DOWNLOAD ALERT: The Secret Life of Pets

Hitting the road for Thanksgiving? Heading over to a packed house to wrestle over pie? Just realized that the kiddos are off of school for FIVE DAYS?


Why does this surprise me every year?

I blame the monumental meal planning. I’ve been wringing my hands, trying to figure out the optimum time in the next 24 hours to brave the store to buy kale. KALE. So much so that yesterday evening at dinner, when my kids gleefully proclaimed their unbridled joy about having five days off that I realized, “WHOA. I have to entertain you while I cook all the things!”

No worries. My entire dining room floor is currently covered in Lincoln Logs. I’m sure that’ll hold them for at least 2 days. Unless they start sword fighting— Lincoln Log against a lightsaber—AGAIN.

Since we will be shuttling ourselves around a little bit, I’m going to go ahead and make sure our movie collection on the ol’ iPad is looking good. To add to the excitement, I’m going to grab a new one for them…the movie that they begged, and begged, and BEGGED to see this summer, The Secret Life of Pets.


It’s available TODAY to own on Digital HD! 

Download your copy today from iTunes (also available on Google Play, Amazon Video, and more). It’s the only way the whole family can watch The Secret Life of Pets over the Thanksgiving holiday. And don’t forget, Digital HD allows you to watch the film on any device, anytime anywhere. 


The download also comes with three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions.

Check out a clip from Mower Minions below:

Full bellies and cuddles on the couch. Now, that’s what I call a happy holiday…


For more details visit the Official Site, like ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ on Facebook, or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures. The words and vibes are all mine, as always.

5 Fabulous Resorts To Host Your Family Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: more families gather to celebrate it than any other holiday in the US, bringing together relatives from far and near. But has your family outgrown Grandma’s house? It’s not surprising.

This year, give your family a bit more space and take the stress out of busy holidays with kids. Partake in a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and activities everyone can enjoy at these family-friendly hotels and resorts. They go all out to make sure your Thanksgiving is filled with fun, thanks and plenty of memories.

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with the kids at one of these family-friendly resorts. (Flickr: Tim Sackton)

Thanksgiving holiday with the kids can be celebrated at one of these family-friendly resorts. (Flickr: Tim Sackton)

Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Inn at East Hill Farm

The Inn at East Hill Farm near Troy, New Hampshire, is the perfect escape for families who want a bit of nostalgia in a resort environment. East Hill Farm is a working farm where guests have endless opportunities to interact with the animals. These include gathering eggs, milking cows, pony grooming, and feeding. Kid-friendly recreational programs keep everyone busy with guided hikes, bread making workshops and crafts. The more competitive members of your family can engage in dodge ball and ping pong tournaments.

Meals at The Inn at East Hill Farm are locally sourced and home cooked. A traditional Thanksgiving meal is served at noon. Enjoy your afternoon by the fire or splashing in the indoor pool before the evening buffet that features your Thanksgiving dinner favorites. Just like at Grandma’s house.

Choose rooms in the Inn or opt for more privacy in one of the charming cottages.


Partake on The Gasparilla Inn & Club’s Thanksgiving Feast

The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers families plenty of holiday activities this Thanksgiving. (Courtesy The Gasparilla Inn & Club)

The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers families plenty of holiday activities this Thanksgiving. (Courtesy The Gasparilla Inn & Club)

The Gasparilla Inn & Club at Boca Grande along Florida’s Gulf Coast combines historic Southern charm with a family-friendly ocean getaway. The nearby gulf inspires many of the activities including sand sculpting, kayak tours, paddle board lessons and shelling. Sports enthusiasts will love the chance to compete in tennis clinics, golf outings and beach Olympics.

Your family will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the bounty from the Gasparilla Inn’s kitchens. There are afternoon and Teddy Bear Teas, cookie decorating (followed by cookie eating!) and, of course, a succulent Thanksgiving feast.

Choose between rooms in the historic inn or the homier atmosphere of one of the private houses.


Enjoy Fun Thanksgiving Activities at Canaan Valley Resort

Canaan Valley Resort features a Thanksgiving dinner plus a few other holiday favorites for families. (Courtesy Canaan Valley Resort)

Canaan Valley Resort features a Thanksgiving dinner plus a few other holiday favorites for families. (Courtesy Canaan Valley Resort)

Canaan Valley Resort offers a family-friendly escape to Canaan Valley State Park in West Virginia. Here you can enjoy indoor activities with a kid-friendly focus, such as board games, crafts and a family bingo night. Compete with your cousins in the pie eating contest, turkey gobbling contest and turkey bowling. And don’t forget to pack your winter wear for snow tubing and ice skating.

Thanksgiving dinner at Canaan Valley Resort features a traditional menu, including roasted turkey, glazed ham, cornbread stuffing and candied sweet potatoes. Other holiday favorites—plus a few culinary surprises—guarantee your family won’t leave hungry.

Families can enjoy the mountain views from comfortable lodge rooms or private cabins.


Have a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge, nestled in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, offer guests holiday events and the stunning Ozark wilderness. They will keep your family busy from the moment you arrive! Put together a team for the Sleigh Bell Scurry—solve each clue to find the ornaments to trim your tree—then enjoy toasting s’mores around the bonfire.

Big Cedar Lodge offers families the option of enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving dinner delivered to your lodging or one of three complete buffet experiences. Work off Thanksgiving dinner at the Gobble Wobble or Scavenger Hunt around the scenic property.

Guests have a choice of a private log cabin among the trees or a cozy lodge room overlooking the 43,000 acre lake.


Have a Rustic Thanksgiving at The Resort at Paws Up

Family-friendly The Resort at Paws Up has Thanksgiving offerings in a rustic ranch setting. (Courtesy The Resort at Paws Up)

Family-friendly The Resort at Paws Up has Thanksgiving offerings in a rustic ranch setting. (Courtesy The Resort at Paws Up)

The Resort at Paws Up is known for family-friendly luxury set in Montana’s natural beauty. For their first-annual Thanksgiving celebration, the resort has created an itinerary filled with kid-friendly fun including fireside s’more toasting, apple bobbing, archery and hay rides.

Thanksgiving dinner, served at the resort restaurant or in their private home, promises to be a feast of locally sourced foods created with a ‘refined rustic ranch’ flair. After the holiday the rest of the weekend includes cookie decorating, a mini rodeo, crafting, and a musical performance.

Guests relax in luxury ranch homes located on the 37,000 acre cattle ranch.


Jody Halsted of contributed this to MiniTime.


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