The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide Review & Giveaway

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in theaters on May 2nd.  Are you looking forward to seeing it?  I know I am!  Members of our household are definitely Marvel Comics fans and Spider-Man is one of our favorite characters.  My husband introduced our son (age 6) to Spider-Man at an early age and now little sis (age 2) has also joined in on the fun.  



About Spiderman
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

 Here’s the trailer for the new movie.

There’s also a great Family Discussion Guide that you can use to spark some thought provoking conversations with your family about the movie.TASM2_bible (1) copy

The discussion guide for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great resource for families to discuss a range of important themes that include the relationship between personal choices and destiny, living a life that counts, sacrificing yourself in service to others, and the nature of power. This guide will help parents start (or continue) conversations with their children that will inspire them to think outside themselves and challenge them to live lives that matter. The conversations that will result from using this guide will reveal that even the most explosive summer blockbuster can leave lasting, positive impacts on its young viewers.

In the discussion guide, there are six sets of questions.  Each set of questions has it own topic, like “The Nature of Power” and “You Are Somebody Who Is Needed.”  There is also a bible verse/passage included that goes along with each topic.  I’m not sure if we will take our six year old to see the movie just yet (it’s rated PG-13), but I like how the discussion guide is formatted so you can still talk to your kids about each topic, even if they don’t see the movie.  It can be helpful to know who the characters are, but we can introduce the characters from the comic book version first.  I will definitely be thinking about and going over these questions with my husband.  Even if you or your kids are not really into Spider-Man, the discussion questions are great to use to get some conversations going.  And who knows?…maybe this will help turn you into a Spider-Man fan, if you aren’t one already!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!  You have the opportunity to win an AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 Prize Pack.  The prize pack includes a t-shirt, paper mask and phone case; and the Special edition: The Amazing Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide.

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, April 30th at 12am.  To enter, click on this link:

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Tommy Nelson Twitter Party

I recently joined the world of Twitter.  I’m slowly getting the hang of things and when I say “slowly,” I really mean slowly.  I’m hoping that my use of Twitter will improve and my tweets become more interesting.  =)  You can check out my twitter profile and follow me here.

I joined in on my very first Twitter party yesterday evening.  It was the Tommy Nelson Twitter Party hosted by (@TheSamiCone@MyFourMonkeys & @PenningtonPoint), along with @ThomasNelson & @TommyNelson.reading081-300x300

Our discussion included tweets about summer reading, what we do/ tips to  encourage our kids to read during the summer, books they enjoy reading, and whether or not we reward our kids’ summer reading.  They also gave away four Tommy Nelson books during the party.

The tweets were fast and I really had to concentrate or I would miss something.  Great ideas, tips, and encouraging words were traded back and forth.  I encourage summer reading for my kids by signing them up for our local libraries summer reading programs. Even my almost 2 year old can sign up for the pre-reader programs.  The kids’ incentive to read or be read to earns them prizes, like free books, passes to the zoo and other local museums, vouchers for free ice cream and pizza, and entry to a carnival hosted by the library. Barnes and Noble and Pottery Barn Kids also have summer reading challenges that the kids can be a part of.

One of the things that came out of this party was an idea to do a book swap with friends or with my Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group.  We can bring books that we no longer read and swap them for books that other moms bring.  It’s a nice, free way to get “new” books.  I hope we can make it happen this year.  =)

Remember when I said they gave away books during the twitter party?  Well..I won one of them!  I will be receiving “No Place Like Holmes” by Jason Lethcoe.


I plan to give this book to our godson (age 8).  I think he might enjoy reading something like this.

Thanks @TheSamiCone@MyFourMonkeys@PenningtonPoint & @TommyNelson for hosting a very fun and informative twitter party!

How do you encourage summer reading for your kids?  Please share your tips and your kids’ favorite books!

Kiwi Crate: Ready, Set, Pin! Contest

A while back, Kiwi Crate hosted a contest called Ready, Set, Pin!  For a chance to win, you had to pin your favorite projects from Kiwi Crate’s DIY ideas onto your Pinterest Board(s).  So I started pinning away…project after project.  Their website has a lot of neat and fun ideas for DIY projects.  Well, the pinning paid off, because I won!  I won a gift certificate to Kiwi Crate and an Art Creation Station from Pottery Barn Kids.

These were the prizes from Pottery Barn Kids:

A Jumbo Wall Mounted Paper Roll.img83o

Easel Accessory Kitimg97oPBK also included a couple of extra things, like this apron…img58o…and Art Jar.img81o

Micah used red pipe cleaners from this art jar to accessorize his glasses for Awana’s Crazy Glasses Night.  He made eyebrows and a red nose.485509_10151635264072008_1192343462_n

I’ve used the Kiwi Crate gift certificate to buy some crates for the kids and to give as gifts.

The theme for the May 2013 Crate is Feathered Friends.  Watch this preview video for a peek into the crate.

Here’s my post about the fun we had with their Secret Agent crate.


Crayola Prize Pack

At the beginning of March, my friend Jessica at Zakka Life hosted a Crayola Ultimate Easter Basket Giveaway on her blog, and I was the winner!

I received the Crayola prize pack in the mail on Friday.  It included a $25 gift card to Michaels, the Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles Big Wand, one box of crayons, one box of washable sidewalk chalk, and two Color Wonder packs (Disney Princess & Disney Fairies).

The kids will love using the bubbles big wand and the sidewalk chalk.  I’m going to donate the crayons and the Color Wonder Disney Fairies to Operation Christmas Child.  The Disney Princess Color Wonder will be included in my niece’s Easter basket.


Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream

The Disney on Ice “Dare to Dream” show was at the Oracle Arena recently.  After winning four tickets from Bay Area Parent, Micah and I went to see the show with two of our friends.  It was our first time going to a Disney on Ice show and I was excited.  I told Micah that we were going to see it the day of the show and asked if he was excited.  He replied, “Not so excited…because I’ve seen it before.”  He was referring to the Dare to Dream commercials that he’s seen on TV.  xP

The show featured three movies: The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella and Tangled. Each act was introduced by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald Duck.  It was a great show and we had a lot of fun watching it with our friends.  Micah asked when we would be able to see Disney on Ice again.  I said, “Next year.”  We probably wouldn’t have gone this year if I hadn’t won the tickets, so I’m very thankful that we were able to go.


Micah and his friend from his preschool days.  She was very excited about the show too. =)

Introducing the first act…IMG_5301

A scene from TangledIMG_5305The finaleIMG_5311IMG_5317IMG_5318