Friday, March 27, 2015

Sneak Peek of Maya the Bee on 3/29

Did you know that on 3/29 in select cities a sneak preview of the new animated film Maya the Bee will be showing?

This cartoon looks super cute! My kids would love to see this sooner than later! If you aren't sure what the buzz about Maya the Bee is keep reading, I am about to fill you in....

Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.

Studio Movie Grill Locations for “Maya the Bee” Movie
Alpharetta, GA 
Columbus, OH 
Arlington, TX 
Houston, TX 
Colleyville, TX 
Dallas, TX 
Duluth, GA 
Indianapolis, IN 
Lewisville, TX 
Plano, TX 
Rocklin, CA 
Scottsdale, AZ 
Tampa, FL 
Wheaton, IL   

Who will you see Maya the Bee with? Tell me in a comment!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Minnie's Pet Salon on DVD 5/19

My kids can agree on very few things in life. At 4 years old and 16 months old they seem to have mastered the art of disagreeing.

There is one thing the kids don't argue over and that is Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
Both kids snap to attention at the sight of Mickey or Minnie, or the sounds of a familiar voice of a favorite mouse!

I know they will both clamor to see the newest DVD releasing in May! They can't resist Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!!

Let me tell you a little more about the Minnie's Pet Salon dvd...

In honor of National Puppy Day  Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon will releasing on DVD May 19th! Get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show with Minnie and pals in over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes and a FREE Exclusive Pet Comb! 

  Minnie’s sparkling new Pet Salon is open for business…and adventure!
 All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show.  With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help.  Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand.  But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU  - to find them in time for the big show.  With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

What character from the Clubhouse do your kids like best?

ABC Pancakes with Krusteaz

Thanks to Krusteaz for hooking us up with yummy mixes!

My 4 year old is going through a phase... the phase of "I don't like it..." He refuses to eat everything from yogurt to chicken, to crackers and fruits, he doesn't like anything except pancakes. So I make a ton of pancakes these days.

I have been making my sons food of choice into a fun learning experience, because face it, food should be fun to prepare and eat.

Krusteaz was kind enough to send us Honey Wheat Pancake Mix. {This stuff is so good! No wonder the kid wants to only eat pancakes!} and I got busy in the kitchen making pancakes for Roo that offered him a yummy breakfast and a chance to practice his ABC's.

I followed the directions on the package and created a batter.

Using a squeeze bottle I wrote letters on the hot griddle.

 After about 30 seconds I added a scoop of batter to the top of each letter and allowed them to cook as normal.

This created letter pancakes for the kids.

My son really liked telling us about the letter he was eating, this included letter sounds, who has a name that starts with a letter and son on.

Breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner too, Krusteaz pancake mixes make a delicious option for my family. My son is a huge fan! I am too because I can make a huge batch and freeze them for a quick breakfast during the week to the delight of my family.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Strange MAgic on DVD 5/19

A great family film  is coming to dvd on May 19th! I can't wait to watch this fun movie with my kids. I think they will love all of the singing! Especially since Evan Rachel Wood stars in this movie!

Strange Magic is a music-filled fairy tale about finding true love in the unlikeliest of places. This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess who has sworn off love, a dubious villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. Bring home the enchanting tale the whole family can enjoy today! 

To learn more about Strange Magic on dvd, get social!

Website: - Facebook: Twitter: @strangemagic Tumblr: Instagram: YouTube Pinterest: Google Plus: Hashtags: #StrangeMagic
Monday, March 23, 2015

Fruttata Banana Pancakes

My son Roo is on a kick where he will eat nothing but pancakes. Seriously. Nothing but pancakes! So when my pals at Fruttata sent me this recipe I knew we had to try it to bring a little something to the daily pancakes that my son insists on eating.

I loved that I could add something nutritious to his favorite food and jazz them up a little. He was not thrilled with the idea of bananas being added in, but when he realized I wasn't making a second batch of plain ones he ate them. 

Fruttata Banana Pancakes

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 3.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1.25 cups milk
  • cooking spray
  • .36 oz bag of Fruttata Banana crisps freeze dried fruit
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Whisk in melted butter, egg, and milk until combined. Let batter rest 5 minutes.
  • Preheat large skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Pour batter into skillet, 1/4 cup of batter each pancake.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes.
  •  Flip and add contents of dried fruit bag chopped into smaller desired pieces.
  • Cook until golden, about 1-2 minutes

Do you have a favorite fruit pancake recipe? I would love to hear about it.