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Ex Machina, What I’m Writing, and Things

Posted July 25, 2015 by James Bow

So, finding ourselves with a rare childless evening, Erin and I rented Ex Machina yesterday. This is a story about an uber-genius software billionaire having invented AI (played by Alicia Vikander) bringing aboard this brilliant computer coder to perform a…

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Leonardo Dicaprio’s Alberta film The Revenant (TRAILER)

Posted July 17, 2015 by Jes

Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy spent a lot of time in Alberta over the last year filming The Revenant with the Oscar winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Birdman).  Most of this was filmed just outside of Calgary.

This movie looks really intense…and Leo looks really dirty. I don’t really approve of that aspect of the film.

XOXO
Jes…

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Pacific Sunset

Posted July 11, 2015 by James Bow

Two of our last three days in California were spent in Pismo Beach, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. There really is no better way to end a vacation, except there. Wendell and Judy treated us to a…

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Children

Netflix Fun For Kids

Posted July 1, 2015 by Loukia

Parenting is always an adventure, no matter how old the children are, and even every day activities—like a visit to the grocery store—can lead to unexpected adventures. (Like the time I walked out of the grocery store with my children only to notice my car was being driven away by a stranger!) No matter what, though, we make the best of any crazy situation.

Whether we’re on vacation or spending a quiet night at home watching shows on Netflix, we’re having fun together making new memories. Now that my boys are older, there are more movies and television shows we can enjoy watching together, including movies that I remember loving when I was a child, like Annie and The Goonies. I was excited to see that The Goonies is playing on Netflix right now—and so were my boys, because of course, they love this movie as much as you’d expect they would. It’s a classic, after all.

My boys also love How to Train Your Dragon, and they are looking forward to watching the all-new Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge. Dragons: Race to the Edge will introduce some new exciting dragons, each with its own amazing abilities. I can’t wait to snuggle up on the couch with my boys for this one!

Other shows your kids can look forward to watching on Netflix right now? Puss and Boots, Penguins of Madagascar, and National Treasure. Happy Netflix-ing!

Disclosure: I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix and as part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. All views and opinions are my own. 

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Pitch Perfect 2 and the sadness of The Cup Song

Posted May 2, 2015 by Jes

The most highly anticipated movie of 2015 is coming out in two weeks! That’s right folks, Pitch Perfect 2 is about to hit theatres. The most iconic song from the first film was The Cup Song, which sold millions of copies, rose on the billboard charts a…

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Allan's Perspective

Saturday Morning Confusion # 477

Posted April 25, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: There is a lot of confusion about whether Monty Python is really funny …………., or not! What I mean is that some sketches like “The dead Parrot” are among the funniest things I have ever seen, and some other stuff is just plain stupid. BUT. I have to admit that when they ARE funny, […]

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Entertainment

It Doesn’t End In High School: Mom Cliques & Sonja Bennett’s ‘Preggoland’

Posted April 16, 2015 by Sonya

If you think cliques end at high school, think again. Do we all have a desire to be accepted and belong to a group? I look around me and yes, it’s true. It doesn’t stop at teenagers. The film Preggoland […]

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‘Ruby Skye P.I.’ Gives Nancy Drew A Run For Her Money

Posted April 9, 2015 by Anonymous

Step aside Nancy Drew, because there’s a new detective in town—Ruby Skye! If you’re on the hunt for a movie your young tweens will love, this Canadian-made flick will definitely get your stamp of approval. Ruby Skye P.I.: The Maltese […]

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Entertainment

Breastfeeding Perspectives From Around The World In MILK

Posted April 7, 2015 by Sonya

As mothers, we all try our best to make the right choices for our babies. But with so much information circulating on what makes one a good mother, it’s no surprise that a lot of us are confused and often overwhelmed. […]

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Entertainment

TIFF Kids International Film Festival Highlights Best In Children’s Cinema

Posted March 19, 2015 by Sonya

We seriously look forward to the TIFF Kids International Film Festival each spring. From April 7 to 19, 2015, families are invited to take in all the action at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The 18th annual film festival […]

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Entertainment

Cinderella’s Crystal Perfect Style

Posted March 11, 2015 by Sonya

I sometimes feel like Cinderella (minus the pumpkin, the step mom and sisters). I mean I go through my daily chores of keeping up the house (washroom cleaning is so glam, right?) and then within hours I can transform into […]

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Entertainment

Disney Releases First Preview To ‘Frozen Fever’

Posted February 25, 2015 by Anonymous

The countdown to Frozen Fever is on, Frozen fans! In anticipation of it’s release, Disney decided to give fans a taste of what to expect in the upcoming short film by finally releasing their hotly awaited teaser trailer today! If […]

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Win 1 Of 10 Double Passes To See ‘After The Ball’

Posted February 24, 2015 by Sonya

When I was a teenager I dreamt of working in the fashion world. I was encouraged by my high school teachers to make a go of it but I was lacking in confidence. Today, I can look back and see […]

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Entertainment

I Have An Issue With DUFF

Posted February 20, 2015 by Sara

I need to understand why there isn’t more flack on the media about the movie DUFF coming out. In a social media world where women are literally freaking out that untouched pictures of Beyonce hit the internet, when a kid […]

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10 Thoughts I Had While Watching “50 Shades of Grey”

Posted February 13, 2015 by Anonymous

Watching 50 Shades of Grey is like going on a cheap, poorly constructed roller coaster ride. You and your friends get strapped into it,  hoping for a fun thrill. It starts off quite promising, but then takes a huge nose dive […]

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6 Sweet Valentine’s Day Movies To Watch With Kids

Posted February 6, 2015 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie Spending Valentine’s Day as a family this year? We totally approve. After all, the day is all about celebrating love. Love, and chocolate. A veg-out session on the couch with your fam and a movie you […]

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Entertainment

Fox News: ‘Frozen’ Empowers Women By Tearing Men Down

Posted February 6, 2015 by Anonymous

First off, let’s just start by saying that Fox News is extremely late to the party. Like, 14 months late. After a year of countless “Let It Go” covers, multiple award nominations (and wins!), and completely taking over toy stores […]

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Entertainment

Movie Review: Does CAKE Live Up To The Buzz?

Posted January 23, 2015 by Sonya

Rumours buzzed before the Oscar nominations came out and they were all saying the same thing: Jennifer Aniston for her role in CAKE. However, the entertainment world rippled (a bit) when she was snubbed for her role. There’s no doubt […]

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Entertainment

First Look: The Little Prince Movie

Posted December 19, 2014 by Sonya

The first look at the trailer for “The Little Prince” is now out and it is as sweet as the classic book. This is the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s iconic masterpiece. At the heart of […]

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Cartoons

Cartoons For Kids Are More Violent Than Adult Dramas

Posted December 18, 2014 by Guest Author

Nemo. Bambie. Tarzan. These are just a few of the characters whose parents come to a violent end in top animated children’s films. A study published in the British Medical Journal’s special Christmas issue this week found that two-thirds of […]

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Entertainment

Attention Star Wars Fans: The New Trailer Is Here!

Posted November 28, 2014 by Guest Author

Heads up, moms of Star Wars fans (and moms who are Star Wars fans)! The trailer for the controversial seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, is out today. I think it’s safe to say that after the, um, non-excellence […]

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Entertainment

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Is Smart and Squishy Fun For Families

Posted November 7, 2014 by Sonya

In theatres now, Big Hero 6 is the newest Disney Animation movie to grab our attention. And with 3 ten-year-old kids in tow to the advance screening  last week, I can assure you that this is one that you must […]

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Entertainment

The Countdown Is On For New Minions & Toy Story Films

Posted November 7, 2014 by Anonymous

It is a big week for blockbuster animated films it would seem. On Tuesday we got our first look at the new Despicable Me spinoff, Minions. The trailer tells us, they have been on this planet far longer than we […]

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Entertainment

Why Do White Disney Princesses Make More Money?

Posted November 5, 2014 by Anonymous

While we won’t be seeing another Disney princess of colour until 2018 when Moana, the Polynesian princess, makes her debut, it seems that we really aren’t seeing that much of the Disney princesses that aren’t, well, white. The graphic below, created by Jody […]

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Entertainment

Movie Review: LEFT BEHIND

Posted October 6, 2014 by Sonya

My list of must see movies in theatres is very LONG. But this one has me thinking… a lot. The world seems to keep challenging us in many ways and far beyond many of our imaginations and understandings. While we […]

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Entertainment

Off With The Box! Here Comes The Boxtrolls!

Posted September 30, 2014 by Sonya

Making films for kids and families is a big business and technology has allowed for many great visual escapes. The Boxtrolls will be in theatres this weekend  and there’s something quite beautiful about this particular film. The stop-motion animated method […]

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Entertainment

Classic Halloween Movies To Watch With Your Kids

Posted September 26, 2014 by Anonymous

It feels like fall just started, but Halloween is on its way. Your kids are probably already planning their costumes and eyeing the candy displays in the grocery store, so help them get into the spirit (you see what we […]

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