The Boxtrolls Full-Length Trailer

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the set of The Boxtrolls for Sippy Cup Mom. I can’t unveil the details just yet, but I wanted to give you a peek at the full-length trailer for the film which just debuted today, to give you a taste of what’s to come. I’m so looking forward to this film (Which comes out the day after my birthday) and sharing my experience with you soon!

New Maleficent Clips

Are you excited to see Maleficent next week? To whet your appetite, here are two new clips from the film, along with a short behind-the-scenes segment on how they filmed the stunts for one of the pivotal scenes in the movie. I’m always fascinated by how filmmakers create specific scenes, and the effects in this battle segment look like they’re going to be pretty incredible!

New Music Spotlight: Genevieve Goings – “My Telephone Number Is”

My Telephone Number Is...

I was sent the single of “My Telephone Number is” by Genevieve Goings to review as a influencer with Entertainment New Media Network. I have been compensated for this post but my thoughts and opinions are always my own.

As you know, I’m passionate about music, which is why I love featuring new artists on Contest Corner with interviews, videos, and album reviews. And when a musician works to create music that is fun and educational for children, the whole family stands to benefit. I’ve featured some fun Disney artists on here before, and among their alumni is Genevieve Goings, who is best known for her work on Playhouse Disney and Disney Junior. On June 3rd, Genevieve will release her debut solo album for kids, entitled Do You Know? This record is full of fun and bouncy tunes aimed at teaching children how to do different tasks. I had a chance to listen to the first single, “My Telephone Number Is”, which was released on iTunes this past Monday. Have a look at this super fun ’90s-themed video:


Only ’90s kids will get this!

Like Genevieve, I’ve had the same landline telephone number since 1993, but I must confess that I still have yet to memorize my cell phone number. I needed this song as much as the children too! I won’t lie, I just sat here with my iPhone listening to the song and singing along my phone number to try and remember it. ;)

Do You Know? promises silly tunes to get your kids moving and learning – the “FUN-damentals”, as she calls it! The next single, “Gotta Do My Business” is a hilarious reggae track about using the bathroom. It’s actually a really catchy song with a great beat – it’s the best bathroom music I’ve ever heard, and for once, has “Potty mouth” lyrics that you’ll want your children to hear!

More About Genevieve:

Genevieve Goings has spent 10 years teaching toddlers fundamental fun. From her
debut on Playhouse Disney as the hip singing train conductor on the educational
interstitials known as “Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve”, through her remaking Classic
Disney sing-alongs again with Choo Choo Soul,  and voicing  the learning bumpers
featured on the new Disney Junior network. Genevieve is now welcoming a second
generation of viewers and listeners with the release of her first solo album doing what
she does best – teaching and entertaining children.  

“Do You know?” is a new presentation path for learning for young children age 2-7
year old. It features songs and videos aimed at helping preschoolers learn their phone
number, telling time, putting themselves to bed, and the more personal things like
hygiene and dealing with potty training in a dignified manner.  This new inspiring set of
songs is fun for the whole family and will have you, as parents and teachers, singing
and dancing along.

“Genevieve has a gift of bridging the age gap between children and their parents/
teachers. Her songs and their rhythmic beats get everyone dancing, singing and
giggling in what is bound to be the most entertaining learning experience for growing
toddlers since Sesame Street.”
- Erica I. Pena-Vest, Entertainment New Media Network

Genevieve Goings

“My Telephone Number Is” can be downloaded on iTunes now, so click here to snag your copy! And while you’re at the iTunes store, be sure to check out Sing With Genevieve, a totally free app that will get you dancing with music and videos.

Do You Know? will be be released on June 3rd, with pre-orders available starting in early May. Pre-orders will grant you an instant download of “Gotta Do My Business”, which I swear I will be singing all weekend! To stay up-to-date on pre-order availability and other album news, be sure to follow Genevieve Goings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her official website.

Video: Teens & Preventative Health Care

Millions of US Teens May Be Missing Out on Annual Checkups and the Opportunity to be Screened for Potential Health Risks

When we think of teenage milestones, we tend to think of events like prom, getting your first driver’s license, or graduation. But there are other milestones that may be more mundane, but a lot more important. Take, for example, your annual doctor’s checkup. We all know how important preventative health care is, and I think it can be especially relevant for young people still going through puberty so that they can be monitored for healthy development, get important information about what to expect as they grow up (Hello, deodorant!) and have the opportunity to be counseled on and ask questions regarding important issues like depression or eating disorders that they may be struggling with or witnessing at school.

However, a new survey from the US Census indicates that one third of teenagers who they spoke to may not be receiving annual checkups or missing out on important information while at their appointments. For example, many teens responding indicated that they didn’t feel comfortable discussing specific topics with their doctor because their parents were present. I remember when I was a teenager, I would have appointments where the doctor would usher my mom out of the room and ask those embarrassing questions like, “Do you smoke?”. While this may be awkward for the teens and feel unnecessary, I’m really glad my doctor had that policy, as I know many teens may be struggling with issues that they feel uncomfortable discussing with a parent, for whatever reason. Good health care is another tool which we have to make sure today’s youth are educated and can make informed choices for themselves to avoid health issues and treat problems that they may already be dealing with.

Flicker – “Everywhere Face” Music Video

This week, progressive rock band Flicker have publicly debuted the music video for “Everywhere Face” off their first album, How Much Are You Willing To Forget? You may remember Flicker from our recent CD giveaway – they’ve been getting a lot of attention from both fans of prog rock as well as newcomers to the genre, so you should check out the song if you haven’t yet heard their music. The video is a very fun and creative stop-motion effort that I personally believe a lot of you will enjoy, so check it out and let me know what you think!

Flicker’s debut album is available now on iTunes. You can keep up with the band on Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp.

I Was on The News!

As you will recall, I recently attended the Safeway Just4U Portland Blogger Event, where I learned all about Safeway’s latest savings program. During the event, I went grocery shopping with a camera crew in tow, as I was being interviewed by KOIN 6 News about the program. That clip is now online, so check out the video above to watch me in action and hear my thoughts about Just4U!

Maroon 5 “Payphone” Music Video

Adam Levine in the video for "Payphone"

It’s here – the official video for “Payphone”! Check out this information from the official news release:

“Maroon 5 have just unveiled the action packed new video for their record breaking hit single, “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa. The video, which was shot by award winning director Samuel Bayer (Justin Timberlake, Green Day, My Chemical Romance), premiered on E! and finds front man Adam Levine on the run after a bank heist.

‘Payphone,’ which debuted at #1 on the Digital Songs chart with 493,000 downloads, broke the Black Eyed Peas’ previous record for first week digital sales by a group. The track is up now on iTunes, and will appear on Maroon 5′s highly anticipated album, Overexposed, due out June 26th on A&M/Octone (available for pre-order).”

Note to readers: This video contains strong language and some fictitious violence (Portrayal of a bank robbery)