Big Cheers for the New Shaun the Sheep Movie!

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Big Cheers for the New Shaun the Sheep Movie!

Big Cheers for he new #ShauntheSheep Movie coming to theaters Aug 5, 2015  #ad #IC

We have been Shaun the Sheep fans for years, ever since our British neighbor introduced us to the cute shows long ago. Shaun the Sheep was a fantastic distraction for my daughter when she was in a spica cast after her hip dysplasia surgery a few years ago and couldn’t move for six weeks. And my other kids love it too. We’re excited for the release of the new Shaun the Sheep movie TODAY ( August 5th)!  Are you?!

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Amazing Family Movie Night with The Amazing Spider-Man #SpidermanWMT #CBias

With 3 girls and 1 boy, you can bet a lot of our family movie nights revolve around more traditional “girl” themes. We watch our share of Tinkerbell, princess, and ice-skating movies around here. So Ben was really thrilled earlier this week when our weekly family movie night movie was an early release version of The Amazing Spider-Man. He has an old Spider-Man Halloween costume from several years ago that he still tries to squeeze his body into. It’s quite funny, actually, because it doesn’t fit him at all.

Everyone was excited to celebrate the upcoming release of The Amazing Spider-Man by watching the movie, but no one more so than Ben. He was so thrilled to get to watch the movie before it comes to stores on November 9th. I’m not sure why that was special to him, but it was. And we love the Exclusive Movie Gift Set that came in the mail – it includes a Blu-Ray +DVD +ULTRAVIOLET and a Limited Edition Mask DVD Case & Bonus Disc. Ben hoped the mask was for him to wear, but it really does have an extra disc in it. To make an extra special family night, we went all out. Ben got to pick out pizza at Walmart – the Spider-Man themed pizza boxes were especially captivating.

You can see our pizza and Spider-Man shopping trip here, at my Google + Album.

And we made spider peanut butter cookies for dessert! Aren’t these cute? And yummy, too! {The recipe came with the DVD!}

I have a reputation for being a mean mom. I know, it’s seriously unfounded… 😉 We don’t drink soda and I try to make sure my kids eat balanced meals. We also don’t have video games at our house. And my kids are always bugging me for video games. So they were really excited to see the Augmented Reality App on the movie and pizza boxes.

Since I have an iPhone, I downloaded the Web-Slinger app from iTunes {You can also get it on Google Play for Android} and we had a lot of fun with it. The Web-Slinger app is way to interact with Spider-Man with comics and a game feature. Scanning displays at Walmarts unlocks extra features but my Walmart didn’t have the displays yet, so we’ll be on the lookout for them in the next couple of days. Scanning the Blu-ray and the pizza box next to each other brings Spider-Man and the Lizard to life and it was pretty amazing to watch the two characters fight it out on my iPhone! Technology blows me away!!

Since I have an iPhone, I downloaded the Web-Slinger app from iTunes {You can also get it on Google Play for Android} and we had a lot of fun with it. The Web-Slinger app is way to interact with Spider-Man with comics and a game feature. Scanning displays at Walmarts unlocks extra features but my Walmart didn’t have the displays yet, so we’ll be on the lookout for them in the next couple of days. Scanning the Blu-ray and the pizza box next to each other brings Spider-Man and the Lizard to life and it was pretty amazing to watch the two characters fight it out on my iPhone! Technology blows me away!!

But the most fun we had was becoming Spider-Man to star in our own cartoon! We took pictures with the app, cropped them, and then viola – Ben was the star of his own Spider-Man cartoon. He loved it! And the most fun thing about the cartoon is that you can email it to yourself,  or upload to facebook and twitter to share with friends. And we did all of this before even watching the movie! So the lead up to the movie night was quite fun.

The night of the movie, we baked the pizza, made a salad, and enjoyed a good ole fashioned family movie night. The pizza was a big hit. I normally make our pizza from scratch, but sometimes Take-n-Bake is in order. My husband really liked this pizza better than other take-n-bake we’ve had. He especially liked the crust.

We all enjoyed the movie. I was a little worried that it might be too much for my tender-hearted son, but he liked it a lot. A couple times, we did have to cover a few eyes, but we watched this movie a few days ago, an they’re all still talking about it.

After all the fun we had, there was even more! We checked out exclusive bonus features on Vudu – another first for me. You can even per-purchase the movie, watch it via Vudu, and then Walmart will mail you a copy! I never knew about all of these different ways to watch and interact with movies. This family movie night {and the events leading up to it} rank right up there for one of the most entertaining family movies nights we’ve had! Yay for Spider-Man. While we don’t normally go to all of this effort for a family movie night, it was a fun thing to do this week. And makes me think I should really consider special desserts more often. I don’t do a lot of desserts. I’m a mean, mom, remember? ;-)

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Do you do family movie nights? How do you make them special?

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment #CBias #SocialFabric #SpiderManWMT. All opinions are my own.