A NEW STAR WARS STORY BEGINS
Princess Leia will be missed throughout the galaxy and remembered with fondness. Here is the latest Star Wars movie, coming out in May. A New Hope.
The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London.
The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”
Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, it will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.
Crewing the ship will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Academy Award nominee for his work on “Arrival,” Bradford Young (Director of Photography), Chris Dickens (Editor), Dominic Tuohy (SFX Supervisor), Rob Bredow (VFX Supervisor) and Brad Allan (Action Designer).
They will be joining returning Star Wars veteran crew members Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Neil Lamont (Production Designer), Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon (Co-Costume Designers), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Lisa Tomblin (Hair), Amanda Knight (Make-Up) and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).
The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is slated for release on May 25, 2018.
Celebrating the Weekend With Wine
Having a nice glass of wine to unwind and celebrate the weekend just got easier. Part of having the wine is the shopping for it. Well, for me, after a long week running around, errands, taxi-mom, work, appointments, etc. I do not want to go to a store. Especially on a Friday night. I just want to go home, get in to some comfortable clothes and hang out with some friends. We usually do a potluck at my house and it is a fun and relaxing way for us to have time to catch up and unwind. I found an awesome company called Winc that will deliver wine to my door. Winc has a list of wines with matches depending on what they pair with, the % of alcohol, how light or heavy they are and more. They also have fun and unique names to them. I chose four (since they wine is ordered by the 4-pack) and tried to pick a nice variety.
Even better- Get $20 Off Your First Winc Membership Order.
One From The Quiver & Passarola Vinho Branco
I have the choices of reds (light-bodied, medium bodied and full-bodied), sparkling wines, and whites (light-bodied, medium bodied and full-bodied) when ordering.
Brethren of the Road & Tempo Vero Barbera
I like how most of them are from California and each bottle says the year and where it is made. Plus the prices are fabulous. Each bottle runs between $13 and $25 and you can take the ‘palate quiz’ to see what wines are the best match for you. You can sign up to receive new wine each month, delivered straight to your door (someone age 21+ has to be home to sign for the delivery).
The Winc comes wrapped up and ready to consume upon delivery. Not only can you sample all sorts of wines from different places in the world, you can also invite a friend to be a member and earn up to $26 in credits. Each order comes with an updated Winc List for future order ideas. $20 Off Wine. Yes, Please!
Family Trip Tips:
Top Activities to Keep Little Minds and Hands Happy
If you’re taking a family vacation and you’re travelling with children, you need to think ahead and be prepared. Family trips can be ruined as soon as kids realize they are bored. So why not load your mobile device with some interesting apps that will keep boredom at bay and help keep the kids happy on the road.
Kids love to color but if you don’t have a coloring book and pencils with you, that precludes this activity, or does it? Not now thanks to Apalon Apps, kids can color without either. This great app features a coloring book with tons of great designs including animals, places, people, birds, butterflies, flowers, mandalas, and geometric designs. Kids pick from more than 25 different palettes in a range of shades and touch areas on the designed to add the color. Click here to learn more
about the Apalon mandala coloring book.
Designed with kids’ safety in mind, the You Tube Kids app has four categories of videos: music, learning, shows, and explore. The app has big buttons for easy scrolling, and includes kids’ favorites like Thomas & Friends, Sesame Street, and Mother Goose Club, as well as gaming, crafts animals and many other interesting categories. Parents can decide on the level of safety settings, behind their own password.
Just For Fun
If you’re looking for an amusing game for young kids, Cut The Rope will raise plenty of smiles. Players feed the main character, Om Nom, with as much candy as he can eat. There are loads of other cute characters and more than 350 levels to play through. It’s a surefire winner for kids 6-12, and their parents.
If you prefer you child to play a game that’s also educational, BeBop Blox is a great puzzle that will challenge them and keep them happy on even the longest road trip. Players have to build figures like submarines and trains from block shapes. It helps to stimulate young brains and improve hand-eye coordination. Once they’ve completed the figure, the cute characters inside the blocks will sing and dance for them.
Fun for Young Writers
Is your child a budding novelist? If so, he or she will love this innovative new app. Scribble allows kids to envision, write and illustrate their very own stories. The app packed with more than 300 drawing tools, stamps, stickers and backgrounds to boost their young imaginations. When they are stuck for an idea, there are over 35, fill-in- the-blank story starters to get their creative juices flowing. Other features include: music and voice recording, kids can put themselves – pictures included – into a story, and save stories and make them into movies. A great app hat will inspire hours of creativity.
These app ideas should help you get your young kids to your destination without the pain of boredom. Happy family travelling!
Samantha McLean is Mommy to two boys. She's a working Mother who enjoys penning some family lifestyle articles when time allows.
Science Fair Kit For Ages 9+
Science Fair season has officially arrived and I wanted to let you know about a brand NEW subscription from Little Passports,SCIENCE EXPEDITIONS, which can help kids tap into their inner science Einstein. Would you be interested in sharing the news and reviewing it for your readers?
These are FUN kits!! Extract DNA from a berry, study rockets, make your own light bulb, make butter, and much much more.
There are a lot of science boxes out there, but what makes Little Passports different is the hands-on geography theme embedded in every monthly subscription. This subscription will bring to life real-world STEM-related concepts, such as magnetism, forensics, or rockets but will also inspire curiosity and problem solving with hands-on experiments from characters Sam and Sofia. Each month Sam and Sofia visit somewhere in the world and ask kids for their help to solve a mystery.
Designed for kids ages 9 and older and sold in monthly, 6-month, and 12-month subscription options. Science Expeditions monthly themed packages include:
- Guide and materials for hands-on science experiments.
- 16-page comic book with a glossary and bonus activities.
- A new mystery to solve with Sam & Sofia.
- Achievement badges and access to bonus online videos and science content.
You can also sign up with Little Passports to receive a monthly box for your kids. Each box contains a kit from a different country or a different state in the U.S. for kids to learn about and explore. You can save money by signing up for 3-6 or 12 months at a time.
You can give the gift of adventure.
All The Reasons Why Organic Doesn’t Have To Mean Flavorless
When I hear the word organic when it comes to foods I often think of fruits and vegetables that are pesticide-free or health-nut foods. But organic foods have come a long way and are now available in huge variety. You can now get healthy, organic foods without compromising taste and flavor. Check out these awesome foods from Newman’s Own and see all the amazing choices you now have in treats and snacks. If you are buying organic foods that taste like cardboard you are shopping in the wrong place or buying the wrong products.
Cookies and Sweets
Newman’s Own has quiet a few types of cookies and dessert foods. I love trying new ones and have found everything from them is delicious and fresh.
- Orange Chocolate Chip.
- Alphabet Chocolate Cookies.
- Fig Newmans. Fruit Filled cookies made with organic figs. They are low fat too.
- Newman-O’s. Chocolate creme filled chocolate cookies. Great for dunking in milk.
- Hermits. These are ginger flavored soft cookie.
Snacks for lunch or mid-day snacks.
- Salted Pretzel Sticks. We like them with some pieces of cheese.
- Organic Butter Pop’s Corn. Each box comes with three bags.
- Raisins. Great for oatmeal, add on ‘ants on a log’ or make your own trailmix. They are gluten-free, peanut free and tree nut free.
Desserts and Mints
- Sour LicoriceTwists in Sour Apple, Black Licorice and Sour Cherry.
- Super Dark Chocolate (70%).
- Super Dark Chocolate Cups with Raspberry Centers and with Peanut Butter Centers.
- Peppermint Cups (these are my son’s favorite of Newman’s Own foods). Organic dark chocolate with delicious peppermint inside. Each one has three cups.
- Wintergreen Mints. Made with organic sweeteners.
Newman’s Own also has pet food. Here are a few types of wet food for cats.
- Turkey & liver dinner.
- Chicken dinner.
- Turkey & vegetable formula.
- Chicken & Salmon formula.
- Organic liver.
- Chicken & Brown rice formula.
All are premium cat food and most are grain-free.
I love all of the foods from Newman’s Own and their products are made in the USA. Many in California. Who knew organic foods had so much to offer?! Newman’s Own also has pasta sauces, salad dressings, mayonnaise, barbecue sauces, oils and beverages too.
What Newman’s Organic Food Would You Like To Try?