The Momma Diaries

Friday, March 24, 2017

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 - Special Look and Character Posters

Who's excited for Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy VOL. 2 hitting theaters this May? Since seeing a sneak-preview at Disney Social Media Moms, I've been psyched! My oldest son is pretty excited too! We took him to see the first one at the drive-in theater -- maybe we'll do the same with this one!

Today I am excited to share with you a new special look of the film!

I also have new character posters for you to enjoy! I mean, how cute is Baby Groot?!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Character Posters
Synopsis:
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Poster
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5th

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Welcome spring with this fun giveaway for families!
Sunny Spring Days - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway
We are celebrating Spring with this fun Sunny Spring Days giveaway for families! Coordinated by Mommy Scene and sponsored by the participating brands, this fun giveaway has something for everyone! One lucky winner will receive all of these awesome prizes when the giveaway ends 4/14/17.
Charlie Banana One Size Diaper Twitter Bird - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway



Charlie Banana Diapers

Prize: Charlie Banana One Size Diaper Twitter Bird & Deluxe Inserts
The Charlie Banana reusable diapering system is innovative and Eco-friendly; each set includes 1 cloth diaper and 2 highly absorbent, reusable, washable inserts. The sizable safe-snap system allows the one-size diaper to grow with your baby. Highly absorbent inserts make these cloth diapers great for both daily and overnight use. Learn more at charliebanana.com.
Scrub Bugs hand scrubbers - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Scrub Bugs

Prize: 2 Scrub Bugs Hand Scrubbers
Scrub Bugs are the 1st surgeon inspired hand scrubbers for kids. They are proven to clean hands over 3X better than ordinary handwashing.  Cleaner Hands, Healthier Kids - More Fun! Learn more at myscrubbugs.com.
A Wild Dill exclusive print - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Wild Dill Kids

Prize: A Wild Dill Exclusive Print!
Wild Dill commissioned artist Juliet Meeks to come up with a sweet nighttime inspired watercolor for a baby nursery. The result is this magical sleepy narwhal swimming under a starry sky and moonlit night. 8" x 10" high quality print designed by Artist Juliet Meeks. Learn more at wilddill.com.
Kangapouch - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Kangapouch

Prize: Organic Cotton White Sleep Sack, 0-12 months OR 12-24 months
Kangapouch is a cotton down fill baby sleep sack that will move with your baby through rolls and turns during sleep, keeping your baby warm, comfortable and covered at all times. Kangapouch is also ideal for sleepovers and camping. Kangapouch is the original down filled baby sleep sack. CPSA certified and created to the highest quality, ethical and safety standards. Kangapouch has adjustable snaps on the shoulders and Velcro waist fasteners to allow for growth. Zipper-pull guard protects your baby's skin and two- way zippers allows for easy diaper change and added ventilation for use in all seasons. The white organic cotton Kangapouch uses a 550 thread count of 100% organic cotton fabric and is filled with duck down. Easy machine wash & dry. Learn more at kangapouch.net.
Lottie, Finn and Friends - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Lottie, Finn & Friends 

Prize: Lottie, Finn & Friends 7.5" Doll
Lottie, Finn & Friends are age appropriate, relatable and empowering dolls and accessories inspired by childhood. Unlike other dolls, Lottie is based on a nine-year-old child. This collection of dolls and accessories encourage children to be imaginative, adventurous and most of all, to have fun. 2017 will see Lottie launch a series of chapter books with Penguin, as well as a 'Brownie' doll and accessories as part of a licensing deal signed with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Learn more at lottie.com.
Yummi Pouch Jewel Cloth Snack Bags - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Yummi Pouch

Prize: Jewel Cloth Snack Bags - set of 3
Take snacks on the go with Yummi Pouch cloth sandwich bags. These gorgeous Eco-friendly cloth storage bags have a moisture resistant interior, open with a zipper, and are decorated with modern jewel color patterns. Also available in snack bag size! Perfect for crackers, sandwiches, dry snacks, small items, accessories, and cosmetics. Learn more at revelae.com.
Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Sudsy Dough

Prize: Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap
Sudsy Dough is an interactive, sensory bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing soap. Kids can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as body wash, or take it outside the tub and let it dry to make custom-shaped soaps. Sudsy Dough is scented and moisturizing, available in fragrances Sassy Strawberry, Merry Mango, Bubbly Blueberry, and Awesome Apple. Learn more at revelae.com.

Enter to win this fun prize collection!

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on April 14, 2017. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck!

Mommy Scene Blog Street Team

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST MOVIE REVIEW

"I want adventure in the great wide somewhere." It was about two years ago when I first heard that Disney was producing a live-action retelling of Beauty and The Beast. I remember the sheer excitement I felt inside. I grew up with the animated original. I know all of the lines. I know all of the songs. It is a part of my childhood. Never have I ever anticipated a movie as much as I did this one.

Beauty and The Beast Movie Review 
Disney's live-action Beauty and The Beast offers an adaptation celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. It gives you so much more than the original classic. We get to take a deeper look into the characters. Even the household objects, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Plumette, etc, are all more humanized. Maurice, is more than a "crazy" inventor. He's a caring, devoted father who would do anything to protect his little girl.
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review
We are introduced to Belle's mother and finally know just what happened to her. We learn more about The Enchantress. I think the most important missing piece from the original is learning what happened between the people of the village and the castle. There's a connection and a story we have never heard.
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review
Let's talk about Belle, the character played by Emma Watson. I know a lot of people have a difficult time seeing Emma portray someone other than Hermione, but let me tell you this, Emma is Belle. She has modernized the character into a 17th century heroine. She is strong. She is fearless. She is kind. She is your ordinary girl-next-door which makes her all the more relatable. And you guys? She can sing!
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review
Dan Stevens was the perfect cast for Beast. I have never seen Dan in anything before, but I am now forever a fan. While Dan was incredible throughout each of his scenes, the part that really hit home for me was when he was transforming from the Beast to Prince Adam. Just like in the animated original, you get that close-up shot of just his eyes. :::swoon::: That did it for me. Perfection. Sweet. Soft. Gentle. Kind. Dan won me over as the Beast.

I also felt the use of CGI was simply flawless. It was exceptionally well-done.

Emma and Dan portrayed undeniable chemistry throughout the film. It was beautiful to watch their relationship grow, and of course, to fall in love.
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review
Let's talk about that Ballroom Scene. Chills. Seriously. Chills. Simply stunning. It was breathtakingly beautiful. I was swept away in the moment.
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review
Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou could not have been a better fit. It is easy to see why all the ladies in the town are "in love" with Gaston. Sure he is arrogant and completely full of himself, but he is also strikingly handsome. And LeFou? I think Josh Gad was born to play the role of LeFou. He was hilarious and such a scene stealer. Luke and Josh together? The perfect pair!
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review
Of course we all know how this story ends. True beauty is found within. As we see the last petal on the rose fall, and the Beast appear to die, we also see something not shown in the original -- the animated objects become lifeless. Lumiere turns back into just a candlestick, Cogsworth as a clock, etc. For me, the most gut-wrenching moment in this entire film was when Mrs. Potts knew what was happening and she couldn't find her son, Chip. She screams out, "Where is my little boy?" And just like that, becomes unanimated. As a mother, I could completely relate to Mrs. Potts. The most important thing was her child. She wanted to comfort him and make sure he was safely with her.
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review
Do I think it's okay for children? Well, that depends. I took my 7-year old son to see it, and he loved every second. However, there are some scary moments. The scene with the wolves is incredibly realistic and might be frightening to some children. Also, Gaston shoots the Beast several times with a gun, rather than having a knife like in the original. I think if they've seen Disney's live-action The Jungle Book, then they should be okay. I chose not to bring my 3-year old simply because I knew it wouldn't hold his attention -- and I wanted to enjoy the film!

So what did I think? Did it live up to its highly-anticipated hype? 100% yes. Absolutely. The cast. The songs. The visuals. The modernization of the film. Simply stated, it was brilliant and better than I could have ever imagined. In fact, I'm going to perhaps go against the grain and say it was better than the original. For me, this adaptation brought so much more to the story that wasn't there before. Bravo, Disney. You did it again.
Beauty and The Beast Movie Review
Have you seen Disney's Beauty and The Beast? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is now playing in theatres everywhere!

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