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If you’re going to watch Green Book, read these articles first. Or, after.

Last night’s 2019’s Best Picture award at the Oscars went to Green Book, a film based (ever so loosely) on a real relationship between prominent Black jazz pianist and classically trained musician Dr. Don Shirley, and his hired driver, Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, an Italian-American club bouncer who accompanies Dr. Shirley on a 1962 concert tour […]
Tags: Media, Shopping, Entertainment, Film, Oscars, Shirley, Columns, Black, Home Entertainment, Black History, Family Entertainment, Entertainment + Media, Thinking : Parent, Dr Don Shirley, Frank Tony Lip Vallelonga

5 ideas from LEGO Movie 2 to discuss with your kids : A guide for parents

Last week, I caught a press screening of the The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part with my kids and I have to admit, my expectations were…tempered. The genius of the first LEGO Movie (sorry for any spoilers but you know, 5 year statue of limitations and all) is that the hilariously quirky storyline all came […]
Tags: Movies, Parenting, Shopping, Entertainment, Lego, Pop Culture, Columns, Lego Movie, Family Entertainment, Movies For Kids, Entertainment + Media, Thinking : Parent

Check out the the new Wonder Park movie trailer starring Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, Ken Jeong, Kenan Thompson, John Oliver…and we can’t wait

This post was created in partnership with Paramount Pictures This week, the new Wonder Park movie trailer debuted, and our kids are already asking, “can we go? Can we go?” Well, they will have to wait until it’s release on March 15. But we can’t say we blame them. A fantasy amusement park? Gorgeous animation? Hilarious […]
Tags: Celebrities, Movies, Shopping, Entertainment, Animals, Animation, Humor, Paramount Pictures, Family Activities, Family Entertainment, Movies For Kids, Entertainment + Media, Wonder Park

How To Improve Your Family’s Health in 2019

Would you like to effectively reduce the risk of your family getting ill? We all know keeping healthy is important, but it can sometimes be confusing to know the best way to do it. Encouraging your children to adopt healthy habits means you’re setting them up well for the future. Nobody has ever said that raising a family is easy, and when you’re busy with your career and other responsibilities, finding the time to set a good example in the form of a healthy, active lifestyle can be a ...
Tags: Health, Family, Fashion, Education, Parenting, Exercise, Family Activities, Screen Time, Healthy Food, Health & Fitness, Active Lifestyle, Family Fun, Home Life, Family Health, Family Entertainment, Abcmouse

The #CaptainMarvelChallenge: Can you help send girls to see a badass female superhero on the big screen?

I am so excited about the upcoming Captain Marvel release. Like, crazy excited. Believe it or not, it’s the first woman-lead superhero film from Marvel. (Yep, Wonder Woman was from DC Comics, fun as it was, my non-geeky friends.) Not only that, but Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) will be the most powerful of all […]
Tags: Movies, Shopping, Entertainment, Crowdfunding, Comic Books, Film, Superheroes, Brie Larson, Doing Good, Family Entertainment, Movies For Kids, Entertainment + Media, Charity + Causes, Carol Danvers Captain Marvel

The diversity of movie heroes and movie makers | Editors’ Top 10 of the Year

Welcome to our annual editors top 10 of the year! Through the rest of the year, we’ll be sharing 10 of our favorite things (no offense, Oprah) of this past year and we hope you love them too. Of course we love everything we’ve shared, but these things are all extra special to us.  – Liz […]
Tags: Shopping, Entertainment, Pop Culture, Editors' Picks, Lgbtq, Superheroes, Oprah, Liz, Home Entertainment, Family Entertainment, Entertainment + Media, Editors Best of the Year

3 popular YouTube channels for kids that educate and entertain | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message on behalf of WildBrain  There’s no shortage of YouTube channels aimed at kids these days, and as parents know, not all YouTube programming for kids is created equal. That’s why you’ll want to have these 3 popular WildBrain Network channels on your radar. Through princess adventures, toy game shows and […]
Tags: Video, Shopping, Entertainment, Youtube, Social Media, Family Entertainment, Entertainment + Media, WildBrain Network

Jesse Tree: A Wonderful Family Tradition

Many Christian families are feeling more disgusted with the over-commercialization of the Christmas holiday. Santa used to give you a paddle ball and some blocks. Now Santa can afford $200 Lego sets, a cell phone, and an NSA elf to spy on your children for 25 days before Christmas. Many religious families are trying to get back to the inherent meaning of the season, which, as my daughter’s Our Life in the Church textbook said that this was a time to “meditate on both past and future events...
Tags: Amazon, Fashion, Nsa, Christmas, David, Faith, Catholic, Christian, Santa, Family Holiday, ANN, Ornaments, Christmas Traditions, Christ, Jesus Christ, Family Activities

The importance of gratitude right now | Spawned ep 32

We both have gratitude on our minds right now. At a time that there is so much abundance — food, gifts, parties — and conversely, so many of us struggling with holidays in general, it’s so valuable for us to slow down and consider ways to help develop more gratitude in our kids. And honestly […]
Tags: Podcast, Diy, Shopping, Printables, Home Entertainment, Family Entertainment, Spawned Podcast, Holiday Activities, Tips + Tricks

Make family night more…disgusting with these 7 popular gross-out games

“Gross” is really having its moment. Last year we saw the pimple popping game as an alternative to fidget spinners, and I have to admit, it made me gag. Now, we’re seeing a new trend in kids’ toys: gross family games. They are seriously ew. But hey, if your family thinks gross is more funny than […]
Tags: Games, Shopping, Board Games, Family Activities, Gifts For Kids, Family Entertainment, Summer Activities, Kids' Activities, Toys + Playthings

NBC’s Making It contestant Robert Mahar reveals one brilliant thing parents should do to bring out creativity in their kids

Imagine how thrilled we were to learn that our old friend and popular cool mom pick Robert Mahar was a contestant on the popular new NBC DIY craft show Making It. Yes, there might have been squealing involved. We’ve known him since we started our site 12 years ago, so how exciting for us to […]
Tags: Art, Podcast, Television, Diy, Media, Nbc, Shopping, Entertainment, Etsy, Tips And Tricks, Family Entertainment, Robert Mahar, NBC DIY

Our Story Land Adventures 2018

We recently came back from our fourth annual trip to Story Land! Our family of 6 and the Rountree family spent the whole day enjoying the rides and attractions at Story Land. They even had some new things to enjoy this year like the Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Day show! Last year, our youngest was only a couple months old when we went to Story Land, so he slept the entire time in our Free To Grow Tula . This year, he was more alert and able to enjoy a few rides like the Carousel and Eggs-Traordina...
Tags: Outdoors, Fashion, Parenting, Entertainment, New Hampshire, Vacation, Baby, Alice, Family Activities, Family Friendly, Summer Fashion, Tula, Family Life, Coupon, Don, Humpty Dumpty

Story Land in Glen, NH – What You Need To Know Before You Go

If you haven’t heard of Story Land yet or have yet to go with your kids, you are in for a real treat! Story Land is located in Glen, NH about 8 miles north of North Conway in the White Mountains. It’s absolutely breathtaking up there and the ride from Lake Winnipesaukee up to Glen is entertainment alone. If you are considering adding Story Land to your summer bucket list, we have a few hacks and tips so you can maximize your trip!   Planning Your Trip If you have kids under 4 and live more th...
Tags: Outdoors, Fashion, Parenting, Entertainment, Nike, Walmart, New Hampshire, Vacation, Family Activities, Family Friendly, Family Life, Don, Dunkin Donuts, North Conway, White Mountains, Glen

Story Land Here We Come!

  It’s finally here! Today is the day we go to Story Land! This is our 4th annual trip to Story Land and the kids couldn’t be more excited. We stayed at the little cabin in Alton Bay, NH last night, woke up early this morning and tried to get everyone washed up, dressed, fed and out the door by 9am. Well, that didn’t happen, but I had good intentions. We didn’t get out the door until 10am and now we are in the car heading up north to Glen, NH. We are listening to music in the car, trying to kee...
Tags: Fashion, Parenting, Entertainment, New Hampshire, Family Activities, Glen, Family Fun, Family Adventures, Daniel Tiger, Vacations & Getaways, Stuff For Kids, Family Entertainment, Storyland, Story Land, Alton Bay NH, Nikon DSL

5 Summer Activities The Whole Family Can Enjoy

As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to come up with fun things to do for the whole family. Choosing an activity that will be enjoyable for everyone is a real challenge and particularly when you have kids of different ages, but there are a few summer activities that will always be a hit (and enjoyable for mom and dad too!). So, if you are struggling to come up with something enjoyable to do the next time you have a family day planned then consider any of the following, all of which are s...
Tags: Family, Fashion, Parenting, Entertainment, Activities, Summer, Golf, Swimming, Family Activities, Family Friendly, Family Fun, Family Adventures, Home Life, Stuff For Kids, Family Entertainment, Summer fun

5 Budget-Friendly Word Games For The Entire Family

If you want some budget-friendly games for your next family game night, then consider incorporating some word games into your routine. Not only are they fun, but they are educational, too! Best of all, these are cheap or FREE!  The following ideas will get you started so that you have a budget friendly word game to play the next time your family is ready to have fun.   It’s All About The Letters The great thing about this game is that you can play it at home or on the go. All you need is a...
Tags: Family, Fashion, Games, Entertainment, Family Activities, Family Friendly, Budget Friendly, Family Time, Home Life, Stuff For Kids, Game Night, Family Entertainment

Lisa Loeb’s latest lullaby album is the perfect chill out music. For adults.

I’ve been a big fan of Lisa Loeb since her hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” in the 90s. Then I became a mom and she started making really good kid’s music and I loved her all over again. Now, those world’s collide with her latest Amazon Original album Lullaby Girl, just released this weekend. […]
Tags: Shopping, Lisa Loeb, Family Entertainment, Entertainment + Media, Kids' Music That's Actually Good

7 reasons girls should see the new LEGO NINJAGO movie | Thinking : Parent

As a fan of the original LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman, I admit I was a little skeptical about the new LEGO NINJAGO Movie. I wasn’t very familiar with the NINJAGO franchise and wasn’t sure if my 10-year-old daughter would be that into an action film featuring LEGO minifig ninjas. Last week, I was invited by Warner […]
Tags: Movies, Shopping, Entertainment, Lego, Warner, Columns, Lego Movie, Ninjago, Family Entertainment, Movies For Kids, Entertainment + Media

That’s inappropriate, Mom: When to let kids watch R-rated movies | Spawned ep 85

One of the great things about our kids getting older is the ability to watch movies and shows that we actually want to see too. (No offense, Bubble Guppies.) But it’s also tough to figure out what they’re emotionally ready for, what’s over their heads, and what scenes may stress them out in ways we […]
Tags: Podcast, Movies, Shopping, Entertainment, Pop Culture, Home Entertainment, Family Entertainment, Movies For Kids, Spawned Podcast

Web coolness: Lin-Manuel Miranda for kids, a picture book not really for kids, and love for Florida

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest project is just for kids. Check out the video! Laughing at this all-girl Lord of the Flies parody. Because is that really the remake we need right now? New must-have: We’re absolutely in love with this new […]
Tags: Florida, Parenting, Shopping, Entertainment, Social Media, Humor, Home Entertainment, Best Of The Web, Lin Manuel Miranda, Family Entertainment, Web Coolness

New on Netflix for families in August: Top picks from cute kids’ cartoons to kitschy 80s classics to Sing! (Whoo!)

If your family is like mine, summer nights are more often Netflix and chill (like, actually chilling, not a euphemism) than theater and $7 snacks. So, I thought I’d look ahead to the next month and round up what’s new on Netflix for families in August so we can map out some fun viewing time, […]
Tags: Television, Movies, Kids, Shopping, Entertainment, Netflix, Family Activities, Home Entertainment, Family Entertainment, Summer Activities, Movies For Kids, Entertainment + Media

3 fantastic children’s books to get the kids to read before they become hit movies.

There are three fantastic children’s books being made into movies for release this fall and early 2018. The way I see it, that gives us plenty of time to read them before scheduling a family movie night to see them! I’m a big believer in reading the book first before seeing the movie version. Although […]
Tags: Celebrities, Movies, Shopping, Reading, Picture books, Family Entertainment, Books For Kids, Movies For Kids, Entertainment + Media, Tweens + Big Kids

An animated film celebrating Black dads, daughters, and a whole lot of hair love.

When I discovered a Kickstarter project for an animated children’s short film that will celebrate Black dads, their daughters, and the beauty of natural hair, my heart swelled with love. As a mom to two curly-haired biracial daughters, I personally know how important the impact of the Hair Love animated film will be on the […]
Tags: Shopping, Animation, Kickstarter, Social Good, African-american, Family Entertainment, Movies For Kids, Entertainment + Media, Charity + Causes

Summer ice activities. They’re so hot right now.

During these dog days of summer, when there’s really no other word to describe the heat but “blergh,” we parents have to think way beyond the sprinklers and water balloons that we’ve been relying on to keep our kids cool (and occupied). It’s time to seriously up the ante with summer ice activities. And when […]
Tags: Games, Diy, Shopping, Stem, Family Activities, Family Entertainment, Outdoor Fun, Summer Activities, Tips + Tricks

8 of the coolest summer water activities for your backyard. (Pool? What pool?)

Summer comes in two settings: Hotter and Hottest. That’s why we love these amazing summer water activities for the backyard that we found on some of our favorite sites around the web. I mean I know that for kids, a nice, cool pool is often the most hoped-for remedy; but for parents, we know it’s not always […]
Tags: Games, Diy, Shopping, Family Activities, Family Entertainment, Outdoor Fun, Summer Activities, Tips + Tricks

The best family board games for summer travel…because good things come in small packages.

My family loves to play board games. I’m talking, big, involved, takes-three-hours-to-play board games. And what better time to play than when we’re on summer vacation? But, it can be tricky to travel with big boxes full of a zillion pieces. Luckily, we have found a few games we love that come in boxes small enough to easily […]
Tags: Travel, Games, Shopping, Entertainment, Board Games, Family Travel, Family Activities, Family Entertainment, Summer Activities, Toys + Other Playthings, Travel Toys

Getting kids excited about science: A chat with NPR Wow in the World hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas | Spawned ep 76

Well, if Spawned with Kristen and Liz haaaaas to be beaten by someone in the Kids + Family podcast category, we’re happy it’s the new NPR podcast Wow in the World, a weekly science show “for kids and their grownups.” Especially because it’s hosted by two of our favorite people, Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, who we’re […]
Tags: Podcast, Science, Media, Shopping, Entertainment, Stem, Humor, Npr, Kristen, Liz, Educational, Home Entertainment, Guy Raz, Family Entertainment, Spawned Podcast, Educational Kids' Activities

The Princess Bride turns 30! Have fun storming the theaters.

Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles. Really, what’s not to love about The Princess Bride? Nothing, is the answer. There’s nothing not to […]
Tags: Movies, Kids, Shopping, Entertainment, Coward, Family Entertainment, Movies For Kids, Entertainment + Media

30+ fantastic open-ended questions to ask your kids, so you don’t get a yes or no answer.

If you’re not getting much more than a “yeah,” “nope,” or “fine” when you ask about your kid’s day at school, it might be time for some new conversations starters. (Trust us, we’re right there with you.) So we set out to collect dozens of smart, easy, open-ended questions to ask your kids, so you don’t just get a […]
Tags: Parenting, Shopping, Tips And Tricks, Family Activities, Family Entertainment, Family Meals, Thinking : Parent, Tips + Tricks, Kids' Activities, Parenting Tools