Reviews - Celebrating Family

Doctor Strange (2016)

The superhero movie genre is strong and ever-present these days. The Marvel movies are dominating the scene and who isn’t enjoying that? However, as good as the modern superhero movie trend is, it can become a little formulaic and familiar. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but when a superhero movie comes along that […]

Family Dinners, Italian Style

Compensation was provided by Bertolli Frozen Meals. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Bertolli Frozen Meals. Italian food is one of my favorite things to eat. Eating Italian food has always seemed like a special occasion to me. I think it is just inherent […]

Kubo and the Two Strings

I thoroughly enjoy movies that tell stories with twists and turns and a little magic thrown in. Legends, myths, magic, and danger are necessary ingredients for true adventure. Focus Feature’s new film Kubo and the Two Strings is a beautifully animated movie that tells the story of one boy’s unusual adventure and the lessons he learns […]

Pete’s Dragon (2016 )

“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.” – Llona Andrews Pete is a five year old boy at the beginning of Pete’s Dragon. We meet him in the backseat of a car as he and his parents head towards an adventure. However, tragedy intervenes and Pete soon finds himself alone in the forest. […]

Better Together: Because You’re Not Meant to Mom Alone

Being a mom can be lonely, especially in those early years when you are not even sure if you know what the heck you are doing. I never really felt lonely until my first born started walking and when we started going places more often. I joined one playgroup but never clicked with any of […]

Four Reasons Why Big Surf is Arizona’s Best Waterpark

I am an Arizona native and I have spent all but a few of my 40 plus summers in the Arizona desert’s scorching sun. I have been here long enough to know that, unless you plan to stay indoors, there is not much you can do to cool off. Spending my summers indoors was never […]

Captain Fantastic (Movie Review)

I usually only review family-friendly movies on this site, and with a much deserved R rating, Captain Fantastic is not a family-friendly movie. However, it is a movie about family and the effect that parenting outside of the box can have on both the children and parents. There is not too much I can share […]

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 […]

Cashflow For Kids – Board Game With a Lesson

Managing money can be a difficult part of family life. In a culture that pushes debt, spending, and excess, how do we teach our kids to be wise with their money? An old proverb says that the best teacher is experience and I know that most of the financial know-how I have came from making big […]

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 […]