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10 Great Movies for Mother’s Day – 52 Checklists Project Week 18

May 6, 2016

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snappa-1462507626This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  One of my favorite things to do as a mom is to watch movies with my family.  There are some great movies featuring strong, wonderful mother characters.  And for this week’s 52 Checklists Project checklist, I’ve made a list of 10 Great Mother’s Day Movies.

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      • Steel Magnolias – This is one of my favorite movies and Sally Field is the most wonderful mom in this.  Julie Roberts plays her daughter Shelby.  It’s very funny and a complete tear jerker.  Bring the tissues for this one. Just watching the trailer again made me teary.
      • Stepmom – This is another movie featuring Julia Roberts and is about the relationship of the biological mother and step-mother to two children.  As a stepmother I can particularly relate to this movie.  It’s really very lovely and also a complete tear jerker (tissue warning!).  It also makes me feel very lucky that I never experienced that type of friction with the mom of my step-kids.  We love each other!
      • Joy Luck Club – This is a wonderful movie about 4 mothers and their daughters.  I first fell in love with Amy Tan’s book of the same name, but the movie was a good adaptation.  As a first generation American whose mom went through her own trials and tribulations to make it to this country, I particularly resonated with this story.  I think this is a story that works for any mother and/or daughter though.
    • Mamma Mia – In this movie, Donna (played by the always wonderful Meryl Streep), is an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, preparing for her daughter Sophie’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.  The great ABBA music is a bonus. 
    • The Blindside – in an Academy Award winning portrayal of real life mom Leigh Ann Touhy, Sandra Bullock plays a mom who takes in and becomes the legal guardian of a homeless African-American teen.  Through her family’s love and tutelage he graduates school and becomes a pro football star.
    • Terms of Endearment- This is another movie that will make you laugh and cry.  In this movie, Shirley McLain (who also stars in Steel Magnolia) plays widow Aurora Greenway who is the prickly mother to Emma (played by Debra Winger).  They have a strong bond that is tested when Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother’s wishes.  This is a great movie of love, heartache, and most of all the gorgeous relationship between mother and daughter.  
    • Forrest Gump– The main character is Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), but his mother (played by Sally Field)’s love and fierce determination is such a critical feature of the Forrest’s character development that I think this movie merits a place in the Mother’s Day Movies checklist.  (This is the second movie I’ve chosen in which Sally Field is the mom. And I almost added to this list Mrs. Doubtfire – another great movie in which she plays a mom.  I guess I really love movies where she plays mamas).  
    • Beaches – This is really the story of two best friends, but in the end they both become mothers. You should watch this one because it’s awesome.  It’s also one the requires tissues.
    • The Kids Are Alright – This is a great movie about a family with two moms.  In this movie lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for almost 20 years and have two teenage offspring named Joni and Laser, who were conceived via artificial insemination. Unbeknown to their mothers, Joni and Laser seek out their biological father, a restaurateur named Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and invite him into their lives. Complications ensue… Dum Dum Dum!
    • Corrina Corrina -When Manny Singer (played by Ray Liotta)’s wife dies, his young daughter Molly becomes mute and withdrawn. To help cope with looking after Molly, he hires sassy housekeeper Corrina Washington (played by Whoopi Goldberg), who coaxes Molly out of her shell and shows father and daughter a whole new way of life. Manny and Corrina’s friendship delights Molly and enrages the other townspeople.  This is a great movie about love despite boundaries.

 

Those are the 10 Great Mother’s Day Movies on my checklist. What is on your list? What’s your favorite Mother’s Day movie?  Please share in the comments.

Also, if you’d like to access our free printable Mother’s Day checklist to make sure it’s a great day for mom you can do so HERE.

10 Great Mother's Day Movies - 52 Checklist Project

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Kids Movies Adults Will Love Too – 52 Checklists Project Week 16

April 20, 2016

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10 Kids Movies Adults Will Love TooFor this week’s Checklist Project, I’m sharing  my 10 Favorite Kids Movies That are Enjoyable for Adults.  

My daughter loves watching kids’ movies, and I like taking her to see movies.  In my opinion though, many kids movies are pretty dreadful and painful to watch.  I compiled a checklist of some movies to watch with your kids that you will also love.  These are my favorite eleven (I know I wrote 10, but I wanted to share a bonus).10 Kids Movies You'll Love Too

    • Zootopia: I brought my daughter to see this one over Spring Break and we both loved it.  My 16-year old step-son went with his friends and they all loved it too.  This is definitely a great one for all ages. 

    • Labyrinth: This is an oldie, but a goodie.  I loved this one when I was a child.  When I saw it again with my daughter, we both loved it still.  I feel particularly nostalgic about Labyrinth given David Bowie’s recent passing.

    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: This is a holiday movie, and one of my favorites.  It’s 30 minutes of pure goodness.  I particularly love the dog Max.   I had a hard time deciding between this one and the movie Elf, another holiday favorite of our whole family.  

    • The Incredibles: I saw this when I was an adult, but before I had kids.  I absolutely loved this movie.  When I showed my kids they all felt similarly – who can’t relate to a family of super heroes with super normal problems?  

    • Meet the Robinsons: This is another favorite movie of mine.  I love the message in this movie about how it’s ok to experiment and fail. In fact, it’s more than ok, it should be celebrated.  

    • Up: This is such a sweet movie and has one of the best love story montage scenes EVER.  Though this is a kids’ movie it really speaks to people of all ages and is a reminder that you’re never too old to follow your dreams.

    • Princess Bride: This is another oldie, but a goodie.  I find it so hard to believe that this movie is 26 years old!!!  It’s great for kids and hilarious for adults.  It also is one of the most quotable movies.  I’ve seen this movie a million times and love it more every time.

    • Shrek Series: I’m including all the movies in this series because DreamWorks managed to pull off 4 spectacularly funny and well-told movies.  They were all great, and the jokes work on many levels to entertain the whole family.

    • Toy Story series: This was another film series that managed to stay strong with all 3 movies.  These stories of change and loss and friendship definitely speak to people of all ages.  I loved them and my kids did too.

    • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: This strange and hilarious little movie is definitely one of my favorites.  I thought it was so great when I first saw it and have fallen more in love with it in each re-watching.  It’s available on Netflix now and I recently watched it with my 7-year old.  We were both crying with laughter.  This old gem has certainly held up over the years.  

    • Earth to Echo: I really do love this movie, but I’m making it a bonus because I am a bit biased.  My son, Teo Halm, stars in the movie.  I’ve seen it many, many times (not including the times I was on set watching it get made), and I still laugh and even tear up a bit at the end.  It’s a very sweet movie that’s great for the entire family.    

So that’s my “Kids Movies Adults Will Love Too” Checklist.   It turns out that it was pretty hard to limit it to just 10.  As I dug deeper I remembered more and more great kids movies.  What are your favorite kids movies?  What’s on your checklist?  Share it in the comments, on twitter or on Facebook with the tag #52checklistsproject.

10 Kids Movies Adults Will Love Too

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Fun Spring Break Activities to Do With Your Kids

March 23, 2016

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Spring Break is upon us!  Are you wondering what to do with your kids?  If so, we have the answer for you.  Here are 10 fun family friendly activities (many of which are free) that you can do with your kids this Spring Break.  Read below to also get your free downloadable Family Travel Checklist PDF.

1. Road Trip! Go someplace within easy driving distance – like a nearby city or a national park. This year is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks and there are probably some amazing parks in easy driving distance of wherever you are.CLM Travel Packing Checklist

If you’re going on a trip, you  to make sure that you pack wisely.  Click Here to get your free downloadable Travel Packing Checklist PDF and make sure that you remember everything.

2. Staycate. Be a tourist in your own city and visit spots in your city that you or your kids have never been to. Though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 15 years there are still plenty of places – new and old – I’d love to discover and bring my kids. I’m sure there are interesting spots near you to bring your kids to discover.

3. Go Camping. Pack up the tent and sleeping bags and take your family camping. There’s nothing like campfires, open air, and no cell phone reception to bring a family closer together.

4. Volunteer. Volunteering is always a wonderful activity to do as a family. If you’d like some help to find kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, you can check out the blog post I wrote on How to Find Kid Friendly Volunteer Opportunities.

5. Plant a Vegetable Garden. As the ground thaws, it’s the perfect time for planting. Early spring is good for planting hardy and semi-hardy vegetables like spinach, kale, carrots, beets, broccoli and leeks. You’ll enjoy eating your harvest and the kids will love digging in the dirt with you.

6. Spring Clean. Are you thinking “wait… cleaning isn’t fun. How am I going to get the kids to do that?!” The answer is make it into a game. Race to see who can pick up the most items off the floor or gather the most dust on a cloth. Pretend you’re all Cinderella or the seven dwarves and sing while you work. Anything can be fun if you do it together and you play.

7. Get crafty. Pull out your craft supplies, surf Pinterest for ideas, and get crafty with the kids.

8. Go Spring Skiing. Many mountains still have snow, and the slopes are probably not as crowded as during the winter holidays. This break is a perfect time for spring skiing.

9. Hit the Beach. Drive or fly to the nearest beach and enjoy the sun, surf, and sand. After experiencing winter, getting to the ocean is one of spring break’s greatest joys.

10. Pajama Days. Spend the whole day in PJs watching movies and reading. There are few things I love more than this. After the frantic pace of our usual lives, one of the greatest luxuries is to do nothing at all.

Those are our 10 ideas for enjoying spring break with your family. What are you doing for spring break?  Share in the comments below.what will you and your family do for spring break?

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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