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#FandangoFamily Spoiler Free Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rating: PG-13 Running time: 2 hour, 16 minutes Moviegoers: Mom, 37; Dad, 38; Ava, 8; Marcus, 6 Family movie faves: Descendents, Incredibles, Transylvania 2, Madagascar, Big Hero 6 Fave movies for grown-ups: Love Actually, Cocktails and all Star Wars Movies What’s the story: Oh there will be no spoilers from this review!!! What parents may like about this movie: We loved getting reacquainted with some of our old friends and seeing where they are “now”. What kids will like: We love BB-8!  He’s so cute and loyal! We love how he just follows Rey and wants to complete his mission. We also loved

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It’s a Merry Merry Baby’s First Christmas!

I can’t believe my Marcus is turning 6 years old in just a few days! It seems like just yesterday I was telling myself I wasn’t in labor because it was simply too early.  I even managed to sit and breath through breakfast with my daughter and husband before asking to be dropped off at the hospital just to be checked out.  I remember being so sure that they would just watch me for a few hours and then send me on home. At exactly 36 weeks he decided to make an earlier arrival and what an entrance he made!

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Sesame Street Live Returns to NYC with “Let’s Dance!” (GIVEAWAY: Win a Family 4-pack of Tickets!!)

Sesame Street has always been huge in our house. For the last five years (since our first was born) our children (and even their parents) have loved watching our favorite Sesame Street characters in the many clever parodies and skits that keep our kids entertained and engaged. It’s equally exciting to see these characters come to life when Sesame Street Live! comes to town. We have taken our children to the shows in the past and regardless of their ages, it is always a memorable experience for everyone. This year’s performance is called Sesame Street Live! “Let’s Dance!” and is

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The Preschoolers Holiday Gift Guide

LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven [ $19.99 ]- This oven, while for a suggest age of 2+, was a hit with all my kids.  I love that it brought them all together playing peacefully for a change.  Ava and Marcus set the scene of a bakery and they took turns serving their baby brother and teaching him now to count as well as do a little bit of fractions. LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Gaming System [ $129.00 $59.00 ] – a great option for your busy children, this toy keeps your kids moving while learning about important subjects like math, reading and following directions. A

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The School Kid Holiday Gift Guide

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX* [ $64.99 $57.99 ] – For the longest time Marcus has been begging and begging for a “steps” watch just like his sister (who has one for a school project) and he went nuts when he got the Kidizoom DX.  Not only does it count “steps”, it also has over 50 different clock faces, games, camera and video recorder, calculator, and much much more, making it way cooler than some simple “steps” watch! LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Kids Learning Tablet [ $129.99 $98.99 ] – What I call the junior to the new LeapFrog LeapPad Epic, this 7″ hi-res

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The Cool Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Swagway X1 Hands-free Smart Board [ $499.99 $418.00 ]  – Hoverboards are all the rage now but there are so many to choose from and ranging in price from $200 – $1200.  This seems to be the one that is priced right and quality at the same time.  This one tops my nephews wish list and has me thinking I might be wanting a spin on this too! LeapFrog Epic 7″ Android Kids Tablet 16GB* [ $149.99 $128.00 ] is the perfect transitional tablet.  With all the form and functions that you love from the other Leapfrog LeapPads, this pads grown

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Aquaphor Introduces Diaper Rash Cream and More!

As a nurse, who washes her hands multiple times a day, I have tried many brands of many moisturizers in attempt to keep my hands from becoming cracked and dry. Time and time again, I find that one brand has proven to be the most reliable for helping me keep my hands smooth. That brand is Aquaphor. Having recently celebrated 90 years of success, there is little doubt that Aquaphor has proven to provide their customers with products that work. When I was informed that they are now catering to the littlest of consumers, I was more than willing to

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The Boomers Keep On Booming! #AgingWell

This generation of Grandparents are awe inspiring.  Gone are the days of sitting at home baking and gardening.  My children’s grandparents are some of the most active grandparents I know.  Before my mother in law had cancer she was a vibrant and social grandmother.  She wasn’t one to sit around and wait to babysit my kids. We were often finding ourselves working around her busy social schedule of trips, mah jong games and dancing. This generation of seniors are “Boomers”! They don’t want anything slowing them down.  They are vibrant and energetic, matching my kid’s energy and enthusiasm for life

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