Queen of KATWE Opens In Theaters September 30th! #QueenOfKatwe

Queen of KATWE Opens In Theaters September 30th!


We are so excited about this movie and have been following since day one. It’s a pure feel good movie and great to see with your family. I have to lead off with introducing you to Soular Backpacks. Being a teacher for over twenty years, this really means so much to me. What an easy way to help. Definitely worth checking out both the backpack and the movie. Also, in the spirit of Queen of KATWE , HSN is excited to partner with Soular Backpacks! For every Soular Backpack purchased, a solar-powered backpack is given to a child in Africa to help study at night. Currently, children are using kerosene lamps, which can cause health complications. Soular Backpacks use natural energy from the sun during a child’s walk home from school. Make a difference today: http://gohsn.co/gh6NNz



“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.


For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.

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 QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters in limited release on September 23rd and everywhere on September 30th!

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Disney Pictures blog partner. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the  opinions of the parent company represented. This opp was by invitation only. No compensation was provided for this post. A complimentary code and giveaway code were provided for the purpose of this post. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat us at: ThreeDecades.

Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Celebratory Screening and Giveaway #NYC #BATB25

 “Beauty and the Beast” Returns To Alice Tully Hall For A 25th Anniversary Celebratory Screening 


 Twenty five years ago my life changed forever. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was released by Disney Pictures and I loved it immediately. The enchanted castle and rose had me from the first moment I laid eyes on them. It has always been my favorite Disney movie. Throughout the years our family has sang the songs, quoted the movie lines and watched it far to many times to even count. Since my children are all eight years apart, I have been watching this movie from the release until the present, with no complaints. So when our family was invited to the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Celebratory Screening in Alice Tully Hall, NYC I was beyond elated. 


The thought of being in the exact location where in September 1991, that a work-in-progress version of “Beauty and the Beast” was first screened at the New York Film Festival — and received a standing ovation was almost too much for me to process.  This “tale as old as time” went on to break ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award® nomination, and twenty-five years later audiences of all ages continue to fall in love with this enchanting tale, its captivating characters and unforgettable, award-winning music score and original song, “Beauty and the Beast.”


As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Beauty and the Beast,” The Walt Disney Studios and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are presented an exclusive screening of the beloved animated classic. In addition to the screening I was invited to meet privately with Robby Benson (voice of Beast), Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle) and Angela Lansbury (voice of Mrs. Potts) and Richard White (voice of Gaston), Don Hahn (Producer). P-I-N-C-H Meeeeee! Am I dreaming as I write this. This is something I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams would have ever happened. So, an intimate group of blogging friends sat down with the original cast and chatted- yes chatted. It was like going out for coffee with some old friends. Paige O’Hara shared her feelings on being Belle and we all congratulated Robby Benson on his upcoming real life role of becoming a grandpa. Richard White reminisced about holding his child on his lap at the age of four and then six and what it was like to be both a dad and Gaston at the same time. Our magical roundtable ended with the iconic Angela Lansbury gracing us with her absolute beauty and greetings. batb25hbatb25iOur day did not end there, it was just beginning. We headed upstairs where I reunited with my family and headed into the event. As true Disney magic ensued- while red carpet interviews and lights flashed we were able to visit with Disney’s Belle and the Beast. It was like a dream come true but the best was yet to come and I did not even know it. As my daughter twilled with Belle and The Beast bowed, I proudly stood and snapped pic after pic of in my own mind what I was categorize as a perfect moment in life. I’m proud to say that I have passed my love of Beauty and the Beast to everyone in my family, especially my little princess. At that moment I had to hold back the tears of pure emotion and happiness that were about to flow. Twenty five years of Beauty and the Beast is a long time. Since my oldest son is twenty five, my middle seventeen and my daughter is nine. The movie represents the last twenty five years of being a Mom.


As we entered the grandness of the Alice Tully Hall For A 25th Anniversary Celebratory Screening I felt incredibly honored to be there and in the presence of such wonderful Disney history. As the panel was introduced and each gave their thoughts on the movie and shared a piece of their heart, I knew watching the movie was going to be a roller coaster for me. I couldn’t help but think back of my oldest son being the Beast and giving mommy a rose, my middle son being Gaston and strapping on some handmade tissue muscles under his shirt as a four year old and me always referring to him as Chip and telling him, “I’ll tell you when your older”. Then finally my daughter (who came along much later in life), my little Belle. The thoughts spun through my head of her wearing her gorgeous Belle gown and twirling though the house, dancing with my husband to Tale as Old as Time over and over again. I realized just how much more than a movie Beauty and the Beast was to me. It’s a movie that will live forever in my heart and I’m sure the heart of my family. Thank you Disney for this amazing movie.



We watched the screening, which was incredible to see on the big screen. Of course my daughter made her way over to my husband when her favorite song came on so she could snuggle up. My seventeen year old son turned and looked at me when Mrs. Potts and Chip were on the screen. The movie ended and the crowd cheered and cheered. But that was not the end. We were told there was a big surprise at the end of the movie. I thought it was going to be a clip from the upcoming live action, Be Our Guest. It was not. It was much bigger and something I personally never expected. Alan Menken entertained the audience with song after song from Disney movie after movie. It was like a dream come true. Then one of the most amazing moments of my life happened. Angela Landsbury lead out to the stage by Belle and the Beast stood front and center stage and you could hear a pin drop as she began to sing one of the most loved Disney songs of all times, Beauty and the Beast. To say there were tears would be an understatement. Anyone who ever loved the movie was overwhelmed by emotion at that moment. It’s a moment I will remember the rest of my life. My hope for my family is that the Disney magic lives on forever and ever in our family.


Walt Disney Pictures’ magical animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, on Blu-ray™ and DVD. We are thrilled to partner with Disney Pictures on a Disney Beauty and the Beast GIVEAWAY. Click here.

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Disney Pictures blog partner. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the  opinions of the parent company represented. This opp was by invitation only. No compensation was provided for this post. A complimentary code and giveaway code were provided for the purpose of this post. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat us at: ThreeDecades.





#Giveaway Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

Giveaway Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Packbeautyandthebeastbluray

It seems impossible that twenty five years have passed by since we first had the pleasure of seeing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Since then Belle and the Beast have pretty much become a part of our family and our life. We have watched the movie countless times and have quoted lines as well as memorized every single song. Now Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is back and better than ever. Check it out here: http://movies.disney.com/beauty-and-the-beast

Check out our amazing time at the Beauty and the Beast Celebratory Screening NYC


Be our guest at the enchanted 25th Anniversary celebration of Beauty and the Beast, a groundbreaking star in the legacy of animation and a new addition to the The Walt Disney Signature Collection. Cast a spell on your imagination and embark on an epic adventure with Belle, our brave and independent heroine, the Beast, who has the heart and soul of a prince, the music you’ll never forget and all the fun characters you love. Plus, never-before-seen bonus extras reveal Walt Disney’s first inspiration for the cherished classic. Create magical memories when you share this beloved story and its Academy Award (1991: Best Music, Original Song – Beauty and the Beast, Original Score) winning music with everyone in your family! Part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection.

Bonus Features:

    • Paige O’Hara: A Memoir
    • Beauty and the Beast: A jam session with some of Disney’s greatest songwriters
    • Women in animation
    • Walt Disney archival piece
    • 25 reasons Beauty and the Beast is a tale as old as time – hosted by Disney Channel talent
    • Dream big princess
    • Bonus preview reel
    • Deleted scene: Belle in the library scene with intro

Tech Specs:

  • Blu-ray feature + bonus
  • DVD feature + bonus
  • Digital copy of feature
  • Presentation: Widescreen 16 x 9
  • Sound: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA / French 5.1 Dolby Digital / Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Subtitled: English (SDH/ESL), French, Spanish
  • Rated: G
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Blu-ray: For Region A use (Americas, East and Southeast Asia, U.S. territories, Bermuda) only
  • DVD: For Region 1 use (US and Canada) only


GIVEAWAY: We are thrilled to partner with Disney for this wonderful Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack! Please enter on the rafflecopter below. If you are on your cell phone please turn it sideways so the rafflecopter will come up. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 27th at 11:59pm. Winners will be contacted via email on Sept 28th and have 24 hours to respond with shipping address to claim prize before new winner is chosen. USA/18+ only.

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Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a Disney Pictures blog partner. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the  opinions of the parent company represented. No compensation was provided for this post. A complimentary code and giveaway code were provided for the purpose of this post. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat us at: ThreeDecades.

Disney Movies Are Now On Netflix!! #StreamTeam #Zootopia #Netflix

Disney Movies Are Now On Netflix! We Are Watching Zootopia Right Now!netflixzootopiaDisney is now on Netflix. Yes, you heard me! There could not be a family more excited about this than ours (well, I’m sure there is a family- maybe a few-maybe a zillion)! When I first heard about Zootopia heading to Netflix I could not believe my ears. Can life get any easier? Of course since it hit Netflix I have seen in our house on the TV, tablets, and phones. I must admit I definitely checked it out myself just to make sure it was for real!! 20160505_203152So no that the kids are back to school. All the family routines are in full swing. The first day of fall is today! Netflix is ready for us all with a line up of Disney favorites! How am I going to fit all of this Netflix into my life? I guess I will need some extra coffee! 

Disney films and Fall go perfectly together especially when the chilly days hit and it’s time for cuddling up together on the couch for family movie time! We know the one thing that will have everyone fighting for the good place on the couch is Disney’s Zootopia. So get ready to reboot family time with Judy Hopps on Netflix NOW! – and maybe even throw in a new movie time snack.

Big things are coming exclusively to Netflix, not even an evil father from a galaxy far, far away can bring us down. Trust us, this lineup is nothing close to the bare necessities. Don’t let the Mad Hatter lead you astray — there’s a lot more coming to Netflix. Just keep swimming to find out what else we have in store; after all, the ocean is calling.

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids is a part of the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the partner brand represented. This post is part of the Netflix #StreamTeam series. No compensation was given for this post. Surprises arrives from Netflix as part of the program. Contact me at Diane@3decades3kids.net or @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat us at: ThreeDecades


Disney Collection Spotlight



Finest Hours

The Finest Hours




Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Mulan II

Mulan II

Robin Hood

Robin Hood


New on Netflix for Kids, Tweens, Teens and Families:


Footloose – Now on Netflix


Kazoops! – Now on Netflix


Kulipari: An Army of Frogs – Now on Netflix


Hoot – Now on Netflix


Stream Team Spotlight

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All You Need Is Love: Devon Weaver of Mama Cheaps rocked out with her little ones to Beat Bugs!


Simply Real Moms’ Emily Stone got a chance to chat with the director of Tallulah on all things mommy-shaming.

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Tiffany of Stuff Parents Need created 2-D versions of our favorite Little Prince characters in this DIY activity.


Music really does bring the family together, especially for SAHM Reviews’ Nicole Brady.

Atkins® Launches First Line Of Meal Kits! Three Weeks Later @AtkinsInsider #AtkinsMealKits #ad

Atkins® Launches First Line Of Meal Kits- Follow Up- Three Weeks Later

This post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

AtkinseggsA few weeks ago I was thrilled to learn about the new Atkins first line of meal kits that are delivered directly to your home. To me it was a complete dream come true. To put it bluntly, it is easy as can be. The doorbell rings, the food arrives, there is a list of extra foods to purchase and you are set for the week. The best part of the entire program is, “It Works!!”.

Five Reasons I love the Atkins Meal Kits:

1. The Atkins meal kits come boxed with dry ice and everything you need for a  successful week of following the Atkins plan.

2. The Atkins meal replacement bars and shakes are a gift from heaven! They taste delicious and keep you feeling full.

3. Atkins includes a grocery list for everything extra that you will need to buy. This is great for people like me who need it all spelled out!

4. The frozen meals taste delicious and are very filling. They seem kind of small, but when teamed with the recommended side dishes become very plentiful.

5. There is a weekly printed out plan for you to follow that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.


Atkins is more than a diet. It is a life plan that works. Adapting to low carbs has not been as difficult as I would have expected. I was willing to give it a try to see if it worked after hearing so much about the Atkins plan. It’s such a bonus to have the kits delivered to the house. The less decisions I have to make about my meal choices the better off I am. Slowly I am moving toward making healthy low carb choices. With each meal I am getting stronger at choosing healthy over whatever food is in range. If feels good to invest into a healthier lifestyle.


AtkinsdrinksbarsIf you are thinking of trying a low carb lifestyle and want everything organized and spelled out for you, this plan is definitely for you. It’s priced reasonably so you won’t go broke. There are three choices available so you can check them out and choose the one that is right for your life.

frozenfoodie_v1__49999-1459896370-290-290Option 1- Frozen Foodie Meal Kit ($69.99) is ideal for people who are too busy to cook full meals, requiring minimal time in the kitchen. This kit features a variety of Atkins Frozen Meals to simplify options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

eveningchef_v1__57393-1459896152-290-290Option 2- Evening Chef Meal Kit ($89.99) is designed for the consumer seeking convenience during the day, but wants to prepare their own meals in the evening. The kit includes Atkins Frozen Meals, Snack Bars and Shakes to cover breakfast, lunch and snacks, with recipes and recommended shopping lists for low-carb dinners.
easypeasy_mostconvenient2__51261-1467996841-500-750Option 3- Easy Peasy Meal Kit ($97.99) is the most comprehensive kit with all meals included, and consumers make their snacks and side dishes. The kit includes a variety of Atkins Frozen Meals, Meal Bars and Shakes to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner.

AtkinsbooksIf you would like to enjoy a healthier you, you can order Atkins Meal Kits at Atkins.com, where they can receive free support from nutritionists, access educational materials and share insights from their personal weight-loss journey with members of the Atkins community. In addition, all plans come with the Atkins Meal Kit Guide, The New Atkins Made Easy book, the Atkins Carb Counter and the Recipe Booklet.

Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids was invited to participate in this opp. This post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. An Atkins Meal Kit was also provided. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and do not reflect the opinions of the parent company represented. Contact me at 3decades3kids.net and @3decades3kids across all social media platforms. Snapchat us at: ThreeDecades. Get social with Atkins  #AtkinsMealKits