DreamWorks HOME

When I was a little girl I didn’t fit in. My voice never sounded like some people thought it should. The way I looked and the things I liked weren’t in keeping with stereotypes. There were many times I felt like an outsider. It shouldn’t have been a surprise that I was bullied by older students in high school for not fitting the mold. Thankfully as an adult I don’t have any issues with friendships.

DreamWorks Animation has a movie called HOME coming out on March 27th where an alien misfit named Oh becomes friends with a young girl who has been left behind when the Boov alien race take over most of Earth.

My children and I were invited to see the movie and I was given the opportunity to interview Jim Parsons (voice of Oh), Rihanna (voice of Tip), Steve Martin (voice of Captain Smek) and Director Tim Johnson ahead of the film’s release.  This event was courtesy of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation.

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Watch the trailer for HOME to start the laughs before you get to the movie theater

The actors and director sat down and answered questions on a variety of topics from the technology the movie used while filming to interesting parties the actors had as a child. And even what their favorite app is on their phone. Rihanna is a fan of Square Ready and Jim Parsons likes Candy Crush.

One thing that was hard to ignore was the four of them played off each other. Rihanna and Jim Parsons were like brother and sister joking around. It was one of my favorite press days. Of course the movie was discussed too.

I liked hearing about the last minute changes to the movie that had taken place about six weeks before the press day. And the behind the scenes chat about some parts of the movie were interesting to hear.

Especially when they discussed the Boov Death March Oh sings. It turns out, the original version Jim Parsons sang was so melodic they couldn’t use it. Tim Johnson wanted an awful sounding song. Here’s what they had to say:

Mr. Tim Johnson: I mean right away. And so, I like to think of Home as a non-musical musical. The characters don’t burst into song and sing.
Mr. Steve Martin: Well, wait a minute. Wait a minute. There’s the “Boov Death Song”.
Mr. Jim Parsons: Steve’s right.
Mr. Steve Martin: Yes.
Mr. Jim Parsons: Which I wrote the first version of.
Mr. Tim Johnson: He was the author of. Well, you know, the story–.
Mr. Jim Parsons: –I don’t remember it. But, I wrote it.
Mr. Tim Johnson: You are credited.
Mr. Jim Parsons: With my mouth. I am?
Mr. Tim Johnson: Have you seen the end credits?
Ms. Rihanna: Yes. You are.
Mr. Tim Johnson: It said “Boov Death Song” by Jim Parsons. But the funny story there is the “Boov Death Song”, and I said–he–Jim goes, well, what is the “Boov Death Song”? And I said, I just want you to make it up.
And he startled and took a deep breath. And then he sang this beautiful song with like a melody.
Mr. Jim Parsons: Now’s Grammy nominated.
Mr. Tim Johnson: And I went, actually, no, I need you to be really bad. And he just said, oh, I get it now.

If your kids are big fans of movie printables, check out these games and crafts for the movie HOME!

Chocolate Chip Lovers

Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.

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Chocolate chip cookies are a big hit in my house. When I asked my daughter what she liked most about chocolate chip cookies, she looked at me like only an 11 year old would and said “They’re chocolate chip cookies!”

Oh yea. I’m such a silly mom.

When I found out Nestle Toll House has Ultimates Chocolate Chip Lovers cookie dough with semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips and chocolate chunks I knew that it would be the perfect way for us to celebrate it being Friday.

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I picked up a package from the refrigerated section at our supermarket. One package makes 12 big cookies which is the perfect amount for us to make six ice cream sandwiches.

Friday is our busiest day of the week so instead of taking out the Kitchen Aid mixer, I took a shortcut when baking. One my children didn’t mind one bit.

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I know there never has to be a reason in order to make chocolate chip cookies but we decided we would make a plate of chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches to enjoy during movie night! The weather is getting better and we are just so very happy about that.

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This article is sponsored by Nestle Toll House but my love for cookies is shared by millions!

Daylight Saving Time and The Lost Hour

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

- William Shakespeare

I love my bed. Buying a hotel mattress was one of the smartest things I have done. I’m also happy to have found the perfect sheets for winter and rest my head on the most amazing pillow. But I’m a light sleeper so I do a lot of things to make sure once I get to sleep I stay asleep.

I wash my sheets in detergent with an inviting scent and make sure to leave my phone charging outside my bedroom so I’m not tempted to fall asleep texting or using an app. Because we are all friends, I’ll even share I even wear the cutest sleepwear to make sure I look forward to bedtime.

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But the fact Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 8, means that #LostHour will throw many of us off our sleep routine.  According to a recent survey from ZzzQuil, the makers of NyQuil, more than half of all US adults say their sleep is affected by the time change.

It makes sense, we set our clocks forward an hour and more than half of us experience annoying problems like oversleeping and missing appointments! Some of us probably just wake upset there is an hour less to tackle what seems to be a never-ending to do list! I think less people should be using that overslept excuse considering only my microwave needs to be changed and everything else changes the time on its own. But, that’s just me.

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ZzzQuil, the non-habit-forming sleep-aid for the relief of occasional sleeplessness is in my bathroom cabinet. ZzzQuil will help you wake up refreshed! And well, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to wake up feeling refreshed! Here’s a coupon for $1 OFF ZzzQuil!

I’ve partnered up with ZzzQuil for a fun ad campaign that aims to answer where that lost hour of sleep is going.

Wanna join me?

It’s simple, leave a comment on ZzzQuil’s Twitter (@ZzzQuil) or Facebook page and tell them where you think that lost hour of sleep goes. They’ll be responding in a fun way. Sounds like it could be a good time, and worth your while ;)