FREE! Disney Moana Coloring Pages

Disney's MOANA

We here at ThatNerdyMama are HUGE Disney fans! The boy-child (age 11) might be in denial, but he loves Disney as much as little-sister (age 5) and Mama do! We are SUPER excited about the November 23 release of Moana – especially since we lived in Hawaii for three years! The islands are a magical place and the people and culture are so amazing!

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. (via Disney’s Moana)

I’d love to share with you some FREE coloring pages to celebrate the arrival of Moana! Click on them to bring up the page and download them. Enjoy! <3

Moana Coloring Page 'Maui' Moana Coloring Page 'Moana' Moana Coloring Page 'Maui and Moana in Boat'
Moana Coloring Page 'Maui and Moana' Moana Coloring Page 'Pua and Meihei' Moana Coloring Page 'Maui and Moana'

Moana sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. For more information, visit the official website or Facebook page!


JRR Tolkien Translation of Beowulf Being Published

One of the oldest, longest and most influential works in the history of Old English will soon be experienced through the eyes of one of the world’s most beloved fantasy authors.

J.R.R. Tolkien was a prominent Beowulf scholar; his Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics was a turning point in the modern study of the poem, moving the focus from its historical to its literary significance. Tolkien also left two substantial unpublished manuscripts concerning Beowulf. The first, a more substantial version of the previously mentioned critical essay, was edited byMichael D.C. Drout and published as Beowulf and the Critics. The second is a partial poetic and full prose translation of the epic, including commentary. The latter was a minor media sensation on its ‘discovery’ in 2003 and was also to be prepared for publication by Drout. [ source ]

Tolkien’s version of the epic story is to finally be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father “enter[ing] into the imagined past” of the heroes.

Although the author completed his own translation in 1926, he “seems never to have considered its publication”, said Christopher Tolkien today, announcing the Tolkien estate’s new deal with HarperCollins to publish Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary on 22 May. The book, edited by Christopher Tolkien, will also include the series of lectures Tolkien gave at Oxford about the poem in the 1930s, as well as the author’s “marvellous tale”, Sellic Spell.

Tolkien’s “creative attention to detail” in his lectures gives rise to a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision”, said his son. “It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel’s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.”

Tolkien also closely considers the dragon which would slay Beowulf, writing of how the beast was “snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup” – an image reminiscent of his own thief Bilbo Baggins, sneaking into the lair of the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit – but, said his son, the author “rebuts the notion that this is ‘a mere treasure story … just another dragon tale'”.

“Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary,” including the translations, a series of lectures given about the poem, and a “marvelous tale” written by Tolkien, will be released on May 22 through HarperCollins.


My Favorite Disney Villain … Maleficent!


Am I alone in my EXCITEMENT about the upcoming movie “Maleficent”? “Sleeping Beauty” was my favorite Disney movie until The Little Mermaid came out (it’s still one of my top favorites!) and Maleficent is my all-time favorite Disney villain!

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. “Maleficent” hits theater’s on May 30, 2014!

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

Check out the trailer!!

Girls CAN! The Amazing Covergirl Ad

I am in LOVE with this video …. So, I shall share it here!



Stand Out in the Crowd like a Bird of Paradise

Birds of Paradise DVDWhy hide in a crowd when you were born to stand out with the high-flying adventure
Birds of Paradise, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) April 1 exclusively at Walmart and Redbox from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View everywhere the same day.

Awarded the DOVE seal of approval, this family-friendly adventure proves you shouldn’t judge a bird by their feathers and features the voices of a talented cast including Drake Bell (TV’s “Drake & Josh), Ashley Tisdale (TV’s “High School Musical”), Ken Jeong (Despicable Me 2), Jane Lynch (TV’s “Glee”), Jon Lovitz (The Benchwarmers), Keith David (Free Birds) and Dallas Lovato (Snowflake And The White Gorilla).

When Jack, an ordinary sparrow with dreams of becoming an extraordinary bird, is accidentally covered in colorful paint, he is thrilled about his new exotic appearance and believes that he’ll now be able to impress Aurora, a beautiful canary who has recently escaped from her indoor cage. But when Aurora’s mean owner, Mr. Potter, finds her, Jack must enlist the help of his best friends – Vinnie, the loyal pigeon and Skeeter, the hyper hummingbird as well as Rosie, the caring bat and the wise Old Buzzard in order to free her. And along the way, Jack and Aurora will learn that it’s not what you look like on the outside, but who you are on the inside that truly counts.

Timed to the theatrical release of Rio 2, the Birds of Paradise DVD features all-new bonus material including a look behind the scenes of the voice recording sessions and a sneak peek at award-winning animated Minisculeshorts.

The Birds of Paradise DVD will be available exclusively at Walmart for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Woman Crush Wednesday – Jennifer Lawrence

Here is some “food for thought” … Jennifer Lawrence asks Barbara Walters;

“If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people ‘fat’?”

This is just one of the reasons that I absolutely adore Jennifer. She’s smart, has a wonderful and hilarious personality, she is an amazing actress who has proven herself many times over and she CARES. She absolutely deserves more respect and to not be called out as “fat” by our overly judgmental media.

Lawrence, who is part of Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” TV special, told the veteran interviewer, “The media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool.”

“Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” airs Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. [ source ]