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Touring Behind the Scenes with Spies In Disguise at Blue Sky Studio #spiesindisguise #hosted

4 Dec

Ever since I took a behind-the-scenes experience for SPIES IN DISGUISE at Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich, CT back in October I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the movie. It hits theaters on Christmas Day December 25, 2019. Our day included filmmaker/director interviews, “making of” presentations, clips, animators, a lead sculptor and a sneak peek at some of the movie.

I’ve never been so amazed at what I experienced that day. The time and amount of people it takes to make a movie is mind blowing, especially animation.

I’m the type who stays for all the credits after a movie and appreciate those who made the film possible. I told the directors/filmmakers and they thanked me for that. Do you see how many names pop up at the end? You have to give thanks to all of those amazing people.

SPIES IN DISGUISE:

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is … not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo are forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic… pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril.

In the roundtable interview the directors said “in Lance they wanted him to be not just a character that made fun of other spies, they wanted to have fun with the genre but to create their own spy a character who stands shoulder to shoulder with Ethan Hunt and James Bond, Jason Bourne and not just be a joke. Lance Sterling makes a mess everywhere he goes but he does it in style. He drinks the best drinks, eats the best food and wants to make an impression. He even shows up with his own soundtrack. He’s smart, he’s fast, he’s sleek, he likes the adventure, he likes the adrenaline. He even has his own spy plane. Lance’s specific philosophy of taking out the bad guys: you gotta hit them first before they hit you but if they do hit first you hit them so hard that they don’t get back up.”

“Audi helped design Lance’s spy car. When you think super spy the biggest thing you think about is that spy car. They felt Lance deserved to have his very own real world car that made him feel legit. Audi came in and designed a car strictly for animation. That has never happened before. “

How cool was that of Audi to collaborate with animation? Can you collaborate with me Audi? It doesn’t have to be a spy car just a cool blogger car. Lol.

“Scientist, Walter Beckett is super optimistic and socially awkward. Walter believes he can save the world with a hug. Growing he felt if there’s no violence then everyone can be safe so he invented unique gadgets. He’s all alone and his only friends are pigeons.” As Walter would say, “if you have a bag of stale bread you have all the friends you ever need.”

I’m impressed with one of his gadgets his backpack which is his mobile lab and on his adventure he can create gadgets along the way. His smart watch is cool too and inspired by ‘Game Boy” because he loves video games too. He tricked out the home he grew up in into his gadget lab.

“Lance and Walter live two totally different lifestyles. Lance is more posh but he’s always on the move so he doesn’t have that place that feels like home and Walter’s home is more cozy, warm and full of life. However they both are really alone and have nobody so that’s where this story takes you on an adventure to see how they can come together and try to save the world. “

“When Lance is turned into a pigeon he is given eyebrows because the directors wanted you to relate to that human character that he was. They wanted you to get Lance expressions, emotionality and attitude so even when you’re looking at the other pigeons you’re still reading Lance Sterling’s character.”

Fanboy, Crazy Eyes and Lovey are the pigeons who’s on this crazy adventure with Lance when he becomes a pigeon.

Who would’ve thought a pigeon as a spy but look at why it’s a great idea. I absolutely loved this part of the interview. “Pigeons fly fast, their only predator is a peregrine falcon who can only fly fast in a straight line but pigeons can bang almost 90 degrees at top speed. They can fly up to 92.7 miles per hour. Very impressive. They’ve got eyes inside of their head which mean they’ve got almost 360 degree vision so no one is sneaking up behind them. Because they can fly so fast and see so wide they see at a faster rate than humans do which means they can slow time down called (pigeon bullet time) so that means when you’re out in the street and you try to kick a pigeon (not that you should) they’re always that split second ahead because they can actually see at a faster rate than you can and they can see in UV light so they can see things not visible to the human eye.”

“Walter tells Lance I can make you disappear but what he means by that is: Pigeons are found in every major city around the world. You don’t even notice them. They blend in everywhere. So in Walter’s head being a pigeon is one of the greatest covers a spy can take.” Built in gadgets and no one is paying attention to you.

Big shoutout to the directors, animators, lead sculptor filmmakers, head of story, storyboard artist, lighting supervisor, senior tech director of materials and artists who were just incredible. I enjoyed learning about pigeons and the process behind everything. I even took a drawing class. Everyone was fun to listen to and I can’t wait for Spies in Disguise to come to theaters. My kids are very excited and wish they could have went behind the scenes with me but also can’t wait to see the movie. You’ll be thinking pigeons are really spies once you see the movie.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was hosted/invited to attend/cover this amazing event and opinions are mine 100% as always.

New Entenmann’s Little Bites Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies! #LoveLittleBites #AD

21 Nov

When it comes to snacks I am the Queen of all those goodies. My family and I have our favorites that we can’t get enough of. If we could eat them everyday we would but we know how to slow it down and still keep our cravings under portion control. That’s where Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks come in.

We were already big fans of Entenmann’s delicious cakes, donuts and pies and their Little Bites snacks just put the icing on the cake.

  • Entenmann’s Little Bites baked snacks are delicious, quality choices for on-the-go or in the lunchbox – always soft and moist – the perfect portion of happiness for everyone!
  • NEW Entenmann’s Little Bites Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies are deliciously soft baked and bursting with real chocolate chips and contain NO High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Available in a convenient, easy snack-sized pouch, perfect for school lunches and on-the-go
  • Little Bites Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly portioned, containing 6 mini cookies per pouch 

How cool is that info you just read? I strongly believe in products not containing high fructose corn syrup. Six cookies per pouch is just enough to give as a snack in school or after school. These cookies were so soft and good as if I baked all day. We loved them and Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks were nice enough to provide me with coupons to redeem product and a gift card so I could give you my honest opinion about this product.

Check out their Entenmann’s social media:

·   Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks website

·   Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks Facebook

·   Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks Instagram

·   Entenmann’s YouTube

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GIVEAWAY: I am hosting a giveaway on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nilimonicky

Five Little Words is responsible for the giveaway and Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks is providing the $25 Visa digital gift card and (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of any Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks.

How to enter giveaway: Head to my Twitter and retweet with comment the post about Entenmann’s giveaway and why you’re excited to try Entenmann’s Little Bites Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies. Giveaway starts 11/21 and ends 11/24. Winner announced on Twitter 11/25.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks.” 

Who’s Ready To #MeetTheAddams ?#ValpakSpookySavings #Ad

10 Oct

This post is sponsored by Valpak.

Hubby and I attended a screening of Meet The Addams and it was an absolute dreadful, dark movie. Translation: It was a riot. We loved it 100%. If you didn’t realize I’m describing the movie as if I’m one of the Addams expressing my feelings. We love animated movies as much as the kids. There were lots of funny scenes and it reminded me of the original Addams Family I used to watch on television. I’m still laughing.

I was always a Wednesday fan and it’s funny now how I’m constantly wearing black but for work of course (haha).

Lurch was another favorite and wait till you see what he’s bringing to the big screen. You’ll be amazed. Can Morticia’s waist get any smaller? I mean what’s the name of the corset or spanx you’re wearing? Hook a girl up. Lol. I have to say I did miss Gomez kissing Morticia’s arm the way he did in the tv show but of course he’s still crazy about his wife.

Believe it or not I wouldn’t mind having The Addams Family as neighbors. Wait, I better be careful what I wish for. In the movie they really are closer than you think. So technically they are my neighbors. Lol. You’ll see when you check out the movie.

The soundtrack had me dancing and singing in my seat from Snoop Dogg to Christina Aguilera. Her new song “Haunted Heart “was catchy. I could recognize her voice anywhere.

Fun cast line up includes: Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Martin Short, Jennifer Lewis and so on.

So of course I have to see it again because my kids want to see it and once they read this post or see my pics on Instagram they will realize we went without them. Sorry. But we really enjoyed it so we don’t mind. They deserve to see it anyway. They’ve waited patiently.

Meet The Addams opens in theaters Friday, October 11. Visit https://www.valpak.com/boo to find:

•The Addams Family movie trailer.

  • Halloween deals & coupons.
  • A $5000 sweepstakes.

Also open your Valpak envelope for a chance to find a free Fandango movie code good towards two (2) movie tickets ($15 each, $30 total value)

Disclosure: As I mentioned in the very beginning this is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine/ours 100% as always.

Going Down Memory Lane with Google Photos New Features #GooglePhotos #Google

23 Sep

I recently attended a Google Photos event and should have known better for not having the Google Photos app in my phone. I felt like I was living in the Bedrock days. What was I thinking? Now that I was informed how easy and important it was to use this app I was blown away even more about all the new features that recently rolled out.

  • Memories: A digital version of a walk down memory lane of your private photos – rolled out on Android and iOS.

  • Canvas prints: Now, you can decorate your home with your favorite memories with canvas prints from Google Photos —you can order canvas prints from Google Photos in the U.S., and they’ll be delivered straight to your home. Canvas prints start at $19.99 and come in three different sizes, 8×8, 11×14, and 16×20.

  • Photo prints: You can order 4×6 photo prints directly from Google Photos and pick them up same day at CVS Pharmacy or Walmart, at over 11,000 locations with print centers across the U.S.

Now when you feel nostalgic, you can search your photos by the text in them, for example, for home cooking you can just search “carrot cake” and find your mom’s recipe right away. 

Do you know how many times I wish I could just go to my 30,000 pics and search by word to find a certain picture. Now I can. Amazing!!! I tried it and it works.

  • In the coming months, it’ll be even easier to send photos directly to your friends or family within Google Photos. Photos will now be added to an ongoing, private conversation so there’s one place to find the photos you’ve shared with each other and keep the conversation going.

With all of these new features, you can relive your best memories, share them with the people that matter, and get them off of your phone and into your home.

I also can’t wait to test out my Google Nest Hub to share photos and connect with family as well.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received a gift for attending this event. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

Hover-1 Journey Electric Scooter For Back To School @RideHover1 #ad @BestBuy

25 Aug

My younger kids grew up riding scooters instead of bicycles and my 16 year old son recently told me he would like an electric scooter. I told him that would be great to have. After researching I found an amazing electric folding scooter by Hover-1 from Best Buy. I also had to make sure it was a folding electric scooter because the less space it takes up the better.

Ride in style back to school Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter. Let the Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter take you back to school and give your student easy way to get to and around campus or the neighborhood.

Get around town on this Hover-1 Electric Folding Scooter. It has a range of 16 miles before it needs a charge, and it tackles hills at angles of up to 15 degrees effortlessly, so you can ride almost anywhere. This Hover-1 electric folding scooter has 8.5-inch tires that can handle rough terrain without a problem.  

36V UL certified battery pack
Simple to charge with the provided easy-to-use charger.
 
Foldable design
Offers a convenient, stylish, and exciting form of transportation.
 
Weight capacity of 220 lbs.
Ensures safe riding.
This electric scooter has a full 16-mile battery life, a 14 MPH top speed, and a bright LED headlight for safety.
– The Hover-1 Journey folds neatly in half for easy storage.
– At 27 pounds it’s light enough to lift and stow after it gets you where you want to go.
– Shop this and more electric scooters plus electric bikes and boards at Best Buy.
 
Ride Responsibly:
The purchaser and rider of this product are responsible for knowing and obeying all state and local regulations regarding the use of this product. It is highly encouraged that you read and follow the product instructions including all safety precautions and use protective gear. Protective gear can be found at http://www.bestbuy.com/protectivegear

Click this link to learn more: https://bby.me/fb6f6

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

Win An Oceanfront Condo or $50,000 Cash #MyrtleBeach #ContestAlert @VacationMB

17 Aug

ENTER TO WIN AN OCEANFRONT CONDO or $50,000 CASH! 
https://woobox.com/hsfeoo?source=usfam 
Win an Oceanfront Condo and Change Your Life! Vacation Myrtle Beach, one of the largest providers of family vacation accommodations in Myrtle Beach, SC, is pleased to announce the launch of The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway contest, which features the grand prize of a furnished oceanfront condo at The Caravelle Resort located in Myrtle Beach, SC, valued at nearly $100,000 (or $50,000 CASH, winner’s choice)!!! Other lucky winners will receive a 7-night stay or a 3-night stay at one of Vacation Myrtle Beach’s oceanfront properties.

The newly renovated, oceanfront efficiency condo offers room for up to four guests and includes a fully-equipped kitchen. In addition to its prime Myrtle Beach location, the resort provides convenient access to all of the area’s major attractions, restaurants, and things to do. Families and couples enjoy a wide variety of on-site amenities including an indoor pool, a block-long poolscape complete with a large pool, whirlpool, lazy river, kiddie lazy river, kids’ pool, poolside bar, and plenty of relaxing deck options. In addition to everything you need for fun in the sun, the resort offers an array of dining options as well as an opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation at its on-site spa.
The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway sweepstakes is now open for entries.

Vacation Myrtle Beach hotels and resorts are family-friendly and offer a variety of accommodation types, choices, and amenities that include oceanfront rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor pools, waterparks, lazy rivers, a mini-golf course, and even a bowling alley!

For Official Rules and for more information about Vacation Myrtle Beach properties and deals, please go to https://woobox.com/hsfeoo?source=usfam

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

Fill Your House with Air Wick® Freshmatic® Pure® Automatic Spray #AirWickAlwaysFresh #AD

3 Jul

Growing up I used to always wonder why my mother would put cinnamon in a pot and just let it smell like she’s been baking all day. She said she did it so the house would smell good. I thought what a clever idea since she didn’t like spraying aerosol cans around the house. Actually the cinnamon smell lasted the entire day.

Who would ever think as I got older I wouldn’t have to go that route because Air Wick® Freshmatic® Pure® Automatic Spray does the job for me.

1. Air Wick® has moms covered 24/7, providing continuous odor neutralization at home.

2. Air Wick® Freshmatic® Pure® Automatic Spray collection reaches every corner of the room for up to 60 days of freshness.

3. During key life moments (new baby, new pet, holidays, back to school, adolescent sports, summer vacation) and the odors that come with them, Mom can rest easy knowing her home smells great.

As a mom of 4 I’ve been through all the smells a parent can go through from a smelly boys room to shoe closet, laundry, kitchen and garbage smells and everyone’s favorite the bathroom.

After attending an event on the Air Wick 24/7 Fresh Truck mobile meditation studio in lower Manhattan I was impressed.

Provides 24/7 Odor Neutralization in your home

 Fragrance dispersion that fills every corner of the room
 Provides up to 60 days of continuous fragrance on minimum setting
 Hang on the wall or place on a shelf or cabinet
 Choose from three settings to achieve desired fragrance level
 Customize your home with over 15 unique fragrances to fit any mood

I enjoyed meeting spirit junkie Gabby Bernstein and getting great meditation tips and breathing exercises from her. I told her how I take time for myself everyday and she shared with us a great mantra to do everyday no matter where you’re at and your kids can also do it as well. Repeat this: PEACE BEGINS WITH ME. You have to touch each of your finger tips from your thumb to your pinky while saying it. Love it! Everyone knows how positive of a person I am. 

I immediately set up my Air Wick® Freshmatic® Pure® Automatic Spray in the bathroom using the Pure Ocean Breeze and the whole family was amazed how powerful it is. Every time we walk in the bathroom we are hit with an amazing smell. I placed it on a cute little stool so it can spray in the right direction and fill the whole bathroom with freshness.

I’m looking forward to trying all of the 15 fragrances and tackling the kitchen and kids rooms next. Check out http://www.airwick.us and sign up for the newsletter to receive exclusive coupons and more.
What fragrance will you try? Which room will you tackle?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100 percent as always. Thank you to Momtrends and AirWick for this opportunity to cover a great event.

#TheSecretLifeOfPets2 Movie Review

7 Jun

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood to see an animated film. I’m talking about The Secret Life Of Pets 2. We saw a a screening a few days ago and yes we loved it. We couldn’t wait to see all the characters return along with a few new ones.

Synopsis:

Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses.

Here’s the cast info: Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, Patton Oswald, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet

What do the pets get into this time? We loved the story line and the soundtrack. Chase scenes, fight scenes, drama lots of awesome and OMG’s. All ages will enjoy this movie and I encourage you to get your tickets now. Just got to say the baby puppies that Pops are training are adorable especially Pickles. Granny with all the cats is a bad ass. Tiffany Haddish character Daisy don’t play. Be on the lookout for a baby tiger called Hu. He’s so cute. There’s a farm dog called Rooster who’s straight to the point and not scared of anything. He’s cool!! We also liked the Turkey on the farm, he was funny. Of course Snowball, Gidget, Max, Mel, Chloe and Duke are always getting into something. That’s what makes the movie story line interesting and fun.

We’re ready for Part 3. My family and friends had a great time and we know you will too. Ten thumbs up.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This was a hosted event that we were invited to attend. Opinions are mine and my family 100% as always.

Social media: @petsmovie on Twitter and @secretlifeofpets on Instagram

Disney Aladdin Movie Review #Aladdin @disneyaladdin

23 May

My kids and I could not wait for a Disney Aladdin screening and we had the privilege to see it the other night. I also invited my friend and her son who were just as excited as we were.

Let me just start by saying we all want to see it again. That’s how much we absolutely loved it. From the beautiful bright color costumes to the Bollywood dancing with hip hop thrown in and the original songs that I was definitely singing out loud and learning the new songs as well. I loved Jasmine’s voice when she sung.

Everything was on point. The story line was the same with lots of funny scenes from The Genie. Will Smith made a great Genie. Mena Massoud you were amazing as Aladdin. Naomi Scott your singing was flawless and you made a beautiful Jasmine. The entire cast was incredible and did a wonderful job. Lots of memories from the original but we are feeling the remake.

My daughter and I want to take Bollywood dancing lessons. She also wants to adopt Abu. She also likes the part when Jafar got sent far, far away. My son liked when Will Smith appeared as the Genie and explained how the 3 wishes worked by rapping and dancing. I loved that part too and the party at the Palace. My kids, my friend and I couldn’t stop talking about how good Aladdin was. We were even singing in the streets on the way home.

Nasim Pedrad who played Handmaiden Dalia and The Genie’s love interest had us cracking up in lots of scenes. We can’t leave out the Magic Carpet, Raja and Abu. Give it up!!! I could talk about Jafar but he’s the enemy. Billy Magnussen who played Prince Anders was a cornball in a funny way. Not my kind of Prince but he played the part right.

So with all our thumbs we give it 10 thumbs up and that’s coming from ages 4 and up.

So if you don’t know Aladdin hits theaters tomorrow, Friday May 24 2019. Don’t wait. Get your tickets now!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This was a hosted event. I was invited to attend this screening with my family. Opinions are mine and my kids 100 percent as always.

Technology, Travel And More #Hilton100 Anniversary @HiltonNewsroom

29 Apr

When I travel with family or alone I like hotels that make my stay worth returning. Comfort, easy check in and check out, perks, room service, all inclusive, affordable and great customer service. My family and I recently stayed at a hotel and was very pleased we didn’t have to wait till 3pm to check in. We were able to get in our room at 11am. How great was that?

Hilton never disappoints me. I’ve been staying at their hotels for decades. Love the suites and rooms are beautiful. From digital keys, high speed internet access, HD channels to non-smoking rooms are just some of the things included in your stay.

I was recently invited to attend Hilton’s 100 Anniversary event and listen to a select panel discuss technology and travel.

Actually Hilton is turning 100 in May and invented a ton of “firsts” in the travel industry from room service to Pina Coladas.

In 1954, Hilton went international as Caribe Hilton opened in Puerto Rico, where legendary bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marrero would later invent the Piña Colada.

Hilton was the first hotel company to install TVs in guests rooms, beginning with the Roosevelt Hotel in New York in 1947.

In 1959, Hilton opened its first hotel located at an airport, the San Francisco Airport Hilton.

Here’s a recap from the panel:

  • Sustainability: Through Hilton’s soap recycling partnership with Clean the World, the brand has contributed to the distribution of more than 9.6M+ bars of recycled soap in 127 countries, resulting in more than 2.4M+ pounds of soap and amenity bottles being diverted from landfills.
  • Development: There are 2,400+ hotels in Hilton’s development pipeline, with more than half located outside the U.S. Hilton’s newest brand, Motto, currently has various properties in development in London, Lima, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Savannah, San Diego, Boston, and Mexico City that we hope to grow throughout 2019. 
  • Technology: Connected Room allows Hilton’s guests to personalize and control their stay experience from the palm of their hand. Using the Hilton Honors app, they can stream their own content, control the HVAC and lighting, and message with Team Members on property. By the end of 2019, Connected Room will be in 200 Hilton properties, with more on the way.
  • Caribe Hilton Re-Opening: The Caribe Hilton will re-open soon on May 15. More than $100 million dollars went into renovating the property just in time to celebrate the iconic resort’s 70th birthday.

Check out @hiltonhotels and @hiltonnewsroom on social media.

Disclosure: Thank you Hilton for the invite. This is not a sponsored post. It was a hosted event. Opinions are mine 100% as always.