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Dinner and a Movie: Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Dinner and a Movie-Disney's A Christmas Carol include recipes for Slow-Cooker Roast Beef with Sweet Potatoes and Christmas Pudding with Butter Brandy for a fun family night this holiday seasonYou already know what a huge Dickens fan I am.  I’ve never read one of his books that I didn’t absolutely love.  Of course, A Christmas Carol is the story most of us are introduced to first (because there are so many movies based on it) and I’m no different in that respect.  So it remains one of my favorite stories ever, even though I didn’t actually read it until years after I first saw it on film.

Disney’s version is awesome in that it is the one film version that captures Dickens’ sense of humor.  With Jim Carrey playing Scrooge, you’re gonna get some sense of humor.  So this holiday season, you should totally watch it with your kids and make a delicious meal to go with it.

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Dinner and a Movie: The Indian in the Cupboard

Dinner and a Movie for The Indian in the Cupboard includes recipes for Leftover Turkey Pot Pie and Apple Pie Cups for a fun and easy family movie night

Do you remember this wonderful film based on Lynne Reid Banks’s classic  middle grade novel?  My oldest boy watched this one over and over.  I think it’s one of those movies that every kid wants to live in at some point or other.

In short, this film is perfect for this time of year.  The holidays lend themselves to lessons about tolerance and The Indian in the Cupboard makes the lesson fun. Also, this meal?  Perfect way to use all that leftover turkey.  I mean, I can’t even.
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Dinner and a Movie: The Little Prince

Dinner and a Movie: The Little Prince includes recipes for Cinnamon Pancakes, Baked Bacon, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs, and Apple Cinnamon Popcorn

Oh me. Oh my.  Have you seen the Netflix production of The Little Prince yet?  Because it’s my new favorite.

Of course the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is amazeballs, too, so I wouldn’t expect any less.

And the film is oh, so perfect for a family movie night.  I’m not kidding, I belly laughed at Jeff Bridges’ Aviator and cried alligator tears at the end.  I think you will, too.

Because what could be better than a story about a story?
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Book Talk: Encourage Family Reading

Having a weekly family book talk is a great way to encourage your children to read and keep them interested in reading for life

If you’re like me, there is nothing more joyful than having real conversations with your littles.

There are lots of ways to accomplish that, from carving out special time to having family meals together without technology to implementing a family game night.  But have you ever considered family book talks?

Gathering together once a week to talk about what your kids are reading can spark some interesting, lively conversations.  Hearing the stories that intrigue your littles, their reactions to different events within their books, can give real insight into what they’re thinking and feeling.

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