Get Bridge of Spies on Blu-Ray and Enjoy the Bonus Material

Stephen Spielberg created a fantastic movie that was nominated for quite a few academy awards when he made Bridge of Spies. Tom Hanks was really great as James Donovan. It was a little hard to get into in the beginning, it felt really slow but as the story built it got better and ended up being a pretty good movie. In case you don’t know what it’s about here’s the synopsis…

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A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

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Be sure to enjoy the bonus materials.

A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war.  This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.

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U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film

SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE– A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.

Characters and Cities of Zootopia #ZootopiaEvent

Zootopia has an adorable mix of characters to make a great story. At the heart it’s a story about finding your place to fit in. But how do a fox and a bunny get along?

At its core, ‘Zootopia’ is a buddy movie,” says director Rich Moore. “Judy and Nick—a rabbit and a fox—are natural enemies by definition. So these characters don’t exactly get along at first. They come to the relationship with ideas about each other—beliefs that aren’t informed or accurate.”

According to Howard, the fact that the buddies don’t get along fuels the film’s comedy. “Judy is the eternal optimist who believes anyone can be anything—it’s the city’s motto, after all,” he says. “Nick is the complete opposite. He’s a cynic. He believes we are what we are. So we put this country bumpkin who’s full of vim and vigor in the middle of the big city alongside Nick—the realist—and he gets to have a lot of fun messing with her. But she has a few tricks up her sleeve.”

Before I get into each individual character here, I wanted to share with you a little more about the research that went into the movie.

“We did about 18 months of really solid research into animals,” says director Byron Howard. “We studied how they interact in the wild, how they socialize and how their individual communities are built in the natural world.

“We found that the majority of animals—90 percent—are prey,” continues Howard. “Only 10 percent are predators. So while we always assumed that predators ruled the animal world, they’re actually the minority. We talked to anthropologists and sociologists and took a look way back through human history—any time you have a majority and minority, social issues arise. We learned and observed that animals of all kinds tend to stay with animals that look like them; they find refuge and protection within their individual groups and tend to avoid animals that are different.”

So they developed cities for each animal.

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Sahara Square is made up of sand dunes and buildings that are shaped like sand dunes. “The heart of Sahara Square is inspired by Monte Carlo and Dubai,” says Matthias Lechner, art director of environments. “We learned that desert animals are mostly nocturnal because it’s too hot during the day. So we built lots of nighttime activities—casinos and a giant palm-tree hotel with an oasis surrounding it.”

Sahara Square features a warm palette of reds, oranges and yellows.

Tundratown, constructed mainly of snow and ice, features a cool color palette with blues and teals. “There are giant snow blowers,” says Lechner. “They go off periodically—they’re part of the climate control. Nothing ever thaws. We have floating blocks of ice instead of moving sidewalks. Cars are on skis.”

Designers added spots of color with strategically placed neon lights, playing with reflections and shadows to add interest and dimension to the area.

The Rain Forest District is home to hundreds of giant, bright, jungle-green steamer trees—artificial trees that mechanically suck up water from a river to create the steamy atmosphere required by the locals. “The rain forest is a vertical environment with walkways, bridges and gondolas,” says Lechner.

According to Goetz, the sheer number of trees—more than half a million—illustrates one of the many major advances in technology that allowed the artists to create the incredible detailed environments in Zootopia.

Bunnyburrow, Judy Hopps’ hometown, is inhabited mostly by carrot farmers like Judy’s parents. Vast, sprawling open space contrasts with the busy city streets of Zootopia.

“It’s a very rural part of this world,” says Howard. “It’s about 200 miles away from the city of Zootopia. If Zootopia were Manhattan, Bunnyburrow is like Yonkers—way out in the country. Bunnies are born there and live out their lives there. Nobody quite understands why in the world Judy would want to leave—and move to the big city of all places.”

Savanna Central houses Zootopia Police Department (ZPD), City Hall and Central Station, the bustling train station where Judy Hopps lands when she first arrives in town. Modeled in part after Disneyland’s hub-and-spoke design—Savanna Central is Zootopia’s central hub. “It’s our version of the watering hole,” says Goetz. “Animals from each of the districts converge here.”

Details include a central water feature and a savanna theme with acacia trees and warm tones: oranges and grays with olive foliage.

Little Rodentia is where Zootopia’s smallest mammals reside. “It is an entirely tiny town with rodent-sized housing, shops and streets,” says Lechner. “It’s surrounded by a big fence so that big animals can’t walk through it.”

It may be small, but Little Rodentia has all of the big-city luxuries, including a chic hair salon that caters to tiny high-end clientele.

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So animals don’t usually mix, but Judy Hopps wants to be a cop in the big city. So she moves from Bunnyburrow to Zootopia. Judy is tenacious, sweet and wholesome. And because she’s a bunny she’s assigned to be a meter maid instead of a cop.

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Judy’s boss, Chief Bogo, is a no-nonsense cape buffalo who’s unimpressed by her academy record. He doesn’t want a bunny on his force. So instead of giving her a high-profile assignment, Bogo puts her on parking duty. “But she decides to be the best meter maid ever,” says Howard. “By using her incredible hearing to her advantage, she issues 200 parking tickets before noon on her very first day.”

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Nick Wilde is a con artist fox filled with sarcasm and still likable appealing and oddly charming.

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The animators were all very excited about the sloth character. And the preview I saw with the sloth in it was quite funny.

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There will be other characters that we will meet in this story but that’s for another time.

The Force Awakens with General Mills Cereal #BigGCereal #TheForceAwakens #AD

We are Star Wars fanatics around here. My kids love love love Star Wars. My son is always drawing ships from the movies because he loves Star Wars so much. He is much better at drawing the Milinium Falcon than I am..we had a competition one day. I’m quite impressed with his talent in drawing and I’ll share more about that in a little bit. He recently said that he wants to decorate his room with Star Wars next time we do his room and General Mills has come to my rescue. We are partnering up with them by eating their cereal and getting the decals out of the box. That’s step one…eat cereal and get decals. As of this month, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, Cheerios and Cheerios Multi Grain include the exclusive decals.

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There are six decals in all. With cameos from both the light and dark sides, the clings feature character appearances from: R2-D2 & C-3PO, Chewbacca, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and a Stormtrooper. They are pretty cool……..and these repositionable decals are sure to bring the Force to a multitude of smooth surfaces – from walls to bed posts and more. 

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Step two was to create our own little art project with some space stars and my son’s wall.  My son had a great time decorating his wall.

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The stars glowing in the dark adds to the magic in decorating his wall. I went through Miles’ are for one of his drawings that he created of a great space battle to add to this canvas of stars.

 

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See this is part of the talent and excitement that my little boy carries for Star Wars. He’s always drawing battles just like this one.

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Be inspired to make your own creations with General Mills #BigGCereal and #TheForceAwakens.

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Year Of The Monkey Tastes Good At P.F. Chang’s #PFChangswish #WSJCNY

P.F. Chang’s invited my family and I to go try the new menu items that celebrate the year of the Monkey…….and it was tasty. They have some really great items and it was hard for me to make a choice but I was really happy with my choice.  

Monday February 8th  officially Kicks-off the year of the Monkey and P.F. Chang’s is celebrating by hanging traditional Chinese red envelopes filled with free offers on trees near its restaurants. Five lucky winners across the country will open an envelope with free P.F. Chang’s for a year!


Psst, spotted any monkeys lately? Share your photos of the Lunar New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, with the hashtag #WSJCNY and we’ll publish some of the best on wsj.com We would love to see festive foods, decorations and celebrations—especially if they have anything to do with monkeys, this year’s new zodiac animal. #CNY #LNY #yearofthemonkey #monkey #chinesenewyear #lunarnewyear #cny2016 : iStock/Getty Images

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P.F. Chang’s Chinese New Year menu features six signature menu that symbolically represent the luck of the new year, including:

• Sichuan Chili Garlic Chicken

• Hong Kong Style Sea Bass

• Long Life Noodles & Prawns

• Butternut Squash Dumplings

• Mandarin Cake

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• Monkey Mule (a unique twist on the traditional Moscow Mule featuring Monkey Shoulder whisky and house-made ginger beer

I tried the Long Life Noodles & Prawns which was seasoned so very well.


The prawns are delicious Long Life Noodles & Prawns @@pfchangs #PFChangsWish #WSJCNY #chinesenewyear #client

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I also tried the Monkey Mule which was a great combination of sweet and ginger…YUM!


First on the @@pfchangs New Year menu #PFChangsWish #WSJCNY is the Monkey Mule #yum

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The final thing we tried was the Mandarin Cake. And this was the expression on my son’s face.

 


This is how good the @@pfchangs Mandarin Cake is….the face says it all #PFChangsWish #WSJCNY #chinesenewyear

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At the end of our tasting we received a red envelop and were told not to open it. We have to come back on a certain date for the waiter to open it for us. No matter what we will win something. So I’m pretty excited to get to go back and have them open it.

 

Throughout the entire month of February, P.F. Chang’s will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to Boys & Girls Clubs of America each time someone shares their Chinese New Year wish on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #PFChangswish and when a guest orders an item off the limited-time Chinese New Year menu.

Secrets of Zootopia Unlocked Part 1

Disney animation has been hard at work since 2011 working on a new animated feature called Zootopia. I shared a bit of information last month in an interview with the Zootopia Director and Producer. This month I’m going to be sharing other interesting facts about the making of Zootopia and at the end of the month I’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World to learn even more and share with you first hand all about animals from Animal Kingdom. (I’ll tell you more details about that upcoming trip in another blog post later…..so stay tuned for all that fun and adventure)

 

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ZOOTOPIA IS…………….

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FUN…………..

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a
place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a
police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time
Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

 

 

 

So in true Disney form a good movie starts with a good story…..

Clark Spencer shared with us how the story began

We finally came up with this idea of an Animal City called “Zootopia” and John loved the idea so much, he literally got fired up and he hugged him because John is also a huge fan of talking Animal Films. John was just very excited, we’d be going back into this realm. He charged everyone on the Team with creating an Animal Movie that no one has ever seen before……….

……….So our Films, they always begin at the same place. It begins with research and with Zootopia, the Director spent 15 months studying Animals. Our research took us incredible places starting with our own Animal Kingdom down at Walt Disney World where they have a huge array of Animals and some of the best Animal experts in the world. We were able to get right up to the Animals and observe their behavior up close and Animal Kingdom and their experts, they really taught us so very much about these Animals……..

….But once we’d seen the Animals in a man made facility, we wanted to see them in the Wild as well. So we went to Africa. We went to Kenya to study Animals on a Savannah, get a sense of their movement and their natural environment. Now to find out what a real Animal Society is like, we needed to go there, see them all around us. And when we got out of that Plane, we saw huge Birds and Giraffes and Zebras way out in the distance. And as we got closer to the Animals, the Animals got closer to us………

…………..And when we left Africa, our lives did change. They truly changed. We were inspired by these trips to make our characters feel like the Animals they are, and capture what makes them so amazing. And we wanted everything from the big City of Zootopia to the individual strains of fur, each Animal Character to feel believable. So that led us back to research again, literally researching fur at a microscopic level……

You might remember how I described the polar bear’s fur in the last interview I posted about Zootopia.

The Progression of the story…..

It was interesting to talk to the head of editorial Fabienne Rawley who said that it’s not until you watch the entire thing that you realize certain pieces of a story aren’t working. For Zootopia there are many different versions of the movie and it took time to get to where the movie is now. They are very happy with how it ended up. It took Disney about five years to make this film and over 900 people worked on it.

 

Next week I’ll share more about the actual character development starting with Nick the Con Artist fox and ending with how much everyone loved creating the sloths.

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Zootopia arrives in theaters March 4th, 2016!

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Entertains

My family and I had the opportunity to go and see Kung Fu Panda 3 and everyone loved it. I was surprised because even my husband liked it and we haven’t seen any of the previous movies. Kung Fu Panda 3 is the third installment to the Kung Fu Panda movies where Po played by Jack Black keeps the audience laughing from beginning to end. In this movie Po has to discover who he is. Is he a teacher  is he a Kung Fu master or is he a Panda that is not eating to his potential. He is reunited with his father who teaches him how to be a Panda but then they are all put in danger and he has to save the day.

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When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.

Who will like this movie?

This movie will appeal to all ages. The really young will laugh at the slap stick humor as will some adults. Older children will get a few more of the jokes and adults will get them all. My son laughed so much during this movie. Oh and the cast on this movie is more than just Jack Black. This movie has an amazing line up of actors. Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston, J. K. Simmons, Kate Hudson.

What was my daughter’s favorite part of the movie?

She said her favorite part was the same scene they used in the commercial. Where he’s telling everyone the fight plan and then the babies eat all of his examples.

My son’s favorite part was just how funny the movie was.

 

I just loved listening to my son laugh and that it ended up being a movie that the whole family could enjoy.

Dip Baby Dip with These Great Game Day Traditions #GameDayTraditions @SheSpeaksUp @ProcterGamble @Walmart #AD

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.

It’s kind of sad that the players can’t do their victory dances anymore when they score a touchdown. Frankly I like watching them dip baby dip. Which reminds me I can’t have a game day without chips and dip. I mean seriously how can you watch a football game especially the big game day without a big bag of chips and your favorite dip. I’m working with P&G to bring you our game day traditions and this is our biggest one. So I went through my blog and found some of my favorite recipes to share with you. This is super easy and all the ingredients can be found at Walmart. The first one is my Chili Cheese Dip Recipe.

 

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Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

Ingredients:

1 can of Chili
1 8oz package of Cream Cheese
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese

Directions:

Combing the chili and cream cheese and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Stir
Add the cheddar cheese and cook for 1.5 minutes to 2 more minutes
Stir and serve over chips

 

Just in case chili isn’t your thing we have this other round of up chips and dip with these recipes.

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Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Dip

Carrot Sriracha Dip

Cranberry Compote

Gruyere and Pecan Queso Dip

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Salad

Pineapple Chipotle Salsa

 

Now let’s talk clean up after the game and a few pre-game rituals with P&G!

We live on Bounty as our number one clean up tool. It works so well at cleaning up our dip spills. Winking smile 

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And you know when you get a little excited and the chips go flying across the room. The swiffer is always a plus.

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I don’t usually put too much effort into my pre-game routine except for food prep, but if we happen to be going to someone else’s house instead of hosting then I’ll pamper myself a bit with a few of these products like using my Oral-B toothbrush, Crest toothpaste, and some Cover-Girl Mascara.

P&G Pregame Products

 

So pampering on game day means I’m in the tub. I’ll shave. I received the Gillette Fusion for men but I would use the Gillette Venus Swirl Razor.

About Gillette Venus Swirl Razor

  • FlexiBall technology helps to contour better to tricky areas, like knees and ankles
  • Five Contour razor blades individually adjust to every curve
  • Water-activated MoistureGlide serum provides incredible glide
  • The MicroFine comb guides hair to the blades

Of course I’ll brush my teeth using the Oral-B Vitality (my son has the same brush) before we walk out the door. Everyone in the house will brush their teeth before we leave and I love using the Crest Prohealth Advanced Toothpaste because it starts working from day one.

About Crest Prohealth Advanced Toothpaste

  • Advance to Healthier Gums and Stronger Teeth from day 1* 

*vs ordinary toothpaste with continued use. Starts fighting plaque and protecting enamel form Day 1.

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About Oral B Vitality

  • Round brush removes more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
  • MicroPulse bristles clean between teeth
  • Two-minute timer
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Indicator bristles fade when it’s time to replace your brush head

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I might put on some mascara for the big game if we’re going to a pub to enjoy the big game.

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About COVERGIRL LashBlast Mascara

  • Available in three collections
  • Volume (available in regular or waterproof)
    • 100% more volume
    • COVERGIRL’s biggest brush ever
  • Clump Crusher (available in regular or water resistant)
    • 200% more volume
    • No clumping
    • Double-sided brush
  • Fusion (available in regular or water resistant)
    • 100% more volume and length
    • Fuller, more dramatic lashes
    • Oversized brush

There are so many different game day traditions, these pre-game traditions that I just shared with you make me able to do my dip baby dip. Winking smile

Be sure to visit the traditionsforgameday.com page for more game day traditions.

Online Shopping: The Convenience and the Deals

Buying and selling online has fast become an important part of many people’s routine. Just about everyone relies on the Internet to buy and sell presents for their loved ones at affordable prices, as virtual stores offer consumers a place to shop from the comfort of their homes or offices without having to deal with travel or the excess pressure of a salesperson. Today, the online marketplace has become the newest and most convenient venue to find virtually all types of services and goods on sale.

Businesses and their clients have embraced online sales as the cheaper and most convenient way of shopping, but like any other service or product on the Internet, there are both benefits and dangers that come along with shopping online. Read on to find out how online purchases work, their advantages, and how to protect yourself.

How Do Online Stores Work?

Online shopping is just like going down to your local store. You can buy the same items from your home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, and can even visit sites like DailySale for the best online deals. To find a product you want, visit the store’s website, or if you do not know a store that stocks the particular item you want, and would like to compare prices, you can always do so via a search engine like Google and compare the results you get.

Major retail websites have pictures of items with descriptions and prices that they already have on sale. Smaller businesses without the capability to create their own website list their stock items on bigger sites, and some even help such businesses create their online stores for a monthly or transaction fee.

Some websites run on the auction format, where sellers display their items for a minimum price and buyers bid on the items until either the bidding time is over or the seller chooses to award the item to a particular buyer. Many stores even have virtual customer service centers on their websites so you can chat with, email, or call a live customer service representative with any queries you might have.

Once you find and select the product you want, the webpage usually displays a checkout option. Checking out often gives you a list of shipping and payment options. Some shipping options available are standard, expedited and overnight. Depending on your location and the online store you are using, the standard shipping option takes anywhere between seven to 21 business days and the expedited shipping takes about two to six business days.

The various payment options you are presented with may include:

· Payment by e-check – This is similar to paying directly from your bank account. If making your payment via electronic check, you will be asked to enter routing and account numbers. The amount due is then directly deducted from your bank account.

· Credit card – Instead of swiping your card as you would in a physical store, you type your credit/debit card details into the provided spaces.

· Payment vendors – Payment processing companies or vendors like PayPal and Skrill are ecommerce businesses that offer payment exchange services. They offer a safe way for people to transfer money from one account to another without revealing their financial information. Before purchasing through payment vendors, you will be required to set up an account first and verify your financial institution or credit card information.

What Are the Advantages of Online Shopping?

There are lots of benefits that you gain from buying from online stores. These include:

· Cost savings – You save on gas money and parking fees since you do not need to travel between different stores while looking for a bargain. You also do not have to stand in line, especially during the holidays when many stores are busy.

· No pressure – Online stores do not have salespersons hovering around and pressuring you to buy their latest product line.

· Convenience – It is much more convenient to do all your shopping from a single spot – your couch.

· Variety – The Internet has unlimited shelf space for sellers, so they are more likely to offer you a huge variety of products than they would be able in a brick-and-mortar store.

· Easy comparison – Online shopping eliminates the need to wander from store to store comparing products and prices.

Conclusion

Buying online is a very rewarding and convenient experience, but you need to protect yourself. If any deal looks too good to be true, it, in most cases, is. If you are not 100 percent sure whether you should be dealing with a particular store, leave it and look for something else. Always ensure that your computer is protected before you begin a transaction involving sensitive information. There are many scams on the Internet that are likely to affect your credit score and cost you money. Otherwise, the internet is a rich source for sales and deals that provide plenty of punch for your dollar.

They Day I Went to Jail for Impersonating Agent Peggy Carter #AgentCarter #ABCTVEvent

Did you watch Marvel’s Agent Carter last week on ABC? It was a great way to start the season off with these really fun characters that are the beginning of S.H.I.E.L.D. I say beginning because they are still just known as the SSR and they just relocated to the LA office that is hidden in a talent agency. (all these photos are credited to Marvel)DSC_0610

 

I got to visit the set of Agent Carter and everything came to life for me, beginning with being promoted to chief!

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I was very busy and perturbed that my photo had to be taken. There is lots to get done as chief of the SSR you know!! Look at my desk it’s full of papers to be signed and I’m dying to find out what’s in the envelope on the left. Walking the halls of Agent Carter was really amazing. There is so much detail on every wall and desk that you pass. They even had real donuts under the glass case in the office.

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On each of these desks were different letters and instructions for the agents. One of the letters I read was to an agent applying to the agency.

 

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It’s people like my husband that will pause a show and zoom in and try to read what’s on these letters. So, then this happened….

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Yep, I guess pretending to be chief gets you thrown in jail for the day. Won’t do that again, their jail is quite crowded. After spending the day on the set of Agent Carter we got to go to the costume department and try on the hat.

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Yep, I’m styling. I love the costume department. This is a room full of people dedicated to their craft. They have to be prepared for all kinds of accidents and they repurpose everything. You might see an amazing purse with an amazing button on it, and that button could have been on a previous jacket.

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And the guys love how the suits are made to be cooler for the California climate. DSC_0629DSC_0639DSC_0640DSC_0641DSC_0642

In addition to being ready for repairs to costumes they usually have a different costume for stunts verses just walking around.

 

Don’t miss Marvel’s Agent Carter, tonight and every Tuesday on ABC at 9:00.

Disney’s Signature Collection: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is the oldest classic with so much history. Forever enchanting and inspiring, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs embodies The Walt Disney Signature Collection’s legacy of animation.  In this epic story of love and friendship, the kind and beautiful princess Snow White wins the hearts of the Seven Dwarfs and triumphs over the evil plans of a wicked Queen.  Share the movie called “The Greatest Animated Film Of All Time,” (American Film Institute) on Blu-ray February 2nd and now on Digital HD, with special features for the entire family!

 

The special features to me are so fun to watch. I love seeing how things were made and new material that Disney has decided to share. The extras on this disk include:

Bonus Features: In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – For the first time ever, hear Walt himself talk about Snow White. 

Iconography – Explore how this film influences pop culture, art, and fashion.

@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess – Modern day Disney artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.

The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White – Disney Channel star Sofia Carson reveals seven intriguing facts about Snow White.

Snow White in Seventy Seconds – Rap along with this hip reimagining of the story.

Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White – A never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White.

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Animation isn’t made like it used to be. There used to be this device that single cells were drawn on different pieces of glass. Then a camera was over the top and it would zoom in and out. It was a very expensive way to make art. This is how Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was made. Now it’s either hand drawn or created with a computer or a combination of both.

Synopsis:

Forever enchanting and inspiring, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs embodies The Walt Disney Signature Collection’s legacy of animation.  In this epic story of love and friendship, the kind and beautiful princess Snow White wins the hearts of the Seven Dwarfs and triumphs over the evil plans of a wicked Queen.  Share the movie called “The Greatest Animated Film Of All Time,” (American Film Institute) in High Definition Blu-ray and for the first time ever on Digital HD, with special features for the entire family!