Friday, September 13, 2019

The Essential Nursery Hacks You Need For Your Baby

You’re expecting a baby. Congratulations! As a mom-to-be, it is fair to say that you are probably overwhelmed by the excitement and the preparations. There is a lot to prepare at home before you can welcome your bundle of joy. The nursery room is typically the last thing that future parents get to work on. Indeed, some parents are keen to use the typical gender decor and colors in the room – typically, you find out during your mid-pregnancy ultrasound, however, if the baby isn’t in an appropriate position, you might find out much later. Even gender-neutral decors are generally left until the last trimester. Call it superstition, but many parents-to-be are worried that finishing the nursery room too early might bring “bad luck”. Besides, it is fair to say that, if you’re working full time, you don’t have the opportunity to work on decor and preparations before your maternity leave. 

The nursery room demands a lot of attention. It serves a double purpose, as it is both a bedroom and a utility room in which you can feed and change your baby. In other words, you will find yourself struggling to create a list of everything you need to fit in there, from the crib to the changing table. We’ve asked experienced moms what they wish they had in their nursery room. 

Picture source: Pixabay - CC0 License 

Don’t trust the nappies
Whether you choose sustainable and washable ones or the traditional disposable model, you will rapidly learn a harsh truth about nappies. They don’t over 100%, especially during the first few months of nursing. Indeed, most new parents have experienced the loose nappy situation, in which they accidentally don’t put the nappy on correctly. Such accidents are prone to occur. After all, babies move a lot, and it takes time to learn the proper gestures! Additionally, the baby’s intestines are also going through a long learning process to digest food – remember that during the pregnancy, the digestive tract is not in use. To put it plainly, there will be a lot of explosive poos, diarrhea, and other unpleasant surprises that can squeeze out of the nappy. As your baby gets older, that side of things improves significantly. But in the meantime, you need to make sure nappy incidents don’t ruin his bed – the Newton Baby waterproof crib mattress is an essential nursery bedding item. Make sure to always have plenty of wipes at the ready when you get to clean your baby. 

Help those little lungs to breathe happily
Breathing is an entirely new activity for your baby. Babies are highly vulnerable to congestion because their immune system is not yet used to dry air. During the colder months of the year, your baby is more likely to catch a cold or a respiratory infection as a result of indoor heating. Indeed, your heater creates an unnatural dry environment at home, which can facilitate stuffy noses and dry sinuses among babies. The addition of a humidifier in your nursery can make a significant difference to the health of your baby. You have a choice of warm or cool humidifiers – many doctors recommend the cool alternative to prevent burns among toddlers and pets. Ideally, you should also keep an indoor sensor that monitors air humidity in the nursery room. 

Something soothing you can take everywhere
Without a cute mobile, your nursery is incomplete. However, more often than not, parents opt for a crib-mounted mobile. While it is a simple option, it’s also worth noting that you may not be able to take the mobile with you when you travel. Babies and toddlers find reassurance and soothing in the use of a mobile at night or before nap time. Traveling to visit relatives or go on holiday without a mobile alternative can affect your baby’s sleeping pattern – and results in crankiness for everyone! It’s a good idea to buy a cute fan-attachable mobile from Fandangling for the nursery. Indeed, you can rapidly set it to any ceiling fan – it only takes a few minutes to secure – and use it to put your child to sleep anywhere. For new parents who travel a lot, this is a life-changing gadget! 

A bookshelf for you and your baby
Reading to your baby is the perfect way of introducing new concepts and building their memory and vocabulary skills. A lot of pregnant women also choose to read aloud during the last months of the pregnancy to encourage the baby to recognize their voices. You need to make room in the nursery for a bookshelf where you can keep suitable books for your baby. You can read a story to soothe them to sleep, for instance. Making it a habit to read aloud actively encourages your child to learn more words and understand the world around them. Additionally, you have to be prepared for long and sleepless nights as a parent. Young babies need feeding several times throughout the night. New moms and dads go through exhausting months before their baby can sleep through the night. You should keep a couple of books for yourself on the shelf, to keep you company as you soothe your baby to sleep. 

Everybody loves music
Listening to music relaxes the mind and lifts your mood. In babies, music greatly contributes to their sensory and cognitive development. Experiments have demonstrated that fetuses that were exposed to 70 hours of classical music show advanced motor and linguistic skills within the first six months of their lives. For young babies, music only affects their emotional development, helping them to relax and sleep, for instance. You may not want to build a stereo directly in the nursery. However, you could get a voice-controlled assistant such as Alexa or Google Home to tune in to your baby’s playlist on-demand. It’s a good idea to create a variety of playlists, including lullabies and nursery rhymes, classical music, jazz — which can be highly relaxing –, and even a few child-friendly pop songs! After all, the world of music is varied. Why limit yourself to only one genre? 

You might want to buy that teddy twice
Babies can form an obsessive attachment to a soothing item in their nursery room. Whether it’s the teddy bear they receive when they were born or the small blanket you bought for their Christening ceremony, the item can become an essential part of their everyday life. The attachment can appear within the first six months and continues well into toddler’s age. It is perfectly normal. More often than not, your child will grow out of the habit in their own time. In the meantime, the old teddy provides a sense of security as they begin to explore the world. Unfortunately, small soft toys and blankets are very easy to lose when you’re taking your baby for a walk in the stroller. You might not even notice that the beloved teddy has fallen at the bus stop or on your way to the park. Therefore, you should be prepared and always have an identical replacement at the ready. Buying two soft toys or small blankets will not break the bank, but it will advert many emotional crises! 

Keep the walls washable
Do you remember when we said that babies are learning to digest during the first months to years of their lives? For anybody who requires a clear translation, it means that you’ll have to go through a lot of cleaning, from diarrhea to vomit. It’s unpleasant, but new parents have to be ready for it. You can’t afford to wear anything that isn’t easy to wash when you have a baby. More importantly, you have to think of the nursery decor in terms of washability. If you can wipe the walls with a sponge to remove unwanted stains – did we mention that babies can expel food in the most explosive manners? – you are going to struggle to keep the room clean. 

You need a few sneaky snacks
Caring for a young baby is exhausting. Your body needs to recover from pregnancy. However, you can’t spend the day relaxing in bed. You need to look after your baby, and that includes staying up late in the middle of the night to feed him and soothe him back to sleep. You might need a boost to stay up. A smart mom has chosen to keep a few snacks in her baby’s room, so she can fuel her body while she’s nursing. You might want to take inspiration from her genius tip and prepare for yourself a small drawer of healthy energy bars. 

The indispensable chair that makes everything better
Breastfeeding moms can struggle at first. Indeed, breastfeeding is not easy to learn. It might take you several weeks before you and your baby feel comfortable with it. You can, however, ease the process if you pick a chair that helps you to maintain a cozy position. Your breastfeeding chair will be a formidable ally as you feed your baby. Indeed, babies are heavy; therefore, padded armrests can be a life-savior if you want to still feel your arms after 20 minutes! 

Hopefully, this little guide has helped you to fill the gaps in your nursery room decor. Remember to enjoy every minute of your journey as a parent. But, making it less stressful is the job of a well-designed nursery room. 

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Make Your Friday Family Movie Night a Double Feature with the New Aladdin Movie Featuring Will Smith and the Classic Disney Animated Movie w/ Robin Williams as the Genie + Fun and Easy Crafts to Make the Movie Night Extra Special

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

The Animated Classic Aladdin Joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Blu-ray 

If you follow my blog, then you know that my family loves watching movies together.  We usually have a pizza and movie night every Friday night, and then another movie night with crafts and themed snacks one night over the weekend.  I am always looking for fun new and favorite movies to offer up as options for the girls to choose from for our movie nights.  Instead of waiting until Friday to watch a movie, I ended up throwing everyone in the house for a loop when I moved movie night to Tuesday.  I had pizza delivered and some fun crafts ready for the girls to do, to go along with our Aladdin double feature.  I was so excited when I received the new Aladdin movie featuring Will Smith, which arrived on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital on Tuesday, as well as the classic Disney Aladdin movie featuring the voice of Robin Williams for the Genie.  I would wait until Friday to see these two movies, and I knew once my girls saw the DVDs, they wouldn't be able to wait either.

We started with the new Disney Aladdin movie, as we missed it when it was in theaters, and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival to DVD and Blu-ray.  I am so glad the wait is over, as this movie was so good.  I had a lot of friends and their kids have mixed reviews on this movie.  Some said it was too much singing, while others prefer the classic animated version.  I am usually an animated Disney movie lover all the way, but recent Disney live-action releases have changed this, as they are really entertaining and offer the classic tales a new look and feel, which I am loving.

My girls agreed with my that the live-action was really good.  They didn't mind all the singing, and liked Will Smith as the genie.  Growing up watching Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bell Air, it was hard to see him as the genie.  But, he pulled it over, and made the movie really entertaining.  Once we were done watching the movie, which is approximately 128 minutes in length, we checked out all the bonus content which included deleted scenes, laugh out loud bloopers, behind the scenes look at the the Magic of Aladdin, a deleted song "Desert Moon", and so much more.  When we were done, we put on the beloved animated movie to see how it compared to this new live-action masterpiece.  It has been awhile since we watched the animated version, and it ended up making for a nice treat.

It was hard for my girls to decide which of the two Aladdin movies they loved better, as they were both so good, and in their eyes "classics."  They did say the songs on the animated movie were better in how they were sequenced with the movie scenes. But, other than that, both Aladdin releases were great.  As soon as we were done with the animated movie, my girls were both asking when we could watch the again, as they couldn't get enough of Aladdin.  We plan to have another movie night tomorrow on our usual night, and will be watching these two Aladdin movies again.  I don't know who is more excited for tomorrow to get here to watch the movies, the girls or I. :-)

In the meantime, the girls have been enjoying the fun crafts they did Tuesday night and then made more of yesterday, to give to their friends.  If you love adding fun crafts and activities to your family movie night, and plan to watch Aladdin (either the new live animated version or the classic animated version...or both), then you have to check out these super cute and super easy crafts to do with your kids...

In celebration of the release, TinkerLab has created a simple science experiment where you can make your own magic carpet, inspired by the film!

Take a look at the DIY instructions below for the Magnetic Flying Carpet, and please share with your readers so they can try out the experiment with their families too!
You can download a high-res version of the design HERE.

In celebration of the release, As The Bunny Hops has created a jewelry design inspired by Princess Jasmine! Take a look at the DIY instructions below for Rhinestone Cuff Bracelets, and please share with your readers.
You can download a high-res version of the design HERE.

To celebrate the animated classic, Aladdin, which joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection on Blu-ray, Art for Kids Hub has created a step-by-step guide on how to draw the lovable characters, Aladdin and his sidekick Abu! Check out the video below.

A downloadable activity sheet showcasing each step is below and you can download a high-res version HERE.

More about the new live-animated Aladdin movie which arrived on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital this past Tuesday, Sept. 10th....

"Disney’s “Aladdin,” the thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, lands in homes on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Aug. 27, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 10. Fans of all ages will enjoy the exciting, humorous tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin (Mena Massoud), courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and the larger-than-life Genie (Will Smith) with all-new bonus features. The release of the live-action adventure coincides with the addition of the original animated classic to the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection  —  granting “Aladdin” fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies.

Extras explore elements of “Aladdin” that audiences adore, from the film’s treasured, iconic award-winning music to its beloved characters and their hilarious antics on and off screen. Viewers get the first look at an all-new song “Desert Moon,” deleted from the final film, written by eight-time Academy Award® winning composer Alan Menken and Oscar®-and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“The Greatest Showman,” “La La Land”). Features document Guy Ritchie’s joyful, easy-going approach to directing that led to movie magic; Will Smith’s fresh take on the infamous shape-shifting blue entity confined to an oil lamp; Naomi Scott’s powerful performance as the spirited princess who yearns to lead the people of Agrabah; and the indescribable feeling of playing Aladdin chronicled personally by Mena Massoud. Deleted scenes and a blooper reel round out the fun.

In addition, early owners of “Aladdin” gain access to exclusive bonus features. Fans who pre-purchase will receive a feature showcasing the making of the massive musical number “Prince Ali,” and those who bring home the film first on Digital will secure an exclusive extra detailing the creation of Jasmine’s new song “Speechless.”

“Aladdin” is sure to become an instant classic for viewers of all ages and will be packaged several ways to ensure the entire family gets the most out of its in-home entertainment experience. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD and HD. A Digital bundle, which includes both the Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of the original animated classic “Aladdin” and the live-action adaptation, is also available for early purchase. A physical copy of the film will be released as a 4K Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code) and a single DVD."

Bonus features include*:

·         MAKE WAY FOR PRINCE ALI – Take a look at the gigantic design extravaganza that came together for this scene of Genie-sized proportions.
·         “SPEECHLESS”: CREATING A NEW SONG FOR JASMINE – Follow the story of Jasmine’s inspirational song “Speechless,” written by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul especially for this version of “Aladdin.”
·                   ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW - Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
·                   DELETED SONG – “DESERT MOON” - Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken.
·                   GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE - Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
·                   A FRIEND LIKE GENIE  – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
·                   DELETED SCENES
o     Falling Petals Into OJ
o     Jafar’s Magic Orrery
o     Anders’ Gift
o     Wrong Wishes
o     Silly Old Fool
o     Post Yam Jam Debrief
·         BLOOPERS – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.
·                   MUSIC VIDEOS
o     “Speechless” – Music video performed by Naomi Scott
o     “A Whole New World” – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward
o     “ A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G.


Product SKUs:                  4K Ultra HD (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code), Digital 4K UHD/HD/SD, DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time:                         Approximately 128 minutes
Rating:                                                                       PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), PG in CE, G in CF
Aspect Ratio:                                                         2.39:1
Audio:                                         UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio; Japanese, Spanish, French, German & Italian 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus; French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD = English, Spanish & French 5.1 Dolby Digital; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms); English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
HD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
Languages/Subtitles:       UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian and French-Canadian
Blu-ray = English SDH, French-Canadian and Spanish
DVD = English SDH, French-Canadian and Spanish
Digital = English SDH, French-Canadian and Spanish
Closed Captions:                                 English (DVD and Digital)


More about the classic animated Aladdin movie featuring the beloved Robin Williams lending his voice for the genie, which is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital....

"Embark on a magic carpet ride with the entire family when Disney’s original animated classic “Aladdin” soars into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, granting nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure and Academy Award®–winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score) for the first time in 4K Ultra HD. The Signature Collection Edition of “Aladdin” takes flight two weeks early in 4K Ultra HD, Digital in HD and Movies Anywhere Aug. 27 and lands on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Sept. 10 — with a brand-new sing-along version; all-new bonus features, including original cast recordings; and classic bonus material. The arrival coincides with the in-home release of 2019’s live-action film adaptation “Aladdin,” granting fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies.

The Signature Collection Edition invites every member of the family to join Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine to belt out the unforgettable songs from “Aladdin” — such as “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali” — through a new sing-along version. Other fresh features include a walk down memory lane with Scott Weinger (speaking voice of Aladdin) as he reflects on his personal journey portraying the diamond in the rough and meeting with the original cast and filmmakers, and one jump into the recording booth during the original recording sessions. Digital exclusive features legendary animator Eric Goldberg reminiscing about drawing Genie. Also included are hours of classic bonus gems, from hilarious outtakes with the legendary Robin Williams (voice of Genie) to an in-depth discussion with directors John Musker and Ron Clements.

Disney’s tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin, self determined Princess Jasmine and the all-powerful Genie has remained a family favorite for over a quarter of a century. It all began with the animated classic “Aladdin,” the highest-grossing film of 1992 and a two-time Academy Award®–winner, and continued with the hit Broadway musical “Aladdin” and 2019’s live-action film adaptation “Aladdin,” directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.

Families can decide how, when and where they wish to enjoy “Aladdin” in their households. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD and HD with an exclusive extra — and a Digital bundle doubles the fun with both the Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition and this year’s thrilling, live-action adventure “Aladdin.” A physical copy of the film will be released as a 4K Ultra HD (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code) and a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code).

“Aladdin” is the 10th title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella.”"


·                  Sing Along With the MovieSing along to your favorite tunes as you watch the film. With magical on-screen lyrics. 

·                  Aladdin on AladdinJoin the speaking voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger (“Fuller House”), as he reflects on almost 30 years of being Aladdin. 

·                  “Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin” Take your seat in the recording booth and watch as the voice actors of “Aladdin” work their microphone magic.
·                  Alternate Endings – Enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended.

·                  Drawing GenieJoin prolific animator Eric Goldberg as he draws and reminices about the Genie.
CLASSIC BONUS – Revisit over 40 exciting bonus features from previous releases including:
·         The Genie Outtakes
·                  “Aladdin”: Creating Broadway Magic
·                  Unboxing “Aladdin”

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

Product SKUs:                  4K Ultra HD (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code), Digital 4K UHD/HD/SD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time:                       Approximately 91 minutes
Rating:                                                                  G in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio:                                            16x9 1.66:1

Audio:                               4K UHD BD: English Dolby Atmos, Latin Spanish, & French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Latin Spanish and French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital
4K UHD Digital: English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
HD Digital:  English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital

Languages/Subtitles:       4K UHD BD Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish & French
BD Subtitles: English SDH & ESL, Spanish & French
Digital Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish
Digital Captions: English


The Walt Disney Signature Collection includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. Each release will offer special features for every member of your family plus a unique digital experience. To date, the collection includes “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King,” “Lady and The Tramp,” “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella.”

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning “Frozen,” the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are “Pinocchio," “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Big Hero 6” and “Zootopia.” 

Movies Anywhere 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. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

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

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Curious George: Royal Monkey - Now on DVD & Digital (Review) #CuriousGeorge #RoyalMonkey

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

The first television series my girls watched and fell in love with Curious George, on PBS Kids.  And, after watching George and the man in the big yellow hat, they were hooked, and wanted to watch anything and everything Curious George.  Our favorite DVDs were the holiday ones, and we would watch them year round.  Even though my girls are older, they still will sit and watch Curious George movies, especially ones they have never seen before, like the recently released Curious George: Royal Monkey DVD which arrived in stores this past Tuesday, Sept. 10th.

Thanks to the kind folks at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, they surprised my girls with a screener of the movie to watch.  As soon as my girls saw the DVD, their eyes lit  up and they both smiled.  We ended up watching the movie after our homeschooling the other day, and I have to say, it's been awhile since we sat and watched a Curious George movie, and I loved it.  It felt like old times when my girls were little and we would snuggle up with a warm blanket on the couch watching George, the mischievous monkey.

This movie has George swapping places with a royal monkey. And, if you have seen Curious George episodes or movies, then you know you are in for a fun-filled adventure, with humor mixed in.  And, this new royal movie didn't disappoint. Both of my girls loved the movie, and were eager to watch it again, as soon as the credits started rolling.  The four new songs included in the movie were also catchy and fun to sing and dance along to.  And, for a limited time, the DVD comes with a fun sticker sheet that Curious George fans of all ages will love.  You can collect the stickers and save in your sticker book, or make playful comic book style scenes or drawing with sticker embellishments, like my daughters did.

Fans of Curious George will definitely want to add the new Curious George: Royal Monkey to their growing Curious George DVD collection.  It also makes for a great family movie night, too, if you are looking for something to pick on DVD or order a digital copy and watch this weekend with your family.  Once you sit and watch Curious George: Royal Monkey you will see why my girls and I loved it, and give it two thumbs up.  We plan to watch it again tomorrow after our schooling.  I even printed out some fun Curious George coloring and activities sheets I found online to go along with our Curious George movie afternoon. :-)

More about this recent DVD & Digital release:

"Join your favorite monkey as he take;ls on his most regal role yet in Curious George: Royal Monkey. After disrupting a meeting with a stuffy royal family, George accidentally trades places with the king's snooty monkey, Philippe. 

While Philippe puzzles Ted with his flawless manners, George travels to the castle where his fun-loving antics raise eyebrows and bring shy Princess Isabel out of her shell. Featuring all-new music from Andy Grammer, this king-sized adventure reminds us all that doing what you love is the key to happiness."

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