Lightning Strikes this Friday when Cars 3 Comes to Theaters + $25 Fandango Gift Card Giveaway with THREE Winners!

My son’s bedroom has been decorated with a Cars theme since he first saw the movie back when he as just two years old.  Lightning McQueen has been one of his very favorite characters ever since, and as you can imagine, we’ve seen Cars more times than I can count.  Needless to say, he was VERY excited when he learned that Cars 3 was coming out, and he’d been waiting rather anxiously to see it.  The big moment finally happened for us last night.

Cars 3 - Lightning & Cruz

Over the past couple of months, I’ve heard people expressing concerns over the new addition to the Cars franchise.  Some didn’t like what they saw in the trailer–no one wants to see our beloved #95 hurt, right?  Others were disappointed in Cars 2, and I have to admit, I happened to be one of those.  Still, I had hope, and after seeing the extended sneak peek of the film at the Cars 3:  Road to the Races Tour, I was pretty confident I was going to like this one.  I was right.

Cars 3

After more than a decade of racing, Lightning McQueen finds himself surrounded by younger, faster cars.  A devastating loss to his main rival, Jackson Storm, prompts him to team up with  high-spirited, high-tech trainer Cruz Ramirez, with the hope that she can keep him from having to retire and become just another brand promoting merchandise to his fans.  Lightning only has one chance to get himself back on top, but he finds that the latest technology isn’t what’s going to get him there.  With Cruz by his side, he goes back to his roots and they both get a little dirty.  Okay, maybe more than a little.

Cars 3 - Miss Fritter

Lightning’s return to his roots allows some screen time for the original characters we loved from Radiator Springs, including a few heartfelt flashbacks featuring the late Doc Hudson. Surprisingly, it’s also an effective way to introduce a few interesting, new characters, like the formidable Miss Fritter pictured above.  There’s plenty of action in that scene, and it really throws Cruz into the middle of things.

We also meet a group of veterans whom Pixar based on real life racing legends.  They’re a great bunch of characters who provide an important link to the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and to the roots of car racing.

Cars 3

Lightning and Cruz both learn a lot about racing and about themselves, and they come out winners in their own ways.  As for the ending, I can’t say I’m totally on board with it, but I would say that I’m about 95% there.  (See what I just did?)  While it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to see happen, you have to love where they went with the story.  That’s about as much as I can tell you without giving too much away, but I think you’ll like it too.  Cars 3 is a story about relationships, and it really brings back the warmth and emotion of the first movie.  If you were a fan of that one, you won’t want to miss Cars 3.

Cars 3 opens this Friday, June 16th, so you won’t have to wait long to find out exactly what happens.  Grab your Cars 3 tickets from Fandango now to make sure you get a seat at your preferred showing!  If you want to get really fancy, you can also pick up some Cars 3 themed gift cards:

Fandango - Cars 3 Gift Cards

Fandango is also giving you guys a chance to win one of three $25 gift cards! (These are good for use on Fandango.com and not restricted to Cars 3.)  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 6/29/17 at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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Printable Cars 3 Race to the Finish Board Game & Recipe for Miss Fritter’s Corn Fritters

Who is excited about the release of Cars 3 on June 16th?  If you’re even half as excited as my son is, you’ve probably seen the trailer at least a few times, but I’ll share it with you now just in case:

 

I get so emotional every time I see that, don’t you?  Anyway, you’ve seen the trailer, and you might have already taken advantage of all the free coloring and activity pages out there.  Today we’re stepping up our game with, well, a game!  Click the image to download the free, printable Cars 3 Race to the Finish Board Game: [Read more…]


Safely Keep Bad Bugs at Bay this Summer + Giveaway

I haven’t even started writing yet, and I’m already starting to itch.  Why?  Because we’re about to talk about lice and other nasty critters.

Imagine your child coming home one day complaining of an itchy head.  You’ll probably dismiss it at first because kids are always complaining about something and a little itching doesn’t seem like such a big deal in the scheme of things.  But when you see that he/she is really going to town with the scratching, you realize you should take a closer look.  And then…POW!  Lice.  You immediately consider shaving your child’s head, but instead end up investing many hours (spread across many days) fixing the problem.

Itchy Scalp

This is something I’m anxious about every day of the school year, but if you send your kids away to camp for the summer, you have even greater reason to worry.  Not only is there the threat of lice, but you also have to deal with mosquitoes and maybe even bed bugs.  Itching, bites, welts, more itching.  It’s all just…ICK.  Dealing with the aftereffects of infestations is not my thing.  I prefer to prevent them in the first place.

Fairy Tales is my go-to brand in these situations.  You’ve heard me talk about them before because they make great hair products for kids that don’t have all the things I try to avoid, like harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, parabens, and sulfates.  A lack of dairy, gluten, and nuts in their products also makes them ideal for people with allergies.  So, we have been fans of Fairy Tales for years now, and I’m happy to tell you that their line includes several products specifically designed to keep pests away.

Rosemary Repel Shampoo & Conditioner

Let’s start with their Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo and Rosemary Repel Conditioner.  These are as gentle as their other shampoos and conditioners, but a proprietary blend of organic rosemary, citronella, tea tree, and geranium oils help prevent lice.  Use this combo every day, and you’ll fend off those nasty buggers and look good at the same time.

Bug Bandit Bug Repellent

A bite or a sting can quickly turn a fun summer day into a , so we never go out with bug spray.  Unfortunately, a lot of bug sprays are more frightening than the bugs they’re protecting you from.  A few years ago, we switched to the Fairy Tales Bug Bandit Deet-Free Bug Spray, and now we get the same results without the nasty chemicals.  A quick spray before going outside keeps the fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies at bay.

Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Eliminator

I want absolutely nothing to do with ticks or lice, but what really scares me is the prospect of my kids bringing home bed bugs.  Fairy Tales has yet another natural solution with their Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Spray.  Use this on beds and linens, and the natural minerals and other non-toxic ingredients will kill bed bugs and their eggs instantly.

Whether you’re sending your kids off to sleepaway camp, day camp, or you’re taking a vacation, you’ll want to put these Fairy Tales summer essentials on your packing list.  Prevention is always better than a cure, don’t you think?  To learn more about Fairy Tales and shop their online store, visit FairyTalesHairCare.com; you can also get most of their products on Amazon.

Fairy Tales is generously offering our readers a chance to win a Fairy Tales Prize Pack, which includes their Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo, Rosemary Repel Conditioner, Bug Bandit Bug Spray, and Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Eliminator.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 6/6/17.  Good luck!

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Simple Telling Time Memory Game

Learning to tell time can be tricky for even the brightest of kids, but there are ways to approach that won’t overwhelm your child and will even be fun!  The classic Memory game using matching pictures practices many important skills, such as short-term memory and speedy recognition. Use those same rules of the game to make a version that helps young learners practice telling analog and digital time.

Simple Telling Time Memory Game

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The Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour is Bringing Life-Sized Fun to a City Near You, and It’s Free!

Just over a month from now, Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 will be hitting theaters everywhere.  To gear up for the big event, we visited the NY installment of the Cars 3:  Road to the Races Tour!

Cars 3: Road to the Races Tour

Road to the Races is a free and super fun event making pit stops across the country.   They’ve got a ton of activities for kids of all ages, and you even get a sneak peek of the movie.  If you’re a fan of Lightning McQueen and his friends, you’re not going want to miss this one.  Take a look at all the fun we had, and you’ll see what I mean!

We started off with Alamo Rent A Car’s street art booth where the kids helped color in a giant Cars mural.  They colored, they autographed, and they walked away with a pack of colored pencils to use at home.

Cars 3 Road to the Races Alamo Street Art

Over at the Coppertone booth, the kids not only had fun, but they picked up a new skill.  First they had their sunscreen touched up, and then they learned [Read more…]