movies - Celebrating Family

Leap! (Movie Review)

Félicie dreams of going to Paris and to become a famous dancer. Her best friend Victor wants to become a respected and famous inventor. Together, they take a leap of faith, running away from their orphanage to chase their dreams. However, they soon find that dreams require work, and maybe a little luck. Leap! is a fun, family-friendly movie […]

The Nut Job 2

I was surprised when I heard a sequel to The Nut Job was being released. I’ll be honest, I did not like the first movie much. Contrarily, my daughter was “nuts” about the movie (sorry, I couldn’t resist). When she heard about The Nut Job 2, she was very excited and was happily looking forward […]

All Saints (Movie Preview)

The upcoming movie All Saints is based on the inspiring true story of Michael Spurlock, a salesman turned pastor, the small church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. In a time of crisis and uncertainty, hope keeps them going as they work together on an unlikely plan to […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming

I know what you are thinking. Spider-Man has been done, and done again so why should you go see this latest iteration? You should see this movie because this Spider-Man is unique. Not only because it is the result of a partnership between Disney and Sony, but because it is an entirely new take on the character […]

Megan Leavey (Movie Review)

We have all watched personal accounts of war experiences shared on the big screen. These movies always move us and often leave us feeling a little shell-shocked. Megan Leavey is a war movie that is unlike most of the war movies you have seen. It is based on the story of a real-life Marine who […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I knew almost nothing about Marvel characters until I had a son and my husband started sharing Marvel with him. I was drawn in and once the Avengers movies hit the big screen, I was hooked. When I watched the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie I was surprised at how different it was from […]

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast is hitting theaters this month with beautiful cinematography, familiar characters, a message of love, adventure, and more than a little controversy (I will address that later).  This live action iteration of a familiar fairy tale is pleasantly true to Disney’s animated version and includes songs from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Tea (FREE Printable)

I love tea. Aside from being delicious, tea is packed with antioxidants, is easy to make, and is known for creating special moments. I have shared tea with countless friends and family members in my home. It is an intimate drink that makes people feel like they are sharing something special at tea time. Even Alice, a girl on a mission, knew the value of drinking tea when […]