Can You Even Believe Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Came Out 30 Years Ago?

Today families can celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disney's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids by streaming the beloved backyard adventure on HBO NOW. The iconic film hit theaters on June 23, 1989 and blew up to become a family classic for generations to come.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids follows Rick Moranis as the quirky inventor Wayne Szalinski and his temperamental shrinking machine. When the Szalinski kids and their neighborhood friends accidentally shrink themselves, they have to navigate their way past a pet dog, a bowl of cheerios, and giant backyard ants to get the attention of their parents and return to regular size before it’s too late.

Below are a few GIFs highlighting the retro special effects and iconic moments from the original film. If you plan to include the anniversary in coverage, we would love if you could mention that the film is available to stream on HBO NOW.

3 Tips For Helping Children Embrace Their Unique Selves

Some small children don’t care what anyone thinks about them.

If they want to sing at the top of their lungs, they sing at the top of their lungs. If they want to wear a silly hat, mix-matched socks or gloves on a hot day, they do it – with no regard for how others might judge their eccentricities.

Somewhere along the line, though, most children long to fit in and begin to worry that their differences make them stand out – and not in a good way. So, they try to conform to what they perceive their peers or society expect from them.

“Unfortunately, in the process they begin to hide what makes them unique instead of embracing it,” says Jennifer Lynch, an educator, child advocate and author of the children’s book Livi and Grace (

“They become embarrassed or sad about their differences, maybe feel that people think they are strange, and that other kids won’t like them or won’t play with them. And in truth, other children sometimes will bully a child who is seen as different.”

Lynch has served as an advocate for children in the court system, foster care and treatment facilities. In working with those children, many of whom are abused or neglected, she says, you often have to help them overcome their insecurities about their differences.

“It’s important for them and all children to believe in themselves,” she says. “They need to understand that different is okay. It’s our differences that make us special.”

This message is so universally important, Lynch says, that it became the theme of her children’s book, which is based on her daughters and their distinct personalities.

“My two girls are so unlike one another that it’s almost shocking,” she says. “It made me think back to the children I encounter in the court system who say they dislike or even hate themselves because they feel different from their peers or their siblings.”

Lynch says some of the ways parents or other adults can help children include:

Remind them that differences make people special. While it’s natural for children to long to fit in with their peers, Lynch says, it’s also important for them to understand that their individuality is what makes them unique. “Differences are interesting and life enriching,” she says. “Part of the message is that you should appreciate the diverse traits in everyone you know, and also appreciate what makes you special.”

Talk to them about the ways in which they shine. “Kids like talking about themselves,” Lynch says. “So get them involved in a conversation about what they are good at. Maybe that is sports. Maybe it is writing. Maybe they make good grades or they are a good big brother or friend. Whatever their special talent is, explore it with them so they know that there is something they do well.”

Encourage them to help other kids feel good about themselves. Young people can feel empowered not only by embracing their differences, but also by providing support and being a friend to others who are different.
“When you help a child pick out positive things about themselves,” Lynch says, “they begin to focus on that, not the hurtful things that weigh so heavy on their hearts and minds.”

About Jennifer Lynch
Jennifer Lynch, author of the children’s book Livi and Grace(, is an educator and child advocate who serves as a guardian ad litem, a person appointed to represent a child’s interests in a court case. She has worked as a special education teacher for an elementary school and as a preschool teacher. In addition, Lynch created the You Are Good brand of T-shirts and other products for sale and for donations. Thousands of the shirts have been donated to children and teenagers in the system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University. 

Summer Reading Giveaway - The Big Book Adventure (5 Classics) Ends 7/4

I am thrilled to host this giveaway of 5 books from Silver Dolphin and Canterbury Classics that are perfect for kids and parents alike this summer!

Your winner will receive The Big Book Adventure by Emily Ford and illustrated by Tim Warnes, and four Canterbury Illustrated Classics highlighting the stories featured in The Big Book Adventure: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, and Peter Pan. ARV $69.95.

About The Big Book Adventure: Journey back through childhood classics like Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and more in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

There is nothing like a book to take you to places you’ve never been. Best friends Foxy and Piggy can’t wait to tell each other about all of their adventures in reading! Flying over Neverland, swimming with a mermaid, joining in a mad tea party, soaring on a magic carpet—old classics come to life in the eyes of two little readers who can’t believe what they’ve seen. Journey back to old favorites and experience the magic all over again in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

The Canterbury Illustrated Classics feature a cloth-bound cover with a full-color illustrated plate and beautiful foil stamping, and color illustrations throughout that bring these beloved tales to life.

I am a big believer in making sure kids continue to read through the summer. My kids and I usually pick one big book that they have never read before and read it together. I love spending time with them and listening to them read. We all take turns and talk about each section or chapter depending on the subject. Sometimes it is to check for understanding, talk about how it relates to our lives or just something we find interesting. Reading with your kids is one of the best things you can do with them. 

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Who Remembers The Banana Splits? This Is NOT The Banana Splits From Our Childhood And I Cannot Wait To See It!


Hanna-Barbera's Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky, and Drooper Star in an All-New Horror Movie

The Banana Splits Movie

 Available on Digital August 13th 
On Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD August 27th 

BURBANK, CA (June 18, 2019) – One banana, two banana, three banana, GORE! The cult-favorite animal rock-band from Hanna-Barbera’s 1968 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour variety program is back with a blood-spattered vengeance! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you The Banana Splits Movie, an original feature-length film on Digital on August 13, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 27, 2019. The movie is priced to own at $19.99 SRP for Digital, $24.98 SRP for Blu-ray Combo Pack ($34.97 in Canada), $19.98 SRP for the DVD ($24.99 in Canada).

The Banana Splits Movie will offer a new take on the classic characters. The film follows a boy named Harley and his family as they go to a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom and their new pals safely escape?

“Get nostalgic and horrified all at the same time while watching the trippy 60’s characters in this all-new tale about fear, power, and an oversized puppet rock-band,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. The Banana Splits Movie is a throwback to a fanatical children’s series with a horror-genre twist — and we can’t wait for the band to get back together for a new generation of fans!”

The Banana Splits Movie stars Dani Kind (Wyonna Earp) as Beth, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong (The Kindness of Strangers) as Harley, Romeo Carere as Austin, Steve Lund (Street Legal, Schitt’s Creek) as Mitch, and Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries, A Series of Unfortunate Events, War for the Planet of the Apes) as Rebecca. The beloved Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky and Drooper are voiced by Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Woody Woodpecker, UniKitty!). The film is written by Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas (Raven’s Home, My Super Psycho Sweet 16) and directed by Danishka Esterhazy (Level 16) with music by Patrick Stumph (Fall Out Boy, Gnome Alone). The movie is produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY. The Banana Splits Movie will make its broadcast debut on SYFY later this year.

Here is the trailer:

·     Banana Splits: Behind the Horror

·     Banana Splits: Behind the Horror
·     Terror on Set
·     Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre

The Banana Splits Movie will be available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

Digital Release: August 13, 2019
Blu-ray/DVD Release: August 27, 2019
Order Due Date: July 23, 2019
Blu-ray and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx. 86 min
Enhanced Content: Approx. 15 min


Price: $19.98 SRP
1 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)

Price: $24.98 SRP
1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD + Digital Copy
BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English


Price: $24.99 SRP
1 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English

Price: $34.97 SRP
1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD
BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
Subtitles – English

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About SYFY
SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY WIRE (, the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Blue Ribbon Content
Formed in 2014, Warner Bros. Television Group’s Blue Ribbon Content (BRC) develops and produces live-action series for digital platforms, tapping the creative talent already working at the Studio while also identifying opportunities for collaboration with new writers and producers. In addition to live-action programming, BRC produces animated content and also experiments with emerging platforms such as virtual reality. Live-action BRC programs include digital feature Daphne and Velma for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, comedies Beerfest and JoJoHead for CW Seed, SpringHill Entertainment’s basketball documentary series Best Shot for YouTube Red and the following upcoming projects: the second season of the UNINTERRUPTED comedy Now We’re Talking, Golden Revenge, and the feature-length comedy Good Girls Get High. Animated BRC programs include Constantine: City of Demons and Freedom Fighters: The Ray for CW Seed, as well as Ginger Snaps for ABC Digital.

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Have You Watched Netflix The Perfection? Loved it? Own It! Bid Until 6/28 On

Calling all horror movie enthusiasts! Dress like your favorite movie star, Allison Williams as her pleasant-seeming, doe-eyed self in her most recent fan-favorite film, The Perfection. Williams shines throughout the film as she beautifully shift from victim to villain, all while maintaining her appealing exterior. Beginning TOMORROW, Thursday, June 20th until Friday June 28th fans of the film will have the opportunity to take home part of the film, and encapsulate Allison Williams and Logan Browning’s charming and powerful demeanor by bidding on Hollywood’s leading auction site! The one-of-a-kind auction will feature 100 unique, hand selected items from the movie including costumes from the darkly divine Williams, d├ęcor, and various props such as the infamous cleaver, so fans everywhere can re-live their favorite moments from the film. For super-fans everywhere, the items in this auction could be an amazing irreplaceable Halloween costume as they are all the original items worn and used by their favorite characters on set!
The Perfection is Netflix’s newest original horror feature, starring Logan Browning as Lizzie and Allison Williams as Charlotte. As a musical prodigy, Charlotte finds competition within new-comer Lizzie. Their rivalry makes for a thriller full of plot twists, leaving viewers in shock and awe.  The internet has already been raving about The Perfection, saying everything from how it is a “near-perfect psychological thriller” to “not perfect for faint of heart”. Whether you are a classical music fanatic or adrenaline junkie, The Perfection is a film that is sure to be an instant cult classic that you’ll want to fill your costume closet with!
Fans will have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items such as Charlotte and Lizzie’s Cello Bows, Charlotte’s Cleaver, Bachoff Chapel Blue Velvet Chair, Lizzie’s Sling, Anton’s glasses and Lizzie’s dual final scene outfit and so much more on www.screenbid.comThe auction will go LVE on Wednesday, June 19 at 9:00AM EST//12:00PM PST!! Make sure to snatch up your favorite props and costumes before someone else does.

The 411:
My husband and I watched it and usually the TV is on as background noise but we both closed our laptops and really paid attention, totally invested in this original movie from Netflix.  It has been a while since we found something worthy of our attention. 
When I thought I had it figured out, I didn't. Love movies like that. We watch a lot of horror; it is our favorite genre and found this to be pretty decent. I call myself the amateur review because honestly I think most reviewers take themselves and the films too seriously. The movie is basically a rape revenge movie. While it doesn't hit trigger any uncomfortable levels of abuse the movie is about a man who uses his power to abuse young girls. I have read some other reviews and man they read so much into the movie. For us it was two girls who meet as young girls, fall in love after meeting later, go on a trip, one becomes ill and the movie takes a turn from there.  I don't want to spoil it but it was weird, strange, odd and at times I thought wait...what? There wasn't another way to handle this situation? But with that said, we were entertained. I do know this movie has a fan following so I am sharing the above. 

Potty Training Book For All Stars Helps With The Transition From Diapers To Undies

Ross Burach expands his board book footprint and creates an upbeat new addition to the evergreen toilet training canon.

Get out of diapers and into the game. This upbeat basketball-themed potty romp is a slam dunk!

My whole life, I've been stuck on the bench in diapers. It's time for a change. No more diapers for me. I'm ready for the big leagues!

But toilet training can be hard, and sometimes it's tough to make the shot. Fortunately, Coach and fans are there to cheer... until at last... score! Ross's energetic illustrations and clever, reassuring story will help kids gain confidence and embrace their potential to become potty all-stars!

The 411:

As a preschool teacher who has potty trained over 40 kids over the past four years I can tell you potty training is not for the weak. It takes a lot of patience on the child and adults part. Anything that a kid can relate to on this difficult transition is helpful. My class loved hearing this book although I often changed the words. While I love the basketball concept my toddlers didn't understand coach so I changed it to mommy or daddy. For hoop I changed it to potty or bathroom. The illustrations are so cute and my kids loved pointing to the main character who I loved too. It can be a boy or girl which makes it easier for my toddlers to relate to. 

Such a great book to read to your kids from the ages of 1-4.

How I trained my own kids.

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The Kitty Kingdom Series - Perfect First Chapter Books For New Readers To Keep Them Reading This Summer

Princess Tabby is no scaredy-cat! Princess Tabby loves playing in the palace with her brothers and reading about brave kitty heroes. When Tabby and her brothers accidentally give away a magic scroll to the evil King Gorgonzola, they must leave the safety of their castle to get it back. But reading about adventures and going on a real quest are two very different things. Tabby's never been afraid before, but suddenly she doesn't feel so brave. Will she be able to find her courage and save Mewtopia?
Princess Tabby must be on her best behavior for the upcoming visit with the royal hounds of Barkshire. She can't wait to play with Prince Buddy, the pup prince. But then King Gorgonzola steals a magic orb, threatening to ruin the visit. Tabby and her brothers must once again stop the evil rat and save the day.

Cats and dogs are very different, and tagging along with the Whiskered Wonders is difficult for Buddy. Will he be able to keep up with the royal kittens, or is Mewtopia in for a ruff time?

The 411:

I loved these books. They are adorable for kids just getting into chapter books. Easy to read, great characters, good morals and happy endings. What's not to love?!

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How to Make Vacation More Interesting

Summertime is often a time for vacationing with family or friends. While sunbathing at the beach can be relaxing and amusement parks are exhilarating, these regular vacation activities can sometimes get a little stale. If you're looking for ways to use your brain this summer while visiting another place, here are some unique ideas to get you started.

Dinner Theater

If you love a good mystery and are looking for something more than the standard take-out or seafood restaurant, you might want to consider Florida dinner theaters. Solving a mystery together with loved ones is a great way to add a bit of fun into your standard vacation to make it stand out. Besides, you never know when good sleuthing skills will come in handy, and practice makes perfect. If dinner is included, that gives you even more reason to try it out.

Escape Rooms

Another great way to work your brain on vacation is by finding an escape room. Escape rooms are gaining in popularity because of the competitive they present to groups of friends and loved ones looking for a unique challenge. Whether it's an Egyptian mummy mystery or a Halloween-inspired post-apocalyptic escape room, these live action events can be even more thrilling than a roller coaster. Working against the clock, your group can find new talents for finding hidden treasures or solving clues. You might even win a prize, and you'll certainly have a different kind of fun.

Local Landmarks

Any city you travel to has its own history and unique experiences to offer its visitors. Many cities even have a special symbol or mystery surrounding statues or artwork in the city, like the painted pig statues in Lexington, North Carolina. Visit the local information center or city office to find out what unique landmarks you can track down. Who knows? You might even get some great selfies in the process.
Whatever you decide to do on your vacation, find a way to experience something more than just your standard beach stay or mountain retreat. Working together with a group to have an adventure can be a great way to add value to your vacation, making irreplaceable memories. Looking for unique ways to boost your vacation can make you even more pumped for next summer, and can also make you the envy of your social media followers. Take advantage of the time you have in other places.

Cinderella Reimagined: Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

A startlingly fresh, fiercely feminist reimagining of Cinderella from the bestselling, Printz Honor-winning author Jennifer Donnelly.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy — she's about to marry a prince. Except that Isabelle isn't the girl who lost the slipper. And the glass shoe on her foot is filling with blood . . .

Isabelle isn't the beauty who captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fool him. When the prince discovers Isabelle's deception, she's banished. It's no more than Isabelle deserves. She's a plain girl in a world that values beauty. A stubborn girl in a world that wants her to be pliant. Her destiny is a life of misery.

That's what Isabelle believes until she finds herself in the midst of a battle between Fate and Chance. Cruel Fate believes that an "ugly" girl with so much bitterness in her heart can never change her destiny. Roguish Chance believes otherwise. And so, Isabelle is given the opportunity to harness strength she never knew she possessed, and learns that while "pretty" is a noose around your neck, "ugly" is the sword that cuts you free.

A startlingly fresh, fiercely feminist reimagining of Cinderella from the bestselling, Printz Honor-winning author Jennifer Donnelly.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy — she's about to marry a prince. Except that Isabelle isn't the girl who lost the slipper. And the glass shoe on her foot is filling with blood . . .

Isabelle isn't the beauty who captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fool him. When the prince discovers Isabelle's deception, she's banished. It's no more than Isabelle deserves. She's a plain girl in a world that values beauty. A stubborn girl in a world that wants her to be pliant. Her destiny is a life of misery.

That's what Isabelle believes until she finds herself in the midst of a battle between Fate and Chance. Cruel Fate believes that an "ugly" girl with so much bitterness in her heart can never change her destiny. Roguish Chance believes otherwise. And so, Isabelle is given the opportunity to harness strength she never knew she possessed, and learns that while "pretty" is a noose around your neck, "ugly" is the sword that cuts you free.

The 411:

I am in love with this book! Great re-telling. This book takes place after the ball. The prince is seeking the girl who wore the glass slipper and Isabelle's mother will make damn sure one of her daughters will be the future queen. 

Well written, wonderful characters and seeing things from the other side was definitely a fun ride. I loved everything about it especially Fate and Chance. Fate and her sisters map out everyone's life so they go in a certain direction. Chance thinks that mortals should have free will and not follow one distinct path so he always steals the maps to change the fate of some mortals. 

These step-sisters weren't mean, they are just a product of a narcissistic mother.  Something I always say as a teacher and parent. There aren't bad kids there is however bad parenting. Making your child cut off her toes to fit into a glass slipper is a bad parent!

Isabelle is a warrior, my kind of princess.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered. All opinions are my own.
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