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Great Family Adventure Inspired by the film #EarthtoEcho

Disclosure: Sponsored Post.

 

official geocacheNow that summer is here, it is a great time for outdoor adventures and fresh air. One family activity my kids especially enjoy is called Geocaching“ a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices”.  Beyond the excitement of looking for outdoor treasure in hidden containers, Geocaching gives us exercise by riding our bikes while using the Geocache app to find local sites.

 

When I was asked to join in a campaign for the new movie “Earth to Echo” and document our own sponsored adventure using the Go-Pro 3 – I could not wait! It was a great opportunity to spend quality time with my teen and document it with the GoPro. Check out the bottom of this post for the video of our geocaching adventure!

 

Watching the trailer for the new movie (coming out July 2nd), I was reminded of my favorite childhood family films like E.T. which capture the excitement of an adventure between friends. “Earth to Echo” has the added twist of some new modern technology and a mysteriously cute alien.

 

 

Here is more information about Earth to Echo from the movie’s press release:

 

“Friendship is the greatest adventure of all.  Earth To Echo – In theaters July 2, 2014.

 

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones.

 

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Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government.

 

Earth to Echo

 

This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

 

Earth to Echo

 

Rating: PG

 

Cast: Ella Linnea Wahlestedt, Reese Hartwig, Teo Halm and Brian “Astro” Bradley.

 

 

Earth to Echo

 

What family adventures are you planning this summer? Maybe start by heading to Theatres on or after July 2nd to see #EarthtoEcho, and stop off along the way to find some Geocaches…

 

Talk about adventures, here is the video my son and made sponsored and “inspired” by the film Earth to Echo to show our geocaching adventure.

 

 

 

INFORMATION ON MORE EARTH TO ECHO GEOCACHING FUN from press release:

Earth To Echo hits theaters on July 2, but you can prepare for the journey in the meantime with the brand new Geocaching EARTH TO ECHO Adventure now available in a few major cities! Geocaching is a family-friendly activity, where adventure seekers can use an app or GPS on their mobile devices to search for cleverly hidden containers placed in nearby neighborhoods.”

 

Geocache Earth to Echo

 

Go on a Geocaching adventure in your city with Earth To Echo! Play to unlock the mystery today, start here. Adventures are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle.

 

For more informationon the Earth to Echo film, check out – #EarthtoEcho, the Official Website, Like’ Earth to Echo on Facebook, Subscribe on YouTube or follow on Twitter, Instagram & Tumblr.

 

 

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All of my words are my own.

 

 

 

 

Beauty of the Talking Twins

I am the proud mother of three boys, two of which are twins. All siblings have a special connection (and sometimes special brawls), but twins have an extra connection that is hard to describe. When I think back to the days my twins were babies, there were many special moments that they communicated to each other in their own secret language. I could even call it babble with meaning.

The other day a friend, who knows I have twins, sent me a link to the new viral sensation: Talking Twins taken by Twinmamarama (hat tip to SFGate for helping me figure out who the brillant mama who took the video is).

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TechMama goes HotMama on MommytoMommyTV

At the Sony Mom Blogger event I had to opportunity for a behind the scenes glimpse of professional movie magic and (on a smaller but equally important scale) how to create my own photo and video magic – at a demo of the Sony digital products.

I was especially excited about creating video for my site. But I realized I had one small problem: while I may know lots about tech, I still have lots to learn about video. I was lucky to have met Kimberley Blaine of TheGoToMom, who also gives vlogger seminars. I decided I need to get my video mojo on and what better person to learn from then Kimberley?

Kimberley Clayton Blaine just launched her newest online video venture: MommytoMommyTV - a new online show for moms. I was excited to host one of the shows. The show is called TechMama Goes HotMama.

So of course I prepared… Real Housewives reality TV style..

My segment was about meeting my mom comedian idol Heather McDonald (in LA) to have her sign a copy of her book that I purchased. I wanted to get myself Hollywood ready to meet her, so of course I got a spray on tan and hair extensions. Really.

Watch my segment to see my full makeover details.. Did I really get to meet the fabulous Heather McDonald? Did I also meet any other fabulous comedians? Was I able to walk in the super sized high heeled shoes I bought for the video? Did I have an orange glow from my spray on tan? Did anyone pull my hair extensions?

Click HERE to read the rest of the post and watch the MommytoMommy.tv show I hosted.

TechMama Goes Hot Mama With Guest Celebrity by Kimberley Blaine.

Press Release:

INTRODUCING MOMMYtoMOMMY.TV–A NEW ONLINE VIDEO SERIES FOR MOMS

The Internet is full of places where parents can go to find advice and ideas, but with so much information out there, it can be hard for mom’s to find once place that covers the hot topics that they actually want to hear about. Well, mom’s, the wait is over: Kimberley Clayton Blaine, a popular mommy video-blogger and America’s favorite Go-To Mom (and founder of www.TheGoToMom.TV), announced today a new series of online programming for moms –MOMMYtoMOMMY.TV—a unique online program designed exclusively for mommies.

Twice per month, Blaine (who produces and hosts the show) will team up with a different momblogger, mompreneur or celebrity guest to deliver info-tainment on the featured topic. With its fast-paced style, the show is designed to entertain and inform moms about the things they care about most. The show will feature a variety of hot topics about motherhood, family, and the work/life balance so many moms juggle. Everything juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood, or dealing with relationships, fertility issues, and body image—no topic will be left uncovered.

“In doing my parenting series as The Go-To Mom, what I’ve found is that even though we are moms–and that’s a big part of who we are– we’re still women with a unique set of interests andconcerns,” explains Blaine.   “This idea was born out of the fact that moms are social and they want to connect with other mothers,” she continues. “And MOMMYtoMOMMY.TV is a place for mothers to do just that–to connect, to share videos, and to be inspired by one another.”

What’s more? Blaine has teamed up with Sony to inform moms of the latest and greatest technology so that they won’t miss one minute of those precious family moments. With webisodes featuring great innovative new products like Sony® α (alpha) cameras, Bloggie HD MP4 cameras, Cyber-shot® cameras and Handycam® camcorders.

With celebrity guests, technology how-to’s, great advice, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how a show like this is made there’s something for everyone at this new online community that is created by Mom’s for Mom’s. Be sure to take a peak this month at www.MommytoMommy.TV. You won’t be disappointed!


 

YouTube & Video: Search of the Future

I just read a NYT article about kids using YouTube as "their" search engine of choice. My 10 year old always searches YouTube and prefers video sites. Out of the mouth of babes, I see the future of search. And it's all about video!

NYT Article: At First, Funny Videos. Now, a Reference Tool.

Here is a listing of video search sites: