Another plus is that the device has a battery life of up to 2 months and you can store as many as 3,000 eBooks and carry your entire library with you. What's more is, because this is the most open eReader on the market today I have the flexibility to change the font type, size and margins to suit my personal reading preferences. And to top it all off if I happen to forget my eReader I can pick up where I left off in the book I'm reading on a multitude of other devices thanks to the Kobo App which is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry 10, Windows 8 or Windows 8 Phone or Desktop Computer.

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Long story short is I'm so glad I rose to the challenge to replace reading print books with a Kobo Glo HD. In just 7 days I'm already 50% of the way through The Book of Joan, more reading than I think I've done from a traditional book in the past 3 monthsBeing able to read anytime, anywhere now is a real luxury and I can't imagine ever being without this new fabulous gadget.



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About Kobo
Based in Canada, Kobo is a small company manufacturing a wide range of eReaders, offering something for just about every type of reader. Learn more about the Kobo Glo HD and the other Kobo eReader devices offered, as well as check out the huge selection of Kobo eBooks and eMagazines available to download by visiting the official site and also following the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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*Discount code is valid for 35% off select eBook purchases from this page and select lists. Discount will be confirmed at checkout. Offer valid until June 30, 2015 at 11:59 EST. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion and cannot be used to adjust amount paid on previous purchases. Discount code must be entered at time of purchase to qualify for this discount. Discounts cannot be applied nor the discount value refunded once a purchase is complete. Rakuten Kobo Inc. reserves the right to change or cancel this offer any any time without notice.

FTC Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Kobo and I received compensation for this review and the associated giveaway as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.