Hotel Transylvania Costumes: Marvelously Mavis

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Before we even headed out last weekend to see Hotel Transylvania 2 my little knew exactly who she wanted to be for Halloween, Mavis from Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Hotel Transylvania 2 picks up where the first one began. Mavis and Johnny are still madly in love with each other, get married and have a baby. Living in the hotel isn’t all it’s cracked up to be with pressure from Johnny’s family to be “normal” and from the Count to be a perfectly monsterific family. Celebrity voice talents include Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Selena Gomez.

Disclosure: I received this costume in order to provide my readers with this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and my family’s. 

My youngest knows exactly what she wants each year for Halloween. Unfortunately it is not always easy to find. An even bigger problem is that so many costumes that are affordable are made of scratchy, itchy nylon and once she gets them on I’ve had to make adjustments or find clothing she can wear underneath it just to get through one night of Trick or Treating. I was excited to head over to Anytime Costumes to do my Halloween costume shopping knowing she wanted a Hotel Transylvania Costumes.

I admit I got a little caught up in looking for something for myself, but once I focused finding the Mavis costume was easy, so was ordering and delivery. The package came exactly as expected. The costume was in a sealed, sturdy, plastic bag and then a padded shipping envelope. The bag is great for storing in my daughter’s closet.

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As you can see we are working on how to wear the wig right, but she wanted to do it all herself. The wig is made of synthetic materials, but it is perfect for the costume and will fit nicely once I pull her hair back from her face. The shirt is not scratchy (GOOD NEWS) and actually pretty comfortable. The skirt is just like Mavis’ skirt from the movie down to the little peek a book bat details on the hemline. The tights fit perfectly and were easy for her to pull on by herself without any runs or tears.

I think what we like best about this Hotel Transylvania Costume is that is is so well made, right on point, comfortable to wear and not too expensive. Best of all it comes as one “kit” and I didn’t have to go shopping for the wig of tights separately.

Are you ready to do your Halloween costume shopping? Head over to Anytime Costumes and get started and be sure to follow Anytime Costumes on Twitter  for costume ideas, notices of sales and free shipping offers too!








Free printable recipes to celebrate Veggie Tales in the house and on Netflix

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Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all your favorite Veggies are back in the all-new second season of the Emmy-nominated DreamWorks Animation original series, VEGGIETALES IN THE HOUSE, premiering on September 25 exclusively on Netflix!

Every fun-filled episode features important life lessons and inspirational messages, and will have kids laughing out loud and singing along to brand-new songs. These Veggies are always fresh – rooted in values and sprouting up fun!

The Veggies meet new lovable friends like Callie Flower and Tina Celerina, adopt a pet guppy, invent a secret flavor of ice cream, sing silly new songs, see superheroes LarryBoy and Junior JetPack join forces and so much more.

In celebration of this week’s premiere, we have some fun, yummy and healthy snack recipes for you and your readers to enjoy available in the button below!



In an effort to grow the world’s most impressive fica, Petunia gets a little carried away, putting others in danger! Will pride get the best of her? Find out when “Veggie Tales in the House” Season 2 lands on Netflix 9/25.



Fun free Monkey Kingdom printables

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Are your kids just “monkey-ing” around? Then give them something that will really teach them about monkeys! From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Chimpanzee and Bears, comes MONKEY KINGDOM, a spectacular tale set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya, a clever and resourceful monkey, and her family will make you laugh and warm your heart as she realizes her dreams for her son’s future. Narrated by Tina Fey, own this breathtaking feature film on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) & Blu-ray Combo Pack on September 15. Enjoy this must-own film and for every Digital and Blu-ray Combo Pack sold during first-week sales, Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International in your honor to help protect endangered species in their natural habitat, supporting conservation project across Indonesia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

MONKEY KINGDOM, is a spectacular tale set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya, a clever and resourceful monkey, finds her world forever changed when she welcomes her son Kip into her colorful extended family. As Maya strives to keep Kip safe through unexpected and sometimes perilous adventures, amazing footage captures all the magic and surprises of their magnificent world. Maya and her family will make you laugh and warm your heart as she realizes her dreams for her son’s future.

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On The Set of Monkey Kingdom with Jane Goodall and Wolfgang Dittus
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It’s Our World Music Video Performed by Jacquie Lee

And for even more learning fun enjoy these fun and free Monkey Kingdom printables which include a Monkey Maze, Monkey Quiz and Monkey Wordfind.

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African Cats: Disneynature Ventures into Africa’s Heartland
DisneyNature Chimpanzee: My family is wild about ‘Chimpanzee’
Crimson Wing: Flamingos and the Mystery of Behavior
Disney Nature’s Bears on Blu-ray and DVD

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Host a Royal Ball with these free Cinderella printable activities

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Disney’s Cinderella arrives on Digital HD, Roku and Android TV  and it’s the newest devices that came on board with Disney Movies Anywhere alongside iTunes, Google Play, Walmart’s VUDU, Amazon Video and Microsoft Movies & TV! Disney Movies Anywhere offers consumers even greater access to their digital collections of Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies at home and on the go.

To celebrate, we have these fun activity sheets to help you host your very own Royal Ball with your family and friends as well as some new clips from the bonus material that are available on both Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere!


Free printables featuring the The Good Dinosaur

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Have you heard about The Good Dinosaur? My kids have already started making plans to see it – and if they are lucky it will happen Thanksgiving weekend when it’s released. But in the meantime I can have some fun with them with these free printables and all the great movie trailers and sneak peeks! The best thing is that I can also share them with you.

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The Good Dinosaur Coloring Page

The Good Dinosaur Memory Game

Official synopis:

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR opens in theatres everywhere on November 25th!


Free online curriculum featuring Pixar from Khan Academy

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Having a hard time getting your child involved in school work, but have no trouble with them enjoying their favorite animated shows for hours at a time? Or maybe like our household the kids want to know how the things they are learning applies to the real world, and how they can use it in the future? Either way, the new Pixar in a Box can help kids learn more about the academic academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process.

“For years, we’ve heard from teachers at every grade level interested in creating animation-based curricula,” said Elyse Klaidman, Director, Pixar University and Archives.  “We’ve wanted to provide free online resources for them, and Pixar in a Box makes that dream a reality. We hope that it not only gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made but also gets them excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts.”

I decided to take a look at Pixar in a Box myself.  It is a free online curriculum with video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities. I was impressed at how well it was laid out and how easy it was to navigate and use. Nothing really special or expensive was needed and I could immediately get started with lessons which build upon each other. Lessons take about 1 hour.  I would definitely incorporate it into homeschooling or even just fun, learning activities after school or weekends.

Activities are limited right now, but I look forward to seeing some more of them in November! Khan Academy

“Our mission at Khan Academy is a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Khan Academy. “Sparking student interest in math and other academic fields is a key part of that, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Pixar to achieve this goal. Pixar in a Box gives students a new way to engage with key academic concepts and see how creative these concepts can be.”

About Khan Academy

 Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to change education for the better by providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. We believe that students of all ages should have free, unlimited access to the best educational content, and that they should be able to consume and master this content at their own pace. In addition, we believe that there are incredible opportunities to use intelligent software development, deep data analytics, and intuitive user interfaces to more effectively surface and present these educational resources to students and teachers around the world. Our library of content covers kindergarten to early college math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and reaches into humanities with tutorials on economics, finance, music, philosophy, and art history. We have over 26 million registered students and to date, we have delivered over 580 million lessons and 3.8 billion exercise problems. For further information, visit (Boilerplate, used by permission). 



Free printable coloring pages from #Dinotrux


We recently introduced you the new original series Dinotrux, which starts TOMORROW, August 14, 2015 on Netflix. Dinotrux is a new animated series only available on Netflix and features a world of giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half truck and all awesome! The series is based on the award-winning children’s books by Chris Gall, Dinotrux is the first exciting “action show” tailor-made for younger kids with strong messages about independence and cooperation to go along with its unique blend of action, comedy, adventure.

Related content: Free printable Dinotrux trading cards

The cast of characters includes Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool. Along with friends like Skya the Craneosaur and Garby the Stegarbasaurus, the Dinotrux and Reptools join forces for the first time ever to build a bigger, better world and battle back against the biggest and baddest Dinotrux of all: D-Structs, who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built. Enjoy this sneak peek and have fun coloring with your kids with these free printable coloring pages from Dinotrux!

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Coming to a television, iPad, or tablet near you The Netflix Original Series Dinotrux premiers August 14!

If you haven’t heard of Dinotrux here’s more about it, including a fun filled clip from the series.

Official synopsis used by permission.
Welcome to a world of giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half truck and all awesome in the new Netflix original series DreamWorks Animation’s Dinotrux! Based on the award-winning children’s books by Chris Gall, Dinotrux is the first exciting “action show” tailor-made for younger kids with strong messages about independence and cooperation to go along with its unique blend of action, comedy, adventure.

Dinotrux joins an award winning roster of DWA TV shows bringing movie quality to children’s series airing only on Netflix.  In the two short  years since DreamWorks entered the children’s TV arena, they’ve garnered total of five nominations for  and one for VeggieTales In the House as Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program and their original All Hail King Julien series was just honored with three Emmy awards this spring, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Program.




Free printable activities to celebrate! Turbo FAST now available on Netflix

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Do you remember Turbo the Snail’s improbable win at the Indianapolis 500? Did you wonder what happened to Turbo and his friends after? All your questions are answered as you join Turbo and the super snails on Netflix with Turbo Fast. Thanks to their human friends efforts Starlite City is born. Starlite City is the biggest small city, with it’s one elaborate race track for Turbo and his friends to race in. Too bad Turbo can’t rest on his win, as there are many wanting to challenge him for the title.

The world’s coolest snails take a turn off the track and set off on a wild ride filled with hilarious hijinks at every turn.  You’ll laugh out loud when they launch into outer space, battle an apocalyptic robot, clash with a ninja stinkbug and escape a booby-trapped treasure hunt.  Guest stars include Sarah Hyland, Kevin Conroy and more!

Turbo Fast is now available on Netflix, so your family can enjoy the mis-adventures of Turbo and his crew! Get the fun started with these fun and free printable activities!


Descendants: Make your magical story free printables #Descendants


Our family has already enjoyed the brand new original Disney channel movie “Descendants” several times! Thanks to Disney Channel App on the iPad and the joys of DVR I have now see the movie a grand total of 5 times! It wasn’t all weekend, one of the advantages of the Disney Channel app is that we also were able to view it before the premiere!

The kids loved it so much they quickly made their way through the free printable activities posted last week and I know your kids will love them too. After all it’s a great way to beat the heat, with it hitting 100 here in our hometown of Houston.

And to make sure you have plenty for them to do here’s even more fun free printables from Descendants. These make your own story features bookmarks, family tree and tourney triumphs and prom perfection.

About Descendants: 

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic “Beauty and the Beast”) is poised to take the throne.  His first proclamation:  offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.  These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes, including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan.  However, the evil teens face a dilemma.  Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?


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