Calling all girls ages 15-18 in grades 10th-12th! I’m excited to share all about the Thor Ragnarok Superpower of STEM Challenge! Marvel Studios is, once again, encouraging young girls to explore the power of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Channel your inner superpowers of STEM for good and you could win a trip to the premiere of Thor: Ragnarok and a mentorship with Disney Imagineering!
This program, supported by American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS, and Society for Science & the Public is looking for you girls to use your superpower of STEM to create an original Do-It-Yourself project that can be replicated by others.
Five finalists will be selected to come to Los Angeles and present their projects to a panel of experts. They will also get the chance to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, get $500 deposited into a high-yield savings account from Synchrony Bank, a tour of the Walt Disney Studios, and more!
One grand-prize winner (selected from the five finalists) will get the chance to be mentored by Disney Imagineering. There she will build her STEM story, creating a video that will be available to students, teachers and families worldwide on the American Association for the Advancement of Science education resource website ScienceNetLinks.com. Plus she will have the opportunity to demonstrate her project live on Good Morning America!
Could someone get me an ID that says I’m 18 again? This sounds like an amazing opportunity!
The contest runs August 23, 2017, through September 23, 2017. For the official rules, application, and more information visit Marvel Studios STEM Challenge.
Thor finds himself without his hammer and imprisoned far from Asgard. He needs to join forces with the Incredible Hulk, Valkyrie, and Loki to try to save Asgard from Hela. And also prevent her from unleashing Ragnarok, the end of Asgardian civilization. Along the way he has to fight the Hulk in a gladiators’ ring, probably have a sibling heart-to-heart with Loki, and take on some big, ferocious mythological baddies. I have chills. Is it November yet?
I’ve been geeking out over the new Thor movie ever since I first saw the teaser trailer. Want to know what has me so excited for the latest Thor? Just check out my 10 Reason To Geek Our Over Thor Ragnarok!
Thor Ragnarok is in theaters November 3rd 2017!!
Disney has just debuted an empowering Dream Big Princess photo campaign, and I absolutely love it. This new campaign, follows along with the Dream Big, Princess messaging and products we have seen in the last few years. Disney collaborated with 19 female photographers from around the world to capture powerful images showcasing real-world women and girls inspired by the Princesses.
But they didn’t stop with just these amazing photos.
For every photo posted on social media with the hashtag, “#DreamBigPrincess,” or like of such a post, Disney will donate $1 to the UN Girl Up Foundation, up to $1 million!
“The idea that stories, whether real life or fictional like those of Belle or Rapunzel, can inspire kids to follow their dreams is at the heart of the #DreamBigPrincess campaign,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We asked some of the most accomplished female photographers to help tell the stories of inspiring women and girls from around the world—and the results are incredible.”
Stories play a powerful role in inspiring kids to follow their dreams, and these images spotlight positive real world stories in a visual way to encourage kids to reach for their goals. They range from a young entrepreneur who created a STEM book about girls coding, to a girls soccer team that loves to compete in their Princess dresses, to the first female elephant keepers in Kenya, to a Paralympic fencing champion in Japan, and more.
“Every picture tells a story, and I’m delighted to be part of an initiative that tells so many stories that are interesting and diverse. I hope that people around the world will be motivated to share their own inspiring #DreamBigPrincess images in support of Girl Up.” – Annie Griffiths, one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers.
As a woman and a mother to 2 children, one being a girl, I have loved the messaging and presence of Dream Big, Princess since it debuted in 2016. I grew up wanting to emulate my favorite Princesses, the kindness of Cinderella and the stubborn yet loving Belle. You could find me practicing my swimming skills every Summer, pretending to be Ariel. Now my daughter is growing up learning that you can dream big, thanks to her favorite princesses. The princesses teach us to be brave, forgiving, to preserve, and above all never let go of your dreams. Girls can be anything they want to be, and that is a message every young girl needs to hear.
To learn more and support this new campaign, connect with them on Facebook.
I love the POPSUGAR Must Have Boxes. Whenever they ask me if I want to review one on here the answer is always a yes. The boxes never cease to delight me or you, the reader. I’m still rocking my Aloha hat from June’s box! The POPSUGAR August 2017 Must Have Box is a birthday celebration!
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POPSUGAR Must Have turns 5 this month! Woo hoo! Lisa Sugar has been curating her and her team of editors favorite items for us for 5 years. Wow! This month’s box features fun, new products from some of Lisa’s favorite brand obsessions. And I’m loving what was chosen, just look at these goodies!
First Aid Beauty: 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask
10 minutes to better skin! You can pamper yourself before you head out to celebrate. My skin felt softer, smoother, and it had a nice healthy glow.
Fringe Studio: Free Spirit Journal – sponsored by Jeep
I’m a sucker for a new journal and the phrase Free Spirit speaks to me. It;s hard to tell from the picture, gotta love lighting, but it is actually rose gold. One of my favorite colors and it matches my phone, it’s awesome.
Goodie Girl Cookies: Chocolate Chunk
Treat yourself without the guilt. Gluten free, peanut free, and so tasty!
Shoptiques.com: $25 Gift Card
A special surprise was this gift card. With Shoptiques, you can shop boutiques from all across the globe.
Dogeared: Friendship Bracelet
Pastel: Cheers Lacquered Tray
As you know I live for planning parties. My eyes immediately went to the this tray. Colorful confetti, gold outline, the word Cheers, I can’t wait to serve drinks or dessert on this at my next brunch!
Meri Meri: Gold Glitter Candles
Happy Birthday POPSUGAR Must Have! I’m celebrating you with these delicious cookies, and blowing out the Meri Meri candles for you!
A Month of Giveaways!
Any current subscribers and those of you who sign up in August, are eligible for a chance to win in the weekly giveaways!
Week 1: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Pehr Designs
Week 2: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from First Aid Beauty
Week 3: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Kendra Scott
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A month ago, I unapologetically broke the kids out of school to check attend the Road to the Races Tour. At the event, they showed us an exclusive clip from Cars 3. My son is all about cars and sat on the edge of his seat the entire time. It may have only been a 10 minute clip but I have heard about it every day since. Race down the road to June and the moment he has been waiting for finally arrived. Cars 3.
New Pixar Short: Lou
We previewed this short at Disney Social Media Moms and loved it. I was also thrilled that I got to meet Dave Mullins, the genius behind Lou. It is funny and definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I’m pretty sure Lou is now my favorite Pixar short. Just give it all the awards now because it deserves them!
Lightning is down but not out yet. All of his friends, the old school racers, are either retiring or getting fired. He is determined not to let anyone tell him when his racing days are over. But he also must realize that his way of doing things isn’t going to cut it anymore. McQueen must accept that change has come and you either adapt or get left in the dust.
Jackson Storm reminds the characters in the movie, and the audience, of a young Lightning McQueen. He’s great at what he does, but also arrogant and callous. To beat him, Lightning must give up the idea of being faster than Storm, and instead focus on being smarter.
Enter Cruz Ramirez. This energetic young trainer wants to help Lightning but he doesn’t think he needs her help. After all, he’s a Piston Cup winning star, what does this car know about racing? There are not shortcuts in life McQueen. Ain’t that the truth. This pair’s relationship changes throughout the film, and Lightning learns that being a great race car means so much more than winning races.
This film definitely gave us all the feels of watching the original. You can tell they went back to what made the first Cars such a lasting hit. We have all grown during Lightning McQueen’s life and Cars 3 matured right along with us.
The flashbacks to Doc Hudson were touching and yes had my eyes a bit teary. I could relate to McQueen missing Doc and wishing he was there. That’s how I feel about my grandmother.
We also learn more about Doc’s history, how he became the Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and what gave Doc a lot of joy. You might be surprised!
Sally is still her sharp witted, lawyer self who helps push Stinky, I mean Stickers into getting off his tires and doing something about his career after the crash.
Cruz isn’t just the fun sidekick. She embodies the struggle a lot of women face in male dominated spaces. She learns to believe in herself and not to let any man car stand in her way.
We even meet an older female race car who didn’t let the boys stand in her way. Life is too short to take no for an answer she tells Cruz!
Friendship and Acceptance:
It is important to surround yourself with people who believe in you. Lightning has the whole Radiator Springs crew, Doc had Smokey and his friends, and now Cruz has Lightning. There is such a big difference when someone believes in you, it helps you to believe in yourself. I think that lesson stuck out a lot for the parents. We are our children’s first cheerleaders and we need to take care that we are encouraging them, accepting of them, and helping them preserver through life.
What the kids had to say:
My son: You shouldn’t give up. You have to keep racing, like Lightning, and try hard. My favorite new character is Ms. Fritter. She is funny and cool. I would drive fast too if she was chasing me! I like that Lightning learned to be a good friend. Cars 3 is my new favorite Cars because I like Lightning McQueen and Cruz and all the new cars. They are so cool and the derby wow! Crash! Yes!
My daughter: I love love Cruz. She reminds me of me. Cruz is smart but sometimes doesn’t feel like she can do things but she can. She just needed some friends to tell her she can do it like you tell me that I can do anything I make my mind up to do. I really liked the movie and I want to see it again.
The Big Crash Scene:
When the teaser was released I read a lot online that the crash scene seemed graphic and traumatic. In the film, the scene doesn’t seem drawn out and you know quickly Lightning isn’t dead or horribly maimed.
Post Credit Scene:
Stay through the credits for a fun little scene with Mater.
In the end, the audience cheered. The kids talked about the movie the whole way home, and the next day and every day since. We are seeing it again this weekend and I hope you will too!
Cars 3 is in theaters everywhere!