Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets Kansas City Free Screening Ticket Giveaway

If you are an animal lover, this post is for you! The Secret Life of Pets will be in theaters and Real D 3D on July 8 and it looks AMAZING. I grew up with dogs and cats and we now have two dogs that are important parts of our family. Our 10 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi Buddy is king of the house and Doc, our 7 year old lab/terrier mix is always full of energy and ready to play.

Grace recently asked me what they do when we're gone and I told her I wish I knew. The Secret Life of Pets might just answer that question for us!

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. 

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS has been rated PG (Parental Guidance Suggested – Some Material May Not Be Suitable for Children) for action and some rude humor. Visit the official site: www.thesecretlifeofpets.com

I'm excited that my family gets the chance to see an early screening of this film and two of you will get the chance to bring your families to see it with us!

Giveaway
Secret Life of Pets Kansas City Screening

Two winners will each receive a family 4 pack of tickets to attend the Kansas City screening of The Secret Life of Pets Tuesday, July 5th at 7 PM at the B&B Overland Park

This giveaway has a quick turnaround, it will end at 9 PM CST June 30th. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to the notification email, if they do not respond, another winner will be chosen. 

How to Enter: 

Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know what you think your pet does during the day when you're gone! If you don't have a pet, let me know about a pet you had or want. Please include your email address so I can notify you if you win.

Rules:
1. You must be in the Kansas City area the day of the screening. Please do not enter if you cannot attend.
2. A pass does not guarantee a seat at a screening. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. The theater is overbooked to assure a full house. The theater is not responsible for overbooking.
3. No purchase necessary.
4. Only one entry per person and you must be 18 years old to enter.

Tell your friends to enter now and check out this preview to get your family ready for the fun!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Finding Dory Free Printable Activities for Kids!

Are you heading to the theater to see Dory and Nemo this weekend? Don't miss this fun family movie out today, June 17th! Check out my review here and then print out some (or all) of these FREE printables activities to get your kids excited about the film. Click on the following images to download each PDF.









Finding Dory Review: A Family Fun Sequel

Disclosure: I received press passes to attend this movie. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own and honest.

"Finding Nemo" is a favorite of both of our kids and they were excited when we heard about the plans for a sequel. We had the chance to see a screening of "Finding Dory" a few nights ago and while I left with mixed feelings, I can assure you that the kids absolutely loved this film. 
"Finding Dory" is a fun return under the sea with the majority of the familiar characters from "Finding Nemo". The movie begins with a sequence showing the events leading up to the meeting between Dory and Marlin and giving us a peek into Dory's early life. Mr. Ray and Crusher make quick and delightful appearances in these beginning scenes and I was disappointed not to see more of them.

As Dory begins to remember pieces of her past, including her parents Charlie and Jenny, she starts on the long journey to go home. Of course, with her short term memory loss, it won't be easy. I must admit that Dory annoyed me in "Finding Nemo" and I found her much more likable in this film.

When she loses Marlin and Nemo along the way, Dory is forced to turn to other creatures for help and meets some great new characters that truly steal the show. Hank, voiced by Ed O'Neill was the highlight of the film for me. I've always thought the octopus is an amazing creature and Pixar worked hard to get all of the details of this guy perfect. His camouflage skills were hilarious and be sure to stick around through the credits to watch him show off a bit. I wish we could have seen more of his back story as it felt incomplete but I'm guessing we will be seeing more of Hank soon.

Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson delight as Bailey, the beluga whale, and Destiny, the whale shark. Working together to overcome disabilities, they are the perfect helpers for Dory.

And these guys, seriously, cuteness. Do I have to say any more???
The animation in "Finding Dory" is what we've come to expect from Pixar, beautiful and enchanting. Every ocean frame is so full of color and I can't wait to watch it again to see all of the small details that Pixar is famous for. The majority of the film takes place at the Morro Bay Marine Life Institute in California allowing for many different kinds of sea life to be featured. The sea lions were a funny addition to the film giving Marlin and Nemo some unexpected and a bit crazy help in their mission to find Dory.

"Finding Dory" is full of hilarious moments and I have always loved that Pixar creates movies that adults will enjoy seeing with their kids. Unlike "Finding Nemo", there weren't any scary moments that would be a problem for little one, however there is a generally sad undertone to the film as Dory fights her disability to find her way home. While Dory makes great strides in this film, I found the other character development to be lacking. Like I mentioned earlier, Hank's story seems incomplete and Marlin and Nemo's sections seemed a bit forced to me. As a sequel, I feel like it lacked the strong character development that made "Toy Story 2" such a success.

I don't believe that "Finding Dory" has the heart that has made "Finding Nemo" a classic Pixar film but it is worth seeing as a family fun comedy and for it's beautiful animation. We will definitely be adding it to our DVD collection. It's a perfect summer movie to see with your family this weekend! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Father's Day Star Wars Free Printable Questionnaire

June is flying by and I looked at my calendar yesterday to realize that Father's Day is Sunday. I'm feeling very behind this year. I was planning on doing something crafty, but this week is super busy and I can't find anything that's quite perfect for Mike. Grace brought home a Father's Day questionnaire from preschool and I thought it was a cute idea so I decided to create one for Connor to complete with a Star Wars theme (his new obsession). 

This questionnaire is a really quick way to create a personalized fun gift for dad! Connor's answers were pretty hilarious and mostly focused on daddy getting him cookies. Grace decided she wanted to do one too and decided that Mike has reached the ripe old age of 631.  

Click on this image to download the free printable. This design is for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement. 

Father's Day Free Printable Questionnaire

What are you doing for the dads in your life this year?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ice Cream Scoop Easy DIY Teacher Gift + Free Printable Tags

It takes a lot of people to make a preschool run smoothly and the staff at Grace's school were excellent. I wanted to give an end of the year gift to the director, secretary, and music teacher but didn't have much to spend. I found an idea on Pinterest for an ice cream scoop gift and I thought it was adorable so I created my own version!

Free Printable Teacher Gift

I found these colorful ice cream scoops at Walmart and thought they would be perfect. I really want one for myself!

I added a Dairy Queen gift card (I mean really, who doesn't like Dairy Queen) and a cute tag to complete the gift. I hole punched the gift card to make it easy to attach but make sure not to punch the black strip on the back.

Click the image below to download a free printable PDF of these adorable tags to help you create your own ice cream scoop teacher gifts! These designs are for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement. 
Ice Cream Scoop Teacher Gift

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dr. Seuss Finger Puppets Preschool Teacher Gift

My poor blog. We've been so busy lately that my laptop has been sitting in the corner collecting dust. So much has been going on lately with kids activities and the end of school so I want to make sure I update you all on everything! Today I want to share part one of the teacher's gifts I made this year because I've been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks now. Better late than never right?

Grace had an amazing year at pre-K this year and I credit most of that to her main teacher. Last year her teacher left a quarter of the way through the year and she got an inexperienced teacher for the rest of the year. The kids had fun but we don't feel like she learned very much. This year, she had a teacher that has been with her preschool for 17 years. She was super organized, kept us well informed, and Grace learned a ton.

I wanted to get her something special but had a hard time coming up with something at first because I knew being a teacher so long she probably already had tons of things like mugs and lotions just sitting around. I wanted something she could use in her classroom and Grace suggested something involving Dr. Seuss since they focus on his books a ton during Dr. Seuss month. After a quick Pinterest and Etsy search, I fell in love with these Dr. Seuss character finger puppets from Gracefully Geeky Designs. I managed to get the design on sale, bought the many different colors of felt needed and set my embroidery machine to work. I will say these puppets took way longer than I expected because they needed tons of thread color changes, but they were worth the time because I love how they turned out!
Dr Seuss Teacher Gift

I had originally intended to make a tote bag for her to put the puppets in but I decided a zippered pouch might make it easier for her to store them in her classroom. I found this Cat in the Hat fabric at Hobby Lobby and used this simple tutorial from Skip to My Lou to make this cute pouch.

I loved the lining fabric for this pouch, so cute. The puppets fit in perfectly!

This was one of the more time intensive teacher gifts I've created but Grace said her teacher loved it so it was worth the time and energy! It's something she will use in her classroom for years to come.

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