Books and Movies - Celebrating Family

Disney’s the BFG (Movie Review and Gobblefunk Word Search)

A new Disney movie is hitting screens around the country. Disney’s The BFG is an animated telling of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book. I was invited to attend an early media screening of the movie and I took my daughter, who has read the book, along with me. I have not read the book so […]

Finding Dory – Movie Review and Free Activity Sheets

When I first watched Finding Nemo, I was 6 months pregnant with my firstborn. I thought the movie was a visual masterpiece, but I did not connect with the story-line at all. Fast forward 13 years and two kids later and Finding Nemo is now a family favorite. My children were thrilled when we heard about Finding Dory […]

Disney’s Jungle Book (2016) Review and Free Printable

The story of the boy named Mowgli has been around for a long time and it has seen many adaptations. Perhaps the most famous version of the The Jungle Book is Disney’s 1967 animated version which many of us grew up watching and singing along with. Disney’s newest The Jungle Book movie is an incredible feat of […]

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids (Book Review)

The pressure of parenting can be unbelievably heavy and at times we might begin to feel that we are failing as parents. However, parenting is a whole lot easier when we can admit we do not have all the answers and when we speak openly and honestly with each other about our daily struggles. In […]

Disney’s Zootopia

I have a confession to make. Even though both of my kiddos were excited to see Zootopia, I seriously dreaded having to sit through yet another movie with talking animals and cute characters. I reluctantly dragged myself to an advanced screening of Zootopia and for the first five to ten minutes, it appeared that my […]

Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle is the story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, a young man with a life-long goal of becoming an Olympic athlete. Many kids dream of someday earning Olympic gold but in Eddie’s case, it seemed as if his chances were slim to none. Health issues, financial struggles, and a non-supportive dad all seemed to ensure […]

Disney’s The Finest Hours (Movie Review)

I had never heard the story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard before I saw a preview for Disney’s The Finest Hours. The movie is based on a true story and it is a story you will never forget. It is hard to spoil a movie that is based on […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Spoiler Free Review for Fans and Families

I was lucky enough to get to attend an early press screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I have promised a spoiler-free review in return. All opinions are my own! It’s been over 30 years since Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars fans like me have been waiting for Friday, when Star […]

Bridge of Spies

What does it mean to be an American? Is it about making a profit? Multiculturalism or politics? Or is it something bigger? Maybe an ideology or shared purpose? The question of what it means to be an American is quite complicated and we could debate the answer for hours. I was recently reminded of what it really means […]

Shaun the Sheep Movie

I have never watched Shaun the Sheep on television, although I am a Wallace and Gromit fan and I love British humor. Despite not being a Shaun the Sheep fan, I attended a media screening of the new Shaun the Sheep Movie. I brought three young ladies with me aged 18, 11, and 7. None of […]

Marvel’s Ant-Man

I did not grow up reading comic books like my husband did, so the first time I ever heard of Ant-Man was when my kiddos started watching a few animated Marvel Avengers series. The name Ant-Man does not exactly strike fear into anyone’s soul and it seemed a little bit silly when I first heard […]

Disney Pixar’s Inside Out

I almost did not attend the pre-screening of Disney Pixar’s new animated family movie Inside Out. To tell you the truth, I thought it looked boring and childish. However, my daughter was very excited to go and so we went. It was a good lesson for me to never judge a movie by its brightly-colored […]