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5 Excellent Animated Films NOT produced by Disney

Princess Aurora, Cinderella, and Ariel

It is true that for decades Disney studios have produced widely popular films for children. It is also true that Disney films are regularly criticized for portraying cultural, racial, and gender stereotypes that cause many parents to question the problematic messages they give to children. Despite the controversies associated with Disney films, I admit that I have enjoyed the occasional screening of Sleeping Beauty and other […]

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Kids Create Gifts and Memories this Holiday Season


Way before the era of Pinterest and the invention of social media people found inspiration for gifts to make in magazines. At least I think this must be the case, because my husband who lived in South Dakota made a lot of the same things I did in Florida! Doing an online search finds many, […]

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YA Books To Help You Survive Your Winter Break

The two weeks of winter break are fast approaching and if you're looking for a way to pass the long, dark, cold hours I suggest you check out one of these winter or holiday-inspired books. Each book is set during the winter months and pairs perfectly with a cup of something hot. From tree decorating, […]

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Superheroes With A Twist

Most of us have watched the amazing actions of larger-than-life characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Captain America. They fight the bad guys, keep us safe, and set a high standard for hard work, duty, and patriotism. But their lives are also more complicated and similar to ours than we like to think. […]

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