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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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Dinner and a Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Recipes pulled from the movie iinclude Slow Cooker Beef Ragout, Creamy Tomato Soup, Easy Peasy Braided Bread, and Vanilla Pudding Pie

My friends, the Lit Mama is rendered speechless.  I just do not have words.

Okay, yeah, I do, because I’m me, but seriously, y’all… Have you seen the live-action Beauty and the Beast yet?  Because I’m in love all over again.

Beauty and the Beast ties with Sleeping Beauty for being my all-time favorite Disney movie.  So much so that I drove my family nuts singing along with the DVD at my first viewing of the latest version.  I remembered every word.  Every. word.  I geeked out big time.

And Emma Watson rocked all the songs.  Who knew Hermione could sing?!   Plus, seeing Dan Stevens in anything at all makes me miss Downton Abbey a little less, and he played a beautiful Beast.  Emma Thompson tops my list of all-time favorite actors, and she rocked Mrs. Potts.  Kevin Kline as Crazy Old Maurice was endearing and Luke Evans made for a magnificent Gaston.  But I’m not going to lie–Josh Gad as LeFou just about stole the show from Evans.  He was perfect.

I’m gushing.  Sorry.
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Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them includes recipes for Southern Fried Pork Chops, Parslied Potatoes, Honey-Glazed Carrots, Yummiest Apple Strudel, and Polish Donuts

Have you seen it yet?  Because wow.  Yeah yeah.

I wondered how they were going to make a film out of a book that was basically an encyclopedia of the beasts from the world of Harry Potter.  I should have known it was going to be fantabulous.

I ain’t lyin’, I’m a huge Potter fan and I think they did an excellent job with the films, but I may have liked this even better.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical film that has all the good stuff: wizards, muggles, super sinister bad guys, and kids that get caught up in something they don’t understand.

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