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Turbo a Family Friendly Movie {Movie Review}

I received complimentary tickets to view this movie.

When it comes to entertainment for my family I’m a picky parent, so when I tell you I highly recommend the PG movie, “Turbo” you should know that this recommendation for me, is a big deal.

Turbo _voiced by Ryan Reynolds_ basks in the televised image of his idol race car driver Guy Gagne

Out in theaters today, this animated film will delight your entire family. Turbo features an all star line-up, including Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world. His obsession with speed has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living, and he gets that chance after a freak accident leaves him with the power of incredible speed. The newly turbo-charged Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that the Indianapolis 500 has to offer. Joining Turbo is his dedicated pit crew of racing snails – a ragtag group of trash-talking adrenaline junkies tricked out with shells that look like mini-street racing cars. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams.

Turbo -center, played by Ryan Reynolds- and the Racing Snails race to glory.

Miss A {age 6} and I took our friends, a mom and daughter (around the same age as Avery). We all really enjoyed the movie, and here’s why Miss A and I liked it:

MommyB:

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  • GREAT background story. The underdogs, {Turbo and Tito} fighting for something they truly want, even when things don’t work out their way, but never giving up.
  • No “real” scary parts. There were a few really adventurous parts, and a couple of “bad guys”, but none of them really bothered Miss A nor were they inappropriately scary {no skulls, vicious anger, etc}
  • Awesome, fun animation. Some of the scenes were incredibly realistic.
  • My kind of music. The movie had a lot of music from “my time” some fun hip-hop songs, but really kept with the fast pace of the movie.
  • Camaraderie. I love the way the snail crew worked together, each playing their own role, and stepping in when they are needed.

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Miss A:

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  • The movie Turbo is super funny! I really liked White Shadow.
  • The 3D glasses were really cool, there were a few minutes I thought I could grab things in the air, but they were on the screen.
  • I want to see it again, and bring my little sister next time {age 3}

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The only thing that Miss A didn’t like were the previews before the show, especially in 3D, so this may be a section of the show where you want to grab a snack or have your child engaged in an activity where they aren’t looking at the screen. 

When considering if your child would like it, of course take into consideration their age, how many other movies in the theaters they’ve watched, and also their maturity.

To put an age range on this movie I would say it depends on if you are viewing in 3D or not. For the 3D version, because it is more interactive and can scare or intimidate smaller children I would say ages 5/6 years old and up, and for the standard version I would bring our 3 year old for sure, but that’s also because I know she would sit and watch and not be bored, and I feel very comfortable with the content of the movie as well.

I encourage you to check out Turbo and if you do, please come back and let me know what your and your children’s thoughts were on the movie!! Happy viewing.

 

 

I received complimentary admission to view this movie, but was not paid for this review. All opinions expressed in this post are my honest thoughts of me and Miss A’s. Your opinions may vary. 

Things for Kids to Do at Six Flags Over Georgia

Thank you to Six Flags Over Georgia for accommodating my family in order to obtain information for this blog post.

While we were in Georgia for a blog conference, we decided to stop by Six Flags Over Georgia since it was on the way home. Being that DaddyB is also known as The Coaster Critic of course you can imagine that our girls are also thrill-seekers when it comes to amusement parks too. Although it was a little hot out on the day of our visit, we lathered on the sunscreen and made sure the girls were well hydrated. I had never visited Six Flags Over Georgia, and was excited to see how kid-friendly and family-friendly the park was. If you are looking to visit here are some of the things kids can enjoy at the park, and some things that I think they can improve on.

Six Flags Over Georgia Kids Fun Collage MommyB

Fun kids area – Bugs Bunny World has a very well-rounded blend of rides for the little ones to enjoy. Depending on their height and age, some of them can ride without a parent. Our girls seemed to enjoy all of the rides and although Miss A didn’t get a chance to ride Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster {the kid’s roller coaster}, she did enjoy the smaller rides too. The ride operators took care to ensure the children’s safety, and sometimes had to deny admission to children who were too large to safely ride.

Family friendly food – This park definitely has a lot of great options when it comes to family meal time and snacks. From chicken tenders to pizza, really anything kid friendly you can think of they offer. They even have a Johnny Rockets Express, yum! We enjoyed some delicious, refreshing Cold Stone Creamery ice cream during our visit. I loved the pavilions with picnic tables set up for park goers to conveniently use as well.

The park offers a dining pass for Six Flags Season Pass Holders to purchase so they can eat lunch and dinner at the park every time they visit. For more information on their Dining Pass head here: Six Flags Over Georgia Dining Pass

The things I didn’t love so much…

Not super stroller/wheelchair friendly – It was easy to get into the park initially with our stroller {we use a front to back double stroller}, however this park is extremely “hill-y” and hard to maneuver with little children. We’ll just say DaddyB got a really good workout during our visit. I know this isn’t something the park can specifically change, but perhaps there are small changes they can make like designing the paths a different way or creating stroller and wheelchair paths specifically for ease of use. It would certainly make the park day more enjoyable and encourage us to want to stay longer.

Lackluster entertainment – We were able to grab seats for the, “Looney Tunes We Got the Beat” performance in the afternoon. It was nice to sit down, in the shade and prepare to be entertained. Unfortunately, the show was pretty outdated and not as entertaining as I hoped it would be. My girls, who usually love watching similar shows at other parks didn’t really get into the characters {because they have no clue who they are} but hung in through the 20 minutes that the show lasted. I liked that they invited a few children on stage, and the area for the show had plenty of seating, but hope Six Flags Over Georgia considers possibly updating their character choices to reflect newer, more beloved characters and that will in turn reflect the quality of the show.

Looney Tunes We Got the Beat Six Flags Over Georgia MommyB

I also caught bits and pieces of the, “ShenaniGuns! Comedy Wild West Show” and for our family, I didn’t think it was appropriate, a lot of negative talk, name calling {fat, stupid} and some crude kid humor {Bad Boob}. This show is on every hour so when we visit again I would probably just be sure to be in a different area of the park around those times. In my opinion, I’d be okay with Six Flags getting rid of this show entirely, and finding a show that can have fun, wholesome entertainment.

All-in-all this is a beautiful, hill-y, but beautiful park and is well maintained. Six Flags Over Georgia has a lot to offer families in the way of rides, entertainment, and things for kids to do, and will probably be even more fun as our girls get a little older.

Have you ever been to Six Flags Over Georgia? What was your experience? What did you love? What didn’t you like?

This is not a compensated post, however we did receive media passes in order to review this park and amenities. All opinions and thoughts in this post are my own honest words. Your experiences may vary, and if they do I’d love to hear them in a comment below. Thanks for reading!!

Turning our Ordinary Days into Adventures

I’m the kind of parent that likes to sit on the floor and play with my kiddos, and create worlds of fun with household items. We love turning ordinary days into adventures, and especially now that it’s summer…all I have to say to the regular days is, watch out, here comes the B family!!

Family Adventures Collage MommyB

Whether we are making blanket forts, playing dress up and pretending to be queens of make-believe kingdoms, grocery shopping in tutus…we keep it simple, but using our imagination and sharing the love we have for each other helps us turn our ordinary days into adventures.

As you can imagine all our play takes a lot of energy, so we make sure to fuel up on a good, hearty breakfast. Lil’ C loves oatmeal and some days can eat seconds and thirds! We’re so glad that Quaker® Perfect Portions is available, that way we’re not making several packets to fill her belly or wasting any extra that’s left over. Perfect…it’s in the name…plus there’s no sugar added so we can sweeten as much or little as we like {erring on the side of less sugar of course.}

Every day is an adventure and with Quaker® Perfect Portions I know I am providing my family with the fuel they need for their epic adventures.

Share how you make everyday an adventure and see other storieson Everyday Health.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Quaker®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Santa Buddies DVD Review

Santa Buddies DVD ReviewJust in time for this holiday season Disney presents Santa Buddies, a mischievously merry Christmas movie that will not only bring laughter to your home but also touch your heart. Santa Buddies follows a list of fun predecessors including Air Bud, Air Buddies, and Space Buddies, to name a few.

Santa Buddies is a live action film featuring the familiar faces of George Wendt as Santa Claus, Christopher Lloyd as grumpy Stan Crudge, and Danny Woodburn as the lovable Head Elf Eli. Zachary Gordon does the voice-over for the main character, Puppy Paws. Stan is the character you love to hate. Christopher Lloyd plays a spectacularly grumpy dog catcher and his character is very believable. Aside from the human players, there are many fur-covered characters who play important roles in making this movie shine
Viewers will love the rambunctious, snow white Puppy Paws whose curiosity gets him in trouble. Five personality-filled golden retriever pups called The Buddies enhance the fun and laughs. Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Mudbud, and Buddha each create their own hilarious antics from the start of the film to the finish. You’re bound to fall in love with one, if not all, of them. Some of their rambunctious adventures in Santa Buddies include doggie break dancing, a jaw-dropping mud scene, and a Christmas cookie disaster.
I love the movie’s play on the Christmas classic A Christmas Carol. The dog catcher in this movie, Stan Crudge played by Christopher Lloyd, is the villain and, not so coincidentally, his name can be transformed into S. Crudge. Other Christmas Carol similarities are when Stan is visited by the Elf dog resembling Scrooge’s spirits, and there’s even a version of Tiny Tim. I thought it was neat that they added that layer to the film.
The version of Santa Buddies that I reviewed came with both standard DVD and Blu-ray versions. I did not watch the Blu-Ray version of this film but I think it’s great that there is an option. If you have a DVD player in your vehicle you will definitely want to consider buying this so your kids can enjoy it both at home or in the car.
I give this movie two thumbs up for being a delightfully funny family movie while showing children there is more to Christmas than the material side.

Just in time for this holiday season Disney presents Santa Buddies, a mischievously merry Christmas movie that will not only bring laughter to your home but also touch your heart. Santa Buddies follows a list of fun predecessors including Air Bud, Air Buddies, and Space Buddies, to name a few.

Santa Buddies is a live action film featuring the familiar faces of George Wendt as Santa Claus, Christopher Lloyd as grumpy Stan Crudge, and Danny Woodburn as the lovable Head Elf Eli. Zachary Gordon does the voice-over for the main character, Puppy Paws. Stan is the character you love to hate. Christopher Lloyd plays a spectacularly grumpy dog catcher and his character is very believable. Aside from the human players, there are many fur-covered characters who play important roles in making this movie shine.

Viewers will love the rambunctious, snow white Puppy Paws whose curiosity gets him in trouble. Five personality-filled golden retriever pups called The Buddies enhance the fun and laughs. Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Mudbud, and Buddha each create their own hilarious antics from the start of the film to the finish. You’re bound to fall in love with one, if not all, of them. Some of their rambunctious adventures in Santa Buddies include doggie break dancing, a jaw-dropping mud scene, and a Christmas cookie disaster.

I love the movie’s play on the Christmas classic A Christmas Carol. The dog catcher in this movie, Stan Crudge played by Christopher Lloyd, is the villain and, not so coincidentally, his name can be transformed into S. Crudge. Other Christmas Carol similarities are when Stan is visited by the Elf dog resembling Scrooge’s spirits, and there’s even a version of Tiny Tim. I thought it was neat that they added that layer to the film.

The version of Santa Buddies that I reviewed came with both standard DVD and Blu-ray versions. I did not watch the Blu-Ray version of this film but I think it’s great that there is an option. If you have a DVD player in your vehicle you will definitely want to consider buying this so your kids can enjoy it both at home or in the car.

I give this movie two thumbs up for being a delightfully funny family movie while showing children there is more to Christmas than the material side.

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iCarly Wii Review

Ever wonder what it would be like to join the cast of iCarly in their hi jinks? iCarly on Wii allows you to be as creative as you want when it comes to set design, props, characters, design, and more.

On May 13, 2009, Nickelodeon announced they had reached an agreement with Activision to produce an iCarly video game for the Nintendo game systems DS and Wii. On October 27 this video game became available to the public. Read More