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Sharing Mr. Rogers’ with my boys.

So by now you probably noticed that I write about Netflix a lot. I am a part of an awesome program called the Netflix Stream Team. I’m not really sure how I was selected to be on the Stream Team but it’s awesome. You see, I love Netflix and have had a Netflix account since about 2004 (long before the days of Netflix Streaming).

Confession, I think some of the movies in my queue have been there for about 10 years… maybe I’ll get around the watching them some day.

Being a part of the Stream Team has some perks but really I love that it gives me an excuse to write about my favorite shows and movies.

Currently, I’m ridiculously excited that they added Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood to streaming this month. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was my all-time favorite show when I was a kid. I used to change my shoes and put on my sweater at the beginning of every show, just like Fred Rogers. And like many of you, my favorite episode is the one where they tour the crayon factory. Obviously, this was the first episode I showed the boys last week.

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The boys were fascinated by the show. And what amazed me was how simple it is. Just Mr. Rogers talking to them through the television. No fancy music or bright lights. No fast paced chase sequences or dance number. Just a regular guy talking to kids in simple language the children can understand and he’s just talking about every stuff like crayons and furniture and friends.

After watching a few episodes the children remarked that they recognized the music and asking if it was the same as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which is the modern spin-off from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. I said, yes and they tried to match up the characters from the Land of Make Believe. (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is also on Netflix Streaming)

I love that Netflix has so many great shows and movies that I can share with my family, especially ones that hold a sentimental place in my heart like Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Our new Netflix Favorite: DinoTrux

Netflix has released a new original series, DinoTrux and my boys are obsessed.

DinoTrux are half dino and half truck. Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool, are building a bigger and better world together — and battling against the biggest and baddest of them all, D-Structs, who seems determined to wreck everything that’s good about their world.

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The boys love the theme music and after just one episode they have their favorite characters. Noah loves Skya because there is a girl dinosaur just like in real life some are girls and some are boys.

We recently had a fun DinoTrux scavenger hunt where the boys looked for clues that eventually led them to some fun rock candy.

If you have little boys or girls that love dinosaurs and/or trucks they will love DinoTrux!

 

Summer Camp at Home with Netflix

Last week we had summer camp at home, Camp Lieb. I incorporated a lot of Netflix Streaming shows into our daily themes.

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Here’s a list of  our theme Netflix shows:

Friendship Day
Daniel Tiger: Friend Help Each Other
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

Space Day
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Planets
Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
Little Einsteins: Ring Around the Planet
Magic School Bus: Gets Lost in Space

Nature Day
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Earth’s Crust
Wild Kratts
Magic School Bus: Goes to Seed

Ocean Day
Lego Atlantis
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Ocean Life
Magic School Bus: Goes the Mussel Beach

Ninja Day
Lego Ninjago
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Power Rangers Ninja Storm

I’m sure there are more shows and movies that are on Netflix Streaming that would fit into many of these categories but these are just a few of our favorites.

Inside Out – Movie Review

Recently, Joe and Jude went to an advanced screening of Disney Pixar’s new film, Inside Out.

INSIDE OUT REVIEW

Joe’s Review
Inside Out could quite possibly be the best movie that Pixar has ever done.  it’s funny and sad and heartwarming, and it doesn’t speak down to the children in the audience.  It is the most high-concept film that Pixar has done to date, but it contains just enough exposition to explain the concepts without getting bogged down or feeling forced.

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The constructs of the story, personified emotions, help children understand how to deal with emotions and deal with change in the larger context of growing up, which also serves to remind parents that children are growing up and don’t yet have a handle on how to best handle their emotions.

Among the things I liked best about Inside Out are Lewis Black’s portrayal of Anger, and Bing Bong, who has his own theme song and is one of the most unique characters I’ve seen anywhere.

About Inside Out
Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

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Inside Out is now playing in theater across the nation.

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.

40 Weeks – Movie Review #40WeeksMovie

As of today I’m 31 weeks pregnant with baby 4. Even though this is my 4th pregnancy nothing about a pregnancy is boring. Each time I’ve been pregnant I am amazed at this creation of new life that is forming within my body and how the female body is designed to transform during this journey.

40 Weeks Movie

The other evening Joe and I watched a documentary, 40 Weeks, which captures the beautiful journey and life changing experience of conceiving, carrying and birthing a baby. The 40 Weeks Movie is produced by Big Belli LLC, the husband and wife team of Christopher Henze and Dominique Debroux which is designed to empower, educate and create a sense of community for expectant moms.

40 Weeks is made for both moms and dads — presenting a beautiful palette of families’ experiences on their journey into parenthood. In the film, universal milestones of pregnancy are presented hand in hand with the personal experiences of the film’s generous and amazing expectant couples. Their diverse backgrounds will resonate with audiences, reassuring any mom-to-be that she is not alone.

This is a great film to watch if you are expecting because it gives a personal look at what pregnancy is like for so many different women. I really appreciated that they covered some of the challenges women face during pregnancy without evoking fear. They also covered a variety of different types of pregnancy and births, showing that each pregnancy is unique and requires decisions made based on specific circumstances. But overall, it captures the awe and beauty of what makes our human existence possible, pregnancy and birth.

To ensure that all health care information in the movie is accurate and current, 40 Weeks’ key partners include the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the world’s largest nursing authority dedicated to the health of women and babies, HealthyWomen.org, the nation’s leading independent health information source for women, and the March of Dimes, the most respected non-profit organization dedicated to helping moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Screenings Near You

Big Belli is partnering with Gathr to bring screenings to theaters across the country. Gathr’s Theatrical On Demand® is a new and exciting online crowd-sourcing approach that is rapidly changing film distribution.

Hold a 40 Weeks screening in your area or be notified if one is coming near you.

Gathr screenings can only happen if a minimum number of people reserve tickets before a screening request expires. On every screening page you’ll find an update that shows you the number of current reservations, the number of additional reservations needed to tip the screening, as well as how much time remains before that screening request expires. When enough people reserve tickets to a screening before time expires, the screening takes place. If the minimum number of reservations is not met, the screening does not take place and nobody is charged.

#40WeeksMovie Twitter Chat

What: 40 Weeks, a documentary from Big Belli, follows the entire journey of the pregnancy experience, celebrating one of the most powerful things women do. This beautiful, touching and informative film combines personal experiences from expectant mothers with accurate and current information from experts. 40 Weeks helps women educate themselves and feel empowered, supported and connected to each other.

Join this Twitter chat to share your own pregnancy experiences with other moms as we learn more about Big Belli’s movie 40 Weeks, including where to find a screening and how to host your own screenings around the country!

When: Tuesday, November 18 at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Twitter – follow the #40WeeksMovie hashtag to track the conversation. View the details and RSVP.

Hashtag: #40WeeksMovie

Prizes: Five prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 gift card and some special products that moms will love! Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Co-hosts: @somethewiser, @brettbmartin, @LittleUsBlog, @simplybeingmom, @TaterTwins, @JennsRAQ, @bkeepsushonest, @CoconutRobot, @kaylaaimee, @OurOrdinaryLife, @SeriousKrystyn, @intheknowmom

 

This post is brought to you by the 40 Weeks movie and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Big Hero 6 – Movie Review

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About Big Hero 6

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

Joe and Jude attended an advanced screening of the film and had a great time. Here are Joe’s thought on the movie:
Big Hero 6 is a very exciting, but also touching story about a boy and his inflatable robot, Baymax.  Scott Adsit (Pete from 30 Rock) does an outstanding job as the robot, balancing the fast-paced action scenes with warmth.  The story deals with serious issues such as loss of a loved one, and thus may be a little too intense for very young children.  Also, though they’re not advertising it, this film is based on a Marvel Comics property, so like all Marvel movies, be sure to stay until the very end of the credits.

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Big Hero 6 opens in 3D, Disney Digital 3D and RealD 3D on Friday, November 7
Rated: PG
Run Time: 108 minutes

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.

Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

alexander-terrible-horrible-very bad day The other night Jude and I went to a preview screening of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” I had some reservations about taking my 6 year old to see this movie but ultimately we both really enjoyed the film.

I thought the film would be one of those hard to watch comedy of errors that makes you cringe and while there are a series of bad events that occur throughout the film they weren’t too painful to watch. I also feared that some of the content might not be appropriate for a young child but there were only a few moments of extremely mild sexual references (They say the word “boobs” and “butt” but it’s not really in sexual reference, there are also a few images of super models in bikinis and referenced male strippers.) I think most of these references would just go over a young child’s head. I also worried that Jude (6) would be bored but he thoroughly enjoyed the film and was completely engaged the throughout the entire film.

Overall, I thought it was a very fun movie the whole family can enjoy. I really liked that they portrayed both of the parents as intellectual counterparts both working for the good of their family. There were moment some pretty funny moments that would make even the parents laugh out loud. The child actor who plays Alexander, Ed Oxenbould was adorable and very fun to watch and I think perfectly fits the roll of the Alexander I read in the book. In the end you are left with a happy-go-lucky feeling and realize that, “you gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days.”

REVIEW from my 6 year old son.
Jude’s favorite part of the film – The crocodile.
Jude’s least favorite part – The bumblebee got broke. It was so very sad.

Opens in Theaters on Friday, October 10th.

SYNOPSIS
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.

 

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day #Giveaway

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns he is not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Opens in Theaters on Friday, October 10th.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will win an Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day prize pack. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter. Giveaway Ends 10/6/14.

Prize Pack Includes:

– Coffee mug
– Alligator stress toy
– Mini poster
– Green highlighter
– Reusable grocery bag

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Giveaway ends on October 6, 2014. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Entrants must be 18 or older. Winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

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