The Perks of Disney Movie Club

Chances are that if you’ve bought a Disney movie in the past 5 years, you’ve noticed the little piece of paper that they stick in all of the DVD cases promoting the Disney Movie Club. If you were like me and ignored them, that’s fine, but out of curiosity about 6 months ago, I actually decided to look into it.

I thought it would be a scam. They offer you 4 Disney movies for $1 each if you join the club. Then you can add on two more movies for a total of $25. So an initial investment of about $35 once you pay shipping.

I was still on the fence. I needed more information. After some digging (the fine print was hard to understand), the only thing you needed to do to get the rewards and discounts on Disney movies was to purchase 5 Disney movies at the membership price. Better yet, you have 2 years to reach this commitment.

Thinking of all of the movies I want to buy and being perfectly okay with buying 5 movies at a certain price, I went for it.

I was not disappointed.

I got the 6 movies that I requested when I signed up really quickly. The first 10 movies that I bought actually cost me less than $75 and I even used my Disney Rewards points to get free movies like “The Jungle Book” and more recently, “Wall-E.”

They send you monthly emails with the movie that is being featured and you can “Accept” or “Decline” the offer. I’ve accepted a couple of them and these movies go towards your fulfillment commitment. They also send you extras like lithographs for your collection.

I’m only 6 months into my commitment and I’ve already gotten 4 of the movies I’m required to get. I like to think of this as a subscription box. Instead of getting mystery items every month that you may or may not like or use, you know exactly what you’re getting with this.

Guess what?

If you’re interested in joining, let me know! I can give you a code! In fact, every time you refer someone, you get 2 free movies!

Need I say more?

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August 13th. I love it.

School is almost here so here are my last loves of the summer!

First up this week, sleepovers with my best friend. I love it! I had been promising Lupita all summer that we could have a sleepover before she started kindergarten (holy crap, she’s in kindergarten). I went to her house on Friday and we made pizza, watched a movie, and stayed up super late (11:15pm which is late for me nonetheless a 5 year-old). We woke up, ate food, watched more movies, and then it was time to go. Now she wants to sleep over at my house. Maybe that can be one of her birthday activities when she’s six in 3 months.

I love it.

Next up, getting organized. I love it. This week I spent a lot of time getting the gym, locker room and myself organized for school. It meant a lot of cleaning, clearing out, and revamping. I redid bulletin boards, found out who the boys in my advisory are, and hopefully set myself up for a successful year. 2 more days until the kids are back!

I love it.

Finally, Perry Mason. I love it. It only took me a total of about 5 days to watch the entire first season. My next project is going to be The Big Bang Theory but I have so many books on my reading list that I’m not sure how TV fits into my list of important things to do. Time will tell.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Sonia wanted to be part of the party, too.

May 7th. I love it.

OK! I KNOW! I DIDN’T WRITE LAST WEEK! But I had a good excuse. I thought I was dying but it was actually just the flu. But I’m back!

First up this week, seeing Lupita grow up. I love it. Well, it’s really bittersweet. Yesterday I went and saw her perform in her first dance recital. She did so great! She tapped and tumbled like a pro (or as well as a five year old can). It’s so weird to see her so grown up and independent. Can you believe she’ll be in kindergarten in the fall? Where did my baby-friend go?

I love it.

Next up, movies. I love it. I know- you know. This week I saw “Born in China” and “Gifted.” Loved them both. “Born in China” was narrated by one of my favorites – John Krasinski so listening to his wonderful voice for an hour and a half was lovely. “Gifted” stars Chris Evans as the uncle of a 7 year old math prodigy – I laughed, I cried, and I didn’t mind watching a scruffy Mr. Evans protect a little girl (so dreamy).

I love it.

Finally, deep cleaning. I love it. I’ve been so unproductive the past few weekends. Between being sick and traveling and just using being tired as an excuse, I made up my mind to be active this weekend. Friday after school I went grocery shopping (first time in at least 3 weeks). On Saturday, I woke up and started to deep clean my house. I mean I cleaned out the fridge and cabinets and closets, and bathroom. I had 3 bags of trash and 2 bags for Goodwill. I even went to Goodwill on Saturday, instead of letting everything sit in my car for a few weeks like I normally do, and rewarded myself with Starbucks. I’m not one that lives and dies by Starbucks, but I had a gift card and I deserved it. I got the Midnight Mint Mocha Frap – so good! I finished the day by washing my car (and then going to see Lupita dance). I’m already making plans on how I can be productive next weekend.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Once Upon a Bookshelf – The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Star Wars is everywhere these days. Movies, clothes, TV shows, cereal, and of course, books.

“The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy” is the original Star Wars story, but told a different way. Not only do you follow the adventures we all know and love, but you get to see it from three different perspectives. If you couldn’t guess by the title, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker tell this tale.

I obviously won’t bore you with the details of the story (we should all know if by now), but there are a few things in this book that I absolutely loved.

First of all, the reader gets to see inside the minds of the main characters. I love the way that Leia talks to herself about being more than a princess. She wants to make a difference for the lives of her people. She also speaks about her mother, father, and aunts, all of whom she is trying to live up to.

Han, surprisingly, has a soft side (mostly for his best bud, Chewy). Did you know Chewy was married? Neither did I, but apparently he’s working hard with Han to support his family. I would love to have a movie where we learn more about the beginnings of the most famous Wookie in the world!

Luke is just a kid from a farm trying to be taken seriously. Sure, he’s flown his own speeder on his home planet of Tatooine, but a rebel ship? Not so much. Something else we learn, thanks to this book, is that Luke’s ability behind the wheel was tested officially before he was just thrown into space with the rest of the crew. Actually, he aced the test thanks to his training from none other than Ben Kenobi. WE also get to see his relationship with Biggs (you know, that friend he bumps into right before takeoff).

Not only was the storytelling great, but also I loved that they used quotes directly from the movie. I seriously couldn’t help but smile at moments like that. I mean, I would have been really disappointed if they didn’t mention, “Don’t tell me the odds!”

The pictures in the book were also amazing! They look pencil drawn, almost as if the book were parts of the characters journals or something.

The biggest thing that I noticed that was missing from the book was Darth Vader. Well, he wasn’t missing, but he definitely wasn’t the center of the book. In fact, I’m pretty sure he was only seen in one chapter.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with kids (or without) that want a deeper understanding of the Star Wars world. It helped me a lot with the names I always have trouble remembering or understanding (let’s be honest, some of the names and places are confusing).

I gave this book 5/5.

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March 19th. I love it.

Love, friends.

First up this week, “Once Was a Time.” I love it. This is an amazing book that was recommended to me. I seriously couldn’t put it down! Check out my book review for it in an earlier post (don’t worry, no spoilers)!

I love it.

Next up, dinner with Bud. I love it. It wasn’t a planned thing, but Bud and I happened to be eating together the other night when we were FaceTiming. He had Chipotle and I had soup and we talked about our day. It was almost like he was with me… Almost.

I love it.

Finally, Beauty and the Beast. I love it. I saw the new movie with Emma Watson that just came out on Friday and it was probably the best movie I’ve seen this year. It gave me chills and goosebumps and I immediately went home and bought the soundtrack. I’ve been listening to it almost nonstop. It’s much like the original but with a new twist. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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August 28th. I love it.

What a week, friends.

First up this week, “New” old movies. I love it. By that I mean old movies that are new to me. For example, “The Never-ending Story.” Whether I have see it ever, I’m not sure, because I remember none of it but while I was perusing the shelves at the library, I decided it was a movie I should probably see. Not bad, not bad. I think that’s my new goal in life – see all of the movies that people get mad at me for never seeing. The list is long, people.

I love it.

Next up, good grades. I love it. Part of the program that I’m in to get my teaching license requires me to be observed 5 times this year. On Wednesday, I had my first one and despite being oh-so-very nervous, it actually went great. The notes that I got afterward said that I was very good at managing the class, giving instructions, and showing examples. That made me feel great considering she came to the class that I have the most problems with. I can’t complain, though. 4 to go!

I love it.

Finally, “TV Free Sundays.” I love it. Today has been one of those days where I didn’t turn the TV on until 6pm. I spent the hours of 9am-6pm cleaning the house and reading. Since I finished the 6th Harry Potter yesterday, today I started the first book of the Lunar Chronicles, “Cinder.” It’s a retelling of Cinderella except she lives in the future and she’s a cyborg. I thought it would be pretty lame, but I couldn’t put it down. I’m definitely going to finish it tonight.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.