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Mockingjay Part 2 Release + a Hunger Games Gift Guide + Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Lionsgate as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

This weekend (November 20th), Mockingjay Part 2 is released! This will be the final for the Hunger Games Franchise and probably the best film yet for the franchise. There has been so much hype of the years when these movies have come out, and this release is no different. 

If you are like me and have not read the books, you are unsure what is going to happen. I have my ideas and theories, but I like the surprise.What I do know is that in this final film, Katniss will work with her closest friends, Gale, Finnick and Peeta to risk their lives attempt the assassination on President Snow. President Snow has become obsessed with destroying Katniss, at any expense. Those expenses, I’m interested in seeing unravel on the big screen. I’m also interested in seeing how Philip Seymour Hoffman is represented in this film. I have read stories about cgi and script changes, but I have no doubt that watching the final scenes will showcase Hoffman and Plutarch in a very respectable way. It’s always saddening when you have to watch a movie that has had this happen but it’s also a great way to remember the actor/actress.


So who is going to head out this weekend and see the final Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2? 

Are you a huge Hunger Games fan or do you have a friend/family member who is? With Christmas just around the corner, why not give them a Hunger Games related gift? Here are ten hunger games themed gifts to keep in mind this holiday season!

Hunger Games Gift Guide / Mockingjay Gift Guide

  1. Hunger Games Christmas Ornaments
  2. Hunger Games Leather Bookmark
  3. Necklace
  4. Hunger Games District Bag
  5. Mockingjay Bracelet
  6. Mockingjay Book
  7. Arrow Necklace
  8. Mockingjay Necklace
  9. Drink Generously & Stay Alive Mug
  10. Hunger Games Tank Top

Hunger Games Gift Guide, Mockingjay Gift Guide

Giveaway

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Mockingjay Part 2 Giveaway

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Shaun the Sheep Movie + Giveaway

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lionsgate. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Today marks the day that the new Shaun the Sheep Movie is released nationwide! Shaun the Sheep Movie is about a day when Shaun decides to take the day off from the farm and have a little fun in the big city with his other sheep friends. Although he is up for an adventure, the day is full a little more excitement than he planned. You can watch their adventure to the city and how they end up back on the grassy hills of their farm.

This movie looks like a really fun one to watch with your kids. If you are familiar with other movies and shoes such as Wallace and Grommit, you will notice that they are shot in the same technique using Claymation rather than graphic animation. The act of making a Claymation movie always amazes me. How much time it must take to shoot every frame and create every movement with the clay; it must be amazing to watch the process.

Shaun the Sheep Movie is geared towards children ages 4-10 but I think everyone in the family will love it. It’s fun, silly and lighthearted! 

While we were on vacation this past week, Lennox wore her Shaun the Sheep t-shirt at the beach, which was lots of fun too! 

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Shaun the Sheep Trailer

Have you seen the new trailer for Shaun the Sheep Movie? We saw it in the theatre last month and now it is on tv a lot – every time Lennox see’s it, she gets excited to see the movie when it comes out! You can see the full trailer here: 

Meet Timmy!

Lennox’s favorite character from the book and from the movie clips is Timmy! Timmy is the youngest sheep character and the one always getting into a little bit of mischief! Gee, what a shocker!! You can meet Timmy here:

Shaun the Sheep Movie Giveaway

One of my readers will win a Shaun the Sheep Movie gift pack! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win. Giveaway ends August 12th. Open to US residents only. Prize includes:

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie Children’s T-Shirt
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie Adult’s T-Shirt
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie Headband
  • book from the Shaun the Sheep Movie book series
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie poster
  • Serta Sheep Plush

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Shaun the Sheep Serta Giveaway

Additionally, now through August 18, 2015, enter to win one of our weekly prizes! One randomly selected winner will be chosen each week to receive a Movie Basket that includes:

  • Two movie passes to see “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
  • One “Shaun the Sheep Movie” plush toy
  • One “Shaun the Sheep Movie”  picture frame
  • One “Shaun the Sheep Movie” junior novelization (book based on the movie)
  • One Serta Counting Sheep plush toy
  • One Serta Counting Sheep keychain
  • One Serta Luxury Fleece blanket

 On the last day of the promotion, one grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress and a hometown screening of “Shaun the Sheep Movie”!

To enter, simply fill out the form on Serta’s Facebook Page

Easy Paddington Bear Cupcakes

Our trip to Paddington, Paddington Movie Night + Easy Paddington Cupcakes

Paddington was a movie that as soon as I heard about it last year, I was really excited about it. As I remember reading Paddington as a kid myself. Kyle remembers watching the Paddington Bear cartoons as a kid as well. So now that it was coming to the big screen, I was ready to have Lennox love Paddington as well! The movie was a hit, enjoyed by both adults and kids! I knew it would be one that we bought right away. In fact, we bought it the very first week it was out on digital download. You can buy Paddington Digital Download on Amazon now too before it hits the stores! Now that it is coming out on DVD, I wanted to share our trip to Paddington with you as well as some really cute and easy Paddington cupcakes to make for your family movie night!

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While we were in London – the only request that Lennox had, was to bring her back a Paddington bear. So of course, our first full day in London, we had to head over to the Paddington train station and find the statue, take some pictures and buy Lennox her Paddington Bear – straight from the source! 

When you enter into Paddington Station in London, you will find a statue of Paddington waiting to be found after his trip to London from Darkest Peru. He is located on the left platform way in the back of the station. It doesn’t look exactly like the movie, but Paddington really was named after the station in the story book some years ago. Here is that statue.

Paddington Bear Statue at Paddington Station London

The way the movie resembled Paddington Bear waiting in the station, is pretty close, don’t you agree?

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Now that the movie has become a hit, there is a full Paddington Bear store on the upper level near the entrance to the station. It has everything you could imagine from Bears to Books to Rubber Boots – Paddington is everywhere. We picked up a nice Paddington Bear for Lennox, as well as the original chapter book – that we have been working our way through at bedtime each night. They also have this statue outside their store.

Paddington Bear Statue at Paddington Station London

 This weekend we watched Paddington (again!), and decided to make some special treats to go along with the family movie night theme – cupcakes! I was looking for an easy way to make some fun cupcakes for Lennox but at the same time tie in Paddington Bear. And this is how they turned out:Easy Paddington Bear Cupcakes
All I did was take my favorite cake batter (Duffy’s) and make cupcakes. Once cooled I frosted them with Duffy’s Cream Cheese Frosting. I then dipped them into a bowl of rainbow sprinkles. You can only imagine has excited Lennox was about those sprinkles… I then slipped each cupcake into a Paddington cupcake sleeve that you can print out online here and they were ready to serve! Cute and easy!

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If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you really must – it is so great and a family classic. Also, if you are going to have a Paddington family movie night, a Paddington birthday party or any other Paddington themed party, make sure to check out PaddingtonParties.com for lots of awesome decoration ideas, recipes, coloring sheet print-outs and more for free.  

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Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Starz and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.