The Good Dinosaur

 The Good Dinosaur is in theaters, this Wednesday, November 25! 

"The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

An Apatosaurus named Arlo and his unlikely human friend travel through a harsh and mysterious landscape, where Arlo learns to confront his fears, discovering what he is truly capable of.

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U.S. Release Date: November 25, 2015
Rating: PG
Voice Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott
Director: Peter Sohn
Producer: Denise Ream
Executive Producers: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton

Nitro Circus!

*Disclosure: Our family was provided free tickets to the event in exchange for announcement of the show. 

The world's greatest live action sports event returns to North America this fall with an all-new show coming to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday November 21st at 8 PM. Nitro Circus Live's latest creation takes things to another level, as the best athletes in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX and more will unite for an all-new production. Starring 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana, the tour will feature unbelievable tricks and insane stunts, plus a whole new repertoire of daredevil fun. 

Also, look out for a host of outrageous contraptions - including trikes, a tall bike, a lazy boy recliner and more - all launching from the new jet-powered Nitro Slingshot. 

To top it all off, for its latest event Nitro is going really retro, with the entire performance choreographed and styled as a 1920's three-ring circus. This stunning set will transport you into the past, to an eerily haunting Big Top. This all-new theme provides the perfect backdrop for the Nitro crew's aerial feats. 

Believe us when we say, you have never seen a circus like this before!

Dates for Upcoming Events:

Salt Lake City, UT: Friday November 20th - 7:30 PM
Las Vegas, NV: Saturday November 21st - 8:00 PM
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Giving Back with Paul Mitchell

**Disclosure: This is a paid campaign in partnership with Paul Mitchell. 

As we enter the holiday season, we all get fuzzy and warm and filled with the giving spirit.  I love this time of year and am always so touched to see the giving spirit in full swing! This holiday season, Paul Mitchell is celebrating their commitment to live beautifully by giving, because that's their style! Whether that means taking steps toward sustainability, helping families in need or supporting undeserved kids, Paul Mitchell believes in doing good for people, animals and our planet.  This giving campaign could not be any easier, which makes for no reason for you not to join in!  Join their global family and share why or how you give back on Instagram or Twitter with #GivingIsMyStyle, and they will donate $1 to one of their favorite charities on your behalf!

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Bright Pink: Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. We are proud to support their mission to educate, equip and empower women of all ages to be proactive with their health.@BeBrightPink

Waterkeeper Foundation: For more than 10 years, Paul Mitchell has supported Waterkeeper Alliance in their mission to protect rivers, streams, coastlines and other major waterways around the world.@Waterkeeper

Morris Animal Foundation: Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. We're proud to support the organization's commitment to improving the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife around the world.@Morris_Animal

Grow Appalachia: In 2010, Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria teamed up with Berea College to establish Grow Appalachia, a non-profit initiative that helps Appalachian families plant a healthy future. Over the last few years, the organization has produced more than 1.1 million pounds of healthy, organic food for thousands of people in five states. @GrowAppalachia

Boys & Girls Club: Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria grew up in an underserved Los Angeles community. During his youth, the local Boys & Girls Club provided a safe place for him to socialize, learn and grow. Today, our company is proud to give back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their efforts to create great futures for young people.@BGCA_Clubs

Reforest'Action: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree proudly supports Reforest'Action, an environmental organization that plants trees worldwide, in the areas where they're needed most. Join The Green Takeover and help us plant 500,000 trees by 2016.

Sworkit kids: New Fitness App

Sworkit Announces Launch of Sworkit Kids, a New Fitness App for Kids designed to meet the health and fitness needs of children, Sworkit Kids aims to help kids stay active while teaching them to love exercise from an early age.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is recommended that children participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Sworkit (which stands for Simply WORK IT) is hoping to help children reach these goals with the release of their new kids fitness app, which was designed to meet the health and fitness needs of kids, while teaching them to love exercise from an early age. Sworkit Kids features fun exercise videos demonstrated by kids for kids. Their customizable workouts focus on movements that promote strength, agility, and flexibility and can be performed in segments of 5 minutes or more. The App is available now to download for iOS and Android.

Sworkit Kids features fun exercise videos demonstrated by kids for kids. Their customizable workouts focus on movements that promote strength, agility, and flexibility and can be performed in segments of 5 minutes or more.  Recommended for kids between the ages of 5 to 14, Sworkit Kids encourages kids to put their fitness skills to the test. Can they crab crawl for 30 seconds or do 10 squats? How long can they hop on one foot or walk the tightrope? Exercises like these get those little legs moving and their blood pumping while keeping them entertained.

Sworkit Kids is now available for free to download.

Nexercise launched Sworkit in 2014 to deliver on-demand, video exercise programs that can be done anywhere, anytime. Its development team is made up of an ACSM certified personal trainer, US Army Reserves captain, and software developer, whose unique backgrounds gave them insight into every facet of the fitness industry. Their app has garnered over 10 million users, been featured in Lifehacker, Women’s Running, Gizmodo, Mashable, Army Times, Brit+Co, Elle Magazine and more, and received the DC TechDay Techie Award for Best in Health Tech in 2014. Sworkit recently partnered with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, providing content for the very successful and popular #Commit2Ten Program.

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IHOP Honors Veterans

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, participating IHOP restaurants across the nation will honor the brave men and women who have served, and are currently serving in the United States Military. From 7am to 7pm today, November 11, IHOP will offer free Red, White, and Blue pancakes to veterans and active duty military to, in some small way, thank them for their bravery and service to our country.  Yum! Those look so good - enjoy and thank you for your service! 

Nutrisystem: Week 5

*Disclosure: This is in partnership with Nutrisystem who has provided the program, free for three months. All opinions are of my own, your opinion may vary.

Today I start week five.  In one month, including the first week which was the fast five, I have lost a total of 14 pounds!!!  So stoked and seeing those numbers continue to go down is enough motivation for me! My face is usually the first place that I seem to lose those chubby cheeks! In the picture above - can you tell which one is before and which one is after the 14 pound loss?  While I don't get out much, especially since I work at home, I remember my first compliment came from my husband.  He told me how proud he was of me for sticking to the program and could see it not only in my face, but my attitude as well.  I was not so tired all the time, more active and seemed more happy all around.  It's really boosted my self esteem and kept me going and I am so excited to see with month two brings.....or should I say I'm excited to see what disappears! lol!

Doesn't that look bomb! It was so good and yes, I was already thinking Thanksgiving - this will be an awesome alternative.  The turkey and mashed potatoes is the Nutrisystem provided meal for dinner.  I added some green beans and my self a tasty, filling dinner.  If you have never had Nutrisystem before, the first month is all about exploring their food - finding out what you do and do not like. That way when you are ready for your second order, it will make it all that much easier and will help you get through the month, knowing the food is good and exactly what you were looking for.

I am a huge chocolate fan, so was nervous as Halloween approached.  I made sure to get out a bag of Nutrisystem chocolates as everyone sat around and went through their candy, helped me stay focused and not go off path and all while not being left out as well.  As far as exercise goes, week two and three I would speed walk on my treadmill and do some weight lifting.  Last week I started a 5K running program to help get me in shape to run my first 5K.  I walk for four minutes and ran the fifth minute, repeating four times.  This week, I will step it up a bit.  I have started looking around in my community for walks / runs to become involved in.  I found a fun one that the whole family can do in our PJ's looking at Christmas lights!!  The kids are excited and it's a great way for the whole family to get involved and stay active! So, did you guess what picture is before?  The picture of me in the white jacket is the before pic, the other was just recently over Halloween where we went to a local corn maze.  That was the first picture I saw of myself where I said - hey! I can see the weight loss!'s to month two!  Follow me along my journey and I hope I can encourage others!!

Goosebumps: The Game

Disclosure: Our family was provided with a code to try the game. No momentary compensation was received. 

I have not met a kid yet that does not have video games on their Christmas lists this year.  I sometimes feel as though the Goosebumps gang is a part of our family as much as our kids watch the show...over and over and over!  They love it! Even the books are staples in our home. I have seen a few episodes as I have watched it with them and as far as scary shows go that are acceptable for children, I can safely say this is one of the best. "Goosebumps is one of the literary world's most emotionally and commercially successful franchises." said GameMill Entertainment's Andy Koehler.  "Between those of us who read the books with our kids, and those of us who actually were kids when they first came out, there's a lot of love here for the unique blend of fun and easy horror that author R.L. Stine brought to life.

We experienced the game on the PS3.  This game is a bit different than the norm, it's a slower pace and takes some getting use to.  Though the kids love being able to jump right in to the scene and become a part of Goosebumps, though the controls were a bit hard to control as they will not be what you are use to. There are little arrows on the screen that you have to click on to move.  My kids got stuck at the first monster they ran into, so it can be a challenging game, but gives you different options to explore as you try to race home from school.  Overall they thought it was just okay, not something to rave about, but if you're a fan of the Goosebumps series, this is something you will def want to check out as it's affordable and available for download.

Goosebumps: The Game is now out worldwide as a digital title on the PlayStation 4 and PS3 computer entertainment systems through the PlayStation Store at $14.99, as well as PC via Steam and at retail stores for a suggested retail price of $19.99.  It's also launched on Xbox One and Xbox 360 via the Nintendo eShop and at retail on the Nintendo 3DS handheld system for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

To date, the Goosebumps book series, published and distributed by Scholastic, has sold over 400 million copies in over 30 languages across the world.  All five seasons of the live-action television series based on the property, which aired originally in over 100 countries, are currently available on Netflix.

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About Goosebumps
GoosebumpsTM is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time—with more than 350 million English language books in print, plus an additional 50+ million international copies in print in 32 languages. TheGoosebumps® top-rated, long-running live-action TV series, produced by Scholastic Media, premiered in 1995 and sold in over 55 countries. Together, the books, TV series and licensing activity have made Goosebumps a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon for multiple generations of fans across the globe.

About the movie “Goosebumps”
Scholastic has over 400 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages in print since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children’s authors in history.  Now, the literary phenomenon is coming to the big screen. In Goosebumps, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), upset about moving from a big city to a small town, finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ (Ryan Lee). But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah’s mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret: the creatures that his stories made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Stine’s creations are unintentionally released from their manuscripts, Zach’s life takes a turn for the weird. In a crazy night of adventure, it’s up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to team up and get all of these figments of Stine’s imagination – including Slappy the Dummy, the girl with the haunted mask, the gnomes and many more – back in the books where they belong to save the town. Directed by Rob Letterman, the screenplay is by Darren Lemke with a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, based on the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic and written by R.L. Stine. The film is produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.

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GameMill Entertainment, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a third-party publisher of casual games for the mass market consumer. Development platforms include PC, Nintendo handhelds and consoles including Nintendo DS , Nintendo 3DS™ and Wii, Microsoft consoles including Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, XBLA, Microsoft Games On Demand and Kinect for Xbox 360®, and Sony handhelds and consoles including PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. With development across the globe, GameMill is a source of entertaining and fun games for all ages. For more information, please visit: