6 Ways to Fix a Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (Week)

We’ve had a really bad week and a half. Special thanks to Click Communications for sending us an early release copy of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (available on Blu-Ray on 2/10/15) and other fun products to help us get out of our funk and have a great time!

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I’m not going to complain about this to you (much), but with cold, flu, and virus season, we pretty much had a terrible, horrible, no good, VERY BAD WEEK last week. As in craptastic. The kids were on again, off again, sick all week long and luckily for me…they took turns! One would be fine in the morning (no fever, no cough, no signs of *shudder* vomit) and they’d head to school. I’d get a call around the end of the day that one of them was sick. Again. So much back and forth to school. So many days keeping them home all together. So much not fun stuff happening. But Friday, they were both feeling great and I wanted to kick this terrible, horrible, no good, VERY BAD WEEK and cheer them up. Oh wait, you’re having the same problem? I’m sorry, but when they’re well, I have the perfect plan for you! Here are 6 ways to help you, and them, get back to having really great days again and a lot of fun while you’re doing it!

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#1 – Head to your favorite retailer and pick up the supplies you’ll need.

You’re going to need a good movie. I highly recommend Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY because it obviously fits my theme, it’s hilarious, and it’s available on Blu-Ray on 2/10/15. I’ve read mixed reviews, but I have to say that people that didn’t like it (sorry, people that didn’t like it) obviously don’t have a sense of humor. This movie made me giggle snort, and giggle snort often. I won’t give anything away in case you didn’t see it in theaters, but Alexander has an obsession with Australia that turns his family’s terrible, horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY into something amazing that made me find hope for the end of some of our worst days and/or weeks. We decided to pick up some Australia-themed games to start out our evening of recovery and fun.

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#2 – Before the movie, let them have fun playing some themed games.

Toss the ring around the alligator’s tail or head. Games help with hand-eye coordination, they’re fun, and they get the kids excited to see your movie of choice.

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#3 – Buy them themed puzzles.

Puzzles are another way to challenge them. They’ll read directions with this 3-D alligator puzzle and they’ll learn to work together (and ask their daddy for help). For the record, read the instructions BEFORE you remove all of the pieces for this puzzle. Removing all of the pieces first only makes it more difficult. Who knew?

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#4 – Pop in the movie while they’re still playing.

There are a couple of reasons for this one. Children’s attention spans are short. We all know this. They love movies, but they sometimes get bored. If they still have a toy in front of them, they have something to do with their idle hands and minds when they want to turn away from the movie. This step also lets you enjoy the movie when they otherwise might get distracted and ask you to entertain them. You’re welcome for that tip.

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#5 Turn down the lights and let them watch and enjoy.

We love sitting down to watch a good movie together. I especially love the movies that we all like to watch. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is about a family going through an awful day. We do that too. The kids in the movie are from high school aged to baby. There’s something everyone can relate to here.

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#6 If time allows after the movie, play more games.

Family games or projects are a great way to bring the family together. We had some Lego fun with this Lego Sydney Opera House that was the perfect way to round out the evening. This daddy-daughter activity turned into some great bonding time that created a shelf-worthy memory from this movie night.

I’m glad my family takes the time for movie nights and I’m super appreciative that Disney puts out awesome movies all the time that we can all enjoy. Have you had a terrible, horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (or week)? We all have them. Watch this movie and you’ll realize that you don’t have it so bad. It’s available at your favorite retailer on 2/10/15 (like TODAY people) so head out and get it and plan your very wonderful, awesome, totally good, amazingly great movie night. That’s what weekends are made for and you know you want to!

Have you seen the movie yet? Did you love it? I think I loved the green marker eating the best, but it’s a toss up with the pirate fire arm scene, or maybe the driver’s test. I don’t know. I’d love to hear your favorite part of this movie if you’ve already seen it. If not, come back after you do and share!

A Night at Scare School: Monsters U, Scare Tactics, and Colored Popcorn

Before I get into this scary tale, I should let you know that I received the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack, with bonus features, of Disney Pixar’s Monsters University to facilitate this family movie night from Click Communications and their client. As always, all of the photos, ideas, and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Did you miss Disney Pixar’s Monsters University in theaters earlier this year? Yea, we did too and I was bummed. I loved seeing Monsters, Inc. in the theater with my older girls years ago and had looked forward to bringing the babies to watch this hilarious prequel at the theater. But, as always, life got in the way. School started, cold and flu season hit, and life just go crazy so it never happened. BUT never fear (pun intended), you can now learn to be a Scarer from the comfort of your own home. That’s right! This monsterrific masterpiece became available in store and online on Blu-ray and DVD on October 29, 2013. 
Y’all know how much we love a good family movie night at home, so of course we got our copy of Monsters U, gathered up our Scarers (those from the movie and my own two little monsters), popped up some blue and green popcorn (because what’s a movie night without popcorn and the colors seemed to fit the theme), and we settled in to get “schooled” on all of the best scare tactics.
Before I get into the movie details, let me explain this popcorn. Themed movie nights are so much more fun than just the typical, ‘let’s sit down and watch a movie together’ nights. But I like things easy and the babies are easy to please. Folks…this was easy and the babies loved it.

Make your own colored popcorn, you’ll need:
  • Non-buttered microwave popcorn
  • No salt butter
  • Food coloring of choice. Note: If you like to avoid dyes, you have spices and sauces available at home that will give you the same effect but be mindful that they will add flavor as well, ie: chili powder, Worcestershire, etc.
What you’ll do:
  • Pop the popcorn in the microwave according to package directions.
  • Put the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt.
  • Mix the food coloring (or spice) with the melted butter.
  • Pour the colored butter in a bowl, pour in popcorn, cover bowl, and shake to cover the popcorn.
Then just sit back and enjoy. This movie was amazing and the whole family loved it. 

“Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer – and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University. But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Monsters University bravely explores themes of self-discovery and the revelations that come with growing up.”
I don’t want to tell you anymore because I don’t want to ruin this movie experience for you if you haven’t already seen it. If you saw it and loved it at the theater, or you missed it like we did, you’ll want to head out and buy your copy today. It’s available in Digital HD, Digital HD 3D, 4-Disk Blu-ray 3D Superset, 3-Disc Blu-ray 2D Superset, and 3-Disc Blu-ray 2D Combo Pack. This is one movie you won’t want to miss and it’s one of those movies that you, and the kids, will want to watch over and over and over again. Pick up your copy today and get ready to get your scare on!

To get more information and to stay up to date on all of the monsterous happenings at the University, be sure to like Monsters University on Facebook and follow along on Twitter

Popcorn in the Living Room with Disney’s Gravity Falls Six Strange Tales

As part of a sponsored post for Click Communications and their client, I actually allowed the babies to eat popcorn in my living room for family movie night. As always, all opinions, ideas, photos, and messes in my floor are entirely my own.
You might be asking yourself what in the world would make me break my own rules and allow eating in my living room. Was it a temporary moment of insanity? Was I just tired of being the warden? Nope. We received an early release copy of Disney Channel’s popular animated TV series, Gravity Falls, and we decided to sit down as a family, with popcorn, for a fun family movie night with these Six Strange Tales.
Welcome to Gravity Falls…
It’s Just West of Weird…
Slightly East of Eerie…
And Always North of Normal!

As soon as I turned on the movie, the babies were glued to the TV and their popcorn. I love hearing their laughter and these six episodes were side-splitting funny. This was a much needed break in our busy school/work schedules. And surprisingly, I didn’t even have a coronary when Bubby spilled his popcorn…ON MY CARPET! I was in that good of a mood.

“In this animated adventure comedy riddled with mystery, twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel are sent to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle. Upon arrival, their great uncle, also known as Grunkle Stan, enlists the siblings’ help in running The Mystery Shack, a fun tourist trap he owns that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel’s upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers that it is the key to unlocking the town’s mysterious secrets, and the brother and sister duo soon realize they must rely on one another to navigate the unfamiliar place.”
The DVD comes with some pretty cool perks too. You score some Disney Movie Rewards, 75 points for this movie, that you can use to purchase cool stuff like Disney Blu-rays and DVDs, fun merchandise, and even movie admission. There’s an offer to join the Disney Movie Club where you can pick 4 Disney movies for just $1.00 when you sign up for membership, then you can purchase all of the latest Disney movies at fabulous prices. Plus you’ll get a free exclusive mystery book, Journal #3, for added fun and adventure. 
These mysterious and hilarious tales kept my babies entertained and happy for over 2 hours. I have to admit, I giggled quite a bit myself. Not sure if it was at the movie or at their laughter, but it doesn’t matter. We had fun and that’s all that counts. 
Disney Gravity Falls Six Strange Tales will be available on DVD in stores on Tuesday, October 15th. I’m telling you, you won’t want to miss this. Espisodes include: Tourist Trapped, The Legend of the Gobblewonker, Headhunters, The Hand That Rocks the Mabel, The Inconveniencing, and Dipper vs. Manliness. Pick the DVD up this coming week and host your own family movie night next weekend. You didn’t have any plans anyway and movie nights are fun, easy, and inexpensive. This is the perfect movie for a Halloween party too so keep that in mind. 

Do your kids love Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls? Are they looking forward to the release of this DVD? If you pick it up this week, I’d love to hear what you think about it. If you have tips for making movie night even more fun, I’d love to hear those as well!