Isabelle Palmer, Girl of the Year

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Every year American Girl features one special character to be their doll of the year. The character is only sold for one year, and comes with her very own story about finding success in the challenges of today’s world. This year, however, the American Girl for of the year is even more special! Meet Isabelle Palmer: Isabelle ...

Check out our Boxtrolls! #TheBoxtrolls #BuildaBoxtrollSweeps

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The countdown continues until The Boxtrolls comes to theaters (9/26). We finished our Boxtrolls, although we're still reading Here Be Monsters (and we need to hurry or we won't finish before the movie comes out!) We had to enter the #BuildaBoxtrollSweeps and took plain old shipping boxes from this:   To this.... To these! Ta-da! Create your own Boxtroll and enter to win ...

Build a Boxtroll and Win! #BuildABoxtrollSweeps #TheBoxtrolls

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With just under a month until The Boxtrolls comes to theaters (9/26), the kids decided they wanted to make their OWN Boxtrolls.  We saved some shipping boxes (the kids wanted to make themselves Boxtrolls, I decided we should start on a smaller scale...). Really, what you need are some cardboard boxes and your imagination.  Maybe ...

Verra good reasons to watch Outlander #Outlander #OutlanderDay

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As if anyone needed a reason....Outlander is a HOT new show and while it's probably not one to watch with the kids, it's definitely one to make sure you don't miss an episode of! Verra Good Reasons to Watch Outlander 1. Jamie Fraser. 2. Claire and Jamie 3. Dougal 4. Kilts. Verra brawny ...

#BuildABoxtrollSweeps: Enter to Win! #TheBoxtrolls

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We are just over a month out from the premiere of The Boxtrolls movie. My family cannot wait to see this movie- if you remember, we've been reading the book that the movie is based on, Here Be Monsters (The Ratbridge Chronicles). The Boxtrolls promises fantasy, whimsy, ingenuity and, of course, a whole lot of ...

Outlander Series comes to Starz #Outlander

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I'm doing something I've not really done before. I'm watching a screen version of books before i read the stories themselves. I rarely, if ever, do this, but when I heard that the ever-popular Outlander series penned by Diana Gabaldon, was coming to Starz in August, my curiosity got the best of me and I ...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Movie #TMNTMovie

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When my oldest nephew was little,  he was enamored (OK, obsessed) with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I can't even tell you how many times I heard "Cowabunga" and "Pizza time!" from him, and I'm pretty sure that his four favorite turtles started his love of skateboarding.  I remember playing with the toys with him ...

From Here Be Monsters to The Boxtrolls Movie #TheBoxtrolls

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I've been an avid reader my whole life.  It gives me so much joy to see all three of my kids devour books the way I always have!  Growing up, most of our books didn't turn into movies.  That's all changed, and so many childhood favorites of mine have since become miniseries or major movies. ...

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Free Coloring Pages and Printables) #HTTYD2

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a must see for anyone who loved the first installment. We were lucky enough to score some seats to the AMC Loews Plainville screening and the whole Fam went to check it out. I'll be honest... Bringing my 3 boys.. Age 5 and 4 year old twins.. to the ...

Five of the greatest love movies of all time

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Tears streaming, heart beating faster and faster, completely engaged and oblivious to everything going on around you. To me, that’s what makes a good love story! When the plot is so good that you forget it’s a movie, and you feel like you’re right there. It’s like riding a rollercoaster of emotion as you sit ...