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A Night At The Movies: Part 1

There’s nothing like spending time with my family.  I’m always looking for activities that get us out the house, having fun and enjoying each other’s company.  However, these last few days have been a bit rainy.  So, that means we’ve been stuck inside. 🙁
I was just about to run out of ideas to keep the kiddies (and myself) entertained when this lovely box of goodies arrived late yesterday. 
See that eager little hand reaching for the popcorn?
What better way to beat cabin fever than a night at the movies?  And did I mention there were snacks in there too?!  Talk about right on time.  Moo, JJ and I stayed up into the late hours of the night laughing our heads off and munching on popcorn and M&Ms.  What did we watch?  See for yourself.
Released this past June, Kiara the Brave is a classic story of betrayal and greed as King Maximus is captured and locked away by his power hungry brother, Dreadmis.  The once calm and easy going kingdom of Dreamzone is immediately thrown into a state of uproar.  With the help of DreamCloud, an outcast, Princess Kiara finds the courage to save her father and their kingdom.
Moo loved this movie. She’s all about princesses these days.  There are some good laughs in this movie.  And the relationship between Princess Kiara and DreamCloud provides a great platform to talk to kids about friendship and getting to know people even if they’re different or don’t fit in.
Space Dogs is the true story of Belka and Strelka, two dogs who were launched into space in 1960.  Belka, a circus dog, comes off as a pampered and spoiled princess and Strelka is an abandoned stray who’s a little rough around the edges.  Together though they form a bond and friendship that overcomes the odds and obstacles they face during their space training.  They learn that with teamwork they can succeed at their mission and help other each.
We enjoyed this movie as well.  Despite Moo being allergic to dogs in real life, we are very much dog people.  And Belka and Strelka kept us entertained.  Our favorite parts were when Belka and Strelka had to go through all the space exercises and training. I loved that this movie was based on a true story.  When it comes to educating and learning about history, I don’t think kids are ever too young.  You just have to find a way to break it down on their level and Space Dogs did that. 
I’m really thankful that Phase 4 Films sent us these movies and yummy snacks!  We definitely recommend both of these movies.  You can find them at your local Target, Walmart and on Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: I was provided the above movies for review and snacks.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own!
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A Night At The Movies: Part 1

There’s nothing like spending time with my family.  I’m always looking for activities that get us out the house, having fun and enjoying each other’s company.  However, these last few days have been a bit rainy.  So, that means we’ve been stuck inside. 🙁
I was just about to run out of ideas to keep the kiddies (and myself) entertained when this lovely box of goodies arrived late yesterday. 
See that eager little hand reaching for the popcorn?
What better way to beat cabin fever than a night at the movies?  And did I mention there were snacks in there too?!  Talk about right on time.  Moo, JJ and I stayed up into the late hours of the night laughing our heads off and munching on popcorn and M&Ms.  What did we watch?  See for yourself.
Released this past June, Kiara the Brave is a classic story of betrayal and greed as King Maximus is captured and locked away by his power hungry brother, Dreadmis.  The once calm and easy going kingdom of Dreamzone is immediately thrown into a state of uproar.  With the help of DreamCloud, an outcast, Princess Kiara finds the courage to save her father and their kingdom.
Moo loved this movie. She’s all about princesses these days.  There are some good laughs in this movie.  And the relationship between Princess Kiara and DreamCloud provides a great platform to talk to kids about friendship and getting to know people even if they’re different or don’t fit in.
Space Dogs is the true story of Belka and Strelka, two dogs who were launched into space in 1960.  Belka, a circus dog, comes off as a pampered and spoiled princess and Strelka is an abandoned stray who’s a little rough around the edges.  Together though they form a bond and friendship that overcomes the odds and obstacles they face during their space training.  They learn that with teamwork they can succeed at their mission and help other each.
We enjoyed this movie as well.  Despite Moo being allergic to dogs in real life, we are very much dog people.  And Belka and Strelka kept us entertained.  Our favorite parts were when Belka and Strelka had to go through all the space exercises and training. I loved that this movie was based on a true story.  When it comes to educating and learning about history, I don’t think kids are ever too young.  You just have to find a way to break it down on their level and Space Dogs did that. 
I’m really thankful that Phase 4 Films sent us these movies and yummy snacks!  We definitely recommend both of these movies.  You can find them at your local Target, Walmart and on Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: I was provided the above movies for review and snacks.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own!
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A Night At The Movies: Part 1

There’s nothing like spending time with my family.  I’m always looking for activities that get us out the house, having fun and enjoying each other’s company.  However, these last few days have been a bit rainy.  So, that means we’ve been stuck inside. 🙁
I was just about to run out of ideas to keep the kiddies (and myself) entertained when this lovely box of goodies arrived late yesterday. 
See that eager little hand reaching for the popcorn?
What better way to beat cabin fever than a night at the movies?  And did I mention there were snacks in there too?!  Talk about right on time.  Moo, JJ and I stayed up into the late hours of the night laughing our heads off and munching on popcorn and M&Ms.  What did we watch?  See for yourself.
Released this past June, Kiara the Brave is a classic story of betrayal and greed as King Maximus is captured and locked away by his power hungry brother, Dreadmis.  The once calm and easy going kingdom of Dreamzone is immediately thrown into a state of uproar.  With the help of DreamCloud, an outcast, Princess Kiara finds the courage to save her father and their kingdom.
Moo loved this movie. She’s all about princesses these days.  There are some good laughs in this movie.  And the relationship between Princess Kiara and DreamCloud provides a great platform to talk to kids about friendship and getting to know people even if they’re different or don’t fit in.
Space Dogs is the true story of Belka and Strelka, two dogs who were launched into space in 1960.  Belka, a circus dog, comes off as a pampered and spoiled princess and Strelka is an abandoned stray who’s a little rough around the edges.  Together though they form a bond and friendship that overcomes the odds and obstacles they face during their space training.  They learn that with teamwork they can succeed at their mission and help other each.
We enjoyed this movie as well.  Despite Moo being allergic to dogs in real life, we are very much dog people.  And Belka and Strelka kept us entertained.  Our favorite parts were when Belka and Strelka had to go through all the space exercises and training. I loved that this movie was based on a true story.  When it comes to educating and learning about history, I don’t think kids are ever too young.  You just have to find a way to break it down on their level and Space Dogs did that. 
I’m really thankful that Phase 4 Films sent us these movies and yummy snacks!  We definitely recommend both of these movies.  You can find them at your local Target, Walmart and on Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: I was provided the above movies for review and snacks.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own!
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The Little Rascals Save The Day

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I don’t know about you but growing up, The Little Rascals was one of my all time favorite movies.  And guess what?  Buckwheat, Alfalfa, Darla, Spanky, Petey and the rest of the gang are all back in the new movie The Little Rascals Save The Day!  This time around Grandma’s bakery is on the verge of being foreclosed if she doesn’t come up with $10,000 to pay back the loan she owes.  Well, of course the Little Rascals can’t let their grandma and favorite bakery owner go out of business, specially with their enemy Waldo Kaye and his father Mr Kaye trying to buy up the bakery and turn into a mall complex.
The Little Rascals get very creative with coming up with ways to raise $5,000 after Grandma is able to pay off half of the loan.  They do everything from getting jobs to starting their own pet washing salon.  Their last hope is the win the local talent competition, but can they all get along long enough to win it?  Furthermore, will they have enough time to practice so that they sound great by the night of the talent show or will Grandma’s bakery end up a mall complex and the Little Rascals treehouse a swanky playhouse for Waldo?
What we loved about this movie is that it’s family friendly and suitable for children of all ages.  There were quite a few funny moments in this film.  Our favorite is the scene they attempt to make a red velvet cake.  I don’t want to spoil it, but you’ll have see how the cake comes together and whether or not it makes it to its intended customer.
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Grandma is played by Doris Roberts, who does an excellent job.  I also loved that there were several messages in this movie.  The most important message was probably  that: Being  a leader of group doesn’t necessarily mean that you get to make decisions for the whole group.  Spanky has to learn this lesson, but will he learn it in time before he loses his friends and their last chance at saving Grandma’s bakery?
I definitely recommend that you get this movie and watch with your kids.  It’s available here for DVD/Blu-ray purchase and for digital download.  You can also use the Rafflcopter widget to enter for a chance to win a copy!  Giveaway ends April 22nd at 11:59 PM.

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The Nut Job

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As a mom, there’s nothing better than spending time with Moo and JJ.  They’re getting to that where they don’t want me hovering over them quite as much.  However, one thing that I doubt will change anytime soon is their love our family movie nights.  We do movie night at least once a week and they absolutely look forward to it.  Last week, I surprised them The Nut Job!

Moo is a sucker for any kind of animated movie that has animals in it.  And we’ve seen the commercials for The Nut Job like million times and she had been asking if we could see it.  Plus, I have to admit that I enjoy a good animated movie from time to time myself and this one looked like it would be something that I would enjoy as well.  So, when I got asked if I was interested in receiving a copy, I was like “Heck yea!”  So, what did we love about the movie?

Kid Appropriate

In today’s society, it’s getting harder and harder to find movies and shows that are appropriate for kids to watch, especially younger children.  Moo is 5 and JJ is almost 3.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that a lot of shows and movies created for children now days have been slightly tainted with adult content such as overly suggestive jokes, overuse of violence and more.  It was refreshing to find that The Nut Job had none of those. 
 From start to finish, it was a good clean movie.  I didn’t have to mute or fast forward through anything.  That was a good thing because once JJ gets into a movie, if you pause it or fast forward or rewind it, he gets really upset.  It disturbs his vibe.  And I’m glad he was able to watch it all way through without any disturbances. 
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Funny

The Nut Job is pretty much a movie about Surly, a squirrel who is on a quest to find….you guessed it, nuts!  However, he’s not the only one on that quest.  The rest of animals in the park are on the same quest.  They need enough food to last throughout the Winter.  So, Grayson and Andie are chosen for the challenge of hunting down enough nuts for everybody to share.  However, this quest proves to be anything but easy for all parties.
We were so keeping our fingers crossed that this movie would be funny.  After all with a title like The Nut Job, how could you expect anything less?  Well, it was funny.  There are definitely some great laughs in this movie.  My favorite funny scene, or scenes I should say, are at the beginning of the movie and involve a runaway nut cart.  I don’t give too much way.  Moo and JJ’s favorite funny moments are almost all the scenes involving Precious, the pug.

Life Lessons

While The Nut Job was funny, there were also some lessons to be learned in this movie as well.  Yes, I’m that mom who uses movies to talk to her children about life lessons.  I feel like it’s never to early to start schooling Moo and JJ about some of the challenges they will face.  And it helps when I have examples that they can understand.  One of the biggest, lessons of this movie was to never give up on doing the right thing no matter who pressures you to do otherwise.  
Again without giving away any spoilers, one of the characters in this movie has a hidden agenda and manipulates others to join in on his scheming.  I loved that Moo asked questions about why said character would want to do his friends wrong.  “Doesn’t he care about his friends, Mommy?” she asked me.  And without getting too deep, I explained to her that sometimes greed and power can cause us to turn our backs on those who care about us the most.
Overall, we greatly enjoyed The Nut Job.  I do recommend it for those of you who looking for a great family movie.  You can purchase a Digital HD copy today from various retailers.  Check out the list here.  And the Blu Ray and DVD copies will be available on April 15th, but you can pre-order from any of the retailers listed here.  You can also enter below using the Rafflecopter form for a chance to win your own copy.  Contest ends next Tuesday, April 15th at 11:59 PM!

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Foodimals, Friendship and Laughs

Disclosure:  I was given an invitation to a private screening of this movie.  I was not compensated for this post.  As always, all opinions expressed below are 100% my own!!
This past Saturday, the kiddies and I had the opportunity to go check out a private advance screening of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2.  The Mr had to sit this one out because he was sick.  And his meds had him feeling more than a little bit drowsy.  Back to the movie.  Did I mention that it was in 3D?!!
Moo thought it was the coolest thing that she needed “shades” to watch a movie.  JJ on the other is not a fan of wearing anything on his face.  No worries did not stop him from the watching the movie in a trance-like state.  Now for those of you not familiar with the Cloudy movie series, it’s based on the children’s book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs written by Judi and Ron Barrett.  (Check it out if you’ve never read it.)
In the first movie, we meet Flint Lockwood, an inventor, who has been striving to create a successful invention that end up in failure or smoke since he was a child.  When creates the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator (FLDSLMDFR), it would seem that he’s finally on to something.  The FLDSLMDFR is kind of like a weather machine but instead of being able to choose rain, snow or sunshine, you can choose for it rain meatballs, ice cream or any other foods you desire.  Long story short, it’s not long before the machine malfunctions and causes a major food storm in which the entire town of Swallow Falls has to evaluate.  Flint and a group of friends- Baby Brent, Sam, Earl, Mann- and his dad, Tim, have to then risk their lives to destroy the machine.

So, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 picks up where part 1 left off.  And guess what the whole gang is back for another round of adventures- Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Earl (Terry Crews), Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Tim (James Caan) and Baby Brent (Andy Samberg).  The town is rescued by Flint’s idol, Chester V (Will Forte) (a fellow, but uber successful inventor) and he receives a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for his idol.  However, it’s long before Flint discovers that his machine was not destroyed.

Instead the FLDSMDFR has started creating Foodimals (food animals).  There are all kinds of species like Cheeseburger Spiders, Flamangos and Bananostiches.  So, once again Flint and the gang journey back to Swallow Falls to try to save the world and prevent these foodimals from taking over.
I give this movie two thumbs up because for starters I loved the book.  Secondly, the first movie did not disappoint.  And lastly, this movie was not only able to hold my kids’ attention but my as well.  It’s funny, inspiring and heartwarming all at the same time.  There’s a lesson to be learned about the true values and bonds of friendship as well as a lesson on parenting and how it’s never too late to reconnect or find a common bond with our children.  This movie had us laughing our heads off.
I saw that many of you commented on my last post wanting to know if this movie would be worth spending your money on to take your families to see?  My answer is yes!  You won’t disappointed.  And neither will your kids.  There are some new faces and a twist to this movie.  I don’t want to spoil them.  So, be sure to check out Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 when it hit theaters of September 27th to find out what they are!

In the meanwhile you can visit the movie’s website with your kids and check out the official movie trailer, games, cast info and more here.
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My 5 Favorite Christmas Movies

One of the reasons I love getting all of my Christmas decorating out of the way is to leave my days and nights open for baking holiday treats, doing crafts with the kids and of course enjoying all of the Christmas movies! Watching Christmas movies everyday is a tradition for me.  It started when I was a kid.  We’d watch the movies on the regular tv channels as well as a few movies our mom had gotten for us.  I remember fondly my siblings and I sitting glued to the tv and sipping on hot chocolate or a glass milk and laughing our heads watching a puppet reenactment of ‘We’re Getting Nothing For Christmas.’
This is a tradition that I hope to pass down to my kids.  And hopefully, they’ll look back on these family moments and share them with their families.  Here are a few of my personal favorite Christmas movies to enjoy.
No holiday is really complete without Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.  And don’t even get me started on Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree.  This movie is a classic for sure and the kids and I have already watched this holiday season.
I fell in love with this book as a kid and was thrilled when I saw the cartoon version for the first time when I was five.  I was even more thrilled when they decided to do a remake featuring Jim Carey as The Grinch.  He’s absolutely perfect for nutty roles like this one.  I seriously couldn’t see anybody else doing a better job than he did in this movie.
My baby sister actually turned me on to the whole Eloise series.  She was a huge fan during her middle school years.  This movie is funny and full of romance (in a kid friendly way of course).  It’s the perfect movie to enjoy with the kids.  I watch it every year at least three times.
Love, love, love Vince Vaughn!  He is freaking hilarious for real.  He truly makes this movie so funny.  Divorced/blended families never looked so dysfunctional than they do in Four Christmases.  Last year I watched this movie almost every other day after the kids were sleep.  No, it never gets old to me.
This is another classic to me.  Chevy Chase never disappoints.  The laughs will just keep on coming as you watch the Griswold family gather together and celebrate Christmas.  It’s amazing what Clark puts up with from his family. It puts on a smile and deals with the craziness because thoughts of his ‘big’ Christmas bonus cheers him up and makes him think that it’ll all be worth it.  LOL. You have to watch to find out what his Christmas bonus is.  His reaction is priceless!
What are your favorite holiday movies?
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My 5 Favorite Halloween Movies

I haven’t really done any Halloween talk here on the blog. It’s not that we don’t celebrate it.  It’s just that for the most part Moo is only into trick-or-treating and dressing up.  All the scary stuff freaks her way out and I completely understand that.  JJ knows about candy but he’s too young to fully grasp the concept.  And I believe Halloween is a good excuse to pig out on all your favorite junk foods and watch movies.

With that said here my 5 favorite Halloween movies:
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy, Hocus Pocus is one of my all time favorite Halloween movies.  It’s a classic and staple.  My siblings and I have watched this movie for years!  I hope that one day Moo and JJ will love it just as much as we do!
Plus, who can resist anything with the lovely and very fashionable SJP?!  I know that I can’t.  This story about what happens when 3 witches are resurrected from the dead on Halloween night is guaranteed to you have you laughing.  It’s also a good movie to watch with your little ones who at least 8 or aren’t as easily spooked.
I’ve wanted to marry Michael Keaton since he was Batman.  So, when my parents introduced me to Beetlejuice, it was love at first watch!  Beeltejuice is the coolest and dopest ghost on planet (besides Casper and Slimer) and this movie never gets old for me.  Now while I enjoyed this movie as a child, I’m sure your little one would.  I know mine wouldn’t.  They’re just not there yet.
Two words… Johnny Depp.  Do I even have to say anymore ladies?!  I like to think of Edward Scissorhands as a modern version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame  but instead of having a hump in his back, he has scissors for hands.  It’s funny, romantic and sad all at the same time.  My favorite part of the movie is when all the ladies come over and he starts styling their hair.  Funny!
“Who you gone call?”  Yes, that famous catchphrase from the Ghostbusters’ theme song is sure to get stuck in your head after you watch the movie.  Funny man Bill Murray really delivers the laughs and I love Sigourney Weaver.  You how Angela Basset gives off that ‘I don’t take any mess’ vibe?  Well, Sigourney does the same.  
Not going to lie, the first time I saw this movie I had nightmares for at least three days.  I was sharing a room with my older sister and my parents didn’t really believe in night lights.  So, I seeing a gremlin every five minutes and having sister get up to turn the lights on.  My dad even came in the room and did a search to prove there were no gremlins but I still wasn’t buying it.  Years later when I was older I felt foolish of being so scared of gremlins.
This is definitely not a kid friendly movie.  However, I’m sure it’s suitable for teens and we grown folks can still get a laugh out of some parts.  
What are your/your family’s favorite Halloween movies?
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A Night At The Movies: Part 1

There’s nothing like spending time with my family.  I’m always looking for activities that get us out the house, having fun and enjoying each other’s company.  However, these last few days have been a bit rainy.  So, that means we’ve been stuck inside. 🙁
I was just about to run out of ideas to keep the kiddies (and myself) entertained when this lovely box of goodies arrived late yesterday. 
See that eager little hand reaching for the popcorn?
What better way to beat cabin fever than a night at the movies?  And did I mention there were snacks in there too?!  Talk about right on time.  Moo, JJ and I stayed up into the late hours of the night laughing our heads off and munching on popcorn and M&Ms.  What did we watch?  See for yourself.
Released this past June, Kiara the Brave is a classic story of betrayal and greed as King Maximus is captured and locked away by his power hungry brother, Dreadmis.  The once calm and easy going kingdom of Dreamzone is immediately thrown into a state of uproar.  With the help of DreamCloud, an outcast, Princess Kiara finds the courage to save her father and their kingdom.
Moo loved this movie. She’s all about princesses these days.  There are some good laughs in this movie.  And the relationship between Princess Kiara and DreamCloud provides a great platform to talk to kids about friendship and getting to know people even if they’re different or don’t fit in.
Space Dogs is the true story of Belka and Strelka, two dogs who were launched into space in 1960.  Belka, a circus dog, comes off as a pampered and spoiled princess and Strelka is an abandoned stray who’s a little rough around the edges.  Together though they form a bond and friendship that overcomes the odds and obstacles they face during their space training.  They learn that with teamwork they can succeed at their mission and help other each.
We enjoyed this movie as well.  Despite Moo being allergic to dogs in real life, we are very much dog people.  And Belka and Strelka kept us entertained.  Our favorite parts were when Belka and Strelka had to go through all the space exercises and training. I loved that this movie was based on a true story.  When it comes to educating and learning about history, I don’t think kids are ever too young.  You just have to find a way to break it down on their level and Space Dogs did that. 
I’m really thankful that Phase 4 Films sent us these movies and yummy snacks!  We definitely recommend both of these movies.  You can find them at your local Target, Walmart and on Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: I was provided the above movies for review and snacks.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own!