Here Are The Super Bowl Commercials That Had Us In Tears

I cry a lot. It doesn’t take much.  I like the commercials that remind us about all the good — and all that girl power!

Mass Mutual: I’ll Stand By You

 

Winter Olympics: Always Be Faster Than The Boys / Mikaela Shiffrin

 

Toyota: Good Odds

 

Lindsey Vonn Winter Olympics Best of U.S. 

And was it just me or was every movie trailer TERRIFYING? Those movie trailers also made me cry. 

The Funniest Super Bowl Commercials of 2018

We’ve recapped the funniest commercials from Super Bowl 2018!

Basically the Tide commercials WIN the Super Bowl! We love Officer Hopper (David Harbour), and we love him even more in these Tide commercials. That white jumpsuit? Seals the deal.

It’s A Tide Ad


 

 

 

 

E-Trade: 85 And I Want To Go Home

 

Avocados From Mexico

 

 

Pringles: Nobody Asked You Kevin!

 

 

Crocodile Dundee

 

Time of My Life

 

What did we miss? What commercials made you LOL?!?

 

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How An Episode Of ‘Chopped Junior’ Changed The Way I Parent

How An Episode Of Chopped Junior Changed The Way I Parent

How An Episode Of Chopped Junior Changed The Way I Parent

“Mom, can I bake something?” my eight-year old daughter pleaded as she entered the kitchen.

Of course she wanted to bake something.  Because I had just spent the past two hours prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning up from a dinner where I made six different dishes to please our family of five.  I sighed.

“Not right now, sweetie, I just finished cleaning up and it’ll be too much of a mess.”  As if it were the answer she was expecting, she wandered off, probably to watch another episode of some annoying laugh-track show on Disney Channel.

Looking back, I’m embarrassed to admit just how many variations of that conversation we had.  Don’t get me wrong, I often let my daughter help me in the kitchen.  I’m a pretty decent cook and an avid baker and I let her do things I deemed acceptable for an 8 year old.

Simple things like ingredient gathering, pouring, and mixing.  I didn’t let her crack the eggs because shells might get in the batter.  I didn’t let her wash the bowls because she didn’t do a thorough job.  I didn’t let her use the stove top or oven because she might get burned.

Or I would say, “I don’t need any help right now, but you can be the guinea pig taste tester when it’s done.”

And then one rainy night, all of that changed.  I walked into our den to find my daughter watching a show on the Food Network called Chopped Junior.  I sat down to join her and for the next 20 minutes I stared at the screen, stunned, as I watched kids the same age as my daughter work their way around a kitchen better than most adults I know.

These kids expertly chopped using razor sharp knives, they sauteed, they boiled, they pan-seared, one kid made a roux.  What the hell even is a roux??

I sat there wondering how in the world kids so young could be so skilled and knowledgeable in the kitchen.  And then I had an epiphany.  It was so simple.  They could do all of those things because somewhere along the line, somebody told them “YES.”

And I vowed right then and there that I would do an experiment.  The next time and every time, my daughter asked me to do something in the kitchen, I would say yes.

“Mom, can I bake cookies?”  Yes.
“Mom, can I make scrambled eggs?” Yes.
“Mom, can I make Mac n Cheese?” Yes.
“Mom, can I make a quesadilla?”  Yes.
“Mom, can I make homemade frosting?” Yes.
“Mom, can I use a bunch of your baking stuff and make up my own recipe?”  Ugh. Yes.

And so it went.  I’m not gonna lie…this was one insanely messy, time-consuming, experiment.  In the beginning, she needed a lot of help, learning how to work the oven, the gas range, the timers.  My countertops seemed to be permanently sticky for a while there…the sink never empty of the many bowls, pots and pans she used.

But I usually didn’t have to explain something more than once.  And the more I said yes, the more she asked to do.  Pretty soon she was looking up recipes online and following along on her own.  I became more and more hands-off and watched her capability, and her confidence, soar.

Fast forward to a year later and I will tell you that this is one of the best parenting decisions I have ever made.  And my children are 18, 15 and 9, so I’ve made an awful lot of them.

This kid could cook our family breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert if she had to.  She can crack an egg one-handed (I can’t even do that) and can saute’ broccoli with the best of ’em.  Her homemade chocolate cupcakes are the best I’ve ever had.

My daughter will have these skills, this confidence in herself, for the rest of her life.  And that to me, is worth all the wasted eggs, the spilled milk, the messy kitchen.

So fellow parents, I encourage you to really stop and think when your child asks to do something, not just in the kitchen, that might result in them learning a new life skill.

Because for all the time and energy you may have to put in up front, there is a huge payoff at the end.  I know this because tomorrow I have to bring in 24 cupcakes for a pot luck event.  And I’m sitting here writing this article.  Because guess what?

The cupcakes are being handled.  And if I’m really good, she might even let me be the guinea pig.

 

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Janene Dutt resides on a small island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three children. Her kids once asked her 159 questions in six hours. She suffers from Pediculophobia, the fear of lice. When she’s not blogging, you can find her combing through her family’s hair. Follow her on Facebook…https://www.facebook.com/imightbefunny/

 

 

The Sneaky Science Behind Our Kids’ Tech Addictions

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media

Son won’t turn off his video game? Daughter obsessed with “likes” on Instagram? It may not be entirely their fault. Like the high-octane sugar in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and that irresistible chemical spice in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, the ingredients in social media, video games, apps, and other digital products are carefully engineered to keep you coming back for more. While researchers are still trying to discover whether kids (and parents) can be addicted to technology, some computer scientists are revealing their secrets for keeping us hooked.

Resisting the urge to check your phone or shut down Netflix after another cliffhanger Stranger Things episode should be a simple matter of self-control. But according to so-called whistleblowers such as Tristan Harris, a computer scientist who founded the Time Well Spent movement, and Adam Alter, author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, we humans are totally overpowered. Features such as app notifications, autoplay — even “likes” and messages that self-destruct — are scientifically proven to compel us to watch/check in/respond right now or feel that we’re missing something really important.

Behind the apps, games, and social media is a whole crew of folks whose job is to make their products feel essential. Many of the techniques they use are ones outlined by experts in human behavior, including Nir Eyal author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and BJ Fogg of Stanford University’s Persuasive Technology Lab. Harris argues that these methods “hijack” our own good judgment. Most teens care deeply about peer validation, for example. So it makes sense that friends’ feedback on social media — both the positive and the negative — would tug at you until you satisfy your curiosity. You have a phone in your pocket, so why not check now? And now. And now?

More and more industry insiders — including some who designed these attention-claiming features — are coming forward to cry foul on digital manipulation and even to suggest ways companies can limit it. In fact, it’s not just people who are going public. In 2017, a leaked Facebook internal memo showed how the social network can identify when teens feel “insecure,” “worthless,” and “need a confidence boost.” That’s not a problem “likes” can fix.

Until recently, big tech companies would only defend their products. Facebook, for one, says it polls users daily to gauge success of its features. But when mounting concerns led two Apple shareholders to ask the company to design solutions to potentially addicting technology, Apple said yes. The shareholders also called for more research on the impact of technology use on young users. Such studies could help developers create what Tristan Harris calls “ethically designed” products with built-in features that cue us to give tech a rest.

There is a way to fight back now. Thanks to the folks who are calling out these methods, you can spot specific tricks and reflect on how they affect your thoughts and behavior. Remember: The other side wants to reduce the time between your thoughts and actions. Putting that pause in will help you resist your urges. Below are some of the key features designed to keep their grips on you. Also check out some ideas you and your kids can use to resist temptation.

Autoplay. Most notable on Netflix and Facebook, autoplay is the feature that makes videos continue to stream even after they’re over. Tristan Harris calls this the “bottomless bowl” phenomenon. With a refilling bowl, people eat 73 percent more calories. Or they binge-watch way too many movies.
What to do. Autoplay is typically on by default, so you have to turn it off. The feature can usually be found in the app’s account Settings. Here’s how to turn it off in Netflix.

Notifications. Studies show that push notifications — those little pings and prods you get to check your apps — are habit-forming. They align an external trigger (the ping) with an internal trigger (a feeling of boredom, uncertainty, insecurity, etc.). Every app uses them, but some, such as Musical.lyand YouTube, have discovered that when notifications tells us to do something, such as “Watch Sally’s new video!” or “See who liked your post!” we respond immediately. These calls to action not only interrupt us, they cause stress.
What to do. Turn them off. Most devices have a Settings section where you can turn off notifications. You should also be able to turn off notifications in the app’s settings.

Snapchat’s Snapstreaks. A Snapstreak begins after two users send snaps (pictures) to each other for three days straight. You might think competition is the motivation behind Snapstreaks, but it’s more likely due to a psychological theory called the rule of reciprocation. Humans have a need to respond to a positive action with another positive action. Voilà, a Snapstreak is born. Kids can become so obsessed with sustaining a streak that they give their friends access to their accounts when they’re unable to maintain their own streaks (which is actually a privacy risk). The rule is also at play with “like backs” — when you like someone’s post and ask them to like yours back to bolster your total number of likes. Of course, companies exploit the rule of reciprocation because more data points for them means more opportunities to understand their users and try to sell them stuff.
What to do. Help kids understand how companies like Snapchat are using their (positive) desire to be nice to their friends to get them to use their product more. If your kid’s streaks are getting out of control, try allowing one time per day that your kid can send snaps, for example, after they take out the garbage, clean their room, and finish their homework. Finally, if your kids’ streaks are merely annoying and not harmful, you may need to ride out this phase until your kids go on to something new.

Randomness. If you knew that Instagram updated your feed at precisely 3 p.m. every day, that’s when you’d check in, right? But that won’t keep you glued to your phone. Instead, social media companies use what’s called “variable rewards.” This technique keeps us searching endlessly for our “prize,” such as who friended us, who liked our posts, and who updated their status. (Not coincidentally, it’s also the method slot machines use to keep people pulling the lever.) Since you never know what’s going to come up, you keep coming back for more.
What to do. Turn off app notifications (usually found in your phone’s Settings but also in the apps’ settings themselves). Schedule a timer to go off at a certain time every day and check your feeds then.

In-app purchases. Free games such as Clash of Clans and Candy Crush lure you in by promising cheap thrills, then offering in-app purchases that let you level up, buy currency to use in the game, and more. But the real sneaky stuff is how companies keep you playing — and buying. The more you use the game and the more in-app purchases you make, the more companies learn about you. Thanks to games that connect to Facebook, they also know who your friends are. That lets them tailor specific products to you at the precise times you’re most likely to buy.
What to do. Spring for the full, paid version of games. They’re cheaper — and safer — in the long run.

 

These Are the BEST Family Movies of 2017

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media

From superpowered adventures to book-based favorites to amazing true stories, these movies offer the best of 2017 for kids, teens, and families. They entertained us, made us think, and gave us plenty to talk about. At the same time, they offered worthwhile messages, modeled important character strengths, and left us oohing and aahing at their big-screen spectacle. All also earned the Common Sense Seal, which means they offer an exceptional media experience to families.

Many of these movies are available on DVD or in your streaming queue — and some are still in theaters.

Born in China, age 6+
This beautiful, fascinating documentary — which introduces viewers to remote, rarely seen parts of China and the animals that live there — mixes honest scenes about the dangers of life in the wild with themes related to courage and family.

Cars 3, age 6+
There are a couple of intense sequences in this diverse, uplifting “threequel,” but the characters learn key life lessons, and there are positive messages about perseverance, communication, empowerment, and mentorship.

Coco, age 7+
Pixar’s vibrant film about the Day of the Dead is a tribute to Mexican traditions and customs. There are some sad moments, especially for those who’ve lost beloved relatives. But it also has powerful themes of perseverance, teamwork, and gratitude, and it encourages audiences to love and appreciate their family and follow their dreams.

The Lego Batman Movie, age 7+
Clever, creative, and funny, with nonstop action, this big-screen Lego movie has strong takeaways about teamwork and humility, but you never feel hit over the head by them because you’re too busy marveling at the movie’s technical achievements and laughing at the snappy humor.

Beauty and the Beast, age 8+
This gorgeous remake of Disney’s “tale as old as time” is fantastic, although definitely a bit scarier/more intense than the animated original. But as always, the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble, and generous.

Jane, age 8+
Jane Goodall is an excellent example of someone who marched to their own drummer and became a pioneer in their field; her story, documented here, epitomizes the values of perseverance, hard work, determination, curiosity, and compassion.

Kedi, age 8+
Sweet, loving, and filled with beautiful visuals of felines and the surprisingly moving and fanciful thoughts of those who know them, this cat’s-eye view documentary is full of respect, compassion, and love of animals.

The Red Turtle, age 8+
This beautifully animated, dialogue-free drama about an island castaway who finds companionship in a very unexpected way has some peril and violence, but it’s the themes of empathy and love and messages about the importance of family that will linger.

Wonderstruck, age 9+
Set in both the 1920s and 1970s, this thoughtful, arty take on Brian Selznick’s excellent novel is a historical adventure for all ages that explores the importance of family and friendship, as well as the value of perseverance, curiosity, art, and science.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, age 10+
Clever, funny, and true to the Spider-Man spirit, this take on everyone’s favorite web slinger has perilous moments and some salty language, but ultimately it’s tween-friendly, with messages about courage, perseverance, and responsibility.

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, age 10+
The epic middle installment of the current Star Wars trilogy has thrilling sci-fi action, as well as several strong female characters, notable diversity within the Rebellion, and strong messages of courage, teamwork, hope, and loyalty.

Step, age 10+
Moving and inspiring, this powerful documentary about a group of Baltimore high school students in a step-dance troupe offers a bounty of positive messages about teamwork and perseverance, as well as great real-life role models.

Wonder, age 10+
Based on R. J. Palacio’s hugely popular, award-winning novel, this drama about a tween boy with a facial difference is earnest and sweet, with great messages about kindness, friendship, and acceptance based on who someone is, not what they look like.

The Breadwinner, age 11+
This intense, beautifully animated drama from the co-director of The Secret of Kellsis set in post-Taliban Afghanistan and has scenes of upsetting, realistic violence against girls and women — but ultimately, themes of perseverance, curiosity, and courage prevail.

My Life as a Zucchini, age 11+
If your family enjoys stop-motion animation and your kids are ready for big themes with a side of laughter and possibly tears (as well as strong themes of empathy), this Oscar-nominated French-Swiss animated movie about an orphaned boy who goes to live in a group foster home is a must-see.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, age 12+
Marvel’s favorite motley crew of reformed outlaws is back for another space adventure full of classic tunes, epic battles, and charming comedy. Things definitely get violent, but underlying the action are clear messages about teamwork, friendship, and unconditional chosen-family bonds.

Thor: Ragnarok, age 12+
It has lots of explosive action, but this is also the funniest movie to date about the hammer-wielding hero. Packed with wild, bold choices and tons of cinematic style, it deals with themes, including courage and perseverance.

Wonder Woman, age 12+
Both starring and directed by women, this engaging, entertaining, empowering origin story set during World War I is a surprisingly diverse superhero adventure with strong messages about teamwork, courage, and compassion.

Your Name, age 12+
Stunningly animated and well acted, this extraordinary Japanese coming-of-age tale is equal parts body-swap comedy, time-travel romance, and adventure film — with themes of compassion, empathy, and curiosity.

Marshall, age 13+
Despite some mature material, this biopic about eventual U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall has excellent role models and strong messages about courage, teamwork, and tolerance, making it a great pick for families with teens.

Megan Leavey, age 13+
Inspiring and poignant, this fact-based drama about a young Marine corporal who bonds with a bomb-sniffing dog has tense, violent moments — but also clear themes of teamwork, perseverance, communication, and courage.

Tickling Giants, age 13+
This powerful documentary about an Egyptian surgeon-turned-comedy-talk-show host who’s been hailed as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” is both funny and thought-provoking, underlining the importance of both bravery and comedy as tools for dissent.

 

Freeform (ABC Family) Holiday Movie Schedule 2017

It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! Freeform (formally ABC Family) is counting down to Christmas with their 25 days of Christmas Holiday movie line-up. My jinglebell slippers and CindyLouWho pigtails can’t wait!

 

Friday, December 1

7:30am/6:30c Eloise at Christmastime
11am/10c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
1pm/12c Jack Frost (1979)
2pm/1c The Nightmare Before Christmas
3:35pm/2:35c The Year Without a Santa Claus
4:35pm/3:35c Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
7:05pm/6:05c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
9:15pm/8:15c Elf
11:25pm/10:25c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
1:30am/12:30c Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

 

Saturday, December 2

7am/6c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
9am/8c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
9:30am/8:30c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
1:05pm/12:05c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
3:10pm/2:10c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
4:50pm/3:50c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
7pm/6c Elf
9:10pm/8:10c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
11:50pm/10:50c The Polar Express

 

Sunday, December 3

7am/6c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
7:30/6:30c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
9am/8c A Dennis the Menace Christmas
11:05am/10:05c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
1:10pm/12:10c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
2:15pm/1:15c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
3:55pm/2:55c The Polar Express
6:05pm/5:05c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8:45pm/7:45c The Santa Clause
10:50pm/9:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
12:55am/11:55c Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

 

Monday, December 4

7:30am/6:30c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
11am/10c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
12:30pm/11:30c Arthur Christmas
2:30pm/1:30c The Santa Clause
4:35pm/3:35c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
6:40pm/5:40c Elf
8:50pm/7:50c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12am/11c Four Christmases

 

Tuesday, December 5

7:30am/6:30c The Mistle-Tones
12:30pm/11:30c Four Christmases
2:30pm/1:30c Angry Angel
4:35pm/3:35c Elf
6:45pm/5:45c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
8:55pm/7:55c The Polar Express
12am/11c Eloise at Christmastime

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 6

7:30am/6:30c Snowglobe
12pm/11c Angry Angel
2:05pm/1:05c Eloise at Christmastime
4:15pm/3:15c Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
6:45pm/5:45c The Polar Express
8:50pm/7:50c Elf
12am/11c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 

Thursday, December 7

7am/6c Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
11am/10c Snow Day
1pm/12c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
2:35pm/1:35c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
4:45pm/3:45c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
6:50pm/5:50c Elf
9pm/8c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story
12am/11c A Dennis the Menace Christmas

 

Friday, December 8

7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy
7:30am/6:30c A Dennis the Menace Christmas
11am/10c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
12:40pm/11:40c Eloise at Christmas
2:45pm/1:45c Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story Marathon

4:50pm/3:50c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story
6:50pm/5:50c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2
9pm/8c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3
11:30pm/10:30c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot
12am/11c Arthur Christmas

 

Saturday, December 9

7am/6c Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July
9:05am/8:05c Eloise at Christmastime
11:10am/10:10c Arthur Christmas
1:15pm/12:15c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2
3:25pm/2:25c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3
5:55pm/4:55c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot

Santa Clause Double Feature

6:25pm/5:25c The Santa Clause
8:35pm/7:35c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
10:45pm/9:45c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12:55am/11:55c Jack Frost (1979)

 

Sunday, December 10

7am/6c Jack Frost (1979)
8am/7c Snow Day
10:05am/9:05c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
12:10pm/11:10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
2:15pm/1:15c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
4:20pm/3:20c The Santa Clause
6:30pm/5:30c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
8:40pm/7:40c Elf
10:50pm/9:50c Four Christmases
1am/12c The Year Without a Santa Claus

 

 
 

Monday, December 11

7am/6c The Bells of Fraggle Rock
7:30am/6:30c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
11am/10c The Little Drummer Boy
11:30am/10:30c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
1:35pm/12:35c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
2:40pm/1:40c The Year Without a Santa Claus
3:40pm/2:40c Four Christmases
5:50pm/4:50c Elf
8pm/7c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
9pm/8c The Polar Express
12am/11c Eloise at Christmastime

 

Tuesday, December 12

7am/6c Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
7:30am/6:30c Eloise at Christmastime
11am/10c Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
12:10pm/11:10c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
2:20pm/1:20c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
4pm/3c Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
6:40pm/5:40c The Polar Express
8:50pm/7:50c The Santa Clause
12am/11c Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July

 

Wednesday, December 13

7am/6 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
7:30am/6:30c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
11am/10c Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
12:10pm/11:10c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
1:50pm/12:50c Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4:30pm/3:30c Elf
6:40pm/5:40c The Santa Clause
8:50pm/7:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
12am/11c The Year Without a Santa Claus
1am/12c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic

Thursday, December 14

7am/6c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
8:30am/7:30c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
11am/10c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
11:30am/10:30c Christmas Cupid
1:30pm/12:30c Elf
3:40pm/2:40c The Year Without a Santa Claus
4:40pm/3:40c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
6:45pm/5:45c Four Christmases
8:50pm/7:50c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12am/11c Angry Angel

 

Friday, December 15

7am/6c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
9am/8c The Little Drummer Boy
11am/10c Eloise at Christmastime
1pm/12c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
3pm/2c Angry Angel
5pm/4c Four Christmases
7:10pm/6:10c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
9:20pm/8:20c Elf
11:30pm/10:30c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
1:30am/12:30c Mickey’s Christmas Carol

 

 
 

Saturday, December 16

7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy
7:30am/6:30c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
9:35am/8:35c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
10:05am/9:05c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
11:35am/10:35c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
1:05pm/12:05c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
2:45pm/1:45c The Polar Express
4:55pm/3:55c The Santa Clause
7:05pm/6:05c Elf
9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
11:55pm/10:55 Christmas with the Kranks

 

Sunday, December 17

7am/6c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
8:30am/7:30c Christmas with the Kranks
10:40am/9:40c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
12:20pm/12:20c The Polar Express
2:30pm/1:30c Disney’s Prep & Landing
3pm/2c Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
3:30pm/2:30c The Santa Clause
5:35pm/4:35c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8:15pm/7:15c Disney’s Frozen
10:45pm/9:45c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12:55am/11:55c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

 

Monday, December 18

7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy
7:30am/6:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
8:35am/7:35c Four Christmases
10:40am/9:40c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12:50pm/11:50c Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
3:25pm/2:25c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
5:30pm/4:30c Disney’s Frozen
8pm/7c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
9pm/8c Elf
12am/11c Arthur Christmas

 

Tuesday, December 19

7am/6c Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
7:30am/6:30c Arthur Christmas
9:40am/8:40c Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
12:20pm/12:20c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
1:20pm/12:20c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
3:30pm/2:30c The Year Without a Santa Claus
4:30pm/3:30c Elf
6:40pm/5:40c Christmas with the Kranks
8:50pm/7:50c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12am/11c Angry Angel

Wednesday, December 20

7am/6c Mickey’s Christmas Carol
7:30am/6:30c The Mistle-Tones
9:30am/8:30c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
10:30am/9:30c Angry Angel
12:30pm/11:30c Eloise at Christmastime
2:30pm/1:30c The Year Without a Santa Claus
3:30pm/2:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
4:35pm/3:35c Christmas with the Kranks
6:40pm/5:40c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
8:50pm/7:50c Elf
12am/11c Four Christmases

 

 

Thursday, December 21

7am/6c Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
8am/7c Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
8:30am/7:30c Jack Frost
9:30am/8:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
10:35am/9:35c Eloise at Christmastime
12:35pm/11:35c Holiday in Handcuffs
2:35pm/1:35c Christmas with the Kranks
4:35pm/2:35c Four Christmases
6:40pm/5:40c Elf
8:50pm/7:50c The Polar Express
10:55pm/9:55c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
12am/11c Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

 

Friday, December 22

7am/6c Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
8am/7c Christmas with the Kranks
10:05am/9:05c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
11:05am/10:05c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
1:15pm/12:15c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
2:20pm/1:20c The Year Without a Santa Claus
3:20pm/2:20c Arthur Christmas
5:25pm/4:25c The Polar Express

Santa Clause Double Feature
7:30pm/6:30c The Santa Clause
9:40pm/8:40c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
11:50pm/10:50c Elf

 

Saturday, December 23

7am/6c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
9:10am/8:10c Four Christmases
11:15am/10:15c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
12:50pm/11:50c Elf
3pm/2c The Santa Clause
5:05pm/4:05c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
7:10pm/6:10c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
9:20pm/8:20c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12am/11c Disney’s A Christmas Carol

 

Sunday, December 24

7am/6c A Dennis the Menace Christmas
9:05am/8:05c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
11:05am/10:05c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
12:10am/11:10c Disney’s A Christmas Carol
2:15pm/1:15c The Polar Express
4:25pm/3:25c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
6:35pm/5:35c Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
9:15pm/8:15c Elf
11:25pm/10:25c The Santa Clause
1:30am/12:30c ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

 

Monday, December 25

7am/6c Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
7:30am/6:30c Disney’s Prep & Landing
8am/7c Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
8:30am/7:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
11am/10c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
12:35pm/11:35c The Polar Express
2:35pm/1:35c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
4:45pm/3:45c The Santa Clause
6:45pm/5:45c Elf
8:50pm/7:50c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
12am/11c Four Christmases

Hallmark Holiday Movie Schedule 2017

If you’re like me, you’re already counting the days to when you can blast your Christmas music in public without making anyone wince.  I’m an early bird holiday celebrator and the Hallmark channel feeds every ounce of my addiction. I can cozy up on my couch all through the month of November with the Hallmark channel watching endless amounts of heart warming Christmas movies.

If you MUST wait until Thanksgiving (I’ll forgive you for being one of those), get excited about Hallmarks 5-night Thanksgiving with 5 NEW Hallmark Christmas movies premiering!

 

With Love, Christmas

Wednesday, November 22, 8/7c

 

The Mistletoe Inn

Thursday, November 23, 8/7c

 

Finding Santa

Friday, November 24, 8/7c

 

The Christmas Train

Saturday, November 25, 8/7c

 

Switched for Christmas

Sunday, November 26, 8/7c

 

In total, Hallmark will be premiering 21 NEW movies! Get those electric blankets and cocoa makers brewing! (I’m shouldn’t be as excited as I truly am to see Candace Cameron Bure play a twin, but let’s face it…she makes the Hallmark channel go round and I love every second of it!).

 

Download and PRINT the Hallmark Christmas Movie Schedule HERE. I say pin it on the wall next to your TV. Come on… do it. Crap, I may even frame it. Okay, fine. I probably-maybe-might… not. But I am DEFINITELY scheduling all my recordings for these now.

KinderPerfect is the New ‘Cards Against Humanity’ but for Parents (You WANT This!)

KinderPerfect is the new Cards Against Humanity, but for Parents.  If you need something to keep you and your fellow parents entertained through the holiday get-togethers, cabin trips and late-nights, this is the game for you!  This game was inspired by sleep deprivation and too many episodes of freaking Dora the Explorer.

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

KinderPerfect is simple and hilarious.  A person selects a red card and the players submit from their hand a white card that they think the red-card holder will like that ideally somehow matches the phrase on the red card.  The holder of the red card selects a winner from the white cards, and that winner gets to keep the red card.  The object of the game is to win the most red cards.

 

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Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

KinderPerfect was created by Washington DC-based husband and wife team Amy and Wayan Vota. The couple was inspired by their daughters — nine-year-old Hanalei and eight-year-old Archer — to put a parenting twist on Cards Against Humanity. “My wife and I loved playing Cards Against Humanity but we felt the cards didn’t really speak to our experience as parents,” Wayan tells Scary Mommy. “What are the true reasons why Mommy drinks? I’m going to put puke, pee, and Calliou.”

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

The couple started creating their own parenting-themed cards to mix in to their Cards Against Humanity deck. Soon their parent friends were having so much fun with the made up cards that the group found themselves playing exclusively with their own cards. After a super successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $20,000 from 800 backers  you can now order KinderPerfect on Amazon, without even making the trip to Target.

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

 

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Vota says thanks to the Kickstarter campaign, they had no problems coming up with hilarious question and answer options for the original 210 card deck. “We had over 800 parents give us 7,000 card ideas — it was crazy,” he says. “Ask parents, ‘What drives you mad?’ and they’ll have a few answers.”

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

Using actual KinderPerfect players as sounding boards for ideas, the Votas worked to come up with new cards that could create answers that aren’t just funny but “perfectly cringeworthy.” Vota explains that the game is so fun because these cards echo the natural humor we parents deal with day in and day out. He says his goal was to create cards that would have players saying, “‘Oh dear God, let’s stop and have a conversation about the time I had to deal with a poop mural.’”

Party Games for Parents, Kinderperfect is the new Cards Against Humanity like Apples to Apples

You can grab the original deck right now, or you can pre-order the brand new 400 card deck that drops next week and have it arrive in time for Thanksgiving Break!  I know what we’ll be playing at our annual Eat-All-the-Thanksgiving-Leftovers-Now Feast!

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The 10 Most Violent Video Games of 2017 (and What Your Kids Should Play Instead)

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media

It’s a dark night. You’ve just escaped from a sprawling mansion deep in the Louisiana bayou. You’re terrified. You’ve been shot at, bludgeoned, and stabbed as you try to escape this life-or-death situation. What’s worse, it looks like you’re on your own, because a sheriff’s deputy was killed in front of your eyes. You take a break in an upstairs bathroom to catch your breath, but something doesn’t feel right. You should go, but as you get to the door, it swings open, and you’re face to face with the man you killed minutes before. How is he still alive, and worse, how are you ever going to escape if you have to kill him again and again?

This is only one of the many nightmare-inducing, pulse-pounding, and incredibly violent moments from the horror-survival game Resident Evil 7 Biohazard. RE7, as it’s known to fans, tosses an ordinary guy into a macabre setting full of monsters and mayhem that terrifies even the most hardcore horror gamers. But it’s more than just jump scares and shrill music that’s designed to make players uneasy. Sometimes, the content of the game itself can be too much for many gamers to handle.

Every year, game graphics become more realistic and immersive, bringing players closer to the action and story than ever before. With violent video games, this realism ratchets up the brutality. Despite that, video game promotions target kids way younger than the games’ age rating. Trailers, demos, blogs, and more air on TV, go viral on social media, and are discussed endlessly on game sites. Marketers advertise the excitement, the depth of realism, and the cool gameplay — but they often don’t tell you exactly how violent the games are. The truth is, the majority of the hyper-realistic, hyperpopular games are best left to mature players. The impact of violent media on kids is still being studied — especially as game violence jumps from the screen to virtual reality. But research shows that heavy exposure to violent media is associated with aggressive behavior, desensitization, and violent thoughts.

Many parents whose kids ask for these games (or set up a line of credit on game sites such as Steam) may know that the games are violent, but not the specific kinds of violence they contain. Here’s where you can find out. Below, we’ve gathered 10 of the most extreme titles to come out this year. A lot of them are well-designed gameplay experiences, but they’re definitely not for kids. The thing is, instead of saying no all the time, we think you’ll be more successful if you say, “Wait,” and offer kids alternatives in the same genre that are a little less violent and more age-appropriate. Note that we offer two alternatives for each game, one for younger players and one for older players.

 

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
Few sci-fi action games push the envelope as much as Bulletstorm, which focuses on players using guns, kicks, and an electric whiplike device to destroy their opponents. There’s plenty of blood, gore, and dismemberment, and players get points for killing enemies in extreme ways.
Alternative sci-fi action: ReCore: Definitive Edition (12+), Gravity Rush 2 (14+)

Conan Exiles
This massively multiplayer online role-playing game is full of bloody, gory hack-and-slash action that includes decapitations and dismemberment. Other game events highlight the brutality of Conan’s world, its environment, and its subject matter, which includes cannibalism, torture, and human sacrifice.
Alternate MMOs: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns (12+), Marvel Heroes 2016 (13+)

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City
The end of this incredibly difficult action role-playing game franchise doesn’t skimp on the blood, gore, or shock factor, as fantasy creatures moan and gush blood when struck by medieval weapons. Bodies are frequently seen scattered throughout the environment, and players will slash, impale, and smash enemies to pieces.
Alternate action RPGs: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (10+), Horizon Zero Dawn (13+)

Dead by Daylight
In this slasher game, a remorseless killer hunts down survivors to sacrifice them to an evil entity, using a variety of weapons to hack, stab, and impale characters. Injured players may crawl on the ground leaving pools of blood behind and can be hung on meat hooks in brutal death sequences.
Alternative scary games: Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 (12+), Darkest Dungeon (16+)

For Honor
Combat between three factions plays a major role in this action fighting game set in a medieval fantasy world. Each entity tries to assert its dominance over the others using melee weapons, such as swords, pikes, and spears. Kills are frequently shown in close-up with large splashes of blood, while plenty of arenas show severed heads on spikes and other gruesome imagery. Players also slaughter dozens, if not hundreds of computer-controlled enemies wholesale with no ability to negotiate peace.
Alternate multiplayer action games: Portal Knights (10+), Fortnite (13+)

Friday the 13th: The Game
Like a digital version of the horror movie franchise, this multiplayer slasher game places one player in the role of Jason hunting down and killing opponents, who assume the roles of different camp counselors. Adding a sexual angle to the violence (a potentially harmful combination for tweens and teens), the female characters are scantily clad or skinny-dipping while they are being hunted down. Grisly violence abounds as characters are killed with weapons, environmental objects, or even Jason’s bare hands. The cut scenes and gameplay feature tons of blood and gore.
Alternative action games: Cuphead (10+), Alan Wake (14+)

Outlast II
Gory scares run throughout this bloody horror game, which forces players to try their best to escape from cultists wielding weaponry and farm implements. These enemies only want to catch and torture the player in bloody, gruesome ways, and multiple scenes of viscera and stabbing are frequently shown, as well as the violent birth of the Antichrist.
Alternate scary games: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (9+), Zombie Vikings (13+)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Gamers try their best to be the last one standing in this online shooter, which throws up to 100 players into a constantly shrinking arena. Whether using firearms, cars, melee weapons, or bare hands, you have to try to kill everyone you come across to ensure your safety. Even alliances between players can quickly be tossed aside in favor of points and survival, undermining the concepts of cooperation, loyalty, and teamwork.
Alternative shooters: Hard Reset Redux (10+), Destiny 2 (13+)

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Scares aren’t the only thing to shock gamers in this violence-packed game that glorifies cruelty as players use shotguns, chainsaws, explosives, and other weapons against human and inhuman creatures. There are plenty of disturbing images of open wounds and injuries, and characters are dismembered, impaled, or killed in brutal ways.
Alternative survival action games: Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (10+), Adr1ft (13+)

Sniper Elite 4
War games frequently highlight massive casualties, but this World War II shooter casts the player as a sniper. Using knives, explosives, and a variety of firearms, you travel to some of the most dangerous locations of the war to conduct stealthy attacks against Nazi soldiers. Unfortunately, there aren’t any nonviolent attack options, so these strikes are simply ways to kill enemies without poking the ant hill of enemies that scour the grounds looking for you once they’ve detected something’s amiss. On top of this, some kills are slowed down and highlighted with graphic X-ray visuals indicating the brutality of the damage inflicted on its target from a fired bullet.
Alternative shooter games: Splatoon 2 (10+), Overwatch (13+)

 

For more information and tips about managing violence in the media, check out Common Sense Media’s dedicated content hub.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie . . . We’ll Watch It!

Have you heard? Amazon Prime Video has turned your favorite books into an adorable series! We’re in!

Check out the trailer:

 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie follows the adventures of Mouse, Oliver, Moose, Pig, Cat, and Dog, as they discover that when you’ve got a curious Mouse for a friend one thing always leads to another, then another, and then another! Based on the beloved books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Executive produced by Numeroff, Bond and Emmy Award-winning writer Ken Scarborough (Arthur, Sesame Street, Curious George) who also serves as head writer.  The pilot and beloved book are both rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by customers with 82% 5-star reviews for the pilot and 84% 5-star reviews for the book. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will also feature new recordings by Grammy-nominated recording artist Lisa Loeb.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Amazon Series

Library running low? Check out all of the books in the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” series:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

If You Give a Pig a Pancake

If You Give a Dog a Donut

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

And so many other hilarious variations!

 

Amazon Prime Video 

I have Amazon Prime, but I’ve never used Amazon Prime Video. Here’s the skinny (to save you a Google)!

With an eligible Amazon Prime membership, you have access to thousands of Prime Video titles at no additional cost.

You also have the option to purchase Amazon Channel subscriptions to Showtime, Starz, and other streaming entertainment channels through Amazon Video. For more information, go to What are Amazon Channel Subscriptions?.

Eligibility

Prime Video is available for:

  • Paid Amazon Prime members
  • Amazon Prime 30-day trial members
  • Members of an Amazon Household with shared Prime benefits
    Tip: To learn more about sharing Prime benefits with an Amazon Household, go to Share Your Amazon Prime Benefits.

Prime Video is not available for:

  • Customers previously invited to share shipping benefits with a Prime member

Note:

  • Amazon Prime is a membership that includes FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, Prime Video, Prime Music, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and more.
  • Prime Video membership is a monthly plan that gives members access to Prime Video. Prime Video members are not eligible for FREE Two-Day Shipping or other benefits available to Amazon Prime members. To learn more about the Prime Video monthly fee, go to About the Prime Video Membership Charge.

More details HERE.