The Momma Diaries

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cars 3 New Extended Look Now Available!

Today I am excited to share with you a brand new extended look from Walt Disney Studios Cars 3!

Also, key characters were recently announced. Joining Owen Wilson in the all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world are Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez and next-gen racer Jackson Storm, respectively.

“Cristela is full of optimism and a positive energy that I think really comes through in Cruz’s personality,” said CARS 3 Director Brian Fee. “And of course, she’s a hilarious comedian, so that doesn’t hurt either. Armie brought a great combination of intensity and charm to the role of Jackson Storm. His charisma helped create a character you really love to hate.”

About the characters:
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Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.

Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” upcoming “Wonder”) returns to the racetrack as the voice of the champion. Wilson stars in the upcoming Woody Harrelson-directed live film “Lost in London.”
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Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team's talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the track—but she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While she’d love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speed—or is it?

Cristela Alonzo (“The Angry Birds Movie”) was called on to help bring the character to life. Alonzo’s debut stand-up special for Netflix, “Lower Classy,” which debuts on Jan. 24, 2017, showcases the comedian’s life as a the daughter of an immigrant, touching on important issues like social class, breaking the glass ceiling and how she can’t get the hang of Zumba.
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Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable—and he knows it.

Armie Hammer (“Birth of a Nation”) was tapped as the voice of Jackson Storm. Hammer recently appeared in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals.” He will next be seen starring in “Free Fire,” directed by Ben Wheatley; “Final Portrait,” directed by Stanley Tucci; and “Call Me by Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and Produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short), CARS 3 cruises into theaters on June 16th!
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CARS 3 opens in theaters everywhere on June 16th, 2017!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bring Summer Fun to the Middle of Winter at Kalahari Resorts!

You all know how much our family enjoys traveling. Sometimes we like to just hop in the car and head somewhere not too far away for a road trip! I find it rather funny that Avery learned that phrase this past summer. Imagine a 2 1/2 year old running around saying, "ROAD TRIP!!" While a lot of parents I know dread any sort of road trip with their children, thankfully both of my boys are phenomenal travelers. I really think it helps that we started traveling with them when they were 4 months old. My parents live almost 3 hours away, and we make that trip at least once per month. They are just so accustomed to traveling!

We live in Connecticut....and it just so happens to be in the middle of winter. If we're traveling anywhere, you can guarantee we're not heading north! This is our view right now....
A frightfully cold 12 degrees. Sure it's pretty and all, but NOOOOO THANK YOU!!!

One of our family's favorite places to visit during the wintertime, is an indoor water park. It's almost like you're at some far away tropical destination, that just so happens to be indoors! After doing some research, it came to my attention that as of March 2017, Kalahari Resorts, located in the Poconos Mountains, will be home to America's Largest Indoor Water Park!! Even better? It's conveniently located just 3 hours from our house!! I think I've found our winter road trip!!
Kalahari Resorts, Poconos Mountains
At 7 and 3 years old, my boys both LOVE water parks. Sometimes with their 4 year age difference, it's a little difficult to find activities they will both enjoy. But anything involving water is guaranteed to be a hit! Here are a few reasons Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos should be your winter getaway!

  • Eight new slides. Are your kids adrenaline junkies like my 7 year old son? I know Lincoln could spend hours on these water slides!
  • Lazy River Expansion. This sounds like my cup of tea. Cruise around the new Cabana Island and relax in the water!
  • Coral Cove Kids Play Area. This cute water play area featuring, small slides, bouncers, and much more, is perfect for your little ones. I know my 3-year old could play all day here!
photo credit: Kalahari Resorts

Kalahari Resorts has also added additional amenities to enhance the guest experience. An addition of 520 rooms and suites, including the Big Five Suite, featuring 5 bedrooms, full kitchen, and sleeping up to 22 guests! WOW!!

New dining options are added to Kalahari, including fine, signature dining, and Sortino's Italian Kitchen featuring wood fired pizza and fun family dining. YUM!
Kalahari Resorts, Poconos Mountains
photo credit: Kalahari Resorts

Check out all of the additional fun activities by clicking here, and view their other locations in Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky, Ohio. Kalahari Resorts is really the perfect weekend escape with something for all ages. 
Kalahari Resorts, Poconos Mountains
photo credit: Kalahari Resorts

What new adventure at Kalahari Resorts is the most appealing to your family? Start planning your adventure here!!

Beauty and The Beast New TV Spot and Poster!

I am SO excited about Walt Disney Studios upcoming release of the live-action film, Beauty and The Beast!! Check out this brand new TV spot that includes a sneak peek of Emma Watson singing, "Belle" from the film.

There is also a newly released Beauty and The Beast poster. Isn't it gorgeous?
Beauty and The Beast Poster
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theaters everywhere on March 17th, 2017!

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