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Best Animated Movies Preschoolers and Toddlers Love

Getting your little one to sit down and watch a movie completely through is hard. But when the right movie comes on then they will sit through the whole thing. These are just a few of the best animated movies preschoolers and toddlers love that my son sat completely through.

10 Animated Movies

  1. Moana: First movie my son actually sat through. Its a musical basically. Fun and funny story all the way through. It is about a girl who defies all odds to save her home and make things right. Catchy songs and a wonderful voice cast, especially, if you love Dwayne Johnson who is Maui.
  2. Zootopia: This is a great animal movie. Its about a bunny who despite what society and stereotypes say accomplished her dreams. There is more to the story but it is cute as well as funny.
  3. Secret Life of Pets: This movie is about what pets do after their owners leave the house for work. Especially Max and Duke’s journey to get back home after some hilarious events. It is funny and a bit emotional in some areas, but worth the watch.
  4. Secret Life of Pets 2: Back with Max and Duke with a new adventure to the farm while the others have a task. It is also a good funny movie.
  5. Abominable: Have tissues ready. It is a loving, emotional, and funny journey for the characters in this movie. You probably guessed it, it is about a baby abominable snowman trying to get home. Great, great movie especially for family time.
  6. Sing: If your kids love music and animals then check this cute movie out as well. About a Koala bear trying to save his theater by throwing a talent show. Great music as well as a great voice cast. Enjoy!
  7. Big Hero 6: This movie is great for those who like super heroes. This is an emotional story of a boy who after loosing is brother is trying to stop a bad guy, obviously. It is also about friends coming together to help this boy.
  8. Toy Story 1-4: Yeah! I know this is not one movie but all four of them. Something about toys coming alive just seem to get a child’s imagination. They love these movies and back then so did we. Toy Story 3 gets a bit dark but still great movies.
  9. Monsters Inc.: For some reason there is also a child’s fascination to monsters. Thankfully this monster movie isn’t really scary, but funny. It is about two bestfriends who try to help a human girl get back to her room in the human world.
  10. Home: This movie is about a little girl and her cat trying to find her mom after her world was invaded by aliens. On this journey she makes friends with an alien name Oh! who helps her. Emotionally and funny movie, you have been warned.

Family Time

Not all of these movies may a child like nor will you. These are just suggestions of movies that my son has sat through and loved. I hope that these 10 Animated Movies For Kids make some awesome family movie night suggestions. Enjoy with popcorn and snacks.

Also please check out my other article 10 Youtube Channels For Children.

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10 Youtube Channels For Children

I am always worried if my son is watching videos that are teaching my child inappropriate things. So, over time I have learned what youtube channels are the best. As a result, here are the 10 best youtube channels for kids my son watches and I recommend.

10 Youtube Channels

These are just a few channels that I felt were safe for kids to watch. Hopefully, these will help keep your little ones entertained. When you click on the channel name it will send you to that youtube channel for kids.

5 Youtube Channels For Preschool and Younger

  1. Cocomelon-This channel is intended for toddlers to pre-k featuring traditional nursery rhymes and original songs. It has songs about being polite and taking care of yourself as well as about manners. My one year old niece loves this channel. So, check their channel as well as website out.
  2. Babybus– Again targeted towards younger kiddos. Many traditional nursery rhymes as well as songs that have been remixed. So again, check the channel out as well as the website to know more. A little baby panda is their mascot.
  3. Little Baby Bum– Just like the two channels before this is targeting toddlers to pre-k. Lots of nursery rhymes and cute cartoons just like the others. The videos are cute and funny. For more info check out their website.
  4. Mother Goose Club– Is for preschoolers and possibly older kids. Teaches manners, rhymes, and more. Mother Goose Club is what it sounds like. Cartoons and life action, as well. Hope the little ones enjoy this channel just like my four year old. Check out their website if you see what they are about.
  5. Learningblocks – This channel teaches about the letters and sounds of the alphabet. It also teaches about numbers. It is great for those who are learning to read. The videos are educational, cute, and funny.

5 Youtube Channels For Preschool and Kindergarten

  1. Badanamu– This channel was started in 2011 for children to have engaging animation that brought them joy and content. Full of funny, cute characters and catchy songs that children will enjoy. So, give this channel a try you will not regret it. Want to know more about there Adaptive Home Learning Solution.
  2. Ryan’s Toy Review – This channel features a little boy named Ryan and his family. They do review new toys but they also teach really awesome things. For example, how a tsunami is created or how a rainbow works. This channel is for more of the preschool and kindergarten age group.
  3. Storybots- These little cartoons are not just on youtube but Netflix as well. They teach many things from history to science. My son will always tell me what he has learned from the cartoon. It is geared more towards the older children but still awesome to watch.
  4. Om Nom Stories– These are just really cute cartoons that are funny. So far, just entertaining videos.
  5. Morphle– A really cute cartoon that teaches about being kind and helping others. It’s about a shape shifting red creature and a little girl who helps others.

Conclusion

So, hopefully these channels will help keep your child entertained and help with their learning process. Don’t be afraid to find others, their are many good channels out there. Enjoy.

If you like this post please check out my other article Best Animated Movies Kids Will Love.

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Family Quality Time

6 Activities For Family Time With Kids

Children need family quality time with their parents for just a few without any distractions. At times as parents, we draw a blank on what we can do with them to spend time. We run out of ideas or can not come up with things we can do. So here are 6 activities for family time with kids.

The 6 Activities

1. Matching Card Game

This is simple and fun. It doesn’t take much to do. Just buy a deck of cards that have animals, cars, dinosaurs, or any fun pictures. Shuffle the deck and lay them all out on the floor face down. Next just have them flip over two cards to see if they match, take turns. Its fun its easy and they can learn what the pictures are by you asking what is this a picture of.

2. Coloring

Most little ones love to color and draw. It is a great way to let creativity to come out. Give them coloring sheets or blank pages to just scribble and doodle all over. You can even go online, find a website for coloring pages and print them off for fee. My little one loves the dinosaur pages and Mario pages to color. Let them pick out what characters they want. Sit at the table, chat with them, and enjoy coloring. Here are two of those coloring page sites:

Supercoloring.com

Crayola.com

Or just type in your browser free coloring pages for kids.

3. Baking or Cooking

It is a great way to bond with your children and teach some life skills. Find some kid friendly recipes and make them. Chat with them as you both cook. Here is a website you can use to get ideas and get started.

Cookinggods.com

4. Game Night

You can play simple games with them that don’t require any equipment. Like Museum Statues which is easy, simple, and funny. Michael (my 4 year old) loves this game, granted a lot of giggling is happening. Try it everyone will have a blast. Here is a website for more game ideas like Museum Statues.

Funology.com

5. Movie night

Pick a night and let them pick a movie for the family to watch. It is a great simple way for the family to spend time together. No phones, no distractions. Just focus on being with the family. Be in the moment with them. They will enjoy and remember that you took time to be with them.

6. Going Outside to Park or Walk

Fresh air and sun always brighten up the day. Easy I know and free. Great way to have family quality time, Ask your little ones what they see, like colors, plants, bugs, animals, anything really. It will let them appreciate nature and they won’t go stir crazy.

Conclusion

There are many more things that you can do with the kiddos and family. Just look things up or ask friends and family who have kids if they have any suggestions. Or make up your own crafts or activities. Just set time aside to be with them. No interruptions. They just want your undivided attention just for a few. Remember at such a young age the 5 love languages are quality time, words of affirmation, and physical touch. Cuddle with them, chat with them, just be with them. Make memories and enjoy them. You can start with these 6 activities for family quality time with kids.

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Jalapeno Popper Themed Dinner

Black food container with corn, bancon wrap jalapeno popper and pasta with parmesan cheese on top.

So many people love jalapeno poppers and have created many delicious recipes inspired by them. So one night I put together a gorgeous savory meal with a few of these recipes to make a Jalapeno popper themed dinner.

Menu

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Pasta with Grape Tomatoes

Crisp Sweet Corn

This four items made a colorful and mouthwatering meal. It takes about an hour and half to do but in the end it was worth it. It was a big hit with my family and will definitely be on the menu again soo. You can make all these recipes and divide it up in meal prep containers for lunches or dinners later.

Recipes For Jalapeno Popper Themed Dinner:

Pasta with Grape Tomatoes

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 tsp minced garlic

1 pint of grape tomatoes cut in half (about 2 cups)

1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

salt to taste

1 pound of multi-colored Rotini pasta, cooked and drained

1/2 – 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 large torn up basil leaves

Put olive oil and garlic in sauce pan. Cook on medium heat till the garlic is lightly browned then add tomatoes, salt, and pepper flakes. Sauté till tomatoes release juices and are soft, around 5 minutes or so. After the sauce is done pour over the pasta and toss till coated. Then add parmesan cheese and toss one more time. Then enjoy.

Jalapeno Popper Themed Dinner Recipes:

Here are the links for the other two recipes I used.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Then I paired all of these recipes with a steam bag of crispy sweet corn. The meal was finished. I took the leftovers and packed them into meal prep containers for later. Depending on the size of the chicken breasts in the jalapeno popper chicken I had to cut them in half.

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Lovelymomma’s Pinto Beans

I have looked on Pinterest and other sites for a pinto bean recipe. I have found and tried many delicious recipes for them. They are just not what I am looking for in a recipe. I want a simple and easy recipe full of flavor. So I accidentally through trial and error came up with my own. It was a hit with my in-laws when we had a family get-together for a football game. This recipe has only two ingredients outside of water and pinto beans. I hope you find it simple and delicious as well.

Lovelymomma’s Pinto Beans

Ingredients:

2 cups of pinto beans

6-8 cups of water

2 beef bouillon cubes

1/2 tsp – 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning or to taste

Rinse and sort your beans. Put them in a big pot with 6-8 cups of water and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Once they have boiled for one minute cover them and remove from heat. Let them sit for one hour in the boiling water. Once that hour is up drain and rinse beans again. This method is the quick soak method. Return the beans back to the same pot and put 6 – 8 cups of water in with them as well as the bouillon cubes and seasoning. I use 6 cups of water because I do not like a lot of pinto bean juice. Let the beans boil once they get boiling cover and lower heat. Let them cook for 2 – 3 hours or till beans are to your desired tenderness. After they are done enjoy with any meal or by themselves. We love them with some good yummy honey corn bread.

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French Dip Crescents

2 packages of refrigerator crescents

10 slices of swiss or provolone

1 pound of sliced roast beef

Instant package of Au Jus sauce

French Dip recipe ready in few minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment or foil. If using foil spray it with non stick cooking spray. Unroll your crescents. For each crescent layer with a slice of beef and a slice of cheese. Then roll the crescents from big end to little then place on a baking pan. After you have all the crescents rolled and on the pan then bake for 15 minutes. While they are baking make your Au Jus sauce according to the package instructions. Then when all is done just enjoy your french dip recipe by dipping in the sauce and having a nice conversation with the family. 

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Yummy Scotch Eggs

Trying new recipes are fun and an insight to different cultures, especially if it’s a recipe from another country. It’s a way of trying a different cuisine from some place you want to travel to but can’t. So here is Yummy Scotch Eggs that unlike its name originated from England.

History

So the earliest that this awesome dish’s name was discovered was around about the early 1800’s but as a main dish served with delicious gravy but not with bread crumbs. The bread crumb crust comes later. When the dish was actually created is a bit unknown since as years go by some of the history kind of disappears but I’m not really worried about when it was created. I’m just glad that it was created. 

Now for those who don’t know what Scotch eggs recipe are they are a boiled egg, wrapped in a sausage ball, coated in breadcrumb, and then fried. Now some recipes call for regular or flavored bread crumbs. I used Panko because it gave an awesome crunch to this already great easy dish. Also, even though it calls for regular ground sausage you could switch it up by using different flavors like hot and spicy, sage, maple, or turkey. Don’t be afraid to modify the recipe right off the bat to your liking.  

The recipe takes time to make but, it is worth it. The flavor is enjoyable and the texture is awesome. The family ate the eggs up quickly with Baby Ray’s Secret Sauce. It gave it extra zing to the egg when dipped in it. It is wonderful for lunch. breakfast, on the go snack, or as a picnic dish. Try it and enjoy.

Yummy Scotch Eggs Recipe:

Ingredients:

12 eggs, boiled and peeled

2 pounds of ground breakfast sausage, any flavor you like. 

     Cut into 12 equal pieces.

½ cup of flour

4 eggs, beaten

1 -½ cups of bread crumbs, any flavor

     Or panko crumbs

Vegetable or Canola oil, for frying

Instructions:

Eat oil in a large pan to about medium to medium high heat. Take an egg roll it in flour (will help the sausage stick to the egg). Take a piece of sausage, flatten it in your hand then put the egg in the middle and wrap the sausage around it. Then roll it around in your hand to make it shape like the egg. Roll it in your crumbs and set to the side. Do the same with the other eggs. Then put 3 – 4 in the hot oil and fry to light to medium golden brown on all sides (about 4 minutes on each side). Take them out of oil and set on a paper towel covered plate to drain oil. When all are done serve warm or cool with whatever sauce you like.

This dish paired with French fries, mashed potatoes, rice dish, or any side is a delicious meal that the family will love. Check out these other awesome recipes: French Dip Crescents, Lovely Momma’s Pinto Beans, or Jalapeño Popper Themed Dinner.

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Finding A Way To Calm My Kid

Children have their bad days and their good days, as well as their extreme dramatic moments. The littlest things can set them off and they do not know how to regulate their emotions. As parents we try to do our best to help them. But, there is no guide to tell us how to be a good parent. We learn as we go. And wonder how do I calm my kid.

With that being said I will share just a few things that I tried that worked for me.

I struggle as a mom. I have short patience, a short temper, and easily emotional. So losing my cool is very easy when it comes to disciplining and communicating with my son. Again that may be true for many moms. My son is also extremely impatient, short tempered, and emotional just like me. So when he gets into a mood where he is upset because I don’t understand him or his feelings are hurt he will go through a major hysterical tantrum. Here are two things that I do with him to get him to calm down and feel like he is being heard.

Ways to Calm My Kid to Try

  1. Take a drink of water.
  2. Take a few deep breaths in and out with mommy
  3. Give them a hug.
  4. Hold them and rock them.
  5. Remove them from whatever stimulation that has them upset to a calm, quiet area.
  6. Have them sit next to your or on the lap and have a small talk.
  • Ask them to tell how they are feeling.
  • Why or what caused him to feel that way?
  • Figure out together how to fix the problem.
  • Have them tell you what they want to eat.
  • Let them pick out activities they want to do.

Now this works for me but maybe not for you. But give it a try. Letting your child know that you are willing to sit with them and hear about their feelings lets them know that you care about them. It’s small and simple but it made an impact in my household. It also teaches them how to calm their selves and communicate. I hope this little short article about how to calm my kid helps someone else. Thank you again for reading. If you like this article please check out my post Family Quality Time.