Sing Auditions, Special Features, & a Chance to Win the Musical Comedy of the Year

My family and I saw Sing just before it left the theaters.  My kids had been begging me to take them to see it, and even though I wasn’t sure it was the kind of movie I wanted to spend crazy ticket prices for, I eventually gave in.  To be honest, it reminded me of those ridiculous reality shows that I could never stand to watch, and I was sure I’d be sitting through 2 hours of terrible, recent top 40 nonsense.  Well, let me tell you how very mistaken I was.  I came out of that movie singing as loudly as the kids did.  (Maybe more.)  We received a complimentary copy of Sing for our family movie night on Sunday, and it was even more fun the second time around.

SING Movie

For those who haven’t yet seen it yet, a quick recap:
The Sing movie is the work of Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought us Despicable Me, Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets.  In it, we follow koala Buster Moon as he attempts to save his crumbling theater by putting on the world’s greatest singing competition.  There are some ups and downs throughout the contest, but the characters overcome every obstacle and come out stronger in the end.  You’re afforded plenty of opportunities to laugh and sing, and I especially love that the movie features songs from a wide variety of genres.  It’s full of big names, but don’t buy it because of that.  Buy Sing because it’s great family fun and the kind of movie that gets better every time you watch it.

Sing Movie Special Edition

And you can grab your own copy starting now!  The Sing Special Edition on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD was released on March 21st, and it’s packed full of extra features.  In preparation for her very own Sing audition, my daughter has watched the included lyric video for the original song “Set It All Free” about a thousand times.  She’s sure that she wants to be a singer when she grows up and is so very excited (and a little nervous) about sharing her performance with you:

 

That’s my baby!  I’m pretty proud of that cutie pie, but back to business…

There are tons of other interesting bonuses like character profiles and more music videos, but we’ve been getting the most use out of the 3 mini movies.  Whether you’re watching Eddie’s experience with his life coach, Gunter babysitting, or Miss Crawly’s adventures in online dating, you will be rolling with laughter.

Sing Mini Movies

The fun didn’t end there for us.  We were sent a Sing backdrop, and the kids have been having the best time posing with it.  It’s been kind of like a real life bonus feature.

Sing Movie Night Fun

Sing really is the musical comedy of the year!  We’ve had the DVD for a few days now, and the kids having been watching nothing but the whole movie or one of the extras.  My personal favorite is “The Best of Gunter”, and I think it’s worth owning the DVD just for that.  Piggy Power!

To learn more about Sing, visit the official website at http://www.SingMovie.com and be sure to check out their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages.

Ready to find the music that lives inside you?  Grab your copy of the Sing Special Edition today!
We’ve also got a chance for you to win your own copy of Sing on Blu-ray!  Just enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 4/6/17 at 11:59 PM ET.   Good luck!
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It’s Springtime at Bonefish Grill Again, and They’ve Got Chocolate!

Thank you to Bonefish Grill for providing gift cards to allow us to share our experience with our followers.

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Bonefish Grill, so we thought we’d give you an update on some specials they have for the spring season!

Bonefish Grill Logo

Their regular menu is always a safe bet, but Bonefish is so good at coming up with interesting and delicious seasonal items, and we never miss a chance to try them out.  (If that happens to afford me an opportunity to have my favorite bread and pesto dipping oil, so be it.)

First up for this trip were the Georges Bank Scallops:

Bonefish Grill Georges Bay Scallops

Bonefish Grill gets these beauties off the coast of New England–apparently, that’s considered “scallop paradise”.  These scallops are grilled, served over a creamy parmesan risotto, and topped with Applewood bacon.  A side of their fresh green beans completes this delectable meal.

Also featured on their new seasonal menu is the Cedar Plank Norwegian Salmon:

Bonefish Grill Cedar Plank Norwegian Salmon

As the name indicates, the salmon is roasted on a cedar plank.  For an amazing sweet and savory flavor, they top this with a honey and Dijon glaze.  Jasmin rice is served on the side along with a vegetable medley of fresh asparagus, button mushrooms, pearl onions, and peas.

This one is part of their standard menu, but I always try to show something for those who aren’t into seafood:

Bonefish Grill 8 oz. Filet Mignon

You can’t go wrong with a Filet Mignon–tender, perfectly seasoned, and delicious.  My mouth is watering right now just remembering it.  Forgive me for not being more experimental with my choice of sides, but I find it impossible to not order their au gratin potatoes.  They’re just too good to pass up.

We don’t always get dessert, but when I saw the Chocolate Creme Brulee on the menu, I didn’t hesitate to order it: [Read more…]


Diono Radian rXT: A Safe and Comfortable Car Seat that Grows with Your Child

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not the biggest fan of the new car seat laws in New Jersey that require children under two years old to be seated rear-facing. With babies the choice is clear, but it can be difficult to get a larger toddler (which all of my children are) strapped in a rear-facing seat. It seems they never have enough room to truly be comfortable. They usually can’t straighten out their legs and the side panels make them feel isolated from the rest of the passengers in the vehicle. I always looked forward to the time when I could use a front-facing car seat and enjoy rides with my children.

Diono Radian XT Carseat

I wasn’t so sure the Diono Radian rXT would be different from the other rear-facing car seats that I’ve used, but I was ready to give it a try. I’ll admit that when I first picked up the Diono, I was surprised that it was very heavy, and because of its weight I naturally assumed it would be a large bulky seat; most of the convertible seats on the market are, in fact, bulky in the rear-facing position. In the past, I’ve actually needed to keep the front seat as close to the dashboard as possible so a bulky car seat could fit, which made long trips in the car uncomfortable for my family. Let me tell you: I was so pleasantly surprised that the Diono wasn’t bulky at all! It fit well in my small SUV and left ample room for my two other children and an adult passenger in the front seat. I especially love the feature that allows the base to fold up when other children need to climb in the car. When in the forward-facing position, I can lift the base and my passengers can easily get to their seat. (Note:  The weight is due to the steel frame, which makes it much sturdier than the mostly plastic frames you find on a lot of other brands.)

Diono Radian XT

My big, strong husband was kind enough to assist me with the installation, and he thought it was relatively quick and simple.  We asked a NJ Child Passenger Safety-Certified police officer to inspect the set up and the fit of the harness around my thirteen-month old daughter.  Once he assured us that the seat positioned my daughter properly and the harness was very secure, we were ready to let the little lady take it to the road.  This face says it all, don’t you think? [Read more…]


Keeping my Tootsies Toasty with the Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater

It’s been a pretty mild winter here, compared to winters past, but it’s been cold enough to keep the heat running quite a bit. For some people turning on the heat is probably sufficient, but not for me.  I’m one of those people who gets a chill and doesn’t warm up for months. It’s no good.

So obviously I wear layers during the winter, even inside, and I never have bare feet (cozy socks all the way). But still, sometimes my feet get cold and it just travels up my body until I’m shivering. I recently decided to tackle this problem head-on with a space heater, and the Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater has been a real superhero.

Honeywell Logo

The Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater is a little thing (only 9.02″ x 6.5″ x 10.24″), but it packs a powerful punch. It’s a 1500 watt heater that provides quick and even heat for your home. It comes with two heat settings, and you can use it in small, targeted spaces (like on your desk), or use it as supplemental heating for a room that doesn’t get the best heat.

Honeywell UberHeat Controls
Speaking of rooms that are poorly heated, that’s where my UberHeat saves the day. Because I work from home and also blog, I spend a lot of time in my office on the computer. And by office, I mean a designated space in the “formal” living room. It’s a big, airy room and there’s plenty of space for my desk, so it works out well. Unfortunately, that designated desk space is right in front of a giant window, which means it’s also the coldest spot in the room. I use the UberHeat every day now while I’m at the computer, and it’s made the winter so much more bearable. I’m finally comfortable, no longer have freezing fingers and toes, and can shed a few layers while I work.

Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater

Aside from the fact it makes my days more comfortable, my favorite feature about the UberHeat is its design. Most space heaters you’ll find in stores aren’t exactly pretty. After all, heaters are meant to be functional, and looks come second (if at all). Honeywell disrupted the status quo with the UberHeat – it’s actually really cute, and I haven’t seen another space heater like it. The design is modern and unassuming, a sleek round shape with minimal buttons and gadgets. It comes in both black and white, both of which I love. Honestly, I would recommend this heater no matter how it looked (it works so well), but I’m thrilled that I can also recommend it based on aesthetics. It’s a job well done all around!

If you’re sitting at your desk right now, wishing your cozy socks could keep your toes even warmer, do yourself a favor and order one of these. You’ll be glad you did.  To learn more about the Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater, visit HoneywellPluggedIn.com.


Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament + NJ Giveaway

Does anyone else feel like their time in the kitchen increases exponentially between Thanksgiving and Christmas? I’m pretty sure mine does. I like cooking for the family, and I really enjoy whipping up cookies and cakes and holiday treats, but sometimes I just need to catch a break.

I recently baked about a million cookies and decided to load my family into the car for dinner rather than stand over that stove another minute. Since it was a Sunday afternoon, instead of shuffling everyone into the nearest restaurant we decided to mix things up and add a little entertainment to our meal. We went straight to the Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ!

Medieval Times Knights

If you’re not familiar with Medieval Times, it’s a fun, family-friendly dinner attraction based on 11th century feasts and tournaments. Guests at the event are offered a delicious four-course banquet and are treated to a jousting tournament between six knights on horses (each seating area cheers for a different knight). The dinner and event last an exciting two hours.

Medieval Times King and Princess

I had been to Medieval Times in the past, but this is the first time I took my children, and it really was an awesome experience for all of us. They loved the meal, but they were completely transfixed with the show. It was the first time they had seen jousting and sword fighting in person, and they were pretty much in heaven. We even bought them some glow swords, and they haven’t stopped playing with them yet. (In fact, I saw a little crossover fight between a sword and a lightsaber yesterday. I love my kids so much). The show even includes live falcons, which is pretty amazing. Honestly, Medieval Times is a great time whether or not you bring the kids. One of my previous visits was for a friend’s birthday party, and she was turning 29. It really is fun for any age or occasion!

Horses at Medieval Times

We had The Royalty Package, which includes tickets to the show, preferred seating, VIP lanyards, a cheering banner, and a knight’s rally towel for each member of our party. These tickets are an extra $12.00 each, but between the great seats and extra goodies, they’re so worth it.

As for the meal, oh my goodness. It truly is a feast! You’ll get a giant serving of roasted chicken (wing, breast, and drumstick), sweet buttered corn on the cob, tomato bisque soup, garlic bread, herb-basted potatoes, pastries, coffee, and two rounds of beverages. All the food is delicious, but I’ll admit we didn’t love the pound cake. By the time dessert was served, though, we were already stuffed anyway.

Medieval Times Dinner

Just a quick note and a mini rant: the experience is set up like an authentic feast in the 11th century, so the meal isn’t served with silverware, which I think is fun. Some people sneak in plastic forks, but I think that kind of ruins things. Enjoy eating chicken with your hands like the rest of the crowd; I mean, how often can you dig into dinner with such reckless abandon? 🙂

The whole family had a blast at Medieval Times, and the kids are already requesting a return visit, so I know we’ll be going back for more food and fun. Hope to see you there!

The Red & Yellow Knight at Medieval Times

Oh, one more thing: right now, Game on Mom readers can grab Medieval Times tickets for a special price! With code MT3629 you can buy adult tickets for $36.95 and children’s tickets (12 and under) for just $29.95. This code is valid through 2/28/2017, so don’t miss your chance to snag this discount. Visit MedievalTimes.com to purchase today.

Enter now to win a 4 pack of tickets to the Lyndhurst, NJ Medieval Times!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 1/5/17 at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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