Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Addams Family 2 Movie Review + Giveaway


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Now on Blu-ray/DVD, See Giveaway Details Below to Win

This family is spookier and kookier than ever in The Addams Family 2 (2021, PG) animated comedy kids movie from Universal Pictures, now available on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Code as of today. The sequel to The Addams Family (2019) the new picture features an all star voice cast including Oscar Isaac, Charlize TheronChloĆ« Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Javon 'Wanna' Walton, Wallace Shawn, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler and Bill Hader. 

The Addams Family 2 Bluray DVD Review Giveaway

With a wonderful music score by Oscar winner Mychael Danna (Life of Pi, Best Music - 2013) and his brother Jeff Danna (who with Mychael, also composed the music for Pixar Animation's Onward), this is a good film for a family movie night at home this winter.

The Storyline

In The Addams Family 2 family matriarch Morticia and patriarch Gomez are back. They're now distraught parents of kids who are growing up, acting out, and glued to "scream time." To try and reinstate their family bond and sense of togetherness, mom and dad nudge kids Wednesday and Pugsley, along Uncle Fester and the rest of their freaky crew, to embark on the ultimate wacky family roadtrip in their haunted camper. The goal is one last miserable family vacation, but what happens is not what any of them expected.

Blu-ray + DVD Combo Bonus Features 

  • We're Altogether Addams
  • Courage to be Kooky
  • The Addams Family Road Trip Checklist


The Addams Family 2 
Blu-ray/DVD Movie Combo 

Exclusive MBE Giveaway 

The Addams Family 2 Bluray DVD

How to Enter MBE's Giveaway 

Thanks to Universal Pictures, ONE (1) lucky MBE giveaway participant will win this new The Addams Family 2 Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo. To enter this exclusive movie giveaway Mommy Blog Expert is hosting, visit this MBE Instagram post. Contest is open to US residents only and qualifying winner will be selected at random. 

Hurry, this giveaway ends January 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Universal Pictures is providing the prize and is responsible for delivery to winner.

More About The Addams Family Movie Series

The Addams Family 2 Bluray + DVD + Digital Movie is now available. Keep up with all the news about The Addams Family by visiting Universal Pictures and following the movie enterprise on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as keeping a lookout for the hashtag #AddamsFamily2.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Family Ski Travel On a Budget


Saving Money With Kids, Best Family Ski Resorts 

Okay, I admit it.  I'm a family-centric ski bum. My hubbie (who still loves racing and jumping off cliffs I wouldn't dare attempt myself) and all of our four kids -- who were skiing intermediate runs before they turned 4 years old -- love it too. Nothing can stop me and my whole family from heading to the slopes whenever the opportunity arises. 

Woman Skis Mammoth Mountain

In fact, I've broken a leg twice during past ski seasons. But, year and year, you can still expect to see me getting off the lift to head down one of my many favorite ski trails. For sure, this passion goes way back to my younger days. For many years before having children, my hubbie and I skiied most of the world's best resorts both in the US and Canada.

Tips to Saving Money on a Family Ski Trip 

We still love to ski but now we do it as a family, and for the most part, we drive instead of fly to our destination.  Especially in our home state of California the quality and quantity of snow this season has been the best in many, many years. BTW, Don't miss my picks for family-friendly skiing in California at the bottom of this post. 

Yes, skiing keeps getting more expensive every year and it really adds up when you're bringing children along. The good news is there are ways to save money on everything from your lift tickets and ski equipment to meals, travel and accomodations.

  • Ski locally when possible to avoid overnight expenses 
  • Drive instead of fly to your destination 
  • Ski in Low Season (typically January - February)
  • Plan your ski trips for non-holidays 
  • Rent equipment near home and bring with you 
  • Shop around for lift ticket specials (mid-week, low season etc) 
  • Look for discounts for kids, those with disabilities, seniors 
  • Book a condo (instead of hotel rooms) for your family 
  • Stay several miles from the base of the mountain 
  • Shop for groceries instead of eating meals out 
  • Bring food/drinks with you to the mountain each day 
  • Seek out end-of-season sales for equipment, ski clothing 
  • Borrow ski wear from friends or shop thrift stores 

Here's Mini MommyBlogExpert (my daughter) reporting from Mammoth's slopes during one of our Winter Vacation when she was in elementary school.

Best California Family-Friendly Ski Resorts

Monday, January 3, 2022

Monster Family 2 Nobody's Perfect Movie Release


MBE partnered with Viva Pictures for this review

Monster Family 2 Review, Coloring Contest, Free Printables

There's some exciting animated movie news to start the new year for families with kids. Monster Family 2: Nobody's Perfect (PG, 2021, Viva Kids Films), which made its big screen debut in October, is available everywhere On Digital and On Demand as of January 4th.

Monster Family 2 Kids Family Movie

Fans of the original hit movie Monster Family (2017) are of course going to be delighted with this sequel you can now watch at home. But young viewers who are new to the Monster Family will be equally charmed with the performances of returning voice actors Emily Watson (Emma Wishbone), Jason Isaacs (Dracula), Nick Frost (Frank Wishbone), Jessica Brown Findlay (Fay), Catherine Tate (Baba Yaga), and Ethan Rouse (Max Wishbone). New to the cast in Monster Family 2 is Emily Carey as villainess Mila Starr.

The Storyline

The Wishbone family at first glance seems to be just another average, happy family. Life is fairly uneventful with the Wishbone kids Max and Fay are dealing with the pangs and pressures of growing up, while their parents are multi-tasking at work and at home. But as the Monster Family 2 story quickly unfolds, things clearly aren't as perfect on the inside as they seem to outsiders. 

Before we know it, Mila Starr, a monster hunter is plotting to capture the Wishbone family's scary friends King Conga, The Loch Ness Monster, and The Yeti. The Wishbones are determined to upset the evil plan, and set out off on a wild adventure with lots of twists and turns to rescue their friends by transforming themselves into monster characters Vampire, Mummy, Werewolf and Frankenstein.

Free Movie-Inspired Printables

With such a fun movie available to see at home, here are some family-friendly free printables from Viva Kids Films to share with you and your children. Included are several worksheets as well as a Monster Family 2-inspired coloring contest with some great prizes to win which you can enter on Instagram. There's also an adorable kids Frankenstein mask craft boys and girls can make with a little help from Mom, Dad or other responsible caregiver. All of these should keep the kids busy and happy during snow days or when it's just too plain cold to play outside all winter!

Kids Word Scramble Printable

Kids Spot The Difference Free Printable

Kids Free Coloring Sheet Contest With Prizes

Frankenstein Kids Mask Craft

More About Monster Family 2

Monster Family 2: Nobody's Perfect is On Digital and On Demand as of January 4. Buy or rent it on Amazon, iTunes, Redbox, DirecTV and more. Learn more about this family animated feature film by following Viva Kids Films on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube as well as visit the Viva Pictures site.