Rockin Mama™ Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:47:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rockin Mama™ 32 32 111966601 Captain Marvel on Blu-ray + Printables Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:42:34 +0000 The origin story of Marvel’s newest Avenger has become one of my favorites. Marvel does a fantastic job of weaving in story elements from other films, suffice for even the most avid Marvel fan. Captain Marvel is available on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere right now, and debuts on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD June 11.


Captain Marvel

The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces audiences to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), an Air Force pilot who endures a freak accident resulting in the new acquisition of alien superpowers. AKA Captain Marvel, she joins forces with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as they work to save the planet from an emerging war between the alien races.

Captain Marvel is set in the ’90s, a period in the history of the MCU that audiences have not seen. As a woman and a mom, I appreciate the introduction of the first stand-alone female character. We first meet Danvers after she has acquired her powers, having left behind her earthly life to become a member of the intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce. Led by commander Yon-Rogg, Danvers trains and works with the team, rising to become a valued member. When she finds herself back on Earth, she meets and teams up with Nick Fury as they work to stop the forces of Talos and his band of Skrulls, who’s danger lies in their shape-shifting abilities, as they invade Earth.

Captain Marvel Bonus Features

Whether you opt for the digital version of the film, or Best Buy’s exclusive Collectible Steelbook, you’ll enjoy sufficient bonus content and deleted scenes.

Captain Marvel bonus content includes the transformative journey of Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and her character’s impact on audiences around the globe; the influence of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on significant events within the MCU; the perfect pairing of directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; the ongoing conflict between the Skrulls and the Kree; and the raw talent behind the fetching feline named Goose. Audiences will also enjoy six deleted scenes, director commentary, a gag reel loaded with funnies, flubs and Flerkens, and never-before-seen concept art and production photography. 

If you choose to own Captain Marvel on Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD you’ll have access to two exclusive features, including a behind-the-scenes visit with the Visual Effects team that makes the filmmakers’ visions of the MCU come to life and an inside look at the epic team effort that goes into an action-packed sequence within a Marvel Studios film.

Captain Marvel Printables

Captain Marvel Best Buy Exclusive

Captain Marvel is available today at Best Buy in a Collectible SteelBook which includes custom box art exclusive to the store!

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Wonder Park Printables Mon, 03 Jun 2019 06:32:50 +0000 Sometimes, a movie takes me by surprise, unexpectedly evoking nostalgia and emotion. Paramount’s Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park, dreamed up by a little girl name June and her mother. The film will be available on digital June 4, 2019 and Blu-ray June 18, 2019.

June Mother Wonder Park

Wonder Park

I grew up as an only child and had close relationships with my parents, which is why Wonder Park managed to capture my emotions so beautifully. The relationship between June and her mother is central to the film and reminded me of the closeness I had with my own parents. June and her mom dream up Wonderland, an imaginative amusement park run by a group of animals.

June Wonder Park

When June’s mother falls ill and is sent away for treatment, June is overcome with sadness, abandoning the park her and her mother created together. Forced to attend math camp, June finds a way to escape right into the middle of a live rendition of Wonderland, now in disarray. The amusement park is a metaphor of June’s emotional plunge into sadness with her mom sick and away from her.

Wonderland Wonder Park

It is the animals June created that help her put the wonder back in Wonderland and emerge from the darkness that had overcome her. The filmmakers’ use of metaphor is poignant, and I love how June’s imagination and creativity ultimately lead her out of her sadness.

Wonder Park on Blu-ray

Wonder Park will be released on digital June 4, 2019 and on Blu-ray June 18, 2019. Here is a look at the included bonus features.


  • Feature film in high definition
  • Gus Yodeling – Deleted Scene
  • The Wonder Chimp Channel
  • The Pi Song Sing-Along
  • Making Noises (It’s Actually a Job?!!)
  • June’s Guide to Wonderland
  • June’s Welcoming Crew
  • Boardwalk Caricatures: Drawing Boomer, Drawing the Wonder Chimp Pirate, Drawing the Wonder Chimp Princess

Wonder Park Printables and Coloring Pages

Download our free Wonder Park printables, activity sheets, and coloring pages!

Wonder Park Spot the Difference
Wonder Park Maze
Wonder Park Activity Sheet
June Selfie Wonder Park Coloring Page
Group Wonder Park Coloring Page
Wonder Park Boomer Coloring Page
Wonder Park Connect the Dots
Wonder Park Coloring Page
June and Great Wonder Park Coloring Page
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LAWineFest Tickets, Information and Discounts Wed, 29 May 2019 15:20:34 +0000 Whether you enjoy a nice glass of Merlot or are a craft beer enthusiast, you do not want to miss the 14th annual LAWineFest, taking place at Pike Outlets in Long Beach June 1 and 2, 2019! Be sure to scroll down for our exclusive discount on tickets!



LAWineFest was created by wine authority and educator Dr. Joel M. Fisher, and offers guests a unique tasting opportunity in a relaxed, fun setting. In addition to main stage educational programs from award winning winemakers and chefs, you can stroll through the festival and meet with winemakers to chat and learn about the wines they are presenting. Beer lovers will enjoy some of the best breweries as brewmasters pour their crafts at the event.

If you are a foodie, be sure to take a break and enjoy lobster rolls, brats, sliders, BBQ, ice cream and more from an array of food trucks and booths, available for purchase. At the conclusion of LAWineFest, check out the award-winning restaurants and stores in The Pike Outlets, and nearby in the city.


LAWineFest Tickets and Information

Tickets to the LAWineFest include a souvenir glass, unlimited wine and craft brew tastings, bottled water, coffee and bread. Admission also includes shopping in artisan boutiques, live music and more.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • General Admission: $100 (includes admission to the Boutique Gardens with 15-20 wineries offering tastes from limited production)
  • All Access: $125
  • Designated Driver: $20
The Pikes Long Beach

LAWineFest Dates, Times, Location, and Parking

LAWineFest will be held June 1st and 2nd, 2019 from 2 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday at The Pike Outlets.

The Pike Outlets
95 S. Pine St.
Long Beach, CA

LA WineFest

LAWineFest Discount Code

Save 20% off tickets to LAWineFest with the code WINELIFE. 

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How Providence St. Joseph Health is Improving Health Outcomes in Guatemala Wed, 29 May 2019 14:50:28 +0000 Having lived and worked overseas, I learned to think broadly about world issues, including poverty, access to basic resources, and disparities in health care. The busyness of life can make it easy to focus inward. But the global needs are great, which is why I am passionate about sharing with you how Providence St. Joseph Health is going beyond our borders to address health disparities, particularly in the communities of Guatemala. Aimee Khuu, Executive Director of Global and Domestic Partnerships at Providence St. Joseph Health, talks about the partnership between the organization and the Chicaman community, how they are working to address issues like child malnutrition, and the global impact of their efforts.

Aimee Khuu

Can you talk about how the partnership between Providence St. Joseph Health and Chicaman, El Quiche began?

The causes of disability and disease around the globe are many but there are several key drivers: poverty, malnutrition, and lack of access to clean water or appropriate medical care. At Providence St. Joseph Health, our Mission reaches beyond our borders to respond to the root causes of health disparities. In 2012, we set out on a journey to find out where we could make the most meaningful impact to address immediate health needs while also building toward sustainable solutions. We identified Guatemala through a discernment process and needs assessments throughout international partners. The Chicaman community, in particular, includes 35,000 people living in extreme poverty where preventable illnesses are the leading causes of death for children. The survey also informed us that access to adequate medical care in the remote region is limited, with a handful of poorly-equipped health outposts and only one doctor for every 10,726 residents. 

What are the key issues/problems that were identified and are now being addressed through this partnership?

We were inspired to launch a three-year strategic plan to improve key health indicators, including:

  • Reduce child malnutrition by half 
  • Decrease diarrheal disease by half 
  • Increase prenatal care 
  • Strengthen health system delivery for 35,000 residents

How is Providence St. Joseph Health positioned to address these needs?

Leveraging our unique scale and resources, our multipronged programs in Guatemala are structured around three strategic pillars that include public health solutions, medical relief, and health system development through education and supplies. 

To relieve suffering from urgent health issues, our clinicians travel to local hospitals and villages multiple times throughout the year to provide surgical and medical services. Providence is also providing desperately needed medical supplies and equipment through our medical supply recovery program. Our public health interventions include the installation of ventilated cooking stoves, sanitary latrines and clean water projects.

To create lasting change, we established a relationship with the Universidad de Rafael Landivar to build a robust medical education exchange program that provides opportunities for residents and students to serve in both countries.

Is this a volunteer-based program? If so, how are the volunteers selected? What type of training/experience is required? 

Since 2012, more than 1,600 of our employees and executives have traveled internationally to serve and contribute to improved health for vulnerable populations. Service opportunities are open to all employees of Providence St. Joseph Health. The ideal team member would be someone who is committed, flexible, adaptable under challenging circumstances, and comfortable working with a diverse team on which all members are considered valuable peers. 

Selected volunteers participate in 3 pre-trip orientation meetings, reflections in-country, and debrief gatherings following the trip. Additionally, volunteers are asked to pay a portion of the travel and in-country costs to Guatemala, help fundraise $1,000 for their service project, and use their PTO to participate. A limited number of scholarships are available to help off-set trip costs for caregivers with financial need. 

Medical Teams in Guatemala

What has been the impact so far?

The results have been outstanding; with a decrease in the leading causes of death for children under the ages of 2 in the communities we serve and powerful impact on our caregivers with 97% of participants more closely connected to the mission and values of our organization. Together with our in-country and partners and volunteers, our impact to date includes: strengthening of the local health facilities, improving the home environment for vulnerable families- including access to clean water, sanitary latrines and clean burning stoves as well as the provision of surgical and medical care.  We have reduced the leading causes of death by more than half. 

At its root, our work in Guatemala is meant to give the people who work for PSJH an opportunity to learn and grow by working among those who are poor and vulnerable. We have come to learn that this kind of end-to-end transformation is felt through the caring heartbeat of our ministry. Time and again, caregivers who have traveled to Guatemala, or on other service trips, speak about the way it has transformed them – their personal perspective, their work and their assumptions.

Are there any plans to expand the program to other communities?

We have expanded programs in both Mexico and Malawi.

What are the challenges volunteers face? 

For many volunteers, this is the first time they are traveling outside the United States. For others, they have participated on other service trips and traveled internationally extensively and so their personal challenges are varied and broad. That being said, for each volunteer, their experience is both eye opening and challenging. Seeing poverty for the first time, knowing that you are limited what you can provide, and then returning home – I would say that the challenges can be quite significant and yet at the same time transformative in very positive ways. 

How does the team incorporate the culture and practices of this population while working to help improve health outcomes?

We never assume to know what a community needs. By working together with community members who define – from their unique cultural vantage point – what is most needed and how to make it happen, we in turn provide them with opportunities to lead the way in improving their own lives. The most effective programs are centered on community participation and empowerment.

How long is the program and what indicators are used to measure success? 

 Our work has made significant impact in the communities we serve. Over the past few years:

  • The incidence of diarrhea in children under 2 years old has reduced from 41% to 17%
  • Practices related to safe water consumption, hand washing and sanitation has improved from 3% to 80%
  • Underweight children under 2 years old has reduced from 35% to 27%
  • Pneumonia rates for children under 2 years old has reduced from 25% to 7%

What can be learned from working with Guatemalan clinicians and the community they serve? 

Our university partner in Guatemala has an innovative model of health delivery that involves door-to-door surveying and mapping of health risks. It is truly population health in action. In the U.S., Guatemalan medical students get their first experience with the family medicine model and participate in integrated, multidisciplinary care teams. We have much to learn from each other, and over time, hope to achieve a sophisticated level of expert-to-expert collaboration that will inspire the next generation of doctors and nurses and help us better serve our patients.

I invite you to learn more about the partnership between Providence St. Joseph Health and the Chicamán community by visiting their website and following them on Facebook and Instagram.

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What You Need to Know About Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Thu, 23 May 2019 20:13:33 +0000 The anticipation has been building as we countdown the days until Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge debuts at both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World! Disney first announced the new Star Wars-themed lands at D23 in 2015. Last year, Disney revealed exciting new details about the land, including an expansive model which provided a visual, tangible way for fans to imagine what Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be like.

Black Spire Outpost

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Based on the popular, longstanding film series, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will immerse families in a land filled with intergalactic adventures. Here is what we know so far:

  • The land will span 14 acres and will be located where the former Big Thunder Ranch was situated
Star Wars Land Concept Disneyland
  • There will be two main attractions including one that gives guest the opportunity to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission. The second will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
Star Wars Land Concept
  • Families will encounter a variety of Star Wars characters including BB8, Chewbacca, Rex, and Kylo Ren.
  • Black Spire Outpost is the name of the village inside the land
Ogas Cantina - Star Wars Galaxys Edge
  • Oga’s Cantina, located inside the village will serve up “famous concoctions” created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods. The cantina will serve up choices for kids and adults, including libations, which hints to the possibility of alcohol-inspired drinks. Additionally, guests will enjoy musical entertainment by RX-24 (the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid) now re-envisioned as the cantina’s DJ and a visit by some of your favorite characters.
Star Wars Toys
  • Even the most loyal Star Wars fans will be dazzled by the new street market run by a Toydarian. This was the first character introduced in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and the store will feature handcrafted toys made by local artisans.
Galaxys Edge Disneyland
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland Park in the Summer of 2019 followed by Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Fall of 2019.
Galaxys Edge Millennium Falcon Concept

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is slated to open in 2019. As we continue to receive additional details from Disney, we will update the post accordingly.

Galaxys Edge Concept

Be sure to keep up to date with the latest happenings regarding Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World by visiting the Disney Parks Blog.

Are you ready to book your next Disneyland vacation?

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Boarding Pass System June 24th and Beyond

Beginning June 24, 2019, guests will have the opportunity to visit Galaxy’s Edge via a virtual line. Guests may enter the virtual queue once they are inside Disneyland Park. You can find more details on how that will work here.

Galaxys Edge Getaway Today

Specials for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The best specials for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge include 5th Day Free Disneyland Resort tickets, Extra Night Free hotel specials, and a Layaway Plan that allows you the option of holding your vacation for just $175 down.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Reservations for May 31 – June 23, 2019

If you can’t wait until June 24th, you can still get a “sold out” reservation to enter Galaxy’s Edge by staying at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels between May 31 – June 23, 2019.

Here are the current available dates that include an automatic reservation to Galaxy’s Edge:

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel: June 1 – 6, 2019: 
Disneyland Hotel: June 1 – 7 and June 9 – 17, 2019
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: June 1 – 18, 2019

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

Images: Disney Parks

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