Worst Witch Season 4

*Minor spoiler.*

I just finished season 4 of Netflix’s Worst Witch. Although I was disappointed (and surprised) to learn that the role of Mildred Hubble was no longer played by Bella Ramsey, Lydia Page does an excellent job of stepping into the role of Mildred Hubble. Fans of the show will find that, despite the change in physical appearance, Mildred Hubble is still the same “worst witch” we’ve grown to know and love. So be sure to check it out and join Mildred on her fourth year at Cackle’s Academy. You won’t be dissappointed!

Incredibles 2

Incredibles-2I went and saw Incredibles 2 with my family today. And boy, was it great! It is one I’d definitely be interested in seeing again, and even more astoundingly, one I’d definitely be interested in owning.

Being a fan of the first Incredibles, I was super excited when they announced there would be a sequel. Like many, I thought 14 years was too long to wait. It was about time for a follow up to the Incredible family adventures.

The sequel does not disappoint, and remains true to the first movie with its emphasis on family. Packed with humor and fun family moments that everyone can relate to, this movie is a must see.

This is definitely making it on my “favorites” list.

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

HeartStone.jpgI’m proud to be a woman. I won’t deny that women aren’t perfect, even though we like to pretend we are. But often times in movies and books, I find the female characters lacking. They are either physically strong to the point where they lack any emotional capability, or they are your stereotypical female and focused on romance and their physical appearance. That is why Heartstone by Elle Katharine White was such a pleasant surprise. White’s story features a female protagonist, Aliza, who is strong, courageous, and loyal, but at the same time possesses the unique traits that make women women.

The story portrays familial loyalty and love in a positive light. The family dynamics between Aliza, her parents, and her sisters, are very relatable. Being the oldest of five girls myself, I appreciated the different siblings’ personalities. It reminded me of my own siblings.

This fantasy-romance-adventure novel is just pure, clean fun. There is no sex and no profanity. (The word “ass” and “bastard” are used once in the book, but they were used appropriately and not in anger. This is, after all, a medieval-fantasy book.) The romances between the characters are pure, not the lustful “romance” so often featured in novels.

Interspersed with humor, sadness, and innocent, honest love, Heart Stone by Elle Katharine White, is an entertaining, enjoyable read and appropriate for all ages.

There is so much that I liked about this book it’s hard to convey it all in a review. So, you will just have to check it out for yourself. It’s definitely getting added to my “favorites” list, and I look forward to reading other books by Ms. White.

The Dangerous Book for Boys (Amazon)

DangerousBookforBoysThe Dangerous Book for Boys is a book (which I haven’t read) and a TV series created by Amazon. The TV series is entertaining and well-acted. I liked the values that the father tries to instill in his sons, particularly the main character Wyatt, who is struggling the most with his father’s passing.

This is an entertaining, light-hearted, family TV series that adults can enjoy with their children. Personally, I think it is clever how the idea for this series was created from a non-fiction, how-to book for boys. It will definitely be joining my list of TV shows to recommend to families or adults who enjoy good, clean, fun.


Jumanji (PG)

JumajiThe 2017 film Jumanji is more like a sequel than a remake. And, I think it is clever how they adapted the idea of Jumanji (previously a board game in the 1995 version with Robin Williams) into something that modern teens would use/could relate to (a video game). The film pays tribute to the 1995 version with a small reference to Alan Parish (Robin William’s character in the original), and has more of a back story and more character development than the original.

There was a little bit more profanity than I was expecting in a PG movie, and there is some crude humor. But overall, the movie was entertaining, funny, and enjoyable.