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Solo – A Star Wars Story – It’s a great story!

Damon Here: I would just like to start by saying the new Wookie they have playing the young Chewie was spot on and I believed he was a younger version. I went in thinking that the movie would hinge on the actors playing younger version of iconic characters. I was right, and pleased with the results. You really can believe that they are the younger versions. You see how the characters developed into the people we know and love. We even see the evolution of the Millennium Falcon, which was one of my favorite parts. This movie was hard to make good because we know the main characters will survive. We know the end of the story so how do you make it feel like a new story? This whole movie from start to finish kept you guessing and had one twist after another.  Who would show up next? What just...
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Avengers: Infinity War Thoughts From a Mad Titan

Damon First: Let’s start this off with I am a big fan of the comics and the infinity stones. I bought the Infinity Gauntlet Series when it first came out, I bought the Infinity Wars Series, and the Infinity Crusades when they came out and I wanted to see this . . . but I have to wait a whole year for this to end. Now to the movie. It was awesome, grandiose, dark, game-changing, and even fun every so often. You will love the interaction of characters in this movie. They are what I have waited for. No spoilers but here are few pairings I want you to think about.  Tony Stark (Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist) and Doctor Strange (Alpha Male Surgeon, Sorcerer Supreme) are fantastic and should not be left alone together. Thor (“I don’t get that reference.”) and Star Lord (nothing but references) should have had more time...
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Star Wars – The Last Jedi & Chiari for Christmas

  This week, Damon and Ben got to preview Star Wars – The Last Jedi, and they loved it. A few months ago, Ben was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation with a 4mm tonsillar dissension. This means his brain is being pushed into his spinal cord by 4mm.  At 5mm you are considered surgical by almost all neurosurgeons, especially if you are symptomatic. I have/had Chiari and had brain surgery or decompression surgery in 2013. Technically I had no tonsillar dissension because my Chiari was caused by a skull malformation called hypoplastic posterior fossa. It is genetic, and several family members have it, including my son. Surgery saved my life, but so much damage had been done, that I will never be healthy, and am considered to have traumatic brain injury from high pressure in my brain. My pituitary failed, and several nerves were damaged, including my vagus nerve, which...
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Disney’s The BFG – Big Friendly Giant

The BFG is a wonderful movie! We went for a date night, and had a great evening. My husband loves movies, and is an elementary school teacher. He uses Roald Dahl’s books with his students, and is very familiar with the story and artwork. We received two preview tickets for our honest review. I am a Disney lover, and it is difficult for me to find reasons not to like everything Disney. They can and are criticized for many things, but I am also an idealist and love looking at the best in others. For the BFG I was a bit bored with the idea of going and grateful that it was a date night, so at least we got to go out together. We do not get a lot of date nights. I have read the book, and it isn’t my favorite. I don’t dislike it, but it is...
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Alice Through The Looking Glass – Review

As we waited in line for the movie, my son talked about how this was going to be the best movie ever. He could not wait to see his favorite character, the Cheshire Cat, and has been reading the books at school. We got to preview this movie in exchange for our honest review. If you are familiar with Alice in Wonderland, or like Tim Burton movies, this is a great addition to the story. I like Alice and I was not disappointed. Alice had so much more “muchness”  and action this time that you loved her from the start of the movie all the way until the end of the credits. The movie was made for the 3D effects and everything you watched had the depth and feel you would expect from Tim Burton’s Wonderland. The addition of Time to this movie reminded us of a Doctor Who episode...
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Captain America – Civil War or Iron Man is a Jerk

I took my son to the preview of Captain America – Civil War. He was so excited he was bouncing in his seat, and I couldn’t get him to stop until the movie started. He is 11 now, but he has watched superhero movies his whole life and loves them. We got to preview the movie in return for our honest review. This movie is PG-13 and earns that rating due to violent action scenes and mature themes. We have made the decision that when it comes to our child such movies are okay as long as they are set in a fictional world, and we always preview or watch the movies with him to make sure he understands what he saw and can put any scary or difficult situations in perspective. As there will be countless other children who see this film, I want other parents to understand that...
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Passing the Torch

My family is a bit on the nerdy side. My husband loves all things Star Wars and collects Boba Fett everything. My son had Star Wars toys before he was born, and his first real word was “Palpatine”. When we took him to Disneyland for the first time, he was in love with Darth Maul and tried to hug him. (He was 2, and Darth Maul was having a hard time keeping a straight face.) So when I got the opportunity to preview and review Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was overjoyed. Never mind that I have been sick since Thanksgiving, I was there! The new Star Wars movie was awesome! I am trying really hard not to give away anything because my husband and son have not yet seen it. I am super excited to go with them to the theater and enjoy their joy! The movie was...
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Ant-Man – One Small Step for Marvel

Disclosure: We received two tickets to the Disney/Marvel Premier of Ant-Man in exchange for our honest review. As always, opinions expressed on this blog are my own, or that of my husband and kid. My wife brought me because I am a huge nerd that has read comics for a long time. I know what is going on and I get a lot of the references that she may miss. My wife is a good female presence and a bit of a nerd herself. Now we have a 10-year-old that has alternated attending with me or my wife to some of the movies and helped to review them. He is autistic, gifted, ADHD, and all sorts of a nerd himself. He tells us where the scary parts are and what parts are funny to a 10-year-old boy, which are weird spots. We love being able to attend and review movies...
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Disney Inside Out: Meet the Voices in Your Head

I was given two tickets to the preview of Inside Out in exchange for my honest evaluation. As always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. (or at least my families). My 10 year old son said he has the emotion crazy in his head. This sums up how Inside Out works. It opens up conversations about what kids are thinking. I loved the way Inside Out brought a difficult concept like emotions into a context that children could understand. My autistic son talks about his emotions,which are difficult for him to express. He looks at what emotions are in-charge in his heads and we work at keeping them calm. We talked about how his “Headquarters” is electrified and the medication he takes helps to bring the energy down so his emotions can work better. Inside Out helped to make this conversation possible. As a movie it was really...
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Disney Movie Tomorrowland + A Giveaway

Disclosure: News Wahl received the opportunity to preview this movie in return for a fair and honest review. As always, the opinions expressed here are our own. Thanks When I started teaching 7th grade science in the 3rd largest school district in the country the students would tell me that the councilor had told them that they did not need to pass science, just math and English. Standardized tests don’t teach you science and we lost the drive to teach science as a major subject in school. NASA is loosing ground and private companies have to pick up the slack, but who will work for them? We need a new space race to inspire this generation forward into the future. We need a new way to teach these kids how to think like an innovator. The makers movement can help create an atmosphere where tomorrow can flourish. makezine.com The makers...
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Avengers: Age of Ultron – A Must See!

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to review this movie in exchange for two tickets to the premier showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising. Regardless of the compensation I always offer my opinion on this blog and will only recommend products and services that I actually use. Thanks – Natalie Wahl – Author of Newswahl I have not blogged in a while because perfectionism has struck and made it so everything I start to write ends up sounding silly, but this is an easy article! If you have not seen the preview, it is a great movie, and you can check it out here!   I took my 10-year-old son to this movie. He and his father both wanted to go, but in the end he won, because Dad...
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Spring Fashionista Event 2015

I am super excited to be participating in another Fahionista Event! They are always amazing, the prizes are wonderful, and it is the one time I get to be super girly and shop for great purses, bags, dresses, or whatever strikes my fancy. As always, this giveaway is brought to you by these amazing bloggers who work very hard and are ultimately much more fashionable than I! I am learning from them, and hopefully will improve. 🙂 Amazing Hosts The Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com and Katy from ModlyChic http://www.modlychic.com/.  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize! Grand Prize Monroe and Main is one of my favorite places to purchase unique and well-made clothing...
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Disney’s Frozen is Awesome!

News Wahl received one or more of the products mentioned in the post below free for evaluation purposes, received compensation, and/or is an affiliate of one or more of the products, links and banners you will see on this site. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% genuine. This is disclosed in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Thanks for reading  Natalie. My family was able to go to the 3D preview of Disney’s Frozen right before Thanksgiving. Unfortunately life happened, and I was unable to share with you all how amazing it is. Now it’s won a Golden Globe and is up for an Academy Award, everyone knows, but I still feel like sharing. I absolutely loved Anna and Elsa, the two princesses were adorable as children, and grew up into princesses that if I had a...
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Thor: The Dark World

My husband and son adore video games, and all things Marvel and DC Comics. We have watched every movie leading up to the Avenger’s and will watch every movie after it. We will also own them, love them, and watch them until they will no longer play. Due to some issues with my brain, I was hospitalized this week, but my son and husband got to see the premier of Thor: The Dark World. Here is what they thought:   As the hammer flew by our heads in 3D my son said that he almost caught it. This was an amazing thing considering that this same 8-year-old had been sleeping right before the movie started. He told me he might sleep through the movie instead he stayed awake the whole time and could not stop talking about it all the way home. Thor: The Dark World kept up the Marvel...
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Disney’s Delivery Man

We love Disney and they are coming out with several great movies this summer! Delivery Man is about a guy who discovers that he has several (okay hundreds) of children due to a mix-up at a sperm bank. What follows is a hilarious and heartwarming adventure as he tries to figure out what it means to be family, and the purpose that brings to life.
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Friday Night Fun!

My goal is to blog daily, but I’m still working on that. We’ve had a rough marriage with a pattern of medical and then financial difficulties. I am very hopeful that we are starting to see the light at the end of that tunnel, and am trying to focus on what life will be like when that is different. First we want to adopt. Infants, a sibling group, slightly older children, we really aren’t picky. What we are is broke. 🙂 So we are saving and budgeting and working extra hard to not incur unnecessary expenses. My husband tutors most days of the week, and already has a summer job lined up. I am budgeting, meal planning, and working to create a blog and media business. I love blogging, and writing, so maybe I’ll freelance. There are lots of opportunities out there. If I get a lot better, then I...
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Birthdays and Giveaways

Today was my son’s birthday party. We played with Legos. It was the easiest party ever. Legos, cake, and presents. They all had a blast and my son is overjoyed with all his new Lego sets. His Aspergers makes him obsessed with Legos, so today was his favorite day ever. He even got to go to Target and pick out some thanks to gift cards from friends. He was so excited he couldn’t stop jumping up and down this morning and now he is exhausted. I don’t want to fail to mention the tragedy in Connecticut, but it is so sad, that I don’t have words. My husband teaches at an elementary school. The fact that the world is becoming more and more dangerous terrifies me, yet somehow I still have faith that most people are good, there is a life after this, a God who looks after us, and...
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Phineas and Ferb at the New Orleans

My son loves Phineas and Ferb and it is one of the few cartoons that I will watch with him. I think we’ve been through all the cartoons at least 3 times. It is his favorite when he is sick, and I love the creativity and imagination. He will be super excited to get to see this! “Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a LIVE tour!!!”  Coming  on Orleans Arena Oct. 5 – 7. School‘s out for summer and anything is possible as Phineas and Ferb create their biggest invention yet —  Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!  Phineas, Ferb, and the whole tri-state area gang embark on a bold escape jumping out from behind your TV and onto the stage in a live action adventure – right in your hometown!  And, before you can wonder, “Hey, where’s Perry?” the beloved pet platypus shifts to his...
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Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes

My son is anxious to see this, but it’s not really my type of movie. 🙂 However, I can’t resist a sweepstakes, so good luck and may you win a dream vacation. We’ve been to Disneyland at Halloween, and it’s a great time to visit!   Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes: Enter the Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes for a chance to win a spooktacular vacation for four to experience all the fun of Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort. Plus, don’t miss The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit only at the newly expanded Disney California Adventure Park, where you can get an up-close look at the amazing world of Frankenweenie through sets, puppets, props and more. And for a limited time Guests will be treated to a special 4D extended preview of the film at the Muppets Vision 3D Theater before Frankenweenie comes to theaters in 3D October 5th!   Visit www.disney.com/frankenweeniesweeps to enter...
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Brave

I was super excited to get to see a pre-screening of Brave last night with my family. I love British and Scottish accents, and am a die hard Disney fan. We were all tired, but the movie was engaging and captivating and much more than I expected. I laughed, cried, and my son was scared a little., but he loved it too. While the previews all make the story seem to be woven around Merida’s fate, it is actually about Mother daughter relationships and responsibilities to family and country. I think that is why I cried so much. I won’t give away much more, but I have had moments with my mother and could completely relate to both Merida and the Mom. We got to watch the movie in 3D, which was gorgeous. They did a phenomenal job of portraying Scotland’s beauty, and there were enough effects to keep you...
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Brave

I scored tickets to the preview of Disney Pixar‘s Brave for me and my family, and I’m super excited. I can’t wait to tell you about it, but I promise not to give it away. In anticipation of the fun, here are some recipes to try from the movie.           Brave – Freedom Broch   YouTube: http://youtu.be/nIWZT8YAXjE YouTube Embed Code: http://ahref= Merida looks like a great modern “princess”. I love the accents and I cannot wait to see the movie! Related articles Interview: BRAVE Producer Katherine Sarafian #BraveCarsLandEvent (miscfinds4u.com) Meet Merida from Disney-Pixar’s ‘Brave’ at Magic Kingdom Park (grumpydisney.com) Disney/Pixar’s Ed Catmull Talks About Animation: Live At D10 (forbes.com) Watch: New ‘Brave’ Featurette Talks Merida’s Story, Shows New Footage (pixartimes.com)
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Mother’s Day

Today was a wonderful day. I got breakfast in bed, mini roses, and chocolate. What’s not to love. My husband dealt with the rowdy 7-year-old, who we forgot to give his ADHD meds to, and I slept a wonderful sleep where I saved the community and a child from the apocolypse. I have been having strange dreams lately. My brother skyped my mom from Australia where he is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is doing well, speaking Mandarin, and otherwise enjoying sharing our faith with others. Coincidental all of my other siblings managed to call in during his call, so we all got to hear his voice and ask him questions. It is the first time we’ve talked to him since January, and the last time we’ll hear from him until Christmas. We have letters and his e-mails, but it was...
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Avengers!

I had the rare and amazing opportunity to see Avengers on its’ preview night, in IMAX 3D. It was amazing, and I talked about it so much, I made my family irritated. Then they went, and now they can’t stop talking about it. We loved Hawkeye, and the Black Widow. I loved that their abilities were amazing, yet they were the “normal” people in the group. I loved Hawkeye’s equipment, and if could find such a bow and arrow set, I would learn how to shoot arrows. I would love to give such a set to my son. He would love it. The jokes and silliness were not missed by my 7-year-old, and he enjoyed Hulk’s occasional pushy behavior when he would strike out against other Avengers. What we really loved was that it was a great story of heroes, and that you want to watch the action in slow...
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