Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Imagination Movers: Back In Blue

** I am sharing this information on behalf of Entertainment New Media Network. I was not compensated for this post.**

If you have young kids at home who watch Disney Junior (formerly Playhouse Disney), then chances are you've heard of these guys.  They are the Imagination Movers, and their story is the "ultimate example of the power of imagination."  To learn more about them, visit The Imagination Movers homepage.
Here's a sample of how fun their songs are:

I am excited to announce that The Imagination Movers have a new album.  Back In Blue, the Season 3 soundtrack from the Emmy winning show Imagination Movers, will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other outlets TODAY! 

Download your copy of Back In Blue today on iTunes or Amazon. Then tell your friends about it!

Guess what? Back In Blue has already climbed to the #2 spot for Children's Music on iTunes!

Let's show them some more love by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Want more Imagination Movers fun? Here are some free printables for you kids.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Bounce Back Film Campaign: EXTENDED

The Bounce Back

**I am promoting this as part of the Entertainment New Media Network. I have received no compensation and my opinions are my own**

Last month, I was part of a highly successful campaign ran by a very motivated and driven group of bloggers, to help promote and raise funds to make a film by Shemar Moore called The Bounce Back.  The campaign was so successful, Indiegogo, extended the fundraising period for another week.  I am honored to be a part of this group of dynamic, powerful women who proved that women are a force to be reckoned with.

Here's the official press release from Erica Pena-Vest, CEO of Entertainment New Media Network:

1. Veronica Mars Film - Kickstarter - $5.7M - campaign ended 91,585 funders
2. Wish I Were Here - Zach Braff - Kickstarter $3.1 M - campaign ended - 46,520 funders
3. Road Hard – Adam Corrolla – FundAnything $837,5K (campaign still running) – 8,571 funders
4. The Bounce Back Film – Indiegogo - $547.1K (campaign still running) - 2980 funders

The Bounce Back used a unique approach to reach its audience by turning to social media and online media influencers to spread their message. They recruited 80 bloggers, part of the Entertainment New Media Network, to help their team do outreach through online channels throughout the campaign. “Mr. Moore was relatively new to social media and didn’t have much of an online presence. He’s one of the most popular (and loved) male actors on television but without online reach, many of his fans would not have known about this rare opportunity to partner with him on this project,” stated Erica I. Pena-Vest, Founder of Entertainment New Media Network,” Mr. Moore and the uniqueness of this project are why fans and supporters showed up to help fund this film.  We just told them where to find it”. 

Many of the film’s 2000+ contributors are loyal fans of Shemar Moore’s.  The Bounce Back Indiegogo campaign offers perks from a phone call from Mr. Moore to being an extra on set.

ABOUT THE BOUNCE BACK - "The Bounce Back" is a heartfelt romantic comedy about finding the courage to love after love has let you down. It started its crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo on JUNE 11, 2013. The campaign will end Aug 4, 2013 at 11:59PM PST.

You can still be part of this record-breaking campaign.  Visit The Bounce Back on Indiegogo to help make this movie happen (and pick up some perks as well!).

To follow The Bounce Back film and its progress, check out the following sites:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Just Shoe Me - SCLB Friday Link-Up


At least, that's what my friends and family say.  They laugh at me because I build my wardrobe around my shoes.  That's normal, right?  Just for the record, I do not have a shoe problem.

I just enjoy looking at shoes, trying them on, and bringing home that special pair (or two, or three, or four...)   I walk into Nordstrom's, Macy's, TJ Maxx and go straight to the shoe section.  My husband is annoyed with my shoe collection.  He once compared me to Imelda Marcos (she had more than 3,000 pairs in her collection!)

Granted, I have a lot of shoes. But, I am picky about what I buy and keep.

My shoe closet consists of several flip flops.  My favorite pair is the Crocs flip flops I picked up at a local liquidator store.  They are so comfortable, it feels like my feet are getting a massage every time I walk in them.  I want another pair in a different color.  Only problem is, I threw the tag away. So I don't know what these flip flops are called.  Anyone?

I have a TON of flats and pumps.  I have my favorite brands and styles.  Yes, those are Salvatorre Ferragamo and Michael Kors.  The MK flats are new and were given to me by my sister.  The Ferragamo pumps I've had for years.  They are in great shape and I'm glad I invested in them because they do last.  Don't you just love the accents on the shoes?

What girl doesn't have sandals in her shoe collection? Being a Cali girl, I can't begin to tell you how many I have in mine.  Again, I look for the little accent or feature that makes the sandals stand out.  The jellies are the newest addition to my shoe closet.  Yes, they are jellies but they are Coach jellies with the cutest flower accents. And yes, you read the tag right - $39.99 at TJ Maxx! The Tory Burch sandals...hmm...they're Tory Burch!!!  I fell in love with these BCBG sandals as soon as I saw the heel.  LOOK!!! How can you not?? Gorgeous!!!

 And since I'm on the short side, I need heels.  Again, it's the interesting accents and heel type that attract me to the heels.  Heel height is another matter.  I can't walk in anything higher than 3 inches or in stilettos.

My kids keep me busy playing tennis with them.  So I have to have comfy shoes.  I've tried a few but these Babolats are my absolute favorite.  There is nothing wrong with the white ones, but when I saw the black and pink Babolat, I had to have it.  It turns out, Babolats are also my kids' favorite brand of tennis shoes - something about the treads that allow for side to side movements in tennis, not just front to back.   Who knew?!?

Okay, in retrospect, and after going through my shoe closet (yes, a closet just for my shoes!) I am ready to admit I think I do have a shoe problem.  But it could be worse.  At least I don't have a thing for purses.  Oh wait...I do... Oh well!


Monday, July 22, 2013

The Bounce Back Movie Premier Ticket and T-Shirt Giveaway

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by, The Bounce Back Film. I have not been compensated in any way. Although, I have been a part of the Entertainment New Media Network, in the capacity of helping to spread the word about the project.
 #TheBounceBack T-Shirt Giveaway and A Grand Prize For One Lucky Winner!
Welcome to The Bounce Back  giveaway! We are in the home stretch of this campaign, and are so thankful for all the support and feedback so far. The Bounce Back film officially became the most funded film on Indiegogo and that is all thanks to you, the fans! To celebrate we have an amazing giveaway for you all. Each blog that is participating will be giving away ONE Bounce Back T-shirt. You can find a list of all of the participating blogs below. Make sure you go over and enter for more chances to win the BB T-Shirt!! 

PLUS!! We will have ONE LUCKY GRAND PRIZE WINNER who will receive two tickets to the movie premiere and after party in LA! Ya get to go schmooze with the people behind the movie! Good luck and thank you for believing in us, in Shemar Moore, and in The Bounce Back.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

The Morty and Lee Story: The Swiffer Effect

My parents have and still are my heroes.  They were each other's first love and have been married for 42 years.  They have been through some rough spots, but have always come out of them stronger and more in love than ever.  They truly enjoy each other's company.  They make the most out of what they do together.  Even the most mundane of activities like cleaning, they do together or at least keep each other company.  More often than not, my mom is the one cleaning (because she's too particular and a little bit of a neat freak) and my dad sits on the couch to keep her company.  I've watched them interact with each other like there was no one else in the room.  I love hearing them reminisce about their younger days, or planning their next trip, or sometimes my dad sings to my mom just because.  I have never heard them nag each other or criticize each other.   My husband and I are lucky to have them as role models.

So when this commercial with Morty and Lee Kaufman cleaning and trying out their Swiffer products came on,  I dropped what I was doing and just watched it from beginning to end.  They reminded me so much of my parents!  Check out Morty and Lee in action.  You'll probably recognize your own parents in them.

And I love their honest reaction to all the wonderful Swiffer products!  Like Lee, my mom and I clean everyday and are always looking for the "perfect" cleaning product.  We are also both on the short side so we find ourselves climbing on chairs and step stools to reach the chandeliers and above the china cabinet.  We were both excited when we discovered the Swiffer 360 duster with the extender. Woohoo! No more climbing! Don't even get us started on the Wet Jet, Sweeper and most recently the Steam Boost.  We are in cleaning heaven!!  

Now you too can see the #SwifferEffects for yourself.   For your chance to win a #SwifferEffects kit ($20 value), leave a comment and tell me: Who are your favorite couples in your own life? Winning comment will be chosen via on July 26 at 9pm PST. Don't forget to leave me your Twitter ID or email address where you can be contacted if you win.

**Content and Swiffer Effect package provided by Swiffer.  All opinions are entirely my own. #ad

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Bounce Back Blogger Junket

**I was asked to participate in this campaign by the Bounce Back Film Campaign as part of a first-of-its-kind blogger initiative. I will cover the making of the movie from fundraising to premiere throughout the next year. I am being provided promotional material, giveaways and exclusive interviews but this is not a paid post. As always, my opinions are my own. 

I was recently invited to attend The Bounce Back junket in L.A. where we were able to meet with Shemar Moore and director, Youssef Delara.

The Bounce Back is a movie about losing love and learning to love again.  The Bounce Back is a romantic comedy about finding the courage to love after love has let you down.

During our one-on-one chats with Shemar, said:

"I've been in love a few times in my life and one of the most difficult things to do after a bad break-up is to get back up on that proverbial horse. You’re hurt, you feel a bit broken and vulnerable and the last thing you want is to open yourself up to the pain again. In the past, I have found myself filling up that loneliness with work, work and more work.  That did lead to success, but I felt as lonely as I ever had until... I realized something.  There is no substitute for love and the only way to get it back in my life was to be vulnerable again.  You can't have love if you're not willing to take the risk."

Check out this video (courtesy of Jamie) of Shemar discussing The Bounce Back:

I was also fortunate to sit down with the film's director, Youssef Delara, who began his career as a visual effects associate on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.  He then went on to produce visual effect for Star Trek: Voyager.  Delara has been an independent filmmaker  for the past five years and has directed four films through Cima Productions.   Delara says, "I feel blessed to be able to work closely with a talent lie Shemar on ‘The Bounce Back, say's Delara. "Shemar's instincts and sense of story really matches my own. Were not just trying to tell a heartfelt story but also giving the audience something innovative."

With talent and a story line like this, I, for one, cannot wait to see this movie.  I have a feeling my girlfriends and I will be having a "Bounce Back Mommies' Night Out" when it comes out!  Will you?