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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is a fun and not-too-scary Halloween flick with several messages families can discuss after the movie. Goosebumps 2 does not pick up where the first movie left off, although there is some overlap. Instead, we begin with new characters with their own dilemmas and aspirations. We meet a working single mom, […]

Let’s Go Camping! Camping Tips for Families

Our family loves spending time outside and one of our favorite things to do is to go camping. Camping done right just about guarantees a fun time for everyone. What could be better than singing campfire songs, roasting marshmallows, telling stories around the campfire, hiking, and swimming in a creek? Just thinking about it makes […]

Little Women (2018)

Little Women is a modern day retelling of the classic novel of the same name written by Louisa May Alcott 150 years ago. This is not a remake, of course, as it is set in the modern era. The movie attempts to tell the story we all love with modern sisters, issues, and perspectives. The characters […]

Smallfoot (Movie Review)

Smallfoot is a fun and entertaining story about a Yeti who discovers that the mysterious smallfoot creature exists. When his village’s strict belief system forces the community to rejects his claims, he sets out to prove his story is true. Along the way, he finds allies in unexpected places and is shocked to learn a […]

Healed By Grace II (Movie Review and Giveaway)

Healed by Grace 2: Ten Days of Grace is a sweet movie with a story of family reconciliation and second chances. This movie is a sequel to Healed By Grace, although you do not have to watch the first movie to understand the second. Here is the story synopsis: Jesse is approaching her 15th birthday and […]

2018 Toyota Sienna: Not Just for Large Families

I’m sure you have heard the minivan is boring, right? That might be true of some minivans, but it is not true of the 2018 Toyota Sienna. I recently had the pleasure of driving this stylish minivan and it made me realize that my family of four could use those extra seats to add some […]

Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

There is a new exhibit at the Arizona Science Center and it is a lot of fun. The Numbers in Nature exhibit has arrived and its headliner is a pretty impressive mirror maze that your entire family will enjoy. This exhibition, which the Philly Voice called “the city’s most Instagrammable exhibit,” is at the Arizona Science […]

5 Things You Can Do Today That Will Make a Difference to Your Children

There is a lot of pressure on moms these days.  Maybe there always has been. But it seems that social media makes it so much harder to be a mom, or at least it can make a mom feel like she just isn’t good enough. We question our methods, our instincts, our decisions. Are we […]

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is just what the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs right now. Keep reading for my spoiler-free and family-focused review. Whose side were you on in Captain America: Civil War? I was Team Cap and so was Scott Lang (Ant-Man). Ant-Man and the Wasp picks up two years after the events of Civil War and […]

Easy DIY Water Bottle Holder

The Arizona sun beats down in a very intense way almost every single summer day. Don’t believe the dry heat comment people make; being dry is not better. A dry heat requires a lot of hydration and my family has made it a habit to always have a water bottle nearby. We keep plenty of vitaminwater […]

Not Refried Beans

I love Mexican food, but as a vegetarian it can be hard to find Mexican food that I can eat.  Even the simplest bean and cheese burrito usually includes lard or other meat products. The lard alone should turn off anyone who is serious about good health, vegetarian or not. So how about a recipe […]

Fun and Crafty Uses for Newspaper

As the old joke goes, what is black and white and read all over? The newspaper! Not as many people read the paper these days and many papers are losing money and shutting down. But I still like holding a paper in my hands once in a while, even if I cannot find one I […]