Monday, February 13, 2023

Valentines Day Fun Freebies for Kids

DIY Activities

Click on each the project title to access
Fun, colorful valentine's to print out with the PBS show characters preschoolers love like Arthur, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and more

Valentines Day Heart Pancakes Breakfast

Valentine's Day Crafts & Activities

Also from PBS is a nice assortment of children's DIY crafts suited to a variety of kid ages and skill levels, from Tissue Heart Paper Stained Glass to Lady Bug painted rocks and more

Pink Heart Homemade Hot Pretzels

Be sure to check out MommyBlogExpert Valentine's Day baking activity, kids will have fun both making and eating these treats

Valentine's Day Printables

You will fall in love with these Valentine's printables from Made With Happy, lots of adorable goodies to print out from craft ideas to valentines

Scissors Pink Flowers

Printable Crafts for Kids

Here's another great source for free downloadables for Valentine's Day from Kids Craft Room including 20+ fun creative activities

Easy & Creative Valentine's Day Crafts 

So much fun awaits here for your child to make some creative DIY projects with simple craft materials you likely will have on hand

Valentines Day Party Cake

For 450 more Valentine DIY Ideas
Visit MBE's Beautifully Curated 

Valentine's Day 

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Heaven Sent Family Friendly Movie Review


MBE is a Pure Flix VIP Ambassador

Wholesome Home Entertainment

Looking for a heart-warming family friendly movie kids and adults can enjoy watching together? Check out Heaven Sent (2023), a newly-released Pure Flix Original Film, now available for viewing exclusively on the Pure Flix platform. 

Heaven Sent Movie Family Friendly

Cast and Crew

This Pure Flix romantic comedy, directed by Joanne Hock, features a cast headlined by Karen Abercrombie as Elise, Jemarcus Kilgore as Derek, and J. Leon Pridgen III as Pastor Patrick Briggs. Also appearing are Charlene Tilton (best known for the TV series Dallas) and others; Abercrombie wrote and executive produced the film.

The Storyline

It's a multi-generational relateable tale about family, forgiveness and love. The heart of Heaven Sent's story revolves around Elise, a woman who is pained by her past, and Patrick, a widowed pastor. Both of them have given up on love. 

As the plot moves forward, this grandmother who has a loving relationship and lives with her social media savvy grandson Derek, discovers he has secretly been filming her on his smartphone and streaming the live footage publicly, just for fun. Before long these reality candid videos go viral, kickstarting a whole lot of craziness and chain reactions among the characters.

Heaven Sent Movie Karen Abercrombie

It's no surprise that grandma feels betrayed by this young man whom she has raised. The ensuing action is a beautiful symphony of scenes filled with family drama, sensitivity, acts of kindness, comedy, conflict and tension.

What happens when faith and technology collide, will Elise and Pastor Patrick finally find love late in life? You'll find out when you watch Heaven Sent, a wholesome love story with heart which will appeal across the generations from sons and daughters, to moms and dads, to grandparents.

Heaven Sent Movie Pure Flix

About Pure Flix

Pure Flix is an entertainment platform offering a safe place for all ages to stream content. All the content is pure, wholesome, and family-friendly. To stay up to date on Heaven Sent look for hashtags #HeavenSentMIN and #MomentumInfluencerNetwork on social as well as follow this entertainment company on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest and Twitter. To learn more about this film to watch at home, the platform's other movies available, and to sign up for a Free 7-Day Trial Subscription visit Pure Flix

Many thanks to Pure Flix for facilitating this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Chinese New Year of Rabbit Celebration


This post contains affiliate links

Chinese New Year Traditions

The Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year) begins on Sunday, January 22 and is the Year of the Rabbit for 2023. This holiday has been celebrated for approximately 3,500 years (apparently no one knows for certain) and will be honored for a week from January 21 - 27, 2023 around the world by families and friends (including millions of people young and old in the US) with a treasure trove full of beautiful Chinese customs, traditions, colorful decorations, parades, and delicious cuisine.

Chinese New Year Decorations

The Year of the Rabbit 2023

For twelve years the Chinese New Year rotates through a cycle associated with a dozen different animals according to the Chinese Zodiak. After the Year of the Rabbit, next year will be the Year of the Dragon. This will be followed in subsequent years by the Year of the Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, and Tiger, before the Rabbit will once again be celebrated as the animal of the year.

Chinese Food, Decorations, Traditions

Though family traditions vary, among the traditional Chinese New Year foods which are typically served are Whole Fish, symbolic of prosperity for the year to come and Spring Rolls, representative of wealth. Chinese Dumplings, another delicacy associated with wealth, is also part of the food spread. 

Chinese New Year Year of Rabbit Money Tree

The holiday is traditionally lauded in public with fireworks, parades featuring colorful cultural icons, and festive large gatherings.  But the heart of the annual cultural celebration has always been at home, where extended families spanning multiple generations and friends gather around brightly decorated tables to enjoy the extensive array of food favorites together. 

Room and table decor often include decorative red paper lanterns, the classic money tree, live potted bamboo plants, as well as beautiful place settingsexquisite tablescapes, pretty paper centerpieces and even Year of the Rabbit Napkin Rings.

Chinese New Year Mom Dad Girl

Giving of Chinese Red Money Envelopes to family and friends is also customary, with the amount of money given based on the closeness of relationships. It's important to note that red is a color of great importance to this Asian culture, representing not only Good Luck  -- the message often printed in Chinese characters on these money envelopes -- but also wishes for much prosperity and happiness throughout the coming year.

Chinese New Year Easy Recipes

For some really good, simple Chinese New Year recipes be sure to check out MBE's post including Wonton Soup and Sweet Egg Tarts. Both this soup and the dessert tarts are made with tofu, but you can easily substitute with your favorite meat or other protein source.

Wonton Soup Tofu Vegan Recipe

A Special Mention of Gratitude

Thanks to my dear friend Meg for allowing me to share some of these photos you see in this story to give you a glimpse of how she celebrates the Chinese New Year with her family. Not only does she always set a beautiful tablescape, she is a wonderful hostess I truly admire. She really knows how to entertain for all kinds of Jewish holidays, too, and makes the best homemade kosher wonton chicken soup on the planet according to my husband. Thank you so much for everything, we look forward to enjoying many more celebrations with you.

DISCLOSURE: We participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that allows our site to earn a bit of compensation (at no extra cost to consumers) for including referral links within our posts to and affiliated sites.