Monday, June 29, 2020

Kicking off Week 2 of #CampWarnerBros with the New Steven Universe The Movie Sing-A-Long + "Crystal Gem" Candy Activity

Welcome Back Campers...

This Week is All About Steven Universe!!!

If you and your kids love Steven Universe, then you are in for a treat this week as we kick off Camp Warner Bros. Week 2.  

This week's family movie night movie is the recent Steven Universe movie, Steven Universe The Movie Sing-A-Long, which released back on May 4th.  Even though this movie is not rated, I would recommend watching with tweens and teens, ages 9+ for its content.  The movie itself has a run time of 1 hr. and 23 minutes and is available on DVD and Digital.  The kind folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sent me a code to access the Digital version of this movie, and we watched it last night...and LOVED it!  

Like the title suggests, this Steven Universe movie is a sing-a-long.  Now, I am not usually a fan of sing-a-long movies, especially when they are made for animated television shows. But, I am glad I gave this movie a chance and sat and watched it, as it was really good. Not only was the story line fun and kept everyone engaged from start to finish, but the music and sing-a-long was also really good.  There were a lot of catchy tunes being sung that we all found ourselves tapping our feet and either humming along or singing along to the songs as we watched the movie.

About Steven Universe: The Movie:

"After so many harrowing adventures, Steven and the Gems are ready to celebrate how far they’ve come with a movie musical! Little do they know they’re about to face their worst enemy yet."

You can check out a preview of Steven Universe: The Movie here:  

Genre: Family, Action, Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 4, 2020
Languages: English
Captions: English
Audio Format: 5.1
Screen Pass Eligible: No

My girls started watching Steven Universe with my husband last year, after stumbling upon it on the Cartoon Network. And, since then, they have been playing catch up watching all the previously released episodes, as well as buying up and watching all the Steven Universe movies that have been released.  My girls first learned about this sing-a-long movie release a few months ago, and were quick to add it to their calendars in their rooms, to remind them to buy it when it released on May 4th.  But, with the Covid 19 virus, the girls have not been in the stores since everything closed down in early March. And, I forgot to buy it on Digital. So, when the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment told me that this movie would be part of their Camp Warner Bros., my girls were super excited as they would finally get to see it, and also do a fun "Grow your own sugar candy" science experiment/craft to go along with the movie. And, now that the girls saw the movie, they said it was worth the wait, as it was amazing.  They can't wait to watch it again this week, and all summer long.

Like I mentioned a moment ago, in addition to Steven Universe The Movie Sing-A-Long being the family movie of the week for the second week of Camp Warner Bros, the activity this week is Steven Universe’s “Crystal Gem” Candy.  Your family can help Steven and his friends bring peace to the galaxy which enjoying this tasty treat, which is not only easy to make, but a super fun science experiment that kids of all ages will enjoy doing before you sit down to watch Steven Universe The Movie Sing-a-long or after.  Below is the recipe to make these super tasty Steven Universe Crystal Gem Candy, as well as the science behind it -- so that you can incorporate a little education in your Steven Universe Camp Week. :-)  Don't worry, the kids will love learning how the candy crystals are formed, as they watch them grow over the course of a couple days. :-)

The Science Behind The Fun:

As time passes (and the solution cools), the water will slowly evaporate from the solution. As the water evaporates, the solution will become more saturated with sugar. The sugar molecules will collect on the string, and the candy crystals will grow molecule by molecule!

Extra Science Fun:

Try making two jars of candy. In the first jar - seed your “Crystal Gem” Candy by rolling your string in water and sugar. In the second jar do not seed your string with sugar before growing. Determine if using seed sugar crystals changes the growth rate of your “Crystal Gem” Candy!

Here is how our Crystal Gem candy came out....


My girls loved the Steven Universe Crystal Gem Candy they made and sing-a-long movie.  And, they can't wait until next week's Camp Warner Bros. Week 3, when they will be making Gummy Bear slime to go along with our week long fun celebrating the release of the new We Bare Bears: The Movie. This is one movie We Bare Bears of all ages have been waiting for, including our family.  So, come back next week to learn how to make your very own Gummy Bear Slime, and learn all about the We Bare Bears: The Movie, and hear what my family thought of the movie. 

I hope you and your family enjoy this week (Week 2) of Camp Warner Bros. camp featuring Steven Universe fun.  I can't wait to hear what your family thinks of the Crystal Gem candy and the movie, so be sure to share in the comments section below. :-)

See you next week campers! :-)
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Essential Treats for You and Your Home

As a mom, it can be hard to remember to treat yourself. You want to spend your money and time on your kids, right? It can be easy to feel guilty about taking ‘me time’, and justifying any expenditure is hard enough, and nigh on impossible if it feels extravagant or unnecessary. And yet… you deserve a treat every now and then! You work hard and give so much of yourself to others, that finding ways to give back to yourself is so important. However, as much as we all love massages, posh dinners out, and bouquets of flowers, there are some ways to find a compromise. For all those times when you want a little treat but can’t justify a huge extravagance, here are some ideas for extra home-care services that you can write off as ‘essentials’ whilst also enjoying the benefits for yourself!

Let in the Light

It’s one of those phenomenons you simply can’t appreciate until you’ve experienced it - sparkling clean windows. You might not realize it, but even the tiniest layer of dirt on your windows can drastically reduce the amount of light entering your home. Often, home-cleaning is laborious and it can only get you limited results, especially on upper floors. Getting a professional pressure washing service for your windows is an expenditure that both feels practical, but will also light up your day and make you feel just as refreshed as a walk in the park!

A Deep Clean

While we’re on the subject of cleaning, have you ever come around to the time for Spring Cleaning and already felt exhausted by the mere idea of it? If this is a familiar feeling, then why not treat yourself to a professional deep clean alongside your window service. It might seem like something only for rich people, but a lot of services are relatively affordable, and there’s nothing quite like having a day out and coming home to a sparkling, good-as-new house. This is the ultimate practical-treat that will save you time, energy, and help you feel relaxed in your own home.

Plant Delivery

Okay, so it might seem over-the-top, but house plants are one of the best things in the world. They oxygenate your home, they look great, they add color, and they can make you feel better about life without even trying. You might not have the time to browse through garden centers with kids attached to your hip, so why not get the plants brought to you? You can make a one-off order, or invest in one of the many subscription services that have popped up, so you can build your plant collection and get a lovely surprise every month. There are worse ways to treat yourself and spruce up your home at the same time!

Design a Hideaway

Curling up with a hot chocolate or a glass of wine and reading a good book after the kids are in bed - sounds good, doesn’t it? Treats don’t have to be super extravagant, sometimes it’s just about taking some time to connect with something you enjoy. You can make this experience feel even more special by creating yourself a little nook that you can escape to within your home. Get some luxurious cushions, a print of your favorite painting, and voila! You’ll have your own little corner of peace that you can retreat to and treat yourself whenever you need it.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

TROLLS WORLD TOUR Has Danced Its Way onto Digital, and Will Release July 7th to Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra! #TrollsWorldTour

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

The all-new Dance Party Edition of TROLLS WORLD TOUR arrived exclusively on Digital today and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™, and DVD July 7, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The wait is finally over for Trolls fans young and old, as today parts the Digital release of Dreamworks Trolls World Tour. My girls have been eagerly awaiting this movie's release and it didn't disappoint when we had our weekly family movie/pizza night with the feature film this week being this new release, which arrived on Digital today and will release to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™, and DVD on July 7. 

My girls have been getting their fix of Poppy and Branch all this week by watching the previous Dreamworks Trolls movies, complete with singing and dancing in the living room.  But, the best part of their Trolls fun this week was sitting down to watch Trolls WORLD TOUR, which is full of catchy tunes like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" which I shared above. This new release is perfect for a fun family movie night this summer, and will have everyone in the house singing and dancing along with Poppy and Branch and their friends, to the six musical realms-Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock that they visit in hopes to unite them once again in perfect harmony.  Don't worry, I will not spoil the ending of the movie.  What I will say, though, is that this movie is my family's favorite by far of all the Dreamworks Trolls movies released.  There were so many great songs included in the movie, and I really liked how they included the different genres of music and introduced some fun new Trolls characters.  

Make sure you take in all the bonus content that is included with the Digital, 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD releases, as they add to the Trolls fun of your family's movie night. We liked the Dance Academy bonus content as well as the Tiny Diamond Goes Back to School short. I could go on and on about how great the new TROLLS WORLD TOUR, available now on Digital and coming soon (July 7th) to 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD...but, instead, buy it today and see for yourself, why my family loved it and can't wait to watch it again tomorrow night! :-)

More about the movie:


"DreamWorks Animation presents TROLLS WORLD TOUR, a music- filled, exciting adventure that’s sure to make the whole family sing, dance, and have fun again and again. Join Poppy, Branch, and the rest of the Trolls in the all-new Dance Party Edition exclusively on Digital June 23, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™, and DVD July 7, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Dance Party Edition includes an interactive dance party mode where viewers are introduced to dance moves to learn while they watch the film, lyrics to sing along, and surprises featuring their favorite characters! This special Dance Party Edition includes bonus content, such as an exclusive original short film starring the unforgettable Tiny Diamond, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes exclusives with the power-house musical cast of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and many more. This fun and entertaining family film is the must-own movie of the summer.

This upbeat journey that’s sure to get your feet tapping is brought to life through a star-studded cast including Anna Kendrick (Trolls, Pitch Perfect), Justin Timberlake (Trolls, Friends With Benefits), Kelly Clarkson (Ugly Dolls), Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” The Angry Birds Movie 2) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Franchise) as well as Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live,” Playmobil: The Movie), James Corden (Into The Woods, Peter Rabbit), Ozzy Osbourne, Anderson .Paak, Sam Rockwell (G-Force, Jojo Rabit), J Balvin and Anthony Ramos (Original Hamilton Cast, A Star is Born). The film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.

Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake), and the rest of your favorite Trolls are back for another musical adventure that’s bigger—and louder—than ever before! In TROLLS WORLD TOUR, Poppy and Branch discover that their kingdom is only one of six musical realms—Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock—that were once united in perfect harmony. When the power-hungry ruler of the Rocker Trolls threatens to silence all other music so her tribe can reign supreme, Poppy and Branch must embark on an epic quest to unite the realms of Trollskind, before the songs in their hearts are lost forever! The film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering."

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K Ultra Hd, BLU-RAYTM, DVD and digital:
  • DANCE PARTY MODE – As Queen Poppy makes her way across the lands, this on-screen experience encourages the viewer to sing and dance along as they customize their own musical journey. With sing-along and dance elements, interactive pop ups and more, it’s sure to be a world of fun!
  • TINY DIAMOND GOES BACK TO SCHOOL – In this exclusive original short film, journey back to school with Tiny Diamond as he tries to figure out how to be the cool kid and ‘fit in’.
  • TROLLS DANCE ACADEMY – Compilation of How-To-Dance pieces from Dance Party Mode
    • Pop
    • Waltz
    • Country
    • Funk
    • KPop
    • Reggaeton
  • TROLLS WORLD TOURIST MAP – Cloud Guy provides a quick "tourist guide's" view of the six realms that make up Trolls Kingdom.
    • Trolls Village
    • Symphonyville
    • Lonesome Flats
    • Vibe City
    • Volcano Rock City
    • Techno Reef
    • Cooper's Destiny
    • Let's Go Save the World
    • Bicycle Built for Two
    • Breaktime
    • Meet the Bounty Hunters
    • Making New Friends
    • Cloud 9
  • TROLLS PERFECT HARMONY – Hear from the star-studded cast of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Kunal Nayyar, James Corden and the filmmakers about the history of music featured in the film. From classical to country to rock, pop and techno, the cast and filmmakers reveal their favorite types of music.
  • TROLLS WORLD TOUR BACKSTAGE* – A behind-the-scenes making of featurette showcases Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ron Funches, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Sam Rockwell and Kenan Thompson as some of the talent behind the Trolls and the process of bringing the them to life.
    • Opening Act
    • Headliners
    • Encore!
* Exclusive to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ & Digital
TROLLS WORLD TOUR will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
    • TROLLS WORLD TOUR 4K Ultra HD is available with HDR10+™, providing a premium HDR picture quality. HDR10+ transforms your movie watching experience with incredible brightness and contrast for each scene, delivering brighter brights and deepest darks.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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