A Christian Mom’s Opinion of Fuller House

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I have to admit, I was a little giddy when I found out “Fuller House” was going to be a reality.

I grew up with Full House, and because I was the same age as “DJ” on the show, I always had a special connection with the issues she faced.

My family watches Full House on television every evening. My kids can name every character on the show, and they can still relate to the issues brought up in each episode. Sure, some episodes are goofy, and my kids cannot get past some of the clothes they wore, but for the most part, they love Full House and we all look forward to watching it together.

I’ve also followed Candace Cameron Bure through the years. As a professing Christian, I was proud of many of the stands she took on moral issues. It was nice to see that someone in the spotlight could still shine a little light for Jesus.

And then she did Dancing with the Stars. I was crushed. The racy outfits, dancing seductively with a man she wasn’t married too… just so much I disagreed with. So, I “unliked” her page on Facebook, and let it go. (Thank you, Elsa.)

Then, talk of Fuller House started. The middle school girl in me got all giddy. Maybe a little too giddy, because I didn’t bother to do ANY research on the show. (Where’s the hand to the forehead emoticon?) Not having Netflix, I hurried up and subscribed, just so I could tune into the show.

I assumed it would be just like Full House. I assumed I could watch it with my kids. I assumed it would be the next family show we would all love watching.

I assumed wrong. VERY WRONG.

Without any research on the show, my family sat down the night of the big premier, and set in to binge on the entire season that night. Minutes into the show, I had a feeling our plans were going to change.

We sat and watched the entire first episode as a family. I am still so ashamed of that. (Please note: this is proof that Christians are not perfect. I let MY desire to watch the show stand in the way of what I KNEW was right. And even worse, I subjected my children to it, because I wanted SO BADLY for us to love it.)

I. AM. AN. IDIOT.

Really. Sometimes, I do dumb things. Really dumb things. Like subject my husband and my pre-teen boys to “Stephanie Tanner’s” breasts hanging out of her dress through most of the episode. Sigh.

As we were watching the show, and they revealed the red dress Stephanie was going to wear to the party, I kept thinking, “There’s no way she’s really going to wear that. DJ will make her change!”

I was convinced that Candace Cameron Bure – NOT DJ Tanner – would step up and say, “No way. Not on my show. This isn’t going to happen.” Like she had a little bit of that Jesus in her, and she would make it all ok. But she never did. Stephanie wore the dress, and I sat there and let it be shown on my television.

We finished the first episode, and then we sat there in dumbfounded silence. Had I researched the show, I would have known that the show was NOT going to be kid friendly.

(Note: I read an article that the creators made the show for the adults who had grown up with Full House. Like, when we grew up, we all left our morals on the cutting room floor? Is that really what they think of today’s world? But, with the amount of “Conservative Christians” that thought Fuller House was great, I’m guessing those creators are correct.)

We turned the TV off and found other things to do that night. No mention of the show was made again…

Until the next day. All night, I had tossed and turned, begging God to forgive me for allowing that show into my home. Thanking Him that my stupidity only lasted one episode (and that was with not even knowing what any other episodes held!).  When we got up the next morning, the very first thing I did was apologize to my husband. Over and over, I apologized for subjecting him to that. He kissed my forehead and told me he was just as wrong for not turning it off either. I’m thankful that he admits his faults and loves me through mine.

I spoke with a friend of mine who made it through the whole season. The things she told me made me SO glad we had shut it off and not gone on to another episode. Sex, drinking, vulgarity… I just don’t understand it. Then, I read this article that made me even more glad we didn’t continue watching. (Warning: If you are a follower of Jesus, that link will make you sad, sick, and angry. And if it does not, there’s something wrong.)

I expected so much more from the show. I expected it to be loved by my kids as much as Full House is. I never expected to be shocked and horrified by what I saw.

I think my biggest disappointment lies in Candace Cameron Bure, though. Secretly, I wonder what her brother thinks about her new show. With her “high moral standards” and her “love for Jesus,” I never, ever expected her to take part in something like this. Yes, we are all human. And, yes, we all do dumb things. (See above – and I’m certain I have many more stories I could share…) BUT, as a professing Christian in the media and all over social network outlets, I think she should be held to an even higher standard. Her role on Fuller House has set Christian women back a thousand paces. It is NOT OK to live a double standard. (Read James 3 if you need further explanation.)

The good news is, my hope is NOT in Candace Cameron Bure. My hope is in JESUS. He is the only one Who ever lived a perfect life. So, while people let us down, and while family shows are now becoming a thing of the past, I am thankful I can still trust in Jesus. And I am so thankful that He loves me… even when I do dumb things.

What are your thoughts on Fuller House? Were you as disappointed as I was?

#Sponsored: “Captive” DVD #CaptiveMovie #FlyBy #Review & #Giveaway

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Captive is based on a true story about the power of faith over fear. It is the story of how two lost souls collided. Brain Nichols is on the run and desperate to make contact with his brand new baby boy. He takes Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment. Fearing for her life, and wanting nothing more than to be able to see her daughter again, she finally tuns to Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” for guidance. Ashley and Brian come to a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair.

I received a copy of Captive for my family, and we couldn’t wait until our next Family Movie Night. I made the choice to allow my older children to watch the movie, (ages 11 and up), but I’m thankful I didn’t allow the younger ones to stay up and watch it.

My husband and myself were able to have some really deep discussion after the movie with my older children, and I was quite surprised by how much they understood and had questions about. There was a lot of drug use in the movie. Lots of violence. Some was scary violence. Brian Nichols was a very scary man. And we all discussed how making one bad choice can lead you down a path of many bad choices. Before you know it, you’re going down a path it’s impossible to come back from. (Luckily, we know that through Christ, ALL things are possible, but that still doesn’t make it easy!)

The story was intense from beginning to end. I don’t think any of my kids moved from their seats. The only thing I wish is that faith had been more of a motivator in the movie, or that God had been featured a little bit more. But, there was enough faith shown that it helped open the door for great discussion with my kids. I was able to talk with them about the choices they make when they’re young, and how they will impact them when they get older. We talked a lot about staying away from drugs and alcohol, and not even trying them when “all” their friends are. We talked about having courage and strength to say NO, and if they don’t have the courage to say no on their own, they can trust Christ to give them the courage they need.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie, and I’m thankful for the discussion it was able to open up with my children. I cannot imagine all that Ashley Smith went through, but I’m certain her testimony has led – and will lead – many people to Christ.

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#Sponsored: New DC Super Hero Girls Cartoons & a #Giveaway

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In our house, Super Heroes are #1! We all love them. And, now that DC Entertainment has released their new animated series featuring DC Super Hero Girls, we are even more excited! My girls and I are all about a little “girl power” now and then, and this dynamic group of girls are strong, fearless, edgy, and fun! We each have our favorite Super Hero Girl, and even my boys love watching right along with us.

The DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite characters, on-demand, and from any device. Thank heavens for wi-fi, because Carly keeps the DC Super Hero Girls channel playing on my Kindle Fire as often as I let her. Take a look at the playlist:

For even more DC Super Hero Girls fun, check out the DC Super Hero Girls website where kids can play games, download free printable activities, and so much more. Head over there now for some *super* fun!

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#Sponsored: When Calls the Heart Returns for Season 2! #FaithTV #Hearties #Giveaway @WCTH_tv

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What will you be doing this Saturday night at 8/7c?

I will be on the couch, tuning into the new season of When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel with my oldest daughter.

This is one premiere that has had me giddy with anticipation.

In order to create this post, I did receive the opportunity to view the Season Premier before it airs thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC.

I can’t give away any details, but OH.MY.GOODNESS. You cannot miss this premier! My daughter has been anxiously awaiting the return of When Calls the Heart, and it has been SO difficult to keep the details from her. But, I must. If for no other reason than I can’t wait to see her reaction as she watches it.

I love When Calls the Heart, because it is good, clean, family friendly, and fun. In my opinion, this is one of the best shows on television, and it’s something I don’t have to worry about my children watching. It’s perfect for the whole family!

In case you don’t know what When Calls the Heart is about, here’s a brief summary of the series:

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

Remember, the new season starts this Saturday, April 25th at 8/7c.

To get you excited about this week’s premier, World Films has offered up a set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value!!).

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Highest Grossing Religious Movies of All Time

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The second film adaptation of the best-selling Christian book series “Left Behind” arrived on DVD in late 2014, followed by the DVD release of the religious film “When the Game Stands Tall.” While the second film only briefly played in theaters before going to DVD, “Left Behind” and other religious films spent more time in theaters. Some of those films delivered big results at the box office and made Hollywood think twice about religious films. Though not all of the religious films over the years grossed a lot at the box office, some made twice as much as the films took to produce.

“The Passion of the Christ”

Long before Mel Gibson gained a reputation as a difficult actor, he made headlines as the director of “The Passion of the Christ.” The film, which told the story of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth, became popular with a large number of groups. Churches across the country even rented buses and planned trips to see the film in theaters. Gibson referred to the movie as his passion, and while some had their doubts, the movie grossed more than $370 million.

“The Chronicles of Narnia”

Some of those who saw “The Chronicles of Narnia” in theaters had any idea that the film dealt strongly with Christian and religious themes. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” grossed more than $291 million in theaters and paved the way for the studio to make two sequels based on the same book series. Those two films grossed an additional $200 million at the box office, and some reports indicate that the studio may produce the remaining books in that series.

“Heaven is for Real”

Based on the best-selling book of the same name, “Heaven is for Real” tells the story of a little boy and his relationship with his father. Ed Young Jr and others in the industry might find the film appealing. The young boy suffered a life threatening medical condition that landed him in the hospital. After recovering, he told his parents of what he saw on the other side and passed along messages from family members who died before his birth. His dad later wrote a book about his son’s experiences and how his family felt. The adaptation of that book grossed more than $90 million.

“God’s Not Dead”

“God’s Night Dead” is a complex film that tackles themes of faith and spirituality. Released in 2004, the film became one of the highest grossing religious films of all time. It tells the story of a religious college student and an antagonistic college professor. The professor demands that his students state that God doesn’t exist, and when the student refuses, the professor gives him several chances to prove that God is real. Though the film only played in select theaters across the country, it grossed more than $60 million and made a significant amount in DVD sales later.

The ten highest grossing religious films made more than $1 billion at the box office and sold millions of copies on DVD. Those films let Hollywood know that film goers enjoy seeing stories based on classic bible tales and that church goers would pay to see those films. With several of those films coming out in 2014, this might indicate that Hollywood will tell more religious stories in the future.

Family Movie Night is Back with Field of Vision

Field of Vision Family Movie NightYou all know how important family-friendly movies and tv shows are to me. And, lately, it seems that good, quality shows the whole family can watch are becoming few and far between. If, by some miracle, you happen upon a family-friendly show, you then have to worry about commercials for scary movies, or other garbage coming on. It’s a viscous cycle, and parents are having a hard time winning this battle.

But, Walmart and P&G have heard our cries, and they are committed to bringing back Family Movie Night. Families can once again gather around the tv, snacks in hand, ready to settle in for a few hours and enjoy a movie together.

This Saturday, you can catch the premier of Field of Vision, a story about a boy that must decide what’s more important: Winning the championship game or doing what’s right.

Field of Vision premiers Saturday, June 11th at 8/7c on NBC.

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I got the chance to preview an advanced screening of Field of Vision thanks to Mom Central. WOW! What a great movie! I am super excited to watch it with my entire family this weekend.

My six year old son, Jace, is really into football right now, and I know he’s going to love this movie. Not only are there action-packed scenes, but there’s a moral to the story. Actually, there are a couple of lessons in the movie that must be learned, and they will make for a great discussion time with my kids during the commercial breaks.

So, what’s the movie about?

Well, Tyler McFarland, the star quarterback at Sinclair High School, uses an old malfunctioning video camera and captures some very strange footage. He learns that some of his teammates have been bullying a new transfer student named Cory. Tyler then has to make the tough decision of whether to tell his coach or not. If he tells, his friends could get kicked off the team and that could cost the championship game.

While all of that is going on, Tyler’s sister, Lucy, learns that the new student, Cory, has a secret past. Lucy then has to convince her family, including her mom (played by Faith Ford), that she’s not making these things up. She then has to get her entire family on board to help find answers that Cory needs.

I love that I didn’t have to worry about any scenes, language, or innuendos in the movie. It’s just a good movie – the kind that are so hard to find any more. I am so excited to see how my kids react to it this Saturday night. I’ve set my DVR to record it, because I have a feeling this is one movie the kids will want to watch over and over!

Tune in Saturday, June 11th at 8/7c on NBC to catch the premier of Field of Vision.

To learn more about the movie, check out the official Field of Vision Family Movie Night website: http://www.familymovienight.com/field-of-vision You can also learn about other Family Movie Night movies and read the Family Movie Night Mission.

Also, be sure to become a fan of Family Movie Night on Facebook so you can get the inside scoop when new Family Movie Night movies will air.

You can also follow Family Movie Night on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/fmnib

We’ll be tuning in to watch Field of Vision on Saturday night. Will you?

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Family Friendly Friday – 3.4.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 3.4.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

What is your favorite thing to do with your kids on Spring Break?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Now that all the award shows are behind us, Spring is just around the corner which means Spring Break is almost here. I always find Spring Break to be a bit tough to schedule with working and making sure I devote more time to my daughter with her days off. I try and schedule a few fun things for her and I do to together and really cherish the time away from work. Maybe this week our family friendly picks can help you grab a few moments to cherish with your little ones!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback on what you do for Spring Break!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, A Bug’s Life, a fun animated movie about what happens when ants need to enlist the help of other insects; second, Monsters, Inc., a fun family animated movie about how monsters really aren’t that scary. Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, March 4, 2011
Clambake, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Elvis stars opposite Shelley Fabares as an oil heir who takes a job as a ski instructor in this light-hearted musical romp.
Who Do You Think You Are?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Singer Lionel Richie charts his family history by focusing on his maternal grandmother’s ancestry.  Determined to figure out the mysteries surrounding her father, Richie takes an investigative voyage from Alabama to Nashville and Chattanooga, ultimately digging up a connection to the dawning days of the civil-rights movement.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
A Bug’s Life, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family A bumbling ant recruits a band of insect circus performers to help defend his colony from an army of greedy grasshoppers.
Who’s the Boss?, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Mother and daughter bond when Mona drags the workaholic Angela to a blues club.

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Earth: The Making of a Planet, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) National Geographic Channel Examining the events that led to the creation of Earth.
Monsters, Inc., 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family A little girl accidentally enters the land of monsters, where she befriends two creatures who work at a “scare factory.”

Monday, March 7, 2011
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel During a Russo family vacation in the Caribbean, a frustrated Alex wishes her parents had never met.  After her wish is unexpectedly granted, she and her brothers work to reverse the spell before it’s too late.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC Despondent over Ingrid’s death, Matthew leaves town. The family finds him working in a temporary town as a bartender. Matthew, with the help of his family and Peter Chow lets Ingrid go.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Suite Life on Deck, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Snakes escape from a crate on the ship and Woody tries to recapture them.  Meanwhile, Cody realizes he is unable to make Bailey laugh, and Maya learns that Zack has dated more girls that she thought.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Minute to Win It, 8:00 p.m.  (Eastern) NBC A game show where contestants use household items to complete tasks in under a minute in order to win cash and other prizes.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Camp Rock’s future is threatened by a rival music camp with rich resources.  Mitchie and Shane team up to save their beloved retreat and challenge the glitzy Camp Star to a performance duel to determine which place is better.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Finding Nemo, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Best animated feature about a clown fish who, with the help of a ditzy blue tang, searches for his missing son.
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS (check local listings) Season 13 begins in Palm Springs, where experts appraise a 1937 painting by American expressionist Clyfford Still valued at $500,000.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

I am very excited for the movie we have this week because the lead actor is one of my favorites, check out this fun family movie!  Check out below the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate. Enjoy!

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Release Date: March 4, 2011

 

MPAA rating: PG

 

Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant

 

Running Time: 107 min

Johnny Depp is the voice of the funny Rango chameleon whose life gets turned upside down when he accidentally finds himself the sheriff in a Wild West town. Equipped with an active imagination and a friendly demeanor, this once ordinary lizard is thrust into a new reality and he isn’t quite sure what to do.

At times struggling with an identity crisis Rango is a lovable character and this cute animated story will give you lots to talk about from life lessons about what is important, to how you keep yourself true amidst tough situations.

The National Board of Mothers® does not recommend this movie for viewers under age nine.

 

 

 

It’s a wrap! I hope you find some nice moments to cherish with your little ones!

If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


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Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

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Family Friendly Friday – 2.25.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 2.18.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

What do you love most about the Oscars?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

The Oscars are here! The Oscars are here! The Oscars are here! Being a lifelong movie buff the Oscars is one of my favorite times of year. I love the suspense and excitement leading up to the delivery of those beautiful gold statues. This week I am THRILLED to announce Jackson Murphy, a 12-year-old movie critic, will be interviewed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno! Family Values Cinema will be working with Jackson in the coming months and we would love your opinion about our new young, enthusiastic host for a soon to be announced weekly half-hour family centric entertainment news show.

The Tonight Show will air tonight, Friday February 25th at 11:35PM EST/10:35 PM CST and Jackson will be the second guest interview. If you are unable to watch the show tomorrow evening, you can watch a clip of the interview starting on Saturday here. Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback on what you love about the Oscars!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

The family movie DVD pick for this week is a truly wonderful story about the importance of family and the bond we feel with animals. Enjoy!

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Directed by: Eleanor Lindo
Cast: Mark Rendall, Jane Seymour, Charles Martin Smith, Gloria Slade, James McGowan
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2002

A touching story about respect and how we all can learn lessons from each other about compassion, faith and family ties…

Lunceford: Nice story about respecting and valuing others.
Bartlett: Great Movie
Lechner: It is a touching story

Worth Noting: The story contains some mean and rude adult language, examples of adults arguing and the accidental death of the mother horse.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, Bolt, to continue the animal theme this movie is entertaining for the whole family; second, It Happened One Night, an Oscars classic that will get you ready for all the Sunday Oscars excitement!

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 25, 2011
Bolt, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel The canine action star of a hit TV series, who actually believes he has superpowers, accidentally winds up in New York City and must find his way back to Hollywood, so he recruits a streetwise alley cat and a hero-worshipping hamster for his cross-country trek.
Who’s the Boss?, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Angela discovers that Tony is moonlighting to finance his father’s apartment, but his father’s been dead for a year.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
It Happened One Night, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM  A spoiled heiress runs away from her father when he refuses to let her marry the man of her choosing, and ends up falling instead for the jaded, down-on-his-luck reporter who is secretly planning on cashing-in with an exclusive story about her. Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, this Frank Capra classic screwball comedy won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Justin’s class tries to get back into WizTech, but a pretty new student who is awful at performing spells threatens their chances.

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Dream House: Log Cabin, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) DIY An unexpected storm leads to repairs; the house inspection uncovers serious problems.
Minute to Win It, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Part 1 of 2.  A family of five play the games in hopes of winning 1 million dollars.

Monday, February 28, 2011
Hooked, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) National Geographic Channel In Mongolia, Zeb Hogan tries to track down the elusive Hucho taimen, a species in the salmon family that can grow up to 6 feet in length and weigh up to 200 pounds.
Martha Stewart Show, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Celebrity guests and home projects are highlighted in this combination of do-it-yourself advice and talk show.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.
The Emperor Waltz, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine star in this romantic musical romp about a salesman in Vienna who tries to woo a countess.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Frankie clashes with Brick’s third-grade teacher, Ms. Rinsky, when Brick gets a D on a math test and Frankie thinks poor teaching is to blame.  But will Frankie and Mike pass when Rinsky makes them take a math test?
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Tinker Bell must complete a dangerous quest before the Blue Moon rises in order to save Pixie Hollow from a terrible fate.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [check local listings] Experts appraise antiques and collectibles from Des Moines, Iowa including circa-1838 E. C. Brewster beehive clock, an antique diamond and platinum ring, and bee-themed antiques.
Touched By An Angel, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark An embittered postal employee haunted by memories of Auschwitz helps a girl from a troubled home.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a fun date night movie featuring the adorable Jennifer Aniston and funnyman Adam Sandler. Check out below the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate in case you want to take the kids. Enjoy!

Just_Go_With_ItJust Go With It

Release Date: February 25, 2011

 

MPAA rating: PG-13

 

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker

 

Running Time: 150 min

Adam Sandler plays a plastic surgeon looking to find love and when he meets what he thinks is the one, his dedicated assistant played by Jennifer Aniston gives him a run for his money acting as his ex-wife.
The beautiful scenery of Hawaii mixed with Adam Sandler humor and the lovable Jennifer Aniston makes this a recipe for laughs and enjoyment the whole way through. A fun date night movie that will have you forgetting about your week’s worries and holding hands as you go home to the kids.

The National Board of Mothers® is not able to give this movie the Seal of Approval and does not recommend this movie for viewers under age fifteen.

 

 

 

It’s a wrap! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Jackson Murphy and the Oscars!

If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 2.18.11 {Guest Post}

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Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

Has Bieber Fever hit your house? How do you control it?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

We are in the midst of award season with the Grammy’s behind us and the Oscar’s just around the corner and I heart all the entertainment excitement! This is the time when the best of the best are recognized for their hard work, I always find it amazing to watch the stars gain popularity and see how kids react to the role models. Check out our movie pick of the week, it teaches a good lesson about the rewards earned from working hard!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback about how one of the latest teen phenoms is being treated in your house!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks for the week: First, The Nutty Professor, I totally heart this movie it is my complete fav funny family movie; second, Presidents, offers an educational opportunity to learn about our great country’s history of leaders. Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 18, 2011
The Nutty Professor, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC Grossly overweight Professor Sherman Klump, desperate to lose weight, takes a special chemical that turns into the slim, but obnoxious Buddy Love.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Alex tries to save Justin from his devilish angel girlfriend with the help of a guardian angel who is attempting to earn her wings.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Touched by an Angel, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel The lives of two competitive skiers-who have a history of first and second-place finishes-are dramatically changed after an accident on the slopes that leads to a revelation.
Must Love Cats, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Domestic and wild cats living in harmony in Mississippi; a popular cat on TV in Little Rock; a cat scratching-tree builder in Kansas.

Sunday, February 20, 2011
Worst Cooks in America, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network The six remaining recruits make sausage from scratch during a trip to a butcher shop.  Then, they face their seafood fears when tasked with cleaning and prepping whole fish and squid.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A soldier wounded in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, and his fiancée are given the wedding of their dreams and a new home.  Those helping out include comedian Dane Cook, designer Monique Lhuillier, entertainer Terry Fator, and Duff Goldman.

Monday, February 21, 2011
Presidents, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) History Channel Part 2 covers John Quincy Adams to James K. Polk, including the idea of Manifest Destiny under Andrew Jackson; Polk’s expansion of America to the Pacific Ocean.
The Parent Trap, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Haylel Mills plays twins scheming to reunite their parents.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Ice Age, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Prehistoric mammals try to rescue a human baby in this computer-animated comedy.
Family Feud, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GSN Two families of five try to guess what the “survey Said” in polls conducted with 100 people in this game show.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Who’s the Boss?, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Tony questions Angela’s motives in weekending with her boss just when she’s up for a promotion.
Minute to Win It, 8:00 p.m.  (Eastern) NBC A game show where contestants use household items to complete tasks in under a minute in order to win cash and other prizes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [Check local listings] Experts appraise antiques and collectibles including a 1623 Shakespeare First Folio valued at between $40,000 and $50,000 and a Russian snuff box inscribed with the Romanov dynasty’s imperial arms.
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark A wedding anniversary prompts Caroline to recall her early days with Charles.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

What can I say, I am fascinated with the phenom that has become Bieber Fever! So without further ado, let all the girls in your household scream to their delight with this week’s movie pick. Be sure to see the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate. Enjoy!

Justin Beiber Never Say NeverNever Say Never

Release Date: February 11, 2011

MPAA rating: G

Starring: Justin Bieber

Running Time: 105 min

This is the story of a little boy, loved by his mom who dreamed big and through dedication and perseverance is getting to live his ultimate dream. Justin Bieber has taken the country by storm with Bieber Fever. Never Say Never takes you on the journey of his quest to live his dream, from his early childhood years to his recent sold out concerts and everything in between.

This movie teaches how hard work pays off when you believe in your dream, be kind along the way, and always remember where you came from. In a time where our country sees lots of turmoil and strife, this movie is an uplifting opportunity to teach the kids how dreams really can come true.

You come away with a respect for the dedication it takes to rise to the top and an appreciation for the talent of a young boy who wasn’t afraid to dream big despite people telling him he would never make it.

The National Board of Mothers® is happy to give this movie the Seal of Approval but does not recommend this movie for viewers under age seven.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy our picks this week and I can’t wait to hear your Bieber feedback!

If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 2.11.11 {Guest Post}

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Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

How do you teach your kids what constitutes good quality TV shows?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Valentine’s Day is so close! I heart this holiday as an opportunity to show those around me how important they are in my life. Everyone from my kid to my dry cleaner gets extra compliments and love this week! We have some very lovable picks this week so gather up the family and enjoy!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback about how you teach your kids about good quality TV!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite loving picks for the week: First, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Valentine, what better way to start the Valentines weekend than with an adorable animated movie about love; second, William and Kate, A Royal Love Story, who can resist a love story with the upcoming wedding of the century. Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 11, 2011
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Valentine, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A “Peanuts” twin bill.  First, Charlie waits by his mailbox for a valentine.  Then, Valentine’s Day finds the gang searching for love.  Charlie crushes on a little red-haired girl.
Who Do You Think You Are?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Tim McGraw researches his father’s ancestry and discovers a link to descendants who were among the U.S.’s first settlers and a connection to George Washington.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Elevator Girl, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel An uptight lawyer and a free-spirited woman become trapped in an elevator together.  The incident sparks chemistry between the two, but their different lifestyles threaten to ruin the romance before it gets off the ground.
Phineas and Ferb, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A musical in which Phineas and Ferb revisit the day they built a gigantic roller coaster in their backyard.  Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz tries to pull the East Coast to the west using tinfoil and a huge magnet.

Sunday, February 13, 2011
William & Kate: A Royal Love Story, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TLC Prince William’s courtship with Kate Middleton is explored.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A family dedicated to disaster relief has a new home built by Ty and his team when theirs is flooded, and their disaster-relief aircraft is upgraded.

Monday, February 14, 2011
Wizards of Waverly Place, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Alex, Justin, and Max attempt to rescue Mason after he is kidnapped by rogue wizards who turned him into a dog.  Meanwhile, Jerry and Theresa go on an anniversary weekend and are alarmed to learn that Harper and Zeke are running the sub shop while they are away.
Ice Castles, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A tragic accident blinds a  young figure skater, which forces her to reconnect with the past she left behind and realize that she doesn’t have to give up her dreams.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
WALL-E, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Oscar-winning CGI-animated delight, set on a wasteland Earth circa 2800, where the last robot on the planet, a centuries-old trash compactor named WALL-E, romances a sleek, high-tech android.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Who’s the Boss?, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Tony’s bullish on Sam’s stockbroker boyfriend, but Sam can’t bear it when Tony takes up all his time.
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Frankie looks for a friend for Brick and Sue sneaks into an R-rated movie against Mike’s wishes.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Parent Trap, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Remake of the 1961 Disney comedy about twin girls who were separated at birth when their parents divorced, find each other again while away at camp, and scheme to reunite their parents.
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [Check local listings] Experts appraise collectibles, antiques, and heirlooms including a late-Victorian 13-karat gold vest chain and fob; footballs autographed by the 1963 and 1966 Green Bay Packers; and promotional movie memorabilia from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org
I have been seeing the previews for this movie and am SO excited it is finally here! A timeless adventure for the whole family to enjoy perfect for this Valentine’s Day weekend! Be sure to see the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate. Enjoy!

GNOMEO & JULIETGnomeo & Juliet

Release Date: February 11, 2011

MPAA rating: G

Starring: Ashley Jensen, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Michael Caine

Running Time: 84 min

Gnomeo & Juliet is a fun animated twist on the Shakespeare classic Romero & Juliet. The adorable garden gnomes sit and wait, with their adventure coming alive only when the humans are sure to be out of their way. The timeless tale of Capulets’ versus Montagues’ comes to life in the red versus blue world of gnomes in neighboring homes.

This fun story of star-crossed lovers is sure to have the whole family laughing and entertained with this forbidden love and an epic light-hearted battle of small creatures. The music of Elton John will have you dancing in your seats and providing a fun memory for all.

Gnome & Juliet is a fun animated film, the  National Board of Mothers® give this movie the Seal of Approval, but does not recommend this movie for viewers under age five.

It’s a wrap! I am sending all of you lots of love for Valentine’s Day and I can’t wait to hear what you do! If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 2.4.11 {Guest Post}

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Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

What is your trick to keeping the kids organized during the school year?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Now that we are in full swing of the second part of the school year I am focusing on making sure that I am organized. Us moms know that good organization can make the difference between smooth sailing and a tough day. I think the picks for this week will hopefully help you stay organized with your family entertainment.
Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback on how you moms stay organized amidst all the school and activities!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks for the week: First, Who Do You Think You Are, this great show is back and taking you on an adventure of finding long lost relatives; second, Toy Story 2, the second installment in a fun animated adventure with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen’s voices.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 4, 2011
What If? , 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC A heartwarming story of Ben Walker, who 15 years ago left his college sweetheart Wendy and his calling to be a preacher in order to pursue a business opportunity.  Now with a high-paying executive gig, a trophy fiancé, and a new Mercedes he goes on a thrill ride where his car mysteriously breaks down and meets an angel named Mike, who is sent to show Ben what his life would have been like had he followed his true calling.
Who Do You Think You Are?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Season 2 starts with actress Vanessa Williams tracing her ancestry.  Williams investigation directs her to South Carolina, where she uncovers a familial connection to the Civil War’s Union Army.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
The Wish List, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A perfectionist makes a list of the qualities she’s looking for in a mate and soon finds a seemingly ideal guy.  But she’s also drawn to a kooky barista who encourages her to loosen up and explore her creative side.
Suite Life on Deck, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Bailey returns home to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday, and Cody follows after her to win her back.  Meanwhile, Zack and Woody challenge Moseby and his brother to a basketball game, only to learn that his sibling is a pro player.

Sunday, February 6, 2011
Toy Story 2, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Buzz and the gang try to save Woody when he’s kidnapped by an evil toy collection in this splashy computer-animated sequel featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.
Puppy Bowl VII, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Adorable puppies romp around a miniature football field in the seventh annual adoption fair for shelter pets, which also features kittens and baby chicks.

Monday, February 7, 2011
Cars, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A cartoon about an arrogant hot rod who gets sidetracked in a sleepy burg on his way to a big race.
House Hunters, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) HGTV A couple living in a small New York apartment with 2-year-old twins look for a home with more room.  But to get space they need, they have to look in northern New Jersey.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Wizards of Waverly Place, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Alex puts a spell on her new boyfriend, a transfer student from England, so that she becomes the inspiration for all of his artwork.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Axl has a new girlfriend he wants to impress on Valentine’s Day, while Brick has a crush on a fellow student and Mike accidentally lets the news slip out, humiliating his shy son.  Sue searches for a boy she kisses on a Halloween hayride.
Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Tinker Bell comes to the aid of a lonely human girl who believes in fairies and longs for a friend in this animated fantasy directed by Bradley Raymond.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Pioneers of Television, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [check local listings] Episode focuses on Local Kids’ TV including L.A.’s “Time for Beany,” which was a favorite of Albert Einstein; New York’s “Puppet Hotel,” “Romper Room,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and many others.
Annie Get Your Gun, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Betty Hutton stars as Annie Oakley in this fictionalized musical biography, featuring songs by Irving Berlin.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week I am featuring a fun family movie that has been out for a while, but continues to get great reviews. If you haven’t seen this yet, it is a fun one for the family. Be sure to see the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate. Enjoy!

TangledTangled
by Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: November 24, 2010

MPAA rating: PG

Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy

Running Time: 100 min

Sex: None

Violence: Stabbing, cartoon action, splapstick

Language: None

Behavior: Mild deception

Tangled retells the legend of Rapunzel, with minor alterations: kidnapped at birth, the Princess Rapunzel is imprisoned in a tower by the repulsively evil Gothel, who poses as her mother and keeps Rapunzel secret in order to have sole control of Rapunzel’s magical hair, which can heal any wound and keeps Gothel eternally young. But the princess longs to escape, and seizes her chance when inadvertently discovered by the rougish thief Flynn Ryder. Alternately aided and abetted by Gothel, Flynn’s former compatriots the Stabbington brothers, a band of comic thugs, and the intelligent horse Maximus, Flynn and Rapunzel return to civilization…but will they be able to overcome the seeds of dissent and suspicion sewn by Gothel, and return Rapunzel to her royal heritage?
There is no profanity or sexual content in Tangled. There is, however, much stylized action – so much so, the movie could almost be retitled, “Rapunzel: Action Hero.” This varies from humorous slapstick (Rapunzel repeatedly whacks Flynn unconscious with a frying pan), to breath-taking animated stunts (Flynn and Rapunzel are swept away from a collapsing dam in a cascade of water), to slightly grimmer moments (Gothel stabs Flynn with a dagger, drawing blood).
Themes in the film also run the gamut, from Rapunzel learning that each member of a barbarian horde has a secret “dream” (like becoming a mime or an interior decorator), to Rapunzel’s desire to escape from her domineering “mother” Gothel (who repeatedly warns her about the horrors of the outside world and incessantly tells her “mother knows best.”) In the Disney/Pixar tradition, there are adventures, songs, humorous sentient animal sidekicks, a pop-culture-referencing rogue, and messages about leaving home, growing up, and following your dreams.
Tangled is a safe and fun animated film, ideal for children and families. Because of this, the Parents Television Council and the National Board of Mothers® give this movie the Seal of Approval but does not recommend this movie for viewers under age five.

It’s a wrap! I hope all of you have a great week and I can’t wait to hear your oganizational tips! If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 1.28.11 {Guest Post}

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Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

Let’s get a head start and share our favorite family Valentines crafts with each other! (Please include supplies needed)

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

This week has been a hectic one for me, maybe it’s the end of January that makes me feel like I need to get everything in before February comes around the corner. Whatever it is I am sure I am not alone in this feeling, because us moms always feel the pressure. We have a great family movie DVD pick this week so lets gather the family and enjoy the wholesome good entertainment.

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share your Valentine’s Day ideas!  As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

The family movie DVD pick for this week is one of adventure and loyalty. The whole family will love this family movie based on the true story about a legendary German Shepard. Enjoy!

Finding Rin Tin TinFinding Rin Tin Tin

Directed by: Danny Lerner
Cast: Tyler Jensen, Ben Cross, Ian Porter, Wesley Stiller
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2008

This inspirational film illustrates how the meaning of courage, loyalty and true friendship can bring people together, even enemies.…

Morris: Good family movie.
Hartness: Very interesting film.
Fathel: Good wholesome family movie.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks continuing with our animal theme: First, Flipper, a fun classic movie about the friendship between kids and animals; second, It’s Me or the Dog, a show handling the challenges of what to do when you have a disobedient dog and how to overcome the challenge.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, January 28, 2011
Who’s the Boss?, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel After meeting some of Tony’s married friends, Angela dreams of life with Tony.
Flipper, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC When Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter, he dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that bring uncle and nephew together, and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Good Luck Charlie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Part 1 of 2.  The family takes a wacky ski vacation, where Teddy meets a psychic who tells her she will meet her true love during the trip.  Meanwhile, Amy and Bobby learn they aren’t officially married; PJ visits a mysterious cabin occupied by two pretty girls after snowboarding down the wrong mountain.
It’s Me or the Dog, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Victoria helps a family with a rambunctious pit bull.

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Little House on the Prairie, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A petition demanding property rights for wives sets off a battle of the sexes in Walnut Grove.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A family who lost a teenage daughter in a texting-while-driving accident has a new home built for them.  Justin Bieber, Emma Roberts, and NASCAR’s Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle volunteer.

Monday, January 31, 2011
Unwrapped, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network Treats that combine sweet and salty flavors are examined, including Snickers; the Immaculate Baking Co., Snyder’s Pretzels, and Fran’s Chocolates.
Avalon High, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A student believes her new high school is a contemporary Camelot complete with a king and knights of the Round Table.  She tries to prove the legend is alive and stop attacks by a notorious traitor.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Suite Life on Deck, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel The guys visit Carey in Tokyo on the set of a soda commercial.  After Zack damages the set, he is forced to work as a drink taster to pay for the destruction.
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Amid greed, Charles and Edwards pan for gold in South Dakota.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
MonsterQuest, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) History Channel Reports of pythons in Florida are examined.
Sky High, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel A geeky teen attending a high school for superheroes finds it hard to live up to the expectations of his legendary parents.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
Amish Grace, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) LMN Based on a true story, a school shooting in an Amish community leave five girls dead, and a grieving mother struggling to apply the Amish teachings of forgiveness toward the killer.
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Charles and Mary go to Chicago, he to attend a convention, she to see her fiance.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

I was really hoping to have a fun whole family movie this week but it looks like the pickings are a bit slim in the theater. We have a movie that borders between family and date night, so moms use your best judgment and see the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end. Enjoy!

The Dilemma

Release Date: January 14, 2011
MPAA rating:
PG-13
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder
Running Time: 110 min

Ron Howard teams up with Vince Vaughn for this slapstick comedy that touches on serious real-life issues. The Dilemma takes you on an adventure about a best friend put in a tough situation where he struggles with telling the truth, knowing it will hurt the one person who has always been there for him.

This movie provides an opportunity to discuss what you do when faced with a moral decision and your best friend is on the other end. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James work as a good team to keep you laughing for a majority of the movie.

Due to the language, sexual content and alcohol/drug references, the National Board of Mothers® was not able to give this movie it’s Seal of Approval and only suggests this move for ages 15 and above, moms use your best judgment.

It’s a wrap! Let’s squeeze every last drop out of this month and cherish all that we can as we head into February. If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 1.21.11

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 1.21.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question about an American dream and let your voices be heard:

“I have a dream” What great American in history said this? How have you benefited from this dream?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Can you believe there is only one week left in January? Where did this month go? I am still getting adjusted to it being 2011 and already the first month is flying by! From our Moms Speak Out question I am focusing this week on dreaming big. I want my kid to know that the world is her oyster and she has limitless opportunities. Us moms always want what is best for our kids, this week let’s focus on encouraging their dreams!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share your how you have benefited from the dream! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks in continuing the dream big theme: First, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman, is a fun family pick teaching about rare foods abroad and encouraging trying new and exotic cuisine; second, The Incredibles, an animated adventure that encourages the superhero in all of us to conquer our fears.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, January 21, 2011
Lassie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC Determined to start a new life in the country, the Turner Family—Dad, stepmom, little Jennifer, and teenager Matt—leave the city for the country living of Virginia.  The move creates problem, especially for Matt, who feels lost and alone.  Fortunately, the Turners are assisted by a homeless collie who becomes part of their lives.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Alex gets jealous when Jerry starts spending time with Maxine.  Meanwhile, Harper lies to Zeke and tells him that the Russos don’t like him.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Travel Channel The host visits Puerto Rico and tours a unique market in San Juan.  Later he ventures into the rain forest, sampling wild treats on his way.
House Hunters International, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) HGTV A couple desire a historic home in Granada, Nicaragua, with two bedroom and an office.  The pair can’t agree on location however.

Sunday, January 23, 2011
Good Luck Charlie, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A new pint-size neighbor develops a crush on Teddy, so she tries to use the kid to make Spencer jealous.  Meanwhile, Bob performs with PJ’s band, much to PJ’s dismay, when a member gets sick.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A Georgia family involved in Girl Scouts has a new home built for them.

Monday, January 24, 2011
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Mary has an infection requiring immediate, costly surgery distant hospital.
The Wild Within, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Travel Channel Steven Rinella visits the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i.  While there, he hunts boar, deer, and octopus, all of which will later be prepared for a traditional Hawaiian feast as pa’ina.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
House Hunters International, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) HGTV An Alberta couple look for a vacation home in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for around 150,000 dollars.  They want a second-story condo with two bedrooms that’s close to the beach.
Suite Life on Deck, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Zack, London, and Woody go to a ritzy beach club for senior ditch day, but the bouncer refuses to  let Woody in.  Meanwhile, Cody and Bailey attend class to keep their perfect attendance records intact.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Modern Marvels, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) History Channel Examining tuna, from catching the fish to processing it and preparing it in meals, including an outing with fishermen; a trip to the Bumble Bee cannery; and a tour of a fish market in Tokyo.
Shake it Up, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel CeCe plays matchmaker for Deuce, but her plan backfires when he gets back together with his gold-digger girlfriend.  Meanwhile, Flynn helps Henry earn a scout camping badge.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
The Incredibles, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A superhero family comes out of retirement to defeat a rogue inventor.
Pioneers of Television, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [Check Local Listings]  A look back at classic TV westerns, including Maverick, Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Big Valley, and Wild, Wild West.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we continue our dream big theme with a date night movie to help encourage us parents to remember that anything is possible. Due to the language, please see our National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end. Enjoy!

The King's SpeechThe Kings Speech

Release Date: December 10, 2010
MPAA rating: R
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Running Time: 118 min

This movie is based on the true story of King George VI and his sheer will and determination to overcome speech challenges. A special bond is created between the King and his self-taught speech therapist in a friendship that was known to have united a nation.

Colin Firth as King George VI takes you on this adventure of conquering ones fears despite overwhelming criticsm. This movie will touch your heart and invigorate you to be less fearful, and more adventureous and to have faith in yourself above all else.

Due to the language, the National Board of Mothers® was not able to give this movie it’s Seal of Approval.

It’s a wrap!

It’s a wrap! Let’s dream big this week moms! I can’t wait to get your feedback about this week’s post, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 1.14.11

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 1.14.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question about New Year resolutions and let your voices be heard:

“What is your family’s favorite TV show?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Well we are now in full swing of January and as us moms know, the schedules start to get hectic right around now. So the goal for this week is to try and make things just a little bit easier on ourselves. We spend so much time worry about all the logistics and details we need to remember that we are doing a great job!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share your family’s favorite TV show! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, It’s Me or the Dog, is a fun family movie showing how pets make such a difference in life and a great Saturday night pick; second, The Wild Within, takes you on an adventure of Lewis and Clark’s travels exploring the great state of Montana.
Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, January 14, 2011
Who’s the Boss?, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel When Tony’s high-school do-wop group reunites, he recruits Angela as a “Dreamtonette.”
Suite Life on Deck, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Part 1 of 3.  Bailey returns home to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday, and Cody follows after her in an attempt to win her back.  Meanwhile, Zack and Woody challenge Moseby and his brother to a basketball game, only to learn that his sibling is a pro player.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Accidental Friendship, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A homeless woman finds her fortunes improving after she forms an unlikely friendship with a police officer.
It’s Me or the Dog, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Four coddled dogs run rampant in a couple’s home, and Victoria’s help is sought so the couple can regain control and start a family.

Sunday, January 16, 2011
Follow the Stars Home, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A woman is abandoned by her newlywed husband when he learns that their unborn child will be born with genetic abnormalities, but she finds hope and comfort from her mother, a young girl, and her former brother-in-law.
Matilda, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Danny DeVito directed and costars in an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantasy about a super-intelligent child whose self-absorbed parents send her to a brutal school, where she uses her brilliance to survive.

Monday, January 17, 2011
River Monsters: Unhooked, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet The Amazon’s piranha is sought.
The Wild Within, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Travel Channel The host recreates moments from the Lewis and Clark expedition in the badlands of Montana.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Good Luck Charlie, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Teddy takes Charlie to her English class in an effort to impress her teacher; Amy coaches Gabbe’s basketball team, but her enthusiasm wears down the players.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Universe, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) History Channel An exploration of what Earth would be like if the moon was gone.  Included are changes in the oceans and shifting currents; unusual weather patterns; and changes in day and night.
Chicken Little, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Chicken Little can’t get anyone to believe his warning about an alien invasion in this Disney feature.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS Experts appraise antiques and collectables from the Miami Beach area, including a rare Qing Dynasty vase and a 1956 Gretsch guitar.
Promised Land, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC When Russell Greene loses his job, he decides to go on the road with his family.  So he gathers his wife, Claire, his son, Josh, his daughter, Dinah, his mother, Hattie, and his nephew, Nathaniel and hits the road.  With only an old Suburban, a trailer, and a dream, Russell and his family are now traveling across the country in search of adventure and helping many people along the way.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a comic book classic with a bit of a modern twist. The Green Hornet is a fun option for the movies, but moms use your best judgment when it comes to what age is appropriate and see our National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end. Enjoy!

The Green HornetThe Green Hornet

Release Date: January 14, 2011
MPAA rating: PG-13
Starring: Seth Rogan, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz
Running Time: 119 min

The sudden death of his father places Britt Reid at the helm of a popular newspaper. But fate has other things in mind, when the timing of a bank robbery stops this new publisher from living a normal 9 to 5 job.

Adventure, romance and action fill this movie with morals that teach there is more to life than living out an inherited fortune. The Green Hornet embarks on making a difference for the greater good, and in turn seeing the difference it makes in his own life.

Due to the violent action, sexuality, drug content, and language, the National Board of Mothers® was not able to give this movie it’s Seal of Approval and suggests it only for kids over the age of 15.

It’s a wrap!

Remember to be a bit easier on yourself this week and I would love to hear your feedback about this week’s post, so please
email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 1.7.11 (Guest Post)

My apologies that this is going out on Saturday. It was a rough day around here yesterday.

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 1.7.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question about New Year resolutions and let your voices be heard:

“Suzie Orman does not believe in New Year resolutions, but Dr. Phil does. What do moms believe?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Happy New Year everyone! I love the feeling of a fresh year, all my dreams and goals ready for me to experience and accomplish. Well, as us moms know, it can be easier said than done. Most important to me each year is always health and happiness. Of course I will gladly take any extra help I can get and that is my goal with this weekly blog, to save you time and offer you great entertainment I believe in!

Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share with me your thoughts on New Year resolutions! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

As we start this New Year we have a great family movie about horses and the importance of friendship. My family loves to make some popcorn and huddle around the TV for this great film. Enjoy!

The Derby Stallion

Directed by: Craig Clyde
Cast: Zac Efron, Bill Cobbs, Crystal Hunt, William R. Moses, Billy Preston
Running Time: 98 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2005

A beautiful film about the friendship between an old man and a young boy and their mutual respect for each other, and a stallion named Rusty.…

Lechner: Very good heart warming movie.
Schmitz: Just a loving movie.
Poulsen: I recommend this movie to be watched by everyone.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, Aladdin, a fun family movie about adventure and figuring out what you want in life; second, A Bug’s Life, takes you on a ride of adventure with an up-close look at how no matter what your size, you can always overcome challenges.
Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, January 7, 2010
The Wizard, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC A boy and his two friends run away from home and journey cross country to compete in the ultimate video game championship.
Suite Life on Deck, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Cody and Bailey each write a version of their breakup when they are assigned to write and direct their own play.

Saturday, January 8, 2010
Aladdin, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Robin Williams lends his voice to the genie in this engaging, amusing musical based on the “Arabian Nights” tale.  It’s the story of a street urchin who discovers a magic lamp.
It’s Me or the Dog, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Victoria comes to the rescue for reality star Jill Zarin and her overly pampered dog.

Sunday, January 9, 2010
Class, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A rich law student must help a single mom find a job with benefits as part of a class assignment for his public-advocacy class.  Though the pair fail to get along at first, they soon understand they aren’t so different and that they need each other to go after the careers they truly desire.
A Bug’s Life, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family An awkward ant recruits a band of insect circus performers to save his colony from an army of greedy grasshoppers.

Monday, January 10, 2010
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel The saga of a frontier family’s struggles and triumphs on a farm near Walnut Grove, Minn., in the 1870s.
Ratatouille, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Pixar comedy about a rat who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef and teams up with an inexperienced kitchen worker at one of Paris’s finest restaurants.

Tuesday, January 11, 2010
Laurel & Hardy Marathon, [all night] TCM The classic comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star in a number of slapstick comedy shorts.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

Wednesday, January 12, 2010
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Mike gives Frankie the brush-off when she pays 200 dollars for a small bottle of eye cream.  Meanwhile, Axl’s parenting skills are tested when he becomes the Dad to an infant doll for health class, and Sue and Brick put a hole in Sue’s bedroom and try to figure out how to fix it.
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel A bullied outsider imagines two superhero friends—Sharkboy and Lavagirl—who soon come to life.  An adventure from Robert Rodriguez, the create of the “Spy Kids” films.

Thursday, January 13, 2010
16 Wishes, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney A girl makes a secret wish list to celebrate her 16th birthday and is astonished when they begin coming true, until one desire goes horribly awry and changes everything.
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Three brothers bully the people of Walnut Grove.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

Since the kids have just gone back to school, I thought it would be fun to do a girls night out. So round up your best friends and throw on a pair of cowboy boots, for this movie is a ride to remember. Enjoy!

Country Strong

Release Date: January 7, 2011
MPAA rating: PG-13
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund
Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min

Gwyeth Paltrow takes her acting and singing to the next level in this heart-felt story about a country star that falls from grace and finds her way back to what really matters. Country Strong offers a classic feel for the strength of country music with a clear understanding for it’s recent rise in popular appreciation.
This touching movie has some tough subjects and may be a tear-jerker at points. However, in a time when our country has many hardships, this story rings true about the inner strength that burns within each of us and the sheer will we have to make our lives better.

Due to the violence, sexual content, language, drugs and alcohol, the National Board of Mothers® was not able to give this movie it’s Seal of Approval.

It’s a wrap!

I hope your start to this year is an easy one and I would love to hear your feedback about this week’s post, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 12.24.10 (Guest Post)

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.24.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question and let your voices be heard. For this Christmas week we can’t wait to hear:

“What is your favorite Christmas memory?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set Christmas week is here! Christmas week is here! Christmas week is here! This is totally and completely without question my favorite week of the year! I heart getting everything ready for the holiday and wrapping gifts for my loved ones. Whatever else is going on I try each year to make Christmas a priority and to really focus on spending the quality time with my family. I hope this week’s picks help you spend some quality time with your family.

Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share with me your favorite Christmas memory! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Starting this week I will be featuring a family movie DVD once a month instead of weekly.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council for fun holiday viewing. Here are my favorite picks which both are Christmas themed: First, White Christmas, this is simply put a classic holiday movie that teaches us about the importance of being appreciative for what we have; second, The Christmas Card, is a wonderful story about helping those who fight for our freedom. This week I of course have to add a third, The Sound of Music, those of you that are regular readers will know this is my all time favorite!

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 24, 2010
It’s a Wonderful Life, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC In this Frank Capra holiday classic, George Bailey questions his worth to his family and community.  An angel, Clarence, give him a glimpse at what would be missing if he had indeed never been born.
White Christmas, 10:15 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney star in this classic musical featuring the music of Irving Berlin.

Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas Town, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Ion A single mom visits her estranged father at Christmas only to discover he’s actually Santa.
The Christmas Card, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark A soldier overseas receives a moving Christmas card from a stranger and decides to track down the sender when he returns home.

Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Sound of Music, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Based on the true lives of the Von Trapp Family Singers, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in this classic musical about an Austrian governess falling for a widowed father of seven.
Open Season 2, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Cartoon Network A deer’s plans for a wedding go awry when he must join in a mission to rescue a missing forest friend.

Monday, December 27, 2010
America’s Chocolate Championship, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) TLC George Duran hosts coverage of the chocolatier competition in Las Vegas.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 10:05 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Justin runs for student body president but when he’s blamed for a prank against the principal, his chances of victory are in jeopardy.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Red Skelton narrates this classic special about Rudolph on a special mission for Santa Claus.
Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel In this tale of Belle’s time at the Beast’s Castle during the holidays, she and the animated household objects attempt to celebrate Christmas and cheer up the Beast.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Fish Hooks, 8:30 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Bea appears on a Hamster TV show and wins a trip to Hamsterwood.
Dinner Impossible, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network Chef Robert Irvine goes to a Six Flags amusement park to turn standard park food into a gourmet feast in just nine hours.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Charlie Brown attends a New Year’s party and ends up missing the evening’s surprise.
Farewell, Mr. Kringle, 8:00 p.m.  (Eastern) Hallmark A jaded journalist sets out to discredit a Christmas-themed town’s resident santa.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a fun adventure movie that takes you on a wild ride, the sci-fi fans will love it! Please make sure to read the suggestion at the end of the review and use your judgment if you take kids under the age of ten. Enjoy!

Tron: Legacy
by Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: December 17, 2010
MPAA rating:
PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner
Recommended age:
10+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating:
Green
Sex:
None
Violence:
Chases, explosions, martial arts, extensive fantasy violence
Language:
“Damn”
Behavior:
Breaking the Law

Twenty years ago, Sam Flynn’s brilliant software designer and entrepreneur father Kevin announced he was on the verge of a breakthrough that would change the world…then vanished. Today, Sam is a rebellious loner who scorns the corporation his father built. But when Sam receives a message luring him to an abandoned video arcade, he discovers his father’s secret world – a virtual reality realm called the Grid, where computer programs take on human form…and are plotting to conquer OUR world.

There is little content to concern parents in Tron: Legacy. There are a large number of fantasy-style action battles within the Grid, including a gladiator-style contest between Sam and enemy programs, using Frisbee-like throwing discs as weapons. Other battles include punching, kicking, and use of staffs and similar weapons. There are also chases on motorcycles, cars, and airplanes using guns and other weapons. Vehicles explode, and when a program in human form is injured or killed, it shatters and falls apart like glass – no blood or gore is seen. Profanity is limited to a few uses of “damn.”  At the beginning of the movie, rebellious Sam speeds on his (earthly) motorcycle, evades police, and breaks into his father’s company, where he steals a computer program and distributes it illegally on the Internet.

With eye-popping, brilliant visual effects and a powerful, eerie techno-electric musical score, Tron: Legacy is a spectacular accomplishment in special effects and sheer spectacle.  While there is no extreme violence, the movie creates a considerable dark mood which may be frightening to younger children.

The Parents Television Council and the National Board of Mothers® does not recommend this picture for viewers under age of ten.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks have a healthy and happy Merry Christmas! As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 12.17.10 (Guest Post)

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.17.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question and let your voices be heard. With Christmas just around the corner, I have to ask:

“If you could have one Christmas wish, what would it be?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it. Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set 
The countdown to Christmas has started.  Without a doubt, this is my favorite time of year and my favorite holiday.  I absolutely love Christmas and how it gives you the chance to wish for the stars, so every year I make a wish for my family.    For me, Christmas also means quality time with my loved ones and an opportunity to take a time out in the midst of my self-inflicted entrepreneur addiction. 

Speaking of work, were you able to catch Family Values Cinema on Lifetime’s The Balancing Act this past Wednesday? If you missed it,you can watch Family Values Cinema and the National Board of Mothers highlighted on The Balancing Act TV segment. I am so proud of this segment and look forward to all your feedback!

Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and let me hear about your Christmas wish! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Starting this week I will be featuring a family movie DVD once a month instead of weekly.


Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some many great Christmas options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council for fun holiday viewing. Here are my favorite picks which happen to not be holiday themed as there are so many of those to choose from in that category: First, Toy Story & Toy Story 2 both are being shown this weekend and are fun animations; second, The Princess Bride, is hands down one of my favorite family movies of all time, teaching us how great love conquers all.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 17, 2010Yes, Virginia, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CBS An 8-year-old girl in 1897 New York tries to discover if Santa Claus actually exists and writes a letter to a newspaper editor as a last resort to find the answer. 
An Old-Fashioned Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A young American and her refined grandmother spend Christmas in Ireland, where they visit an earl whose fortune is eroding.  But the earl’s scheming wife has a plan to restore the family’s wealth that involves a romance between the American and the earl’s son. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Toy Story, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Computer-animated tale of a rivalry between two dolls: a cowboy named Woody and a space ranger Buzz Lightyear. 
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Linus and Lucy’s littler brother, ReRun, tries to avoid the Van Pelt family’s holiday craziness by staying with Snoopy and his own sibling, the desert-dwelling Spike. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010
The Santa Clause 2, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Tim Allen returns as Santa, who discovers his run as Kris Kringle will end if he doesn’t find a Mrs. Clause. 
Toy Story 2, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Buzz and the gang try to rescue Woody when he’s kidnapped by an evil toy collector in this computer-animated sequel. 

Monday, December 20, 2010
The Ultimate Gift, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Low-key heartwarmer about a spoiled heir who must find true meaning in his life before he can acquire his inheritance. 
Miracle on 34th Street, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his portrayal of the department-store Santa who goes on trial to prove he’s the real Kriss Kringle in this heartwarming Christmas tale.   

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Belle prepares a holiday celebration against the wishes of the Beast in this made-for-video sequel to the 1991 Disney animated hit. 
The Christmas Choir, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A run-in with a homeless man inspires a recently dumped workaholic to organize a choir at a local shelter with help from a nun. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Polar Express, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Animated Christmas fable about a skeptical 8-year-old boy who’s whisked to the North Pole by a mysterious train conductor. 
A Home for the Holidays, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) CBS The 12th annual event to raise awareness of adoption features musical performances by Katy Perry, Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, and Nelly. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC The Grinch plots to ruin the Hoo’s Christmas by stealing all their toys and decorations, but instead learns a lesson about what Christmas is really about.
The Princess Bride, 8:00 (Eastern) AMC Evil Prince Humperdink arranges to have his fiancée, the beautiful Buttercup, kidnapped; but the Dread Pirate Roberts shows up to rescue the Princess.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a fun animated classic coming to the big screen and I think everyone in your family will enjoy it!

Yogi Bear
by Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: December 17, 2010
MPAA rating:
PG for some mild rude humor
Starring:
Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris, T.J. Miller, voices of Dan Ackroyd and Justin Timberlake
Recommended age:
5+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating:
Green
Sex:
Very mild innuendo
Violence:
Slapstick
Language:
Mild toilet humor remarks
Behavior:
Rule breaking


Cartoon favorite Yogi Bear is back in this live-action 3-D picture. Talking bear Yogi is constantly stealing picnic baskets from visitors to Jellystone Park, to the consternation of park Ranger Smith and Yogi’s pal Boo Boo. When the unscrupulous Mayor Brown decides to sell the park’s logging rights, Ranger Smith must pull together with Yogi, Boo Boo, and a nature-loving documentary filmmaker named Rachel to save the park from destruction…in Yogi’s typical crazy style.

There is little content to concern parents in Yogi Bear. Some mildly crass remarks and innuendos are heard, such as a flustered Ranger Smith telling Rachel, “I can handle you for that;” Rachel’s discussion of using “bird poop” to write on tree bark; Yogi talking about Boo Boo’s problem with baked beans: “for a little bear, he makes a big stink;” and Yogi’s advice to Ranger Smith on how to attract Rachel: “urinate on her to mark her as your territory.” Yogi also dances to the tune “I Love Big Butts,” spits into the camera (in 3-D), and eats a worm, which later crawls out of his nose. The above constitute nearly all such content in the movie, however, so there is actually very little given the film’s 80-minute running time. The movie is also filled with slapstick such as Yogi tripping, crashing into trees, and, of course, stealing visitor’s picnic baskets, but this is presented in a light-hearted way faithful to the TV cartoon.

Yogi Bear is a fun picture filled with manic comedy and action, sure to amuse younger children.

The Parents Television Council and the National Board of Mothers® does not recommend this picture for viewers under age five.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks and find a few moments to day dream about your Christmas wish. As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 12.10.10 (Guest Post)

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.10.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question of the week and let your voices be heard:

“What is your favorite holiday tradition?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it. Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set 
Can you believe  we are smack in the middle of December and almost welcoming in 2011? Wow, I just can’t believe how fast this year has gone by! It’s always around this time of the year I reflect on how grateful I am for my family, friends, work and all the positives in my life.

This upcoming Wednesday I am so excited to be a guest on Lifetime’s The Balancing Act (7am ET/PT) once again and I will be sure to give you the link next week in case you miss the live show. I am so honored to work with the wonderful people at The Balancing Act and look forward to all your feedback!

One of the things I love most about the holidays are the family traditions. Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and let your voices be heard about your favorite family tradition during this time! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Starting this week I will be featuring a family movie DVD once a month instead of weekly.




If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some great options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council for holiday fun viewing. Here are my favorite picks: First, A Christmas Carol is a classic holiday movie to get the whole family in the spirit; second, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, is a great movie that offers plenty of room for adventure and imagination and a perfect way to prep you for the movie pick this week (too see a full interview from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with some of the cast members, click here).

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 10, 2010
Farewell Mr. Kringle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A jaded journalist receives an assignment to write a story about a Christmas-themed town, much to her disappointment.  Once there, she sets her sights on discrediting the town’s resident Santa, but his enthusiasm and kind spirit soon change her outlook. 
Christmas Carol, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Faithful adaptation of the Dickens classic tale of a miserly old scrooge who is visited by spirits on Christmas Eve.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC C.S. Lewis’ magical tale comes to life in this film adaptation about four British children who encounter mythical creatures and do battle with an evil witch to save Narnia.
Meet Me in St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Judy Garland introduces the song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in this classic film about a turn-of-the-century St. Louis family excitedly awaiting the World’s Fair.

Sunday, December 12, 2010
An Old-Fashioned Christmas, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A young American and her elegant grandmother spend Christmas in Ireland, where they visit an earl whose fortune is dwindling.  But the earl’s plotting wife has a plan to restore the family’s wealth that involves a romance between the American and the earl’s son. 
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Mariah Carey performs “Oh Santa!” and helps the team build a new home for a Florida family and decorate it for the holidays. 

Monday, December 13, 2010
America’s Cutest Dogs 2010, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet A countdown of the Web videos featuring dogs. 
The Princess Bride, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC  Buttercup is being forced to marry the evil Prince Humperdink.  Will her true love Wesley find her and stop the wedding in time?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Linus and Lucy’s little brother, ReRun, tries to avoid the Van Pelt family’s holiday craziness by staying with Snoopy and his own sibling, the desert-dwelling Spike. 
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Live-action version of the classic holiday story, starring Jim Carrey as the cold-hearted creature trying to stop Whoville’s Yuletide celebration. 
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Happy Feet, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Tap-happy romp about a penguin colony that finds its mates through song, and an outcast who can’t carry a tune but can dance like Fred Astaire. 
Finding Nemo, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Best Animated Feature about a clown fish who hooks up with a ditzy blue tang to search for his missing son. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Incredibles, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family A family of superheroes who have tried to adapt to “normal” life come out of retirement.  
White Christmas, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Irving Berlin’s music, and the singing-dancing talents of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney are featured in this holiday treat.  

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

I am so excited for this week’s movie pick because this series is one of my favorite book collections and I love seeing it come to life on the big screen! Get ready for a great adventure to let your imagination run wild! Enjoy!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
By Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: December 10, 2010
MPAA rating: PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action
Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, voices of Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson
Recommended age: 5+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green
Sex: None
Violence: Swordfights, fistfights, fantasy violence
Language: None
Behavior: Mild bad attitude by boy

This third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia finds the two younger Pevensie children, Edmund and Lucy, forced to room with their relatives in wartime Britain – including their priggish, self-righteous cousin Eustace. But a magical painting brings all three children to the magical land of Narnia, where they renew their acquaintance with their friends King Caspian and the swashbuckling mouse Reepicheep, Caspian is on a quest to discover the fate of seven nobles who were friends of his father and recover the magical sword each one bears, in order to stop a great evil that threatens his world. Along the way, Caspian, Edmund, Lucy and Eustace have to overcome their greatest temptations…or face the consequences for Narnia, and themselves, if they fail.

There is little content to concern parents in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. On a couple occasions people killed or aged by magic are shown. The movie also contains a large amount of fantasy action, with sword- and fistfights between Caspian’s men and various opponents. Also present are fantastic monsters like dragons and sea serpents, some of which might be frightening to very young children. Eustace displays a bad attitude in the early part of the movie, constantly complaining, bullying others, and causing trouble; but his behavior is consistently presented in a negative light.

C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books are a masterpiece of literature, filled with fantasy, magic, and adventure for children, and ironic wit and thought-provoking Christian allegory for adults. The movies are relatively faithful adaptations, though less overt in their apologetics and more interested in the fantasy setting. But they do preserve the powerful messages present in the books: Caspian, Edmund, and Lucy all struggle with temptation, while Eustace fails, but later redeems himself. Along the way, all learn the importance of loyalty, courage, and most of all, faith.

The Parents Television Council and The National Board of Mothers® are proud to award The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with the National Board of Mothers® Seal of Approval. We recommend this film for all viewers over the age of five.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks and find new ways to enjoy family traditions. As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Values Cinema Facebook Contest

You all know how much I love Family Values Cinema. It’s a fabulous way for families to spend quality time together.

If you haven’t taken advantage of their free trial offer, you really should. There’s nothing to lose!

And, I also wanted to let you know that they’re having a Facebook contest and are giving you the chance to win a 3 Family Movie Gift Package from Family Values Cinema with popcorn tubs for the whole family! You can make Family Values Cinema a tradition in your family.  

Already a member?  Win this for someone you love.

All you have to do is Like Them on Facebook and write a comment (at this wall post of their’s) about how Family Values Cinema helps create a family tradition, and you will be entered to win!

Details of the prize:

  • 1 Large popcorn tub
  • 4 Small popcorn tubs
  • 3 Movies with a portable DVD case
  • 3 Family Discussion Guides
  • 3 Interactive Family Activities
  • 3 Movie Inspired Recipes
  • Microwave popcorn

Win this 3 movie package and create a family tradition with a Family Values Cinema movie night!   

This contest runs from November 30th through December 14th, 2010 and is open to everyone.  

Hurry on over and enter today!

Family Friendly Friday – 12.3.10 (Guest Post)

(I apologize that this is going out on Saturday. Thank technology for crashing! I hope you enjoy!)


Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.3.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question of the week and let your voices be heard. Being in the midst of the holidays this question seemed appropriate:

“How do you manage your kids’ expectations around the holidays?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it. Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set 
I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving.  This is one of my favorite holidays, with all of the wonderful family traditions, lots of great food, and the beginning of Christmas shopping chaos. How many of you were at the stores at 2 in the morning for Black Friday specials? 

I really appreciate being able to have this weekly blog as a place to take a moment and focus on the best entertainment choices for our families. Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and let your voices be heard! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

With the holidays in full force upon us, this week’s DVD is a great Christmas movie that reminds us about what matters most.  Enjoy!

Christmas Angel

Director: Brian Brough
Cast:  K.C. Clyde, Bruce Davison, Kari Hawker
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2009

A powerful story about helping others, but at the same time, helping yourself….

Alexandria: Very good film.
Laura: Fantastic movie!
Paula: It’s a wonderful sweet story.
Sara: This was a really heartwarming story.

Worth Noting: Some falsification of facts and selfish behaviors are displayed. Homelessness and dying are sometimes sensitive issues to witness.
If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some great options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, A Walk in My Shoes is a TV movie full of important life lessons; second, Suite Life on Deck, is a fun Disney show full of adventure and humor. Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 3, 2010
A Walk in My Shoes, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC A teacher who is quick to blame parents for their children’s poor classroom performance begins to see things in a new light when she gets a peek at what life’s like for the mother of a popular but struggling student. 
Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel The magical Emily Merkle spreads Christmas cheer while working at a struggling department store in this sequel to 2009’s “Mrs. Miracle.”  Thought the store owners don’t recall hiring her, Mrs. Merkle has a positive impact on the business and the spirits of those around her. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010
The Christmas Shoes, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Lifetime The lives of a workaholic who’s neglecting his family, and a boy whose mom is suffering from an illness, converge at Christmas. 
Suite Life on Deck, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Cody, Zack, and Woody become stranded at a remote scientific-research station in Antarctica.  Meanwhile, London tries to inspire one of her favorite designers, who is retiring because of a lack of inspiration. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010
Christmas with a Capital C, 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC When wealthy former resident Mitch Bright returns to his Alaskan hometown of Trapper Falls, his progressive perspectives clash with those of the town’s Christian mayor – and Mitch’s old high school nemesis – Dan Reed, and Dan’s conservative brother Greg.  Soon, the town’s residents find themselves facing a legal battle, with the town’s traditions at stake. But is Mitch motivated by rivalry, anti-Christian sentiment…or something more?
Holiday Switch, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Lifetime A struggling housewife learns what her life would have been like after a holiday wish transports her to an alternate reality where she is married to her successful high-school sweetheart. 

Monday, December 6, 2010
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family An animated musical about the mysterious Toy Taker, who steals all of Santa’s goodies three days before Christmas.  Rudolph must come up with a plan to get them back before kids wake up to a toyless holiday. 
16 Wishes, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A girl makes a wish list to celebrate her 16th birthday and is astonished when they begin coming true, until one desire goes horribly awry and changes everything. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Charlie Brown Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Frosty the Snowman gets married in a winter wonderland. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Polar Express
, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Enchanting animated Christmas fable about a doubting 8-year-old boy who’s whisked to the North Pole by a mysterious train conductor. 
Miracle on 34th Street, 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Remake of the 1947 film about a young girl whose skepticism about Santa is challenged by a man claiming to be Kriss Kringle. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Shrek the Halls, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Shrek, Fiona and the kids try to celebrate the holidays as a family, but visits by Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingerbread Man, and others turn a cozy gathering into a chaotic Christmas. 
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney lend their voices to this Christmastime classic which explains the legend of Santa Claus and how he began delivering toys to children on Christmas Eve. 

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a wonderful TV movie full of good values and lessons for this holiday season. Enjoy!

A Walk in My Shoes TV-movie
By Christopher Gildemeister

Network: NBC
Air Time: December 3, 2010, 8:00 p.m. ET
Starring: Nancy Travis, Philip Winchester, Yara Martinez, Cameron Stewart, Jackson Pace
Recommended age: 5+
Sex: None
Violence: Minor car accident
Language: None
Behavior: Mildly disobedient teen

Trish Fahey has all the answers. A pushy, perfectionist teacher and mother, she demands the best from her students, her family, and all around her – without giving any thought to what others may be going through. But Trish’s life changes in profound ways when she encounters the mysterious Molly…an encounter which brings her together with widowed mother Cindy Kremmer, her struggling son (and Trish’s student) Justin, and emotionally scarred Iraq war vet Jake, in ways Trish could never have imagined. By the time the encounter ends, Trish has learned a powerful lesson in empathy, after having taken a walk in others’ shoes.

There is no content of concern in the film. Both Jake and Trish suffer minor car accidents, but neither is seriously injured, and no blood is seen. Justin is occasionally surly toward his elders and classmates, but this is because of the many problems he is dealing with, and his behavior is not at all excessive.

In contrast to prior family-friendly movies Secrets of the Mountain and The Jensen Project, A Walk in My Shoes is not an adventure story with a family twist. Rather, it is a moving drama in which each character takes a new look at themselves and their lives, coming to sympathize with and help others through listening and understanding. Life is not random or coincidental, the movie teaches, and existence truly has meaning when one helps others…and when you help someone else, you heal yourself.

Because of its important family messages and moving drama, the Parents Television Council and The National Board of Mothers® are proud to award A Walk in My Shoes with the National Board of Mothers® Seal of Approval. We recommend this film for all viewers over the age of five.
It’s a wrap! I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday preparations and hopefully not becoming too overwhelmed. Please email me how you’re preparing for Christmas and any special traditions your family has. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.