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Tiaras & Tantrums focuses on family, travel, photography, education and food. I offer photography sessions product reviews, travel reviews, education reviews and anything else I feel like writing about.

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TOMORROWLAND - Teaser Trailer #Tomorrowland

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In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist (George Clooney) and an optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

#Tomorrowland

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22, 2015!

Earth To Echo coming to Blu-ray & DVD Oct 21st #EchoInsiders (Giveaway)

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Earth To Echo coming to Blu-ray and DVD October 21st!

Available on Digital HD™ October 7 and Blu-ray and DVD October 21st

Earth to Echo

This wonderful journey, “full of adventure, bravery, excitement, and friendship…has something for audiences of all ages” (Claudia Puig, USA Today). The “lively and likable” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times) tale is told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

Earth To Echo coming to Blu-ray and DVD October 21st

Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever. To prepare you for this adventurous, exciting and heart warming film, we have compiled a list of the best ways to spend time with your friends- outside and away from your cell phones!

Earth To Echo coming to Blu-ray & DVD Oct 21st #EchoInsiders

Earthly Adventures with Echo

Pick Up Games

There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends.

Earth To Echo coming to Blu-ray & DVD Oct 21st #EchoInsiders

Bike Rides

With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey!

Hide N' Seek

A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time.

ECHO

Backyard Campout

Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores!

Chalk

The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures!

Here's your opportunity to win the Earth to Echo DVD debuting October 21st!

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Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends - Ticket Giveaway

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I've been to my fair share of circus shows and I can honestly say that it never get old. I love attending a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show as much as my children! We all can't wait to see the Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends

Ringling Bros Circus Lengends

Featuring over 100 performers spanning 25 countries plus more than 85 animals from nearly every continent around the world, the Ringling Bros. 144th Edition features several unique acts including:

  • China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills.
  • Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros., with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row.

If you can't wait to see if you could possbily win tickets, be sure to Click here to purchase tickets for a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance in your area!

I'm giving away a family four pack of tickets to the show of your choice.

Please comment below who you are most excited to see. For an extra entry - tweet and leave the link.

Disclosure: Thanks to Feld Entertainment who provided the tickets for the giveaway, as well as a set for us to review the show in our role as Feld Family Activators. I was not compensated in any manner. All opinions are that of my own.

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® PRESENTS LEGENDS

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RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® PRESENTS LEGENDS
Iconic Ringling Bros.® Stars Meet Fabled Mythological Creatures At The Place Where Legends Live — The Greatest Show On Earth

Ringling Bros Circus Legends

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show - - Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions!

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

In their latest show, Legends, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to excited audiences. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth!

Legends continues its tour of the to the midwest with a huge stop in Chicago at two locations on November 6-30. If you’re living in or around Chicago, IL, you simply must  go to the circus.

Debuting this year for the ultimate circus fan, check out the exclusive and intimate fan experience within the Ringmaster Zone. Access to this VIP area is only available to select ticket holders and offers guests an unprecedented look “behind the curtain” of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans have the opportunity to walk the Ringling Red Carpet, meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the Ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant encounter.

Be sure to arrive early to experience several exciting interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House (in Ontario & Anaheim only) to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!

Show Information
Allstate Arena Rosemont, IL
Thursday, November 6 - Sunday, November 16

  • Thu, Nov 6 7:00PM
  • Fri, Nov 7 10:30AM ,  7:00PM
  • Sat, Nov 8 11:30AM ,  3:30PM ,  7:30PM
  • Sun, Nov 9 1:00PM ,  5:00PM
  • Wed, Nov 12 7:00PM
  • Thu, Nov 13 7:00PM
  • Fri, Nov 14 7:00PM
  • Sat, Nov 15 11:30AM ,  3:30PM ,  7:30PM
  • Sun, Nov 16 1:00PM ,  5:00PM

**All shows include the All Access Pre-Show

Prices range from $10, $15, $23, $40–$50-$60 (VIP). Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating). Tickets available for purchase online at ticketmaster (DOT) com,  or in-person at the venue Box Office.

Chicago - United Center
Wednesday, November 19 - Sunday, November 30

  • Wed, Nov 19 7:00PM
  • Thu, Nov 20 10:30AM ,  7:00PM
  • Fri, Nov 21 10:30AM ,  7:00PM
  • Sat, Nov 22 11:30AM ,  3:30PM ,  7:30PM
  • Sun, Nov 23 1:00PM ,  5:00PM
  • Tue, Nov 25 2:00PM ,  7:00PM
  • Wed, Nov 26 2:00PM ,  7:00PM
  • Fri, Nov 28 11:30AM ,  3:30PM ,  7:30PM
  • Sat, Nov 29 11:30AM ,  3:30PM ,  7:30PM
  • Sun, Nov 30 1:00PM ,  5:00PM

**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

Prices range from $10, $15, $23, $40–$50-$60 (VIP). Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating). Tickets available for purchase online at ticketmaster (DOT) com,  or in-person at the venue Box Office.

Ringling Bros Circus Legends

BEHIND THE SCENES OF LEGENDS

Ringling Bros Circus Legends

THE PERFORMERS, CAST, and STAFF

This international cast and crew includes individuals from roughly 20-25 different countries:

United States of America, Paraguay, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Japan, Mongolia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, Cuba, France, Venezuela, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Peru, Ecuador, Kyrgyz Republic, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Great Britain, and China.

It takes about 16 hours to set up the entire show for the first performance in each city and about 10 hours to tear down the show and load the circus train for each trip.

THE ANIMALS

The 85 animals on tour with Legends include:
Asian elephants (9); Names: Karen, Nichole, Bonnie, Juliette, Sara, Kelly Ann, Rudy, Sundara and April.
Tigers (9); Black/Orange
African Lion (6)
African Leopard (1)
Horses (20)
Plus (21) dogs, (4) pigs, (8) goats, (2) donkeys, (3) llamas, and (2) kangaroos

All animals are groomed and exercised daily, either in the arena or in practice areas set up in the animal enclosures.

COSTUMES

More than 100 costume technicians, milliners, cutters, drapers, tailors, finishers, and assistants spent a total of 48,000 hours to create and build all the costumes for the Legends production. This does not include the many hours dedicated to the design process for each costume.

There are over 550 costumes in the production, with more than 100 hats & nearly 1,000 shoes.

MUSIC/LIVE BAND

The Ringling Bros. production Legends tours with a live band of 9 musicians, who may collectively play an amazing 20 different instruments throughout the show. Their collective experience in the live music business is over 200 years.

There are 200 uniquely different pieces of music used in the show, which are custom composed by award willing Hollywood and Broadway composers for this production, and include more than 30 different musical styles.

LIGHTS/ELECTRIC/EFFECTS

Nearly 100,000 pounds of equipment hang from 100 electric chain hoists

Additional 10-12 spotlight operators are hired locally in each city. They rehearse lighting the show one time before the audience sees it.

8 confetti Canons are use in the finale number of each performance Legends. Over a one year tour, more than 2000 pounds (one ton) of confetti will be used.

**GIVEAWAY COMING SOON

Disclosure: Thanks to Feld Entertainment who provided the tickets for the giveaway, as well as a set for us to review the show in our role as Feld Family Activators. I was not compensated in any manner. All opinions are that of my own.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th #PeabodyInsiders {Giveaway} + FREE Activity Printables

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th

Mr Peabody & Sherman #PeabodyInsiders

The Comedy-Adventure Arrives on Digital HD on September 23rd and 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14th, 2014.

Unleash the fun at home with the hilarious comedy-adventure, DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN! Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. “Heartfelt and snappy” (Jessica Herndon, Associated Press), MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN has been hailed by critics as “a great adventure for the entire family” (Mike Wilbur, NBC Newschannel), receiving outstanding audience reaction and a coveted “A” CinemaScore®.

Directed by Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING, STUART LITTLE) and from the team behind family favorite franchises THE CROODS and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN is “fun” and “fast moving” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward.

Sit back and go WABAC to experience the ultimate joy ride and loads of laughs when MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN arrives on Digital HD on September 23 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14. Jay Ward fans will want to get the 3D Blu-ray™ release which has everything for enthusiasts to celebrate the Jay Ward legacy including a 5-minute All New Rocky & Bullwinkle short and several original TV episodes.

Here's your opportunity to win the Mr. Peabody & Sherman DVD debuting October 14th!

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Giveaway Details: This giveaway is open to residents of the US ONLY age 18 and over. Please read our Terms of Service & Disclaimer Policy before entering. This giveaway will close on October 12th, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST time. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Be sure to check out the Mr Peabody & Sherman activity sheets and pages to download HERE.

Disclosure: I am a member of Fox Home Entertainment Insiders program. As always, the opinions expressed are mine. We are compensated for our reviews. Click here for details.