Friday, September 18, 2020

Finding What Makes Your Family, Your Family!

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It can often be a fun thought exercise to consider just how unique and lovely your family is. This can help you understand that while no two families are exactly alike, many of us encounter similar ups and downs and despite all of that, we wouldn’t change them for the world.

People can often feel insecure about their families, particularly parents raising children. ‘Is my family loving enough?’ or ‘do we communicate with one another well?’ can make you fall into the ‘grass-is-greener’ perspective that regularly throws people through a loop. We recommend you don’t fall into that worrying exercise, because it can make you feel lesser, when in fact, you may be doing just fine.

Finding out what makes your family, your family, can help you understand just what you most appreciate about it. From there, you can cherish the things you may have taken for granted, or the little idiosyncrasies that you, and we all, live for. After all, reflecting on our family life and how lucky we are to live it is healthy for our mind, body, and soul:

The Home You Develop

The home you develop is a great indicator of your family’s tastes, and what they prize most dear. This goes for your home decoration and also the renovations you attend to over the year, guided by the best architects, as this allows for you to get the most out of your space while retrofitting it to your needs. Give two identical homes to two families, and in five years their interiors will look radically different. You can tell alot about a person by their houses, and a family more so.

The Language You Speak

The language you speak with your family can also help you notice the little quirks you’re encouraging and have created. By language we don’t mean mother tongue or new learned spoken language, rather the little comments, fun little in-jokes, words that refer to certain things, and even funny little asides that contribute to the way you communicate as a family. If you sing a song to your dog with your children laughing along - that’s the best kind of language. In fact, studies show this is a sign of a very close and loving family, so don’t be ashamed of  this, no matter how silly it can get.

The Gratitude You Share

The gratitude you share with your family can bring everyone together, and it can help you get over the tumultuous elements of living in such close proximity. This means that if you can make it a default habit and requirement to support one another, even if that’s heading to your sports games or supporting one another through remote work and remote schooling during Covid, you’re in a great position. This is how a house becomes a home, and how the atmosphere thrives.

With this advice, we hope you can more easily find that which makes your family, your family!

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! is Available on Digital Beginning September 15, and to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 13! #CatsandDogs3

Disclosure: I was provided with promotional product and a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Stellar Voice Cast Featuring Melissa Rauch, Max Greenfield and George Lopez

After school today, I surprised my girls with a new umbrella and an advanced screening of Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, which arrives on Digital tomorrow, and then to Blu-ray and DVD on October 13th.

Both of my girls are animal lovers, and love movies that have animals in them, especially when they talk. And, they have watched the previous two Cats & Dogs movies, which came out back in 2001 and then in 2010. To say they have been eagerly awaiting the final installment in this popular family-friendly movies series is an understatement. They were planning to pool their allowance tomorrow so that I would buy the digital movie for them to watch. So, when I surprised them with the umbrella and then said we had early access to the movie, they couldn't help but jump all around and scream with excitement. :-) Here is a quick video I took of my oldest showing off their new umbrella thanks to the kind folks at Warner Home Bros. Right after she filmed this, I shared the news of the advanced screening. I knew they would scream, so I opted to skip recording that and save your ears. Mine are still ringing. :-)

It has been a couple years since I have sat to watch the Cats & Dogs movies, but as this new installment began, I started to remember back to all the fun adventures these talking animals went on. Even though these movies are geared to younger kids with the talking animals, older kids like my two girls, who are almost 9 and 10, still enjoyed it. They even threw in jokes that adults will get throughout the film, that will keep you laughing as well, as you watch this cute movie with your kids. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! has a run time of 80 minutes and is rated PG, which makes it perfect for the younger audience. In addition to cats and dogs, this movie also features other cute animals, all which talk. My girls really enjoyed the movie, and said it never got boring. They loved seeing the cats and dogs working together to save the world, without the humans ever finding out. Gwen the Cat and Roger the Dog will steal your kids' hearts from the start, and have them rooting them on all throughout the film. By the time the movie ended, my girls were asking to buy the movie tomorrow so that they could watch it again and again. They really enjoyed this movie, and said compared to the other two Cats & Dogs movie, this one by far was their favorite. They especially loved the bloopers at the end, and the extra bonus content - so be on the lookout and make sure you check these out with your kids. If you are looking for a fun family-friendly movie to share with your whole family, and love movies with talking animals, then you will definitely want to check out Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, when it arrives on Digital tomorrow, and then on Blu-ray and DVD on October 13th. We can't wait to watch this movie again, and know that once you sit and watch it, you'll want to watch it again, too!

More about this movie:
"It will truly rain cats and dogs when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, the next feature length installment of the popular Cats & Dogs franchise. Available on both Blu-ray Combo pack and DVD, Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! will be available to own on October 13, 2020 for $24.98 / $19.98 SRP respectively ($29.98 / $24.98 in Canada). 
It's been 10 years since the creation of the Great Truce, an elaborate joint-species surveillance system designed and monitored by cats and dogs to keep the peace when conflicts arise. But when a tech-savvy villain hacks into wireless networks to use frequencies only heard by cats and dogs, he manipulates them into conflict, and the worldwide battle between cats and dogs is BACK ON. Now, a team of inexperienced and untested agents will have to use their old-school animal instincts to restore order and peace between cats and dogs everywhere.

Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! features an all-star comedy lineup lending their voices to this new generation of four footed and two winged friends including Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) as Gwen the cat, Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood, New Girl) as Roger the dog, and George Lopez as Pablo the Parrot. The film is directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) and written by Scott Bindley (The Last Summer). Producers are Andrew Lazar (Cats & Dogs, Get Smart) and David Fliegel.

“The Cats & Dogs franchise started nearly two decades ago and the furry characters have continued to garner new fans ever since,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. “We are thrilled to release Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! as the next action-comedy adventure for animal lovers everywhere to enjoy.” 

  • Animal Charades: Making Cats & Dogs 3
  • Cast Reveals All:  Deep Animal Thoughts
  • Gag Reel

Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.


On September 15, 2020, Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On September 29, 2020, Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles."

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video,  the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, Google Play, and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Chromecast; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

Digital Release: September 15, 2020
Street Date: October 13, 2020
BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Run Time:  Feature: Approx.80 minutes
Enhanced Content: Approx 10 minutes
Rated: PG

Price: $19.98 SRP ($24.98 in Canada)
Audio: English (5.1)
Subtitles: English

Price: $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada)
Audio: English (5.1)
Subtitles: English

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

Disclosure: I was provided with promotional product and a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

4 Interesting Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Your Kids

Exercise is so important if you want to stay healthy and it’s much easier to keep up with an exercise routine if you get into good habits from a young age. That’s why you need to encourage your kids to get active, which can be difficult. Kids don’t always want to get outside and exercise so you need to find ways to make it fun for them. These are some of the most creative ways to get your kids excited about exercise. 

Kids Workout Plans 

You may not realize it, but there are some great workout plans for kids available. My First Workout is a great program designed specifically for kids. You get some great equipment and an exercise plan that is designed to give them a rounded workout and make it fun at the same time. Trying to get your kids involved in a normal adult exercise routine is pretty boring for them but they will be a lot more engaged with these kid friendly routines. 


Trampolining is an amazing activity for kids because, not only is it great fun, it’s also a brilliant workout for them as well. It’s not that expensive to buy a trampoline for kids to put in the garden and they will have hours of fun with it. As long as you supervise them, they will be completely safe and they will get plenty of exercise. 

Bike Rides 

Bike rides are a great family activity that gets everybody moving and it doesn’t really feel like exercise because there are lots of exciting things to do and see along the way. If you are planning a family day out somewhere, why not ride there instead of drive? Getting out into nature is great for everybody’s health, so look online and see if there are any good bike trails nearby. Exploring new areas while out on a bike ride is always fun for kids so they won’t get bored of exercising. You can also set yourself distance goals so the kids get excited about riding longer distances and improving their fitness. 

Active Video Games 

Video games are one of the biggest hurdles that you have in your way when you are trying to get your kids active. Often, they would rather sit inside on screens instead of getting outside and exercising, but what if you could have the best of both worlds? Video games might not be as bad as you think because there are some great active games that get your kids moving. You can play some great dance games, for example, that really work up a sweat in a short amount of time. There are some brilliant sports games, like bowling and tennis, which also require you to get out of your chair and move around a lot. This is one of the best ways to trick your kids into doing some extra exercise without causing arguments about screen time.

These are all great ways to make exercise fun for your kids so they stay active and healthy and carry on the habit in later life.  

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