Giveaway: Jurassic World Toy & Digital HD Download #TeamJurassic

Jurassic World

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Jurassic World, the #1 movie of the year, is now available to watch on Digital HD! Proving that, once again, dinosaurs rule the Earth, #‎JurassicWorld can now be watched on your digital devices and will be stomping its way to Blu-ray and DVD on October 20th. This megahit starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard follows what happens when the Jurassic World opens – and one of the dinosaurs escapes. Check out this special behind-the-scenes look to see more about the making of this film:

To celebrate the release of Jurassic World on Digital HD, we are giving away a super fun prize!

Enter To Win:

Jurassic World Stomp and Strike Tyrannosaurus Rex Figure

One MomStart reader will win a Jurassic World Stomp and Strike Tyrannosaurus Rex Figure, courtesy of Hasbro. This toy is made for ages 4 and up and will be available in most major toy retailers and on this Fall; it features an interactive stomping action when you press on its body, and will let out a roar when you push on its tail. It requires 2 AA batteries with demo batteries included.

In addition to this, the winner will also receive an iTunes code to download a copy of Jurassic World on Digital HD! Total prize pack value: $54.98.

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Science Experiments With Mc2 #StreamTeam #ProjectMc2

Project MC2 Experiment Kit

MomStart is a member of the Netflix Stream Team.

Project Mc2 is the newest series available to steam on Netflix, following the lives of four fabulous, super-smart tween girls. It’s a little like early ’90s teen sitcoms meets the Millenial age, and it is super cute! Miss Zoe began watching the series tonight and was entranced. She couldn’t be pulled away from the show, fully absorbed any time Mom or I would try to chime in and see what she thought of it – a sure sign of any hit! I must say, this program is pretty darned adorable and made me nostalgic for my own teen years. Oh, to time travel to 1997 again…

Zoe watching Mc2

The Project MC2 girls are totally smart and engaged with STEM interests, which makes me so happy! Girls really need these kind of role models to show them that they can do anything they are interested in. Having support and encouragement is crucial for young ladies interested in pursuing STEM fields, so shows like this are important for “Normalizing” it and planting the seed that any girl who is interested can do this!

Project Mc2 Craft

Doing crafts

We received a super fun package in the mail from Project Mc2 that included a number of science experiments/crafts, and the thing that made me most happy was watching Zoe take these ideas and expound upon them. She came up with so many inventive ideas to compliment the activities, including a green oozing volcano just in time for Halloween. I’m so proud to watch this smart cookie come up with such creative ideas and so happy that we have things around like Mc2 to inspire young women!

Green ooze

Hotel Transylvania 2 Movie Review #hotelt2

The kids and I went all the way to Miami to watch Hotel Transylvania 2. And they loved the movie….It was the return of Mavis, Dracula and Jonathan and the whole gang. Mavis and Jonathan have a kid named Dennis and everyone to know if he is a late fanger or if he’s “normal”. But that’s the whole point of the movie…what is “normal”.  The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2!  Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania…  Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. (But he’s like the BEST grandfather ever). So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. This is when all the crazy things start happening. And to add to that little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel.  And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!


None of the kids got up to go to the bathroom and you should have seen the size of the drinks they gave us before the movie even started. WOW. There were a lot of jokes in the movie some were directed at the children and some were directed at the adults. I appreciated that not all of the jokes were adult like and that some of them were just slapstick funny. Hotel Transylvania 2 did a very good job making the kids laugh, keeping them entertained and spreading such a good message of being “normal” and that’s not it’s all cracked up to be. To a vampire it’s normal to have a vampire child, to a human it’s normal to be “boring” maybe? It was really nice how it was done in the movie. I think in the end it didn’t matter if he got his teeth or not. I thought it was a cute family film. The kids thought it was amazing.

Hotel Transylvania 2 Interview with Selena Gomez #HotelT2

We, my children and I just had the most amazing experience. We were invited to Miami by Sony and attended a screening of Hotel Transylvania 2, had a character breakfast and interviewed Selena Gomez. It was one of my favorite celebrity interviews ever because my kids were there and they asked the questions. I was even more proud because my daughter actually wrote down four questions and asked three of her four questions during the interview. Selena fell in love with her instantly. (in all honesty I think she was in love with a room full of children). She even said during the interview that she misses working with “the littles”. I’m not sure what my opinion was of her before hand other than I knew she used to be on the Disney channel and her songs on the radio were catchy, but after this interview I fell in love!


Both my kids turned into mini me’s:




Here are a few of the questions from the interview:

My daughter asked “When did you start acting?”

I was 7 years old. My mom did a lot of theater and I just loved watching. My mom is my hero, I admired her she’s just incredible..I asked if I could do it and I did it.

How long did it take to voice Mavis in Hotel Transylvania?

The first one was a little harder because we were figuring out what made Mavis Mavis. The second one, collectively a week.

Do you like acting or singing more?

This is such a hard question. I really love both that’s the thing. I think once I become older marriage status which we won’t talk about that right now… than I will lean toward acting a little more.


She also asked “Was it fun shooting the movie?”

Yeah it was a lot of fun! I am the only girl in the movie so it was kind of lonely have having some of the woman. Adam Sandler and Adam Sandberg are so fun to be around they crack me up.

…….someone asked about themes in the movie…

I honestly loved that we focused on…accepting people’s differences. I thought it was extremely important that no matter where you come from you are accepted.

One of the boy’s asked “Do you know how to do the Whip Nae Nae?”


She said you know it better than me..…..and she asked him to do it and then she did a little bit of it. Everyone laughed.

So how was it revisiting this role now since she is grown up and married?

This was such a fun project for me to be a part of. Working with the Disney channel for so long, a part of me didn’t want to leave that. I love working with the littles but I’m growing up and changing so this was great.

What is your favorite scene?

The scene with Dennis and how he was standing on all the stuit cases and Mavis tells him that he is perfect the way he is.

You have awesome friends. What quality in friends do you look for?

I like friends who are REAL. ,, I like having people who are honest with me and will tell me the truth. I want friends that make me a better person. It’s important to be aware of who you are hanging out with.

Were you afraid of monsters and who is your favorite monster?

I am partial to Dracula, but I really liked the mummy…….I love the movie The Mummy……I was more afraid of dolls and the movie Chucky.

My son asked if she liked watching the kid Dennis working?

She said yes and that he reminded her of Dennis with his soft little voice.

She was asked what she was afraid of and at first she said losing her parents then she looked at the room and said, that’s too deep. I’m afraid of spiders. I loved that during the entire interview she remembered who her audience was and spoke from her hear to the kids. Because my kids are into acting I really wanted to know her advice for young children that want to become actors. She said that it’s all about your goal. You can’t go into this wanting to be famous you have to go into it having fun and enjoying what you are doing. She was also asked if she learned anything about being a mom from the movie and she said yeah, she’s not ready to be one. LOL!


To see the entire interview please watch my friend Enza’s video: She uploaded it for you all to view and so that I could hear the video. I lost my video which was very very sad!


Hotel Transylvania is in theaters September 25th! GO see it it’s really cute!

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS News #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

Today Facebook is excited to announce that they’re rolling out 360-degree videos in News Feed. There are a number of publishers sharing new 360 videos on Facebook today, including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and Vice. This means publishers can now upload 360 video to Facebook and starting today, people around the world will be able to discover and experience 360 videos in News Feed. Disney and Lucasfilm are proud to debut an exclusive 360 experience from the upcoming movie STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS that brings fans inside the beloved universe.

Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.

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Hotel Transylvania 2 Character Breakfast #photos #HotelT2

We loved being invited to Miami by Sony to watch Hotel Transylvania 2. I paid for my son but we were so thrilled that they said yes, and that the three of us got to go down and have a mini vacation. One of the perks that they provided was a Hotel Transylvania 2 Character Breakfast. My kids LOVED the movie and I can’t wait to share their individual thoughts. For now, all I can share is our experience with our character breakfast which was so FUN!


We had really good food


We made new friends.



And fun with the characters.


And fun with all these characters too!


Hotel Transylvania 2 is in theaters Friday September 25th.

The Jungle Book New Trailer and First Look Images

I’m kind of excited for the new live action The Jungle Book. My kids have never been interested in the animated version and I really think they will love this new look at The Jungle Book.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere on April 15th, 2016!

#DIY Costumes: Become Your Own Monster Hotel Transylvania #HotelT2



Goodwill Industries International is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the release of the animated film, Hotel Transylvania 2, to encourage people across the United States and Canada to do their Halloween shopping at Goodwill’s more than 3,000 stores or online at®. Goodwill and Sony Pictures unite with the message “Be Your Own Monster,” urging consumers to make Goodwill their Halloween Headquarters for creating unique, affordable costumes — even costumes based on one of the movie’s characters, such as Dracula, Mavis or Frank. When costume seekers shop at Goodwill, they help people in their communities get job training, earn jobs and access other community-based services.  Sony Pictures Animation’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” will be released in theaters nationwide on September 25, 2015.

Check out their website for a ton of how-to videos for crafts, make up, etc. inspired by our new film HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2:<




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Be Kind….Disney’s Cinderella Now Available



Cinderella is such a beautiful movie. Lilly James was the perfect Cinderella. She was beautiful and most importantly kind. Her acting skills are outstanding, she plays innocent so well. I just fell in love with her. We all love this movie and who can’t take a second glance at Richard Madden? Really you can’t deny it.

My kids talk about it all the time and I had the best time on the red carpet. I felt like Cinderella.


“Have courage and be kind” is a constant theme seen throughout Disney’s beloved and empowering fairytale told in a new beautiful way, Cinderella. The enchanting film arrived on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere September 15th with bonus features that include over 12 minutes of additional scenes, the “ Frozen Fever” theatrical short and more! 


SYNOPSIS: Celebrate Disney’s “Cinderella,” a modern classic that shines with beauty, imagination…and magic! Despite being mistreated by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, a spirited Ella (Lily James) resolves to take charge of her fate. Add a royal ball, a Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham-Carter) and a glass slipper, and suddenly – magic becomes reality!



CAST: Cate Blanchett as Stepmother (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”), Lily James as Cinderella (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as Prince, Stellan Skarsgård (Marvel’s: “The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Grand Duke, Holliday Grainger (“Jane Eyre”) as Anastasia, Derek Jacobi (“The King’s Speech,” “Underworld: Evolution”) as King, and Helena Bonham Carter as Fairy Godmother (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The King’s Speech”),

BONUS: Digital HD/SD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

· A Fairy Tale Comes to Life Filmmakers and cast reflect on Cinderella’s enduring power, and the joys and challenges of bringing this iconic tale to life.

· Costume Test Fun See the work of Academy Award-winning® Costume Designer Sandy Powell (The Aviator, 2004) and share some lighthearted moments with the cast.

· Staging The Ball

· You’re invited behind the scenes for the making of the Palace Ball sequence, including its spectacular set, stunning costumes and more. It’s a lavish and massive undertaking…and a magical day on set.

· Ella’s Furry Friends

· Discover how the movie’s animal stars honed their memorable performances.

· Alternate Opening: Ella’s Childhood

· View moments from Ella’s idyllic childhood that do not appear in the movie. With an introduction by Director Kenneth Branagh.

· Frozen Fever It’s Anna’s birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever – but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

DMA Exclusive:

· Deleted Scenes

With introduction by Kenneth Branagh

o Serving (0:56)

o The Mourning (4:24)

o Getting to Know You (2:00)

o The Search for Cinderella (1:14)

o Dear Kit (2:57)


· Ella’s Furry Friends

· Frozen Fever