Disneynature’s Bears in Theaters Today! {Free Printable Activity Kit}

Just in time for Earth Day, Disneynature’s Bears is out today! The newest in the Disneynature series, Bears follows a bear family for a year and focuses on two sweet young cubs. The scenery is bound to be beautiful as it takes place in Alaska, and like all of the Disneynature films, you’ll get a fascinating insight into the lives of animals you’d never get to see otherwise.

Disneynature's Bears Cub

About the movie:

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown
bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!

Back in August, I shared the trailer for Disneynature’s Bears & admitted to you all how I totally choked up watching it in front of a group of my peers. I chalked it up to pregnancy hormones and an irrational love of animals, and assumed that once I had the baby I wouldn’t be so emotionally invested in the movie. Yeah, totally not the case. In fact, it might be worse, now that I’m taking care of my baby and watching the Mama Bear take care of hers!

Disney Bears Cubs

Because I’m an emotional masochist, I plan on going to see Bears whenever we can get a night out. In the meantime, I’ll just be sitting here with a box of tissues watching the featurettes! I’ve included some below in case you’d like to join me.

If you’re looking for some fun Earth Day activities, feel free to download the free printable Bears Activity Pack by clicking on the image below. The kit includes a DIY mask,  animal fact cards, a matching game, a word search and more! Enjoy!

Free Printable Activity Kit for Disneynature's Bears Disney Earth Day

Disneynature’s Bears is in theaters everywhere now. You can learn more by liking Disneynature on Facebook & Twitter or check out the Bears website! &As a special bonus, if you see Bears during opening week, Disneynature will make a donation to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation fund to protect wildlife and wild places.

What animal do you want Disneynature to do a documentary about next?

 

Great Protection for a Great Value with Mom to Mom Diapers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mom to Mom.

Babies are expensive. The average parents spend $7,000 in baby items before baby’s first birthday! A large part of that is diapers- a baby requires an average of 7,300 diaper changes by their second birthday. That’s a lot of diapers.

Mom to Mom Newborn Diapers

Safeway knows that value is important to moms, so they have a line of baby products that they offer at a great value. We recently tried the Mom to Mom diapers from Safeway with Zac and I have to say I was impressed!

When it comes to newborns, I prefer diapers that let me know if the baby needs a change without me having to actually change them. Babies go through enough diapers at that stage- few things are more frustrating than going to change your baby, only to realize the diaper is still completely dry. Not only is it a waste of a diaper, but both of my boys have disliked changes as babies, so it upsets them unnecessarily. The Mom to Mom diapers have a line down the front that changes from yellow to blue when wet, so with just one quick glance you can see that baby needs a change.

Zac in Mom to Mom Diapers

I really liked the fit of these diapers. Babies at any age vary greatly in size, but no more so than in the newborn stage. That makes finding a diaper that fit s right pretty difficult, and a lot of the ones we’ve used thus far with Zac have been much too large in the back. These diapers fit really well and contained everything just fine.

I also liked the cute little characters on the diapers. I know it’s not something a diaper has to have, but babies are cute, so I like when their diapers are, too. The Newborn sized diapers that we tried had kangaroos on them, and I have seen some with tigers, lions, elephants, pandas, and giraffes- so cute!

On a more practical note, the diapers have a liner that is hypoallergenic and contains Vitamin E & Aloe to soothe baby’s sensitive skin. My boys take after me with their highly sensitive skin, so this is a much appreciated feature.

Mom to Mom Newborn Diaper Design

 

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New Planes: Fire & Rescue Trailer!

Last summer, Planes was a HUGE hit in our family. I’ve seen it quite a few times- starting at the red carpet premiere, then at the theater with Shane & Justin, and finally when we received it on Blu-ray {&I’ve seen it several times since}. Shane & I are both really excited to see what’s next for Dusty Crophopper this Summer in Planes: Fire & Rescue!

Planes Fire and Rescue

About the movie:

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.

You can see the new trailer for the movie below:

Whether you’re new to the Planes movies or can quote every line, Planes: Fire & Rescue is going to be a must-see this July! In the meantime, you can follow Planes on Twitter or like the movie on Facebook!

Who is your favorite character from Planes?

Get the Facts Up Front {Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe}

There are so many philosophies on eating and nutrition today. Personally, my philosophy combines several and the best way that I can describe it is to say everything in moderation.

That said, I don’t make decisions about what to feed my family or myself lightly. I do like to know what I’m choosing and all of the facts about it before deciding if it’s something that I feel comfortable eating or serving to my family. That’s why I love products that have the Facts Up Front label! You may have seen it on some of your favorite products- it’s the label on the front of a package that shows some of the important information about the food and displays it right up front for you to see.

Of course, this information is located on the Nutrition Facts Panel as well, but as a mom grocery shopping with a 4-year-old, I don’t have the time to look at each label & scrutinize each line. I want to know what matters to me quickly. The Facts Up Front label shows calories per serving and information on saturated fat, sodium and sugar. If a product has more than 10% of the daily value per serving of a particular nutrient then that is highlighted as well so that I can know that I’m making a good choice.

Many companies have already placed these labels on their products, like Nestle, Post Foods, Campbell’s, PepsiCo, Ocean Spray, General Mills, Coca-Cold, Kellogg’s, Kraft and Heinz. These labels are completely voluntary, but so far more than 50 manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers have decided to implement them on their products since Facts Up Front was launched in 2011.

Facts Up Front has a website full of resources for making informed choices when shopping. On their site you can find a nutrition calculator, a quiz, tips on using the label, and even recipes, like this one:

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

Ingredients:

-{1} 8-ounce can reduced-sodium tomato sauce
-{1} 4-ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
-3 tablespoons cider vinegar
-2 tablespoons honey
-1 tablespoon sweet or smoked paprika
-1 tablespoon tomato paste
-1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
-2 teaspoons dry mustard
-1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
-1 small onion, finely chopped
-1 clove garlic, minced

Directions:

1. Stir tomato sauce, chiles, vinegar, honey, paprika, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, ground chipotle and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker until smooth. Add chicken, onion and garlic; stir to combine.
2. Put the lid on and cook on low until the chicken can be pulled apart, about 5 hours.
3. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred with a fork. Return the chicken to the sauce, stir well and serve.

You can learn more about building a better diet in this video from Facts Up Front:

Whatever is on your plate, make sure you get the facts!

FactsUpFront.org is a great resource you can use to understand how to read product labels, use a nutrition calculator, and find great recipes and tips!  Answer the question below for a chance to win $1,000!  Sweepstakes Rules.

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Daydreaming of a Trip to Puerto Rico

This post brought to you by Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s Spring, which means I am starting to long for the beach. We’ve taken a few trips out to the coast in the last few years, but with a newborn at home we’re sitting this year out. I’m really aching to have my toes in the sand, but on the bright side, it gives me more time to plan ahead for our family vacation next year!

While we tend to stick to road trips because we have little ones, I am already beginning to plan the trips we’ll take when the kids are a bit older. I love to travel, and I’d love to take them to some unforgettable places when they’re old enough.

One place I’d love to go one day is Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and Flamenco Beach in Culebra has often been cited as one of the best beaches in the world. I’d be happy spending the whole trip listening to the ocean, but there’s so much more to do- you can visit the only rainforest under US national park service, El Yunque, or enjoy the old world charm of San Juan. You can go horseback riding {I’ve always wanted to try it!} or taste some of Puerto Rico’s finest dishes. Whatever you’d like to do, Puerto Rico is filled with world-class attractions that will turn any trip into a 5-star vacation.

An added benefit of going to Puerto Rico is that it’s really easy to travel there. You don’t have to get a passport or convert your money, which is nice because traveling with children is difficult enough!

Puerto Rico Tourism recently partnered with Trip Advisor to turn real 5-star reviews from travelers into beautiful short films narrated by Puerto Rican stars. You can check them out- but I warn you, they’ll have you longing for the shore!

Be sure to head to seepuertorico.com to learn more about what adventures await you when you Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico. You can also Like SeePuertoRico.com on Facebook and Follow @PRTourismCo on Twitter.

What would you most enjoy doing on a trip to Puerto Rico?

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