The Best Movies To Watch This Year With Your Kids

While the gritty and bloody Logan film that came out earlier this year isn’t suitable for kids – there are plenty of amazing and fun films that are. From Wonder to Spiderman – there is a lot on offer this year in terms of the cinema and streaming at home, so while you might want to stick to the classics like The Jungle Book – there are still a lot of good films coming out!

The best way to watch films will always be in the armchair of a good cinema – but this isn’t always possible, or suitable.Streaming films at home is always a good idea with apps like Netflix and tools like www.flixusa.com.au which can allow you to access films that are usually split up by regional licenses. No matter if it is at home or at the cinema, you still need to get some popcorn. Here are some movies that both you and your kids will love this year!

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It can be tough growing up – especially if you suffer from something that makes you ‘less normal’ in the eyes of society. Physical disabilities and deformities are tackled in the story of Auggie in Wonder. Wonder is a film about being different and why it is ok to be you! Films like this are not just fun, but they send an important message to our kids – that it’s ok to be different and that we should be friends with all sorts of people, no matter what they look or sound like.

Stories are amazing when they are visual and for younger kids, or kids who struggle to hear or listen. The Red Turtle by Studio Ghibli focuses on the story and features sound, but no dialogue as a man gets stranded on an island. It is colorful and cartoony and an amazing film for our children to watch and enjoy.There is also a lot of animation on offer this year. From the zany Boss Baby (which is exactly as described) right through to the third Despicable Me film, and ‘The Emoji Film’. There are at least three options there if you are stuck for ideas, but you shouldn’t be! There is a lot to watch this year. The one to watch could be Pixar’s Coco which focuses on the Mexico Day of the Dead celebration. It is nowhere near as sinister as it sounds though, as a kid explores a centuries-old mystery in relation to the Latin American celebration.

The big kids films come in the form of Marvel, and this could be their best year yet for outright ‘fun’. Marvel films got serious last year, but the fun is coming back. Especially with Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. These could be some silly and enjoyable films that features not only our kid’s favorite film characters, but characters we loved back in the day. Plus, these films are as enjoyable for adults as they are for kids!

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There are plenty of great family friendly films on offer this year – you just need to get out and watch them!

Summer Getaway-Part 1

Most of the time , the first thing that comes to our mind when we heard the word “summer” is beautiful beaches, right?. Last year our summer was consumed by just staying at home. No summer getaways and other stuff that people usually do during summer. Lucky, our summer this time will not be the same as last year. Many thanks to my boyfriend for allowing us to have an out of town summer getaway with my family.

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On our way to Cebu with my nephew

We were booked for one night and two days stay at Anika Island Resort Sta Fe, Bantayan on April 19-20, 2017. Well, supposed to be it was a 2 night stay but I decided to stay for one night and spend our budget for the second day to roam around Cebu. Gladly, the boyfriend agreed. So anyway, the planed was to leaved on Sunday (Easter Sunday) at night so we will have time roam around before going to Bantayan. But because of the bad weather caused by typhoon Crising I don’t have any choice but to change our itinerary. I asked my younger brother to buy our ticket for Monday but unluckily the 10pm trip from Ormoc to Cebu was fully booked which is not surprising because the trip for Saturday was cancelled due to typhoon Crising. We don’t have any other option but to grab the Tuesday trip unless we take the fastcraft which is not on my plan because of my fare budget.

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Bluer than blue..on our way to Bantayan Island

Hence our booking at Anika Island Resort is on the following day we only slept on our rented room for one night and checked out early in the morning as we planned to travel on or before 7 o’clock in the morning to catch the early trip. We want to arrived at the resort before the check-in time which is 1 o’clock in the afternoon. It was a four hours trip going to Bantayan Island from Cebu North Terminal. My nephew was complaining if we are to go swimming or not since we have been traveling for long. Hahahhaha…!!! The downside if you have a kid when travelling because they can be impatient. The trip going to Bantayan was comfortable, thanks God we were in an air-conditioned bus because if not we will be in a bad mood.

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Arrival Sta Fe, Bantayan Port

Upon arrival in Sta Fe, Bantayan Port the resort shuttle driver was waiting for us handling a placard with my name. By the way I called the resort while we were in the ferry that is why we were picked up by the resort shuttle and also it is for free. The boyfriend booked two different rooms. I, my son and my sons Aunt stayed in Sunrise View room while my Mom, my cousin and nephews stayed in the Garden View room. We just asked for an extra beddings for my cousins.

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Manong Driver!!!

More of our summer getaway stories and photos in the next following days or week. 😍😅

Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress as Single Parent

With every one in four American children living with single parents, it’s no surprise that stress can be a major factor in the parent’s life. With so much responsibility and work put on one person, it can be difficult trying to balance priorities. However, all of these issues can be attributed to a single thing: stress. Solo parenting is a demanding task that can quickly pile up and cause stress. Thankfully, there are some surprising ways to wipe that stress away and make your life more enjoyable.

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Speak with other single parents

People find comfort in others and single parenting is no exception. Whether it’s an online community or a local community of single parents, make sure you immerse yourself in their groups and make friends. It’s a lot easier to deal with issues when you have people to speak to who are in the same situation, and you can also ask for advice or give your opinion on certain problems that other people have.

Improve your confidence in daily tasks

Another issue that regularly creeps up for a single parent is their confidence. It could be confidence in their appearance, confidence in their daily tasks or simply their ability to raise a child. Whatever you do for your daily chores, make sure that you’re confident in them. Everything from driving your car to cooking dinner should come naturally and you shouldn’t feel like you’re barely scraping by. Take cooking lessons if you want to prepare better meals, consider learning with a defensive driving traffic school online if you’re not confident in your driving and learn how to manage your finances if you are having trouble with budgeting.

Remove the “guilt”

Single parents often feel guilty due to the situation they’re in. They might feel like they aren’t able to provide for their children or they might have trouble balancing their work and personal life, resulting in the occasional neglect for their child. This is absolutely normal and not something that you should be concerned about. Single parents have a rough time trying to balance their lives so it’s easy to slip and think about the long-term goals instead of your small day to day achievements. If you’re feeling guilty about being unable to provide for your child or being forced to separate your child from your partner, then consider joining a support group or accept that you’re living for the future, and not the past.

Never break from your daily routine

Whenever possible, make sure that your routine is set in stone and never break from it. Make sure that you’re eating regular meals at scheduled times, ensure that your children are helping you with chores and build up a consistent routine. This will help you feel a lot less stressed out, and great time management skills will go a long way teach your child the value of an organised life. Not only does this help you maintain a good work and life balance each day, but it also helps you stay on track.