movies - Celebrating Family

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 […]

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 […]

Kung Fu Panda Marshmallow Pops

I was so excited when I heard that the third installment of Kung Fu Panda was finally being released. We loved the first two movies and are counting down the days until we can see the newest movie. Are you excited as well? To celebrate, my kiddos and I made up some easy panda-inspired marshmallow […]

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 […]

Minions Layer Cake

Minions. There is so much fun in that one little word. My family loves the minions so when we heard they were getting their own movie, we were very excited. We watched Illumination Entertainment’s Minions movie in theaters and ever since my daughter has been begging me to buy it. I went out and bought […]

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 […]

Pan Necklace Craft

Peter Pan is an old tale that generations have enjoyed. Who doesn’t love this story with pixies, pirates, magic, endless childhood, and flying adventures? With the release of the newest movie telling of the story, Pan, your kiddos will be sure to want a necklace like the one in the movie. I made a some pan necklaces […]