How to Train Your Dragon 2 in IMAX Friday

How to Train Your Dragon 2 in IMAX Friday

From the IMAX Theaters Desk:

Looking for an action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

 

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation’s official website.

For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here!

Single Mom in Spent Documentary Face Financial Insecurity

Single Mom in Spent Documentary Face Financial Insecurity

I received a link to watch a new documentary called Spent, Sponsored by American Express, that both angered me and enlightened me. Focusing on the lives of four families, Spent spins the tale of economic hardship so many Americans face. Financial insecurity grips one in four households and now, more than ever, they are one paycheck from being homeless.

What angered me was the struggle these families had with meeting basic needs without going further in debt. Check cashing and title pawn shops are a real problem the working poor feel they must use just to make it. Why? The answer will shock you and make you a little upset too. You may or may not use financial services like these, but if you ever find yourself tempted to walk through the doors of one of these places, heed my warning and run the other way!

Spent highlights the financial problems the families face and the reasons why they are still in trouble. The point is not so much finding one solution but introducing at least three initiatives that may head off the problem for future generations.

Watch Spent to see how circumstances and choices can affect your financial life. See how a single mother, parents with an autistic child, a hardworking couple, and a business owner all struggle with money and attempt to solve their problems. The film will make you think and hopefully make better choices from this point forward.

RichSingleMomma.com is here to help you navigate through the financial landscape as a solo parent. Let’s talk about choices you can make to ensure you don’t fall into a cycle of financial insecurity or at least begin to journey to a more secure financial future.

 

More about the film

Spent_key_artSpent: Looking for Change is a film about everyday Americans without the financial options most of us take for granted and the movement giving them renewed hope. We invite you to view the full documentary for free on The Young Turks’ YouTube channel, American Express’ YouTube channel, and here at SpentMovie.com, and share your thoughts on social media using #Spent or #LookingForChange.

Turning to pawn shops, check cashing services, and using payday loans to meet basic financial needs can be costly for many of us, with $89 billion a year going to fees and interest1 for using these types of alternative financial services.

It’s time for change. New technology, new ideas and encouraging dialogue around this issue can help make managing money simple and more affordable.

American Express is sponsoring this documentary to help improve financial inclusion in the U.S. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim is the executive producer of the documentary which is narrated by Tyler Perry and directed by Derek Doneen.

American Express is also spearheading several initiatives to drive innovation in financial services to help improve the financial options available to those who are financially underserved. Find out more and take action.

The film will be available online for free, providing anyone the opportunity to watch, engage in conversation, and join in on helping to spread awareness or work towards building better solutions.

[Review] 7pm Turn Your Smartphone into a TV Remote

[Review] 7pm Turn Your Smartphone into a TV Remote

7pm phone remote

The 7pm is quite nifty. I got up a little early to set it up and found that it was actually fun. 7pm comes with an attachment for your phone and with the app you can control your tv’s channels and volume with the push of a button or a shake of the wrist. It also let’s you star your favorite channels.

Set up was pretty simple and straight-forward, you just follow the directions. Although it took me longer than it should because I did not have my phone at the proper angle in relation to the TV. You are also supposed to be able to add multiple devices, so you would be able to turn off the blu ray and turn on the game all with your phone. Sadly I was not able to accomplish this.

All and all I thought it was a pretty decent app. So for you TV heads who constantly lose your 8″ remote hopefully you will be able to keep up with the 2″ attachment that come with the 7pm.

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Beauty in Motion: Boost Your Confidence and Defeat Depression By Embracing Your Beauty in 2014!

Beauty in Motion: Boost Your Confidence and Defeat Depression By Embracing Your Beauty in 2014!

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I rarely talk about beauty on my blog but since it’s the new year I think it would be great to share my thoughts, tips, and overall journey into a more feminine me.

Single Mommyhood Left Little Time for Beauty

As a single mom with a dozen hats to wear it is easy to forget about how we look. For years I just did the basics of making sure I took a shower and got dressed. Sweats and a t-shirt was my uniform of choice much of the time. I put my hair in a ponytail and marched out the door with kids in tow. I was like this even before I had kids. I didn’t care to much about how I looked because I was trying to avoid attention. It didn’t seem matter to at least one man because I have two kids now, right?

Neglecting My Hair Was Not an Option

One thing I did care about was my hair. My mom was a beautician so she taught my sister and I how to take care of our hair. She shared different products with us and let us experiment. One product I remember using was Motions hair styling products. It was a more natural solution than most products on the markets plus it smelled very good!

I used Motions for years, from their hair relaxing products to their hair moisturizers. Now that I have Sisterlocks (TM), which are small dreadlock type locks I don’t use many products on my hair. One thing I still use is the Motions setting lotion to help my lock curls and braidouts last longer.

New Hair Products For Versatile Styles

Recently I learned about Motion’s new line of styling products for women who want both curly and straight looks. I haven’t tried it but definitely recommend it for women who want more than one style choice. Motions is just a good product so I am confident in making the recommendation.

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The Motions Curly 2 Straight kit comes with Suave Motions cleanser, 1 leave in conditioner, and a flat iron. It is available at Walgreens. Locate it at a store near you using the locator.

Transformation Has It’s Rewards

SamanthainRedI mentioned that in the early days I didn’t put much thought into my appearance. Now it’s a much different story. I love dressing up, putting on makeup and jewelry, and looking my best everyday. It gives me a self-esteem boost and makes the day go better.

Looking my best makes me feel my best, which makes facing daily challenges easier. Now I don’t even think about avoiding looks or fear unwanted attention. My light shines brighter because I have a better perspective on life. Looking great from head to toe is one of the secrets I hope you will embrace for yourself this year.

What do you do to look and feel better every day? What do you plan to start doing in 2014 to add or change a routine that will take you from blah to brilliant?!?!

Smurfs 2 Movie is Smurftastic: A Review of the Movie and Rebuke of the “Critics”

Smurfs 2 Movie is Smurftastic: A Review of the Movie and Rebuke of the “Critics”

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A couple nights ago my kids and I went to see the Smurfs 2. While we were waiting for the movie to start I asked my daughter when did the movie come out. She said it would be out on July 31… It was then that I realized we were at a preview screening of the movie. If felt a little special after that even though I’ve been to pre-screenings before.

The lowdown is that we got to see the 3-D version, had our choice of seats, and all thought it was a very good movie. The popocorn and drinks were overpriced but that’s par for the course at a big chain movie theater I guess.

I really didn’t have high expectations for the movie. Though I grew up during the original Smurfs television show run, I didn’t get into it. But I settled in to watch because the tickets were free and I am kinda partial to free stuff.

Though my expectations were kind of low I was pleasantly surprised at how good the storyline was! Smurfette goes rogue and becomes a deviant? She becomes naughty? How could that be? But it does happen like you see in the trailer below.

Smurfs Movie 2 Trailer

There were laugh-out-loud parts and situations that would touch your heart. Family and belonging is a key theme not to be missed. Sticking together no matter how tough things get and changing for the benefit of others are all prevalent in the movie.

Gargamel is still a character you love to hate with his antics. Always trying to capture and rule the Smurfs. Overall I’m sure you will feel very comfortable taking your kids to see this movie and pleasantly surprise with the themes running through the movie.

A Word About Movie Critics Reviewing Kid’s Films

I’ve seen some pretty negative reviews about the movie by so-called movie critics. I’m always at a loss about how they even get to review a kid’s movie. They are not kids and but they do act like spoiled brats when it comes to rating a made-for-kids movie. Most complain about how the movie is made, the “lame lines, and such. But overall kids enjoy the movie and it’s not for a full-grown movie critic with adult experiences (i.e. bitterness because they had a crappy childhood).

When it comes to kids movies I ignore the critics because they are never the voice of reason or experience. They no longer see life through a child’s eyes and most don’t even have kids of their own. So if you are relying on the critics to tell you whether you should go see this movie or not, I say forget about them and in this case listen to your kids. (Stepping off my soapbox now)

I usually don’t like 3-D movies but Sony does a great job on this one. The special effects and the animation makes you feel like you are a part of the movie.

I highly recommend going to see the Smurfs 2. They did not disappoint Rich Single Momma at all!

Google Nexus 4 Phone + 3 Months Unlimited Everything from GIV Mobile Giveaway

Google Nexus 4 Phone + 3 Months Unlimited Everything from GIV Mobile Giveaway

If you saw my review of the GIV mobile phone service plan you know that I think it’s a wonderful way to give back and get phone service from one of the most trusted cell phone companies in the world, T-Mobile. Now you get to try it yourself with this new giveaway

One of my readers has the chance to win a new Google Nexus 4 (8GB) phone as well as 3 months of “Unlimited Everything” service from GIV Mobile worth $449.99! GIV Mobile is an innovative no-contract cell phone service that donates 8% of a customer’s monthly bill to charity. The service utilizes the 4G network of T-Mobile USA, Inc., allowing users to have fast and reliable connections from nearly anywhere in the U.S.

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To enter to win you must:

  • Tweet your answers to the following question and use the hashtag #GIV8 #GIVMobile #WirelessForACause #SaveMoneySaveTheWorld:
    • What causes are important to you?
  • Follow RichSingleMomma on Twitter
  • Leave a comment below about why it’s important to you to give to charity

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  • Like the RichSinglemomma Facebook Page (if you haven’t already)

The last day to enter is July 31, 2012 at 12am.

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