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Tired of Frozen? Here are 5 new(er) movies I discovered while in Quarantine.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the series… just not as much as my 3 year old daughter does. Once you play anything for what seems like days on end, I think it’s only natural for the adults in the room to want to throw the TV out the window. Kids are definitely creatures of habit, and it may be hard to get them to try something new once in a while. If you’re able to convince them, here are some other heart-warming movies the whole family can enjoy.

1. The Willoughbys

These kids basically try to send their neglectful parents away on a dangerous vacation hoping for their demise so they can be free of their reign. I know, from the first sentence, this sounds like something out of a Series of Unfortunate Events book, straight from the desk of Lemony Snicket, but Netflix lightened it up quite a bit for it to be kid-friendly. It also has an encouraging and strong message about family – even with all of the flaws and challenges that can be encountered.

2. Klaus

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If you’re looking for something a bit more lighthearted, give this one a shot. It’s still weird in it’s own wonderful way, and can even be enjoyed outside of Christmas time. A spoiled postmaster’s son gets sent to one of the most underappreciated and dangerous post offices at the Arctic Circle in an attempt to reform him – and winds up meeting the future Santa Claus (way before the red suit came into the picture).

3. Onward

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If you like geeky references galore, this is definitely a good choice. Two teenage elves get an unexpected chance to have one last day with their dad, who had passed away years back… but only get his bottom half. The quests that ensue create unexpected chaos. The story is filled with unique examples of father-son bonding, and does a decent job showing how to move past grief and missed opportunities.

4. Abominable

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A cute story about a yeti wanting to be reunited with his family, and a teenage girl who desires to travel across China. It’s a familiar theme – a teamwork-oriented creature-rescue story that also underlines the importance of nourishing different relationships in a busy life, whether it be family members or friends.

5. Next Gen

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Finally, if you’re an avid fan of The Office, you’ll find a welcome charm to the top-secret robot in the movie. A lonely girl discovers him in a world that has become heavily reliant on personal tech. (Definitely makes a jab at Apple here.) This one’s definitely action-packed, yet it manages to send home a powerful reminder to unplug from technology to reconnect with loved ones IRL (in real life).

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Mother’s Day in Quarantine? Here’s 10 ideas to help.

Working mom, stay-at-home mom, multitasking-badass-DIY-problem-solving-superhuman mom, whatever kind of mom you are – just know that you are awesome and that you are so appreciated during these crazy times. Hell, being a parent at all during the Coronavirus pandemic is a tall order in itself. Hats off to all of my fellow parents out there trying to get things done while keeping you and your families safe and healthy. That being said, delivering on the big occasion this year may be a bit tricky for some. I thought I would hash out a few ideas that I would appreciate as a mother myself while making sure it doesn’t ruin the already shaky budgets that everyone may be experiencing.

And if all else fails, just ask Mom what she wants. Honestly, this year has been a wild card so far. There have already been plenty of surprises. Asking about something like this upfront would probably be something for a mom to look forward to in all of the chaos right now!

So here we go! Let’s start with…

1. A back massage.

Or foot, shoulder, arm, whatever is aching on our bodies, really. I know I could definitely use a good one. Who knows, it may lead to another nice perk later… and if the US isn’t expecting another baby boom from all this, why not give it a go?

If you’re not sure what to do with your hands, here’s a handy little tutorial from wikiHow on how to go about giving a neck massage.

While we’re at it, we could pair that with…

2. Breakfast in bed or a homecooked meal of Mom’s choice.

I love my breakfast food. Bring me a plate of scrambled eggs with some toast and bacon, and I’m all set. Oh, and don’t forget the coffee.

3. DIY crafts from you and the kids.

My daughter isn’t in school yet, so I haven’t had any Mother’s Day crafts gifted to me yet, but I’ve read that is usually the go-to for those with kids in school.

This fingerprint heart tree would be an easy and very cute craft idea.

4. Give mom the day off.

This would be a big one in my book. Don’t let mom lift a finger! Let her relax and enjoy the day how she wants to. Do the things that mom is usually in charge of for the day.

5. Can’t visit mom? Send her a letter.

A good old-fashioned letter is a nice surprise these days. It’s really rare to get handwritten notes in the mail anymore, and it’s a nice gesture to do any time of the year. A phone call or a video chat on zoom would also be wonderful.

You know those drive-by birthday parties everyone’s been doing lately? Why not do one for Mother’s Day? Here are some updated guidelines to follow if you choose to do this.

6. Don’t feel like cooking? Order her favorite dinner!

This one involves spending a little bit of money, but if you have the cash to spare, go for it! It definitely is a time-saver for last-minute celebrations.

7. Bring on the cake!

You can either make her favorite dessert together or get a bunch of chocolates from the grocery store with a handwritten card. Either one would work for me. I also wouldn’t mind having some wine with all that, either.

8. Binge-watch her favorite movies or shows on Netflix.

I mean, if you’re stuck in the house anyway. Might as well make good use of what you got! Add some popcorn and come cozy pajamas and you’ve got a movie night in.

9. Do the thing Mom has been putting off for weeks.

Okay, this kind of goes back to #4, but if she isn’t able to fully take the day off, why not offer to help knock some things off of her to-do list?

Help with laundry would be amazing for me, by the way. It’s really a never-ending battle.

10. Don’t stress about the little stuff.

If you normally go all out for Mother’s Day, don’t worry about it this year. You have the perfect excuse to keep things simple and easy. Just showing your appreciation and recognition for her hard work is more than enough.

These times can be stressful for everyone and can make the mom guilt even worse. Here are some inspiring posts from other parents to keep the faith and hope alive in the midst of all the uncertainty we face.

You got this! Stay safe, everyone!