Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

9.11.16

Are you one of the #BADMOMS ? #Giveaway

***** UPDATE - Contest has ended. Latanya T is the winner.  Thanks to all who entered.*****

 I will be the first to admit that I am not perfect. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO MOTHERHOOD. Yes, I am a one of the BAD MOMS out there. There, it is out there. In print. No denying it.  Now that I have said that, let me also say that I do try my best at all times.  I make mistakes, but show me a perfect mom and I bet you that she can find at least one flaw in herself.
I saw the previews for the movie, Bad Moms, and I knew it looked hilarious. I then saw it was from the writers of The Hangover, so I knew it was going to have me laughing.


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Bad Momsthe year’s biggest R-rated comedy – a runaway hit with audiences and critics alike – is coming to Digital HD on October 18, 2016 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on November 1, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  The raunchy film described as “incredibly funny!” by Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, is the first R-rated comedy since The Hangover to earn an “A” grade from audiences nationwide.  Hailed by critics from The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and Washington Post, Bad Moms is one comedy not to be missed.  The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD come with nearly an hour of exclusive bonus content including hilarious deleted scenes, gag reels and exclusive interviews with the cast and their moms that will have everyone laughing again and again!
Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover Trilogy, Four Christmases) and produced by Suzanne Todd, (Alice Through The Looking Glass) and Bill Block (Dirty Grandpa), the comedy also features Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women), Christina Applegate (Anchorman 1 &2), Annie Mumolo (The Boss) and Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad).  It’s time to party like a mother with this hysterical and relatable film. 
In this hilarious and heartfelt comedy from the writing duo behind The Hangover, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However, she's over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap.  Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms (Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo).  See the movie that critics are cheering as “…a funny, giddy, sentimental laugh-in…” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times. 
The film will be available on Blu-ray with DIGITAL HD and UltraViolet and DVD.
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6x the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. 
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet lets you watch movies anywhere, on any device. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles and more.
BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL HD
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Cast & Moms Interviews:  A collection of intimate moments between the leading cast including Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo and their moms.

Okay, here we go.
I loved it.  It was AWESOME...
EXCEPT - the profanity.  I decided to watch it with my mom and I knew she would not like it, because I had a feeling the language was going to be there.  (I am not a saint, let me tell you now, but geez.  It was not even a minute in and the F-bomb was dropped.)  My mom thought it was pretty funny as well, but wished the language was dropped a bit.
Seriously, I get that you use some words to get the point across, but OMG.  Come on. Yes, I have a foul mouth, but NOTHING compared to this crew.  Having said that,  I am not going to harp on the language, but move along.
The movie was spot on.  PTA can drain you at times.  Running kids here and there and every where can be a bit much as well.  This movie shows that motherhood isn't perfect, but we do what we have to do to make it the best we can. I loved how "real" it was.  The bake sale?  The donut holes?  The thoughts the women have running through their head.
Yeah, it was great.  It was raunchy at times (hey, it even says so in their description!)  But it was real.  It was funny and I laughed.  I wouldn't go watching this with my grandma or with the church group, but I laughed and could totally see me and my girlfriends having a Bad Moms Night in watching this again!   

Want to see it for yourself?
Just leave me a relevant comment below and I will do a random draw for a winner.  Contest ends November 22.  Open to US residents age 18 and older.  

Santa Claus is Coming to @NorthPointMall #AdventureToSanta

Remember last year when I was able to take Savannah and Broxton to the Adventure to Santa at North Point Mall?  Well, they are bringing it back again this year!!! Last year was an experience with Shrek and friends.  This year we will be hanging out with Po and the crew from Kung Fu Panda!   Read the press release (below) for more information!

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North Point Mall, today announce that Adventure to Santa – A DreamWorks DreamPlace, an exciting and interactive Santa adventure for the entire family is set to return to North Point Mall, on November 19th.  DreamWorks Animation, the global family entertainment brand known for award-winning storytelling and industry leading innovation, has once again chosen North Point Mall as one of the premier locations around the world during the 2016 holiday season to feature this experience.  
Last season, guests of all ages enjoyed a memorable adventure to the North Pole with the help of Shrek and friends.  This year, families will make the journey with the help of a mischievous and hungry panda in the all-new Adventure to Santa – A DreamWorks DreamPlace featuring the cast from Kung Fu Panda.  The adventure includes two new interactive games, exciting animation that brings the house to life and a thrilling cinematic journey to visit Santa at the North Pole.  
“We are thrilled to team up with DreamWorks Animation again this holiday to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to our guests,” said Nick Nicolosi, General Manager.  “The response last year was overwhelming and we can’t wait to unveil the all-new Kung Fu Panda themed Adventure to Santa this holiday season!”
In addition to offering online appointments, Adventure to Santa – A DreamWorks DreamPlace, families will collect their souvenir passport and their custom-made greeting card during their experience.  
“Adventure to Santa is quickly becoming a holiday tradition for families,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Retail   Development & Live Entertainment, Eric Stevens. “We are excited for guests at North Point Mall to have a very special experience together.”
North Point Mall Adventure To Santa Experience will be November 19th – December 24th during mall hours.  Visit www.AdventureToSanta.com to make your reservations.

Know any Barbie Collectors?

Growing up, my cousin was one of my best friends.  I remember going to her house and playing Barbies for like a million years.  She had the Barbie house too, super cool!   I tried to remember what age I started liking Barbie (and when I grew out of them) but for the life of me, I can't recall.  My mom recently said she played with Barbies for ages and then her mom joked that she traded Barbies for boys and it was over then!  I was excited to get two Barbie books for review to see the history of that doll so many girls have grown to love over the years! 

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A required resource for all Barbie® collectors, this completely revised and expanded edition features new images and updated prices, all in a handy, easy-to-carry-along format. Now over 1,200 beautiful color photos illustrate this complete listing of Barbie through her vintage years from 1959 to 1972, including her sister Skipper® and their friends, relations, and pets. Ken®, Midge®, Allan®, Francie®, Skooter®, and all the rest are here. Never before presented in such detail and with so many images, every picture shows all the pieces originally included with the fashion. Values are given for loose and never removed from package items. The listing also provides each item’s stock number, date, and value.

When today’s Barbie® doll collector puts together an outfit for the world’s most fashionable doll, they soon find out that the bulk of the value lies in the shoes, hats, gloves, jewelry, and other important accessories. This revised and expanded, lighter edition is decked out with more than 1,200 images of accessories for Barbie, Skipper®, Francie®, Ken®, and other fashionable dolls available from 1959 to 1972, including stands and travel brochures. Complete with values and a cross-referenced description of the outfits each accessory came with, this identification guide is an authority for collectors and a fun addition to any fashionista’s library.

I love how it showed the outfits for the Barbies through the years.  I do wish they had more shots (and bigger ones) of the Barbie dolls in the packages.  This was still great though!  

I know I am not the only one that would go nuts looking for my Barbie shoes. Ha ha ha.
This page cracked me up at all the shoes through the years!  

I almost fell out when I saw these pages. I knew Barbie had it all, but I guess I never really thought about "it all."  Dishes, yes... corning wear type and candles?  Never would have thought it.  

My Nana had a neighbor that had polio as a child and was in a wheelchair. We would go visit her and it was always so much fun... Want to know why???  Because she had a massive Barbie Collection and she would ALWAYS let us go and look at them.  She had each doll in their box and while I don't remember her letting us play with them, it was amazing to be able to take each one out of her closet and look at them and listen to the story of when / where she received each one.
I wish I would have had these books back then to compare and share with her.  I know that we would have had so much fun looking through these books together. Sad to say,  I left for college, my Nana passed and her neighbor ended up in a nursing home. College life had me lose touch with her and I could not tell you what happened to her or her dolls.
If you know of any Barbie fans, I think this would be an amazing book to give as a gift. Not only for them to see the dolls of yesteryear, but for you both to enjoy time together taking a trip down memory lane.

Isn't it funny how books can trigger memories?
(Like these books for me... triggered childhood times with my cousin as well as fun memories of visiting my Nana and her neighbor!)  
 
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