Have a “Family Movie Night” tonight with Turbo: FAST on Netflix (FREE printables!)



T.G.I.F! Seriously… thank goodness it’s FINALLY Friday! It’s been a long week. I’ve been looking forward to the weekend since Tuesday!

I’m looking forward to resting and relaxing this weekend. I need some “unwind time”.

Even though I am looking forward to a quiet and peaceful weekend that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to spend quality time with my family. I’m thinking about having “Family Movie Night” tonight.

I love to set up Family Movie Night with my family so that we can enjoy each other’s company and be entertained at the same time. Of course there will be plenty of popcorn for everyone. Family Movie Night and popcorn go “hand-in-hand”.

The wonderful thing about having a Family Movie Night is that you can do it any night of the week that is most convenient for your family. You don’t even have to wait until nighttime. You can have a family movie get together any time of the day.

Little ones often get restless watching long movies. If you have little ones at home you might want to consider watching a few episodes of your family’s favorite television show instead of a movie.

Netflix has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a comedy, drama, horror film or family flick – Netflix has something for everyone.

Turbo Fast

Netflix has an original series called Turbo: Fast which is based on the popular DreamWork’s film, Turbo. It’s the first ever Netflix original series for children.

Continuing from the DreamWork’s film Turbo, Turbo: Fast is about an “underdog” snail who goes into overdrive with his miraculous power of super speed. Turbo: Fast follows Turbo and his friends in their pursuit of big dreams as they continue to amp up everything to the extreme.

If you are familiar with the Netflix series you’ll be happy to know that there are new episodes.

Instead of having a Family Movie Night tonight why not have a Snail Night and watch a few episodes of Turbo: Fast with your family.

Here are some free activities you can download to get you started. Simply click on each image to save and print out. Please note that the Mad Libs activity has several pages.



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For for information about Turbo: Fast visit Netflix.com. You can also find Netflix on the various social media sites.

Are you a fan of Turbo? Have you seen the series? Feel free to share your thoughts.



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T.G.I.F!!!! Enjoy the start of the weekend with your family


Family Movie

T.G.I.F!!!! Thank goodness it’s Friday.

Now that I am back to work outside of our home (part time) I look forward to Friday. Full time or not, when you work during the week I think most people look forward to the weekend.

Students are back to school too and just like their parents they also look forward to the weekend when they can relax and unwind (unless they have a lot of homework and studying to do).

Often the weekend is the only time when families can reconnect with one another. For some families even the weekends can be busy. That is why the best time to get together with your family would be Friday night.

My family and I try and set aside one night a week (if possible – if not, one night a month) for Family Movie Night. It’s fun to watch a movie together and talk about it afterwards.

We used to let the kids take turn picking out the movie but now that they are teenagers they tend to argue over what to watch. Therefore mom and dad (me and my hubby) make the decision. We always try and find something everyone would enjoy which usually means some sort of a comedy. Sometimes our son rather do other things. In those cases we look for horror movies. My daughter and I love horror movies and my husband enjoys them too. We’re also huge Walking Dead fans which we watch together every Sunday night.

If you are looking for a great film to enjoy with your family on a Friday night (or any night of week and/or time that is more convenient), Netflix has plenty of great choices.

Here are a few suggestions.

Little Kids

Titles for little kids.

1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
2. The Pirate Fairy
3. Hoodwinked
4. Angelina Ballerina
5. Bob the Builder
6. The Muppet Movie

Big Kids

Titles for big kids.

1. Strange Hill High
2. The Avengers
3. The Smurfs 2
4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
5. Free Birds
6. Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure


Titles for teens and adults.

1. Clueless
2. The Breakfast Club
3. Friday Night Lights
4. The Vampire Diaries
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
6. 13 Going on 30

With hundreds of movies and TV series to choose from at Netflix you are sure to find something your whole family will enjoy.

When we have Family Movie Night I always like to make popcorn. After all, what is a movie without popcorn? If we don’t use our air popper I’ll put 1/4th of a cup of kernels in a brown paper bag, close it up and microwave it until the popping of the kernels slows down. This option is much healthier then traditional microwave popcorn plus there is no salt, butter or “mystery ingredients” on it. It’s just plain butter that each family member can season themselves (I keep a supply of popcorn seasonings). Plus each family member has their own bag.

Occasionally I’ll pick up those large boxes of movie candies when I see them on sale.

On chilly winter nights we all snuggle up under blankets or Snuggies (each family member, except me, has their own Snuggle).

To check out what Netflix has to offer visit www.Netflix.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

What do you and your family do on a Friday night to celebrate the start of the weekend?

Do you watch movie together? If so, how do you make it special?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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*I received a free membership in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season now available on DVD


The Goldbergs The Complete First Season

I grew up in the 80’s. I hate to admit that (it makes me seem “old”) but it’s true. I was born in the last 60’s. I was a child in the 70’s and a teenager in the 80’s.

The 80’s were a lot of fun. The music, the hair, the fashion… it was certainly a very unique decade.

I love it when my teens watch music videos from the 80’s. They find them “trippy”. They can’t understand them. Frankly I don’t think 80’s music videos are supposed to make sense. I think they were meant to be silly.

Have you seen the ABC family comedy The Goldbergs? The Goldbergs is a series about a family living in the 80’s complete with big hair, neon clothing and the lack of current technology.

Did you know that The Goldbergs is loosely based on the show’s creator’s own family? The series creator, Adam F. Goldberg, had a family similar to the Goldbergs including some of the family’s misadventures.

Here is the show’s official synopsis.

Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for just showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ’80s.  For geeky 11-year old Adam these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera, ready to capture all the crazy.

The Goldbergs is produced by Happy Madison Productions, Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Exhibit A Productions in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television. It was created by  Adam F. Goldberg (Fanboys) and executive produced by Adam F. Goldberg, Seth Gordon (“Marry Me”) and Doug Robinson (“Rules of Engagement”).

Available today on DVD is The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season.

My family and I have watched several episodes but admittedly we’ve missed several too.

We like the series. It’s funny. At times I can almost relate to the show and the characters.

I met Wendi McLendon-Covey earlier this year in Los Angles. She is a WONDERFUL person. I truly enjoyed each and every moment I had with her. Even though she’s the celebrity she was more interested in me and my life. I’m still shocked that she cared what I had to say and asked ME questions when it should have been the other way around.

Me and Wendy

Oh I love her! She’s such a sweet lady. I still find it hard to believe she’s the mom from The Goldbergs. I think it’s her hair in the show that throws me off. LOL!

The Complete Series includes all 23 episodes from the first season on three DVD discs. The episodes included in the collection are pictured below.


There are a lot of great bonus featueres included in this collection.

  • Cast and Crew Commentary on five episodes:  Never Say Die!, Kara-Te’, Call Me When You Get There, Lame Gretzky & You Opened the Door
  • Five All-New Featurettes:

o   Blast from the Past:Making Season One – Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and creator Adam F. Goldberg to get the inside scoop about creating this dysfunctional, yet loving family.

o   Our House: The ‘80s Revisited – A tour of the Goldberg house with the production design and props team to get a glimpse into the intricate ‘80s detail from the show.

o   On Set with Jeff Garlin – Spend a day behind the scenes with the patriarch of the Goldberg family.

o   Patton Oswalt: Adam Grows Up –Hear from Patton Oswaltabout his favorite moments from the show & a rare glimpse into his process as narrator.

o   Costumes of the ’80s: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – From Beverly’s sweaters to Murray’s tighty whiteys, fans can tour the wardrobe department with Costume Designer Keri Smith.

The complete collection has a run time of 495 minutes and is not rated, although I feel this is a family friendly series. It’s released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

My family and I have not made it completely through the entire collection – yet. We watch and episode or two here and there whenever we can. It’s nice to catch the episodes that we missed in the first season.

Look for The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season wherever DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of The Goldbergs? Do you have a favorite character and/or episode? Feel free to share your thoughts.

The Goldbergs Screen Shot


*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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BOO! SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection available on DVD



My family and I are big time SpongeBob SquarePants fans. In fact Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob) was one of my most favorite interviews I’ve done over the years. I also met him in person a couple of years ago. He’s truly a wonderful person.

Halloween is right around the corner. Many stores already have Halloween candy and decor in their shelves.

Recently I overheard a few mom’s talking about Halloween costumes not too long ago in the store. School just started – its hard to wrap my brain around Halloween right now.

If you enjoy SpongeBob SquarePants and Halloween you’ll be happy to know about a new DVD collection that is available TODAY (September 9, 2014). It’s called SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection.

Bikini Bottom is about to become a whole lot scarier as SpongeBob and his friends encounter ghosts, curses and other frightening things!  SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection is a 2-disc special filled with frightening fun, including 17 episodes and two bonus features. With all the craziness that SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and other friends get into, fans won’t want to miss this!

There is plenty of spooky fun to be had with this collection.

Here is a run down on the episodes featured in this collection;


  • Scaredy Pants
  • Imitation Krabs
  • Frankendoodle
  • I Was a Teenage Gary
  • Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
  • Secret Box
  • Band Geeks
  • Welcome to the Chum Bucket
  • My Pretty Seahorse
  • The Idiot Box


  • Ghoul Fools
  • The Curse of Bikini Bottom
  • Ghost Host
  • Born Again Krabs
  • Arrgh!
  • Your Shoe’s Untied
  • Money Talks


  • Music Video: “Scaredy Pants”
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Video Game Sneak Peek

This wonderful collection has a run time of 200 minutes!

There are many “spooky” episodes on the DVDs, and others that are not necessarily creepy or “scary”. None the less there are plenty of great episodes in this collection.

One of my favorites is Ghoul Fools. That one always cracks me up, especially the things that Patrick says and does. LOL! When I think about SpongeBob and Halloween Ghouls Fools is the first episode that come to mind. If I’m not mistaken it aired as a special.

Frankendoodle is another fun episode. Spongebob and Patrick find a magic pencil that makes drawings come to life. Things go horrible wrong when a doodle of Spongebob comes to life and snatches the pencil and reaps havoc.

Scaredy Pants is a true Halloween episode. SpongeBob and Patrick get dressed up in costume and try to scare the residents of Bikini Bottom.

Overall I think this is a wonderful collection that any SpongeBob fan would love to add to their family’s DVD collection.

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection is released by Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Look for it where ever DVDs are sold.

SpongeBob Halloween


*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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New from Nickelodeon – Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes

Lets Learn Patterns and Shapes

A new DVD will be released tomorrow (September 9, 2014) from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment called Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes.

With the new school year already in full swing, this DVD would be perfect for a little one who has just started nursery school or Pre-K. It’s also a fun DVD for children who are big fans of popular Nickelodeon programs such as Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues and Team Umizoomi.

This new DVD is part of Nickelodeon’s “Let’s Learn” series.

In a fun-filled two hours of “edu-tainment,” kids can play along to five new episodes from Team Umizoomi, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues and Ni Hao Ka-lan! as they explore circles, squares, triangles, and more. The set also includes a shapes worksheet!

The episodes featured on this DVD include;

  • Team Umizoomi: Team Umizoomi vs. The Shape Bandit
  • Dora the Explorer: Catch the Shape Train!
  • Ni Hao Kai-lan: The Dinosaur Balloon
  • Blue’s Clues: Shape Searchers
  • Blue’s Room: Shape Detectives

The DVD has a run time of 138 minutes and is distribute by Paramount Home Media Distribution.

What I love about DVD’s like this is that they make learning FUN. For most kids it seems like regular episodes to their favorite television shows. What they don’t realize is that they are learning at the same time they are being entertained by their favorite characters.

As a mom I feel like my children learned better when it was fun and entertaining, not boring. Actually I think I learn better too when it’s more fun then learning.

I love that the set also includes worksheets for your little ones to practice with. It’s nice that Nickelodeon and Paramount added that nice bonus with the DVD.

Look for Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes where most DVDs are sold.

For more information about Nickelodeon shows visit www.Nick.com.

What do you think about using entertainment to education children? Is it a medium you use in your home? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic airs Sept. 2, 2014 on ABC



I rarely post press releases on my site, however every now and then something comes along that I feel my readers might be interested in. This is one of those situations.

Disney’s Frozen is by far a hugely popular film. I work with children and almost every day at work I hear children signing “Let it Go”, or they are wearing Frozen clothing or carrying Frozen toys. The other day a little girl brought in her own box of Frozen facial tissues and she didn’t even have a cold. She just loves the movie and carried the box around with her.

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 airing at 8:00 PM (EST) on ABC there will be a special called The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic. 

The program is hosted by Josh Gad who is the voice of the super popular snowman Olaf.

This exclusive special features interviews with the films cast including Kristen Bell, Indina Menzel (or “Adele Dazeem” if you are John Travolta – ha ha), Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, John Lasseter (I met him!) and the Frozen film making team.

This is an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the making of this modern movie based on the timeless tale with a look towards the next chapter for Anna, Elsa and friends. You’ll also get a sneak peek of Big Hero 6 which is the next film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®-winning film Frozen, now the biggest animated feature of all time.   A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought Frozen to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter—the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big-screen animated musical.   Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of the fictional kingdom of Arendelle  and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.

This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of Frozen and a never-before-seen preview of Frozen characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit Once Upon a Time.

The program will culminate in an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventure Big Hero 6, currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios –under wraps until now – as the team prepares their next big-screen epic.

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is hosted by star Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) and features interviews with Frozen stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer and “Frozen” executive producer John Lasseter, Academy Award®-winning filmmakers, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. This one-hour special will also feature exclusive insights and commentary from art director Mike Giaimo and talented artists from the art direction, animation and effects teams. The exclusive sneak peek of Big Hero 6 is presented by the film’s directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. Jeanmarie Condon is senior executive producer and Rudy Bednar is director of The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.

It sounds interesting and I plan on tuning in.

I am also a HUGE fan of Once Upon a Time and I’m excited to see how that story line plays out.

Will you be watching tomorrow night?

Is your family a fan of Frozen?

Feel free to share your thoughts.



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