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7 Factors To Consider When Buying A Family Car

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7 Factors To Consider When Buying A Family Car

Nowadays, purchasing something is like finding a needle in the haystack.

There is so much saturation in markets that hunting your ideal match can be a confusing and daunting process. You need to research, compare, and evaluate to ensure you are not wasting your hard-earned money.

Well, are you seeking an amazing family car that fulfills your needs perfectly? If so, then you’ve arrived on the right page. Below we have compiled all the essential factors to consider to make the wisest and the easiest family car purchase ever!

1. Cost (Not Just the Car)

You need to budget for two types of costs when buying a car: upfront and ongoing. Some of the costs you need to consider include:

  • The upfront cost of the car, whether it is a financial deal or cost upfront
  • Finance repayments – if it is dealer finance or a personal loan, you need to factor in the repayments you have to make
  • Insurance, see Car UK for great deals on insurance.
  • Annual Road Tax
  • Servicing
  • Other spending’s like repairs, new tires, and valets

All of the above costs are going to add up, which makes it important to have some breathing room in your budget.

2. Fuel

Different families have different ways of using their cars, so make sure you think about how the car you want to buy is going to be used. Are you going to drive it at low speeds in an urban environment? Avoid diesel-powered cars because they are not good at low-mileage driving and low-speed. If you get such a car, you are going to spend a lot on maintenance costs.

The best option in such a case is a modest petrol power, or if you have the budget, a pure electric or hybrid vehicle. If the family car is going to double up as a commuting vehicle that will spend time on the motorway, then it might be a good idea to go with a diesel-powered car because the fuel costs will be lower. A diesel car is a good idea if you are going to spend something like 20,000km, every year.

3. Seating

The number of kids is going to play a part when choosing a car to buy. If you have just one child, then many of the Honda models should be enough. If you have three or more children, then you have to make a lot of considerations when choosing a vehicle. This doesn’t mean going with a full seven-seat car, there are many Honda vehicles in the market that come with five seats that are going to do the job well.

4. Safety

Don’t make the mistake of not giving safety enough focus, whether you are buying a used or new car. If you are getting a new car, then go through the list of standard safety equipment carefully and then see what is on the options list – this way, you can make sure your family remains safe. Honda has great safety ratings, which is why more and more people are choosing it.

5. Finance

There are many options when it comes to financing a new car. Some of them include cash, PCP, credit union/bank loans, or dealer financing options. Take your time and choose a financing option that works best for you.

6. Consider More Than One Vehicle

It is very easy to be caught up in the process of finding a car that is going to fulfill the many roles in your life when the best option could be getting more than one car in your household. You can get a cheap petrol/electric/hybrid model to use for school runs, while you can choose something suited to long-distance driving to use for your daily commute to work. Sit down and think how easier things can be with two vehicles.

7. Interior Trim

One thing that some parents don’t consider when choosing a car is if the interior trim is good for family life. Things can get messy, especially with young kids. This is why you should choose dark upholstery (leather trim is a good option because it is easy to clean)

Movie Review: Gabby Duran & The Unsittables * On The Edge Of Your Seat With So Many Mysteries In Every Episode

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Movie Review: Gabby Duran & The Unsittables * On The Edge Of Your Seat With So Many Mysteries In Every Episode

Disney Channel’s out-of-this-world live-action comedy series “Gabby Duran & the Unsittables” has return for a second season on Disney Channel and Disney NOW. The series stars multitalented actress and musician Kylie Cantrall as Gabby Duran, a teenaged girl who inadvertently lands a job babysitting an unruly group of VIP extraterrestrial children disguised as everyday kids. In season two, a resourceful and courageous Gabby faces even bigger challenges as she continues to protect her alien charges while also navigating the everyday emotional rollercoaster of middle school. The season picks up immediately after a cliffhanger with Gabby’s mom, Dina, on the verge of learning Gabby’s secret, which the intrepid teen will have to stop in order to avoid catastrophic outcomes. Other adventures this season will include a robot replica Gabby-bot running amok, an alien friend who turns into a “Predator” when she becomes emotional, and a quest to recover Principal Swift’s home after it’s shrunken down to the size of a dollhouse by an extraterrestrial prankster.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Makena P. comments, “I love Gabby Duran and the Unsittables so much because it has an effect that keeps you connected with the show the whole time. It has so many cliff hangers; you’re always wondering what will happen next; your always on the edge of your seat. I like that there are so many mysteries in each episode and that something new happens in every episode.” See her full review below.

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables By KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Makena Parel, Age 12

I love Gabby Duran and the Unsittables so much because it has an effect that keeps you connected with the show the whole time. It has so many cliff hangers; you’re always wondering what will happen next; your always on the edge of your seat. I like that there are so many mysteries in each episode and that something new happens in every episode.

The storyline is about a young girl named Gabby Duran (Kylie Cantrall) who gets picked by Principal Swift (Nathan Lovejoy) who is an alien and wants Gabby to babysit aliens. This job is so important and, if anyone finds out aliens are real, then that would destroy the earth. Principle Swift needs Gabby to keep this a secret from everyone; she can’t tell anyone about aliens or her baby sitting job. Keeping that big of a secret might be a little hard for Gabby

This show is filled with lots of animated characters and other things that aren’t there in real life. They use the characters so well, and have amazing ways to incorporate them into the show. It’s cool how some aliens that Gabby is babysitting like Jeremy (Callen Farris), Kail (Mia Bella) and Sky (Elle McKinnon) have different powers. This isn’t a great sentence. First, avoid using the term “is amazing” as it doesn’t tell us anything. I was impressed by how the actors portrayed aliens that are uncertain about how to behave as human impersonators. Considering how young the cast is makes it doubly impressive. 

I enjoyed all of the other cast members, especially Coco Christo who plays Olivia Duran, because she’s so young and plays her part as Gabby’s sister so well. My favorite episode has to be the one with Cry Baby Duran, because it really shows the part of her and her friends being in middle school. The drama really starts to show and gets inside Gabby’s head and she is determined to find out who started the rumor. The other thing I found really interesting is how different directors (Joe Nussbaum and Leslie Kolins Small) direct different episodes, which gives the show great variety. For example, Joe Nussbaum directs 9 episodes and it is interesting because it must have been hard to for Kylie Cnatrall to adjust to the different directing styles. Then, Leslie Kolins Small directs 6 episodes and it captured my interest because all the episodes really turned out the same even though they all have different styles of directing, Kylie Cantrall and the directors worked together to make a great show.

The message of this series is that lying isn’t a good thing, but when there are lives on the line, you have to do your best to help everyone. Lying can turn into a big mess, so don’t let that fool you. This series shows that some people are not worth the risk and people don’t always love the idea secrets. Tell them before they find out for themselves.

I give Gabby Duran and the Unsittables 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 14. The new season comes out on Disney + on June 6, 2021.  

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Movie Review: In the Heights * Wonderful Feel Good Summer Movie with Great Music, Dancing and Storyline

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Movie Review: In the Heights * Wonderful Feel Good Summer Movie with Great Music, Dancing and Storyline

In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments, “Did you love the musical In the Heights and want more? Well, your wish has come true and you can have more because In the Heights is now a movie! It has the same great soundtrack and is even more action packed.” See her full review below.  

In the Heights

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Did you love the musical In the Heights and want more? Well, your wish has come true and you can have more because In the Heights is now a movie! It has the same great soundtrack and is even more action packed.

In the Heights is about Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), a bodega owner, and his disappearing neighborhood in New York City, specifically Washington Heights. Small businesses are moving away; people are leaving; and Usnavi is going back to his home in the Dominican Republic to help his family. What will happen when Usnavi leaves?

This movie is based on the book by Quiara Alegria Hudes and musical, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda – both titled with the same name. The music is phenomenal and very memorable because it makes you want to get up and dance. While writing this review, I still have all the songs stuck in my head.  Lin-Manuel Miranda also plays the Piragua Guy. Along with the music, the choreography is outstanding, particularly the group choreography – a mix of hip-hop and Latinx styles. Everyone is in sync and energetic. The scenes are very detailed, artistic and beautiful, with so much color. The acting is beyond amazing and every character is so believable and loveable. Anthony Ramos, as Usnavi, stands out and seems very genuine. Melissa Barrera, as Vanessa, shows so much perseverance for her dreams. Leslie Grace’s Nina is passionate as she deals with her character’s conflicts. My favorite character is Abuela Claudia because she is so loving to all, and she reminds us to have paciencia y fe (patience and faith). The characters speak Spanish at times during the film, so it helps if you have some knowledge of the Spanish language, but it’s not essential to enjoying the movie.

The main message is that sueñitos (little dreams) aren’t always easy; you have to work for them. In the Heights addresses some serious topics like attending college and dealing with racial bias as a minority. This movie has some profanity and suggestive references.

I give In the Heights 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It is available in theaters or on HBO Max June 11, 2021.

Keywords: Jon M. Chu, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alice Brooks, Stephanie Beatriz, Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Ariana Greenblatt, Jimmy Smits, Leslie Grace, Dascha Planco, Corey Hawkins, Chris Jackson, Daymien Valentino, Daphne Rubin-Vega, marc Anthony, Alex Wong, Olga Merediz, Valery Lessard, Gregory Diaz IV

Movie Review: Americanish * A Breath Of Fresh Air Looking At Rom-Coms Through A New Lens

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Movie Review: Americanish * A Breath Of Fresh Air Looking At Rom-Coms Through A New Lens

The 2021 CAAMFest Audience Award-winning film debut by Iman Zawahry takes place in Jackson Heights, Queens where two sisters and their fresh-off-the-boat cousin try all the conventional ways to earn the love and respect of their mother. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Abigail L. comments, “Although still containing classic rom-com clichés, this film introduces diverse cultural and ethnic characters and story arcs to American film audiences. Writer and director Imam Zawahry highlights the strength of feminism and family ties as she explores the ups and downs of women in the work force and romance.” See her full review below.

Americanish By Abigail Liu, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

Americanish is a breath of fresh air as it looks at romantic comedy through a new lens. Although still containing classic rom-com clichés, this film introduces diverse cultural and ethnic characters and story arcs to American film audiences. Writer and director Imam Zawahry highlights the strength of feminism and family ties as she explores the ups and downs of women in the work force and romance.

Set in New York City, the lives of three Pakistani women are thrown into turmoil while they endure career, family, romance and culture clashes. Maryam (Salena Qureshi), a college student who dreams of attending Harvard Medical School, worries about her MCAT score and navigates her crush with her study partner, Shahid (Kapil Talwalkar), who happens to be married. Meanwhile, Maryam’s older sister, Khala (Lillete Dubey), attempts to score a work promotion and ignores the advances of a well-intentioned police officer. Their cousin, Ameera (Shenaz Treasury), moves in with their family from Pakistan in search of a doctor to marry, but her budding friendship with the local store clerk (Godfrey) risks putting a damper on her plans.

This film successfully shows the struggle of balancing cultural traditions with personal ambition through love and marriage, careers and family. When reading the summary of this story, it first seems overused and bland, but it is quite the opposite –  the message conveyed in the film is meaningful and empowering. The acting feels unconvincing at times, but the film’s message makes up for it. Even though there are a lot of Hollywood romantic comedy clichés found in the film, there are moments that are genuinely humorous and funny. My favorite part is the separate, but connected, stories of the three women. As the story progresses, they grow closer as they find themselves relating to one another in their disappointments with romance.

Americanish teaches women of all ages that it is never too late to find love and that being a woman can mean whatever you want it to be, whether that is becoming a successful businesswoman, a doctor or a loving wife. Parents should be aware that this film contains implied sex, references to adult minor language and references to sexism and racism.

I rate Americanish 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. This film can be viewed now at select festivals.

Keywords: Iman K. Zawahry, Aizzah Fatima, Russ Howard, Chloe Weaver, David Rasche, George Wendt, anuja Joshi, Kapil Talwalkar, Ajay naidu, Godfrey, Zmeghan Rafferty, Lillete Dubey, Salena Qureshi, Lucie Phl, Shenaz Treasury, Purva Bedi

8 Things That No Prepper Should Be Without

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8 Things That No Prepper Should Be Without

You never know what’s around the corner, and it’s always better to be prepared with items that could keep you alive in an emergency. If you’re faced with an extreme weather event, political crisis, conflict, or long-term electricity failure, having the right tools and equipment could mean the difference between making it safely through the emergency and being caught without the basics for life.

Ready to get your survival kit ready and keep yourself and your family alive? Here are seven survival essentials that no prepper should be without.

1. Water Purifier

We can survive for up to two months without food, but only 8-21 days without water. If access to town (or bore) water is cut off, you’ll need a backup that’s safe to consume. For these situations, a personal water purifier and/or water purification tablets give you the option of using other water sources you can find while dealing with potentially harmful bacteria. Of course, if you can, it’s best to boil the water first. 

2. Freeze Dryers

After water, the next thing you’ll need is food, and you can only live off crackers for so long before developing a case of scurvy. Today, freeze dryers can be used to dehydrate practically any consumable — from fruit that’s high in vitamin C to soups, meals, and even ice cream. Before a disaster actually occurs, freeze-dry several days’ worth of meals and store them in vacuum-sealed bags. These meals can be stored for several decades, and a few days of work will be well worth it in the long run.

3. First Aid Kit

A survival first aid kit is essential for dealing with minor injuries if no hospital is available. It allows you to deal with things like cuts, burns, eye irritations, and congestion on the spot and prevent wound-related infections from developing. While any first aid kit is far better than nothing, it’s a good idea to invest in a large disaster-preparedness kit with enough medical-grade supplies for a group. You can also find first aid kits that are tailored to specific disasters, such as wildfires.

4. Swiss Army Knife

The Swiss Army Knife was developed in 1880 by the Swiss Army (surprise, surprise!). This multi-tool pocket knife includes an impressive 33 functions with everything from a mini screwdriver and letter opener to knives that are suitable for gutting prey and eating the meals you’ve preserved with a freeze dryer. Even with all of these multitasking components, the compact 3.5-inch size fits easily in your pocket, and it’ll only cost around $25 — a small price to pay for the many practical functions it offers.

5. Headlamp

Whether you face a power outage or a forest at night, a good headlamp will give you the visibility you need to navigate your surroundings and assist others near you while keeping your hands free. Headlamps that are built for survival typically have a very strong beam that can reach a distance of over 330 feet. Many models also include a strobe setting for alerting others that you’re in distress.

6. Shortwave Radio

Communication is vital if you become trapped or distanced from help. Remember the 2018 film Bird Box? The radio was the only way that the fugitives were about to find a safe haven. Shortwave radios, also called weather radios and survival radios, usually offer multiple charging options — including solar, hand-crank, batteries, and power source. Many also include a port for charging your mobile devices, a reading lamp, and an SOS alarm to help emergency workers find your location.

7. Shelter

Survival shelters can include anything from sheets of canvas and one-man sleeping bags to family-size tents with the works. For your survival kit, prepare for the number of people in your family with appropriate shelter from wind, rain, snow, and extreme cold. At the minimum, include a tear-proof polyethylene sleeping bag or survival blanket in each person’s backpack plus a canvas tarp to keep out the wind.

8. Lightweight Backpack

All of this careful preparation will count for naught if you don’t have a good backpack to keep it all together and ready to pick up and go in an instant. For survival situations, you want a lightweight, rugged backpack with plenty of pockets for storing your gear. If possible, store your water filter, the food you’ve prepared using freeze dryers, your first aid kit, tools, radio, and shelter in separate compartments for easy access. 

You Can Never Be Too Prepared 

In the best-case scenario, you’ll never need to pack and leave your house at a moment’s notice. However, it’s much better to be over-prepared than caught by surprise. 

In addition to collecting these must-have prepper items and preparing freeze-dryer meals, make sure that you continually brush up your skills in first aid, knot-tying, fire-starting, and hunting and foraging in the wild. You’ll feel much more confident to face life with ease and help others who might need assistance along the way.

Top Tips For Using Instagram For Business Success

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Instagram is one of the most powerful and underutilized marketing tools available in the marketplace. It happens to be one of the most popular social media platforms that’s out there. Because of this, it should hold a prominent place in your comprehensive marketing strategy. However, despite it being extremely user-friendly and innovative, there are certain things that you will need to know to get the best results from it. Here are some of the tips you should be using.

Post Regular Content

You will find that people begin to follow your account when they enjoy your content. Because of this, you want to post it more often. When you stop posting content, they are likely to un-follow you. After all, they are following you for the content you publish. Thus, you want to try to streamline content in a way that meets their expectations. Try to produce sufficient amounts of quality content to keep them entertained and engaged.

As someone who is an expert in your relative field, you should be able to craft quality content by leveraging your experience. However, you also want to ensure that you are making everything count. Instead of constantly posting captivating content or your best quality content, you can mix in photos of quotes, and other things. That way, you don’t find yourself running out of content and the content you do publish can hit harder. While you don’t necessarily need to post every day, you do want to try to post a minimum of every 4 days to ensure you are regularly engaging with your audience. You can buy Instagram followers to really help pump things up.

Posting any less than this is likely going to result in you losing followers. Keep in mind, you don’t want to post sporadically. People like to know they can count on you posting content regularly and on schedule.

Don’t Stick To The Same Content

You will find the Instagram platform is full of beautiful imagery. Because of this, you can try to get creative with your content. Ideally, you want someone that has a good camera eye. That way, they can examine it to ensure that it is of the best quality before publishing.

While you should be able to effectively reuse content if you are spacing it right, you don’t want to post the same thing over and over. However, you could potentially make subtle changes that will enable you to use the same subject in various contexts for the same result. You can alter things by posting a quote one day and then posting a video the next.

Your followers are looking for something with your content. They are either following you for interesting topics, entertainment, or educational content. Try to post a variety of different types of content to maximize creativity. However, Hootsuite suggests you don’t forget that you are posting on a business account. Therefore, you shouldn’t be using the platform to engage in topics of opinion. Keep everything related to your business or the industry you are operating in.

Reward Your Loyal Followers

It can be extremely difficult to keep your audience engaged in your content. Along with focusing on posting high-quality content, you should be looking to find ways to incentivize anyone that is following you. You can do this by offering special Instagram-only deals, promotional codes, or even competitions to keep them regularly tuned in and engaged with your account. This can help to ensure that you get regular eyes on your account and it will give everyone that follows your account good reason to consider sticking around. However, don’t turn your entire account into a freebie giveaway account. This will only draw those seeking freebies to your account. Instead, use this periodically for the best results.

Include The Right Hashtags On Every Post

You want to try to be certain that you are using the right hashtags on every post. Much like Twitter, Instagram uses hashtags to categorize the content. That way, people can find things and topics they are interested in. This can make your content much easier to find for others. For instance, if you are looking to showcase your cooking experience, you might want to include hashtags for your #bestrecipes according to Web Design Meath.

If you aren’t using the right hashtags or if you aren’t using hashtags at all, you will make it increasingly difficult for people to find your content. You want to ensure that you are using hyper-relevant hashtags, as well.

Be Extremely Social

Social media has its name for a reason. Being social is one of the most important parts of the process. You want to do more than regularly post content without following up. You need to be engaging with your audience and interacting with them routinely to grow.

You should be commenting, liking, and interacting with every visitor that finds your account. You could potentially hire a company to assist in integrating your social media accounts to ensure you can manage the accounts as efficiently as possible. You also want to be directing traffic from your social media to your website and vice versa.

7 Pro Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

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7 Pro Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Increasing the value of your property is an excellent way to further your investment. Even if housing prices naturally go up as your neighborhood develops, improving the look and functionality of your property will boost its value even more. Whether you want a better-looking home, or simply want a boost in value, this read from Doorsteps will share a few simple and straightforward tips to get there.

  1.  Renovate the Kitchen

The kitchen is arguably the most important part of a house. However, your kitchen might be looking dull after years of use. Kitchen styles and like fashion trends, they come and go. If you have owned the house for a while now, chances are its current state is outdated and could use a spruce up. When looking to improve your property’s value, you’ll want to renovate it with timelessness in mind. A successful spruce-up can substantially boost the value of your house. However, ensure stay within your budget so that you can recoup the investment when you sell.

  1. Renovate the Bathroom

A modern bathroom can look out of this world and make you feel like you have your own spa at home. In addition, a good bathroom remodel can substantially increase the value of your house. Bathroom renovations are one of the top demands for both homeowners and homebuyers. Thanks to innovation in design, now is a better time than ever to give your bathroom a new look.

  1. Add a Bedroom

A room extension will instantly put your house at the next price level. A two-bedroom house will never be in the same price bracket as a 3-bedroom one. If you have a sizeable loft, this is the best time to transform it. For an even higher value, consider adding an en suite.

Note that adding a playroom or home office can just be just as profitable as a bedroom extension and can be done at a far much lower price. So, unless you have a new family member and need an extra bedroom, adding a rear extension and using that space to make room for a child-friendly play zone or home office can be one of the best ways to add value to your house. This is in addition to the fact that more and more people prefer working remotely nowadays. All this makes your property more appealing to current homebuyers.

  1. Keep the Home in Good Condition

It’s important to stay on top of any damp, mold, and dirt. Clean and fix any problems as they arise. This will ensure the property is always in optimal condition, thus helping you spread out the maintenance cost. In return, you will not have to aggressively negotiate the price when it comes to selling or even risk it being unsellable due to structural issues that were overlooked when repair was needed.

  1. Install and Maintain Front and Back Yards

Front and back yards are an excellent way to boost the overall look of your home. In addition, 20% of house buyers ask for these features. As a plus, you will have a project that will benefit you in a number of ways from keeping fit, to enjoying the beautiful outdoors and even hosting guests.

Nowadays, most people want to live more sustainably. Having an appealing yard is an excellent way to start as it provides a breath of fresh air even if you are living in a city. In order to appeal to most buyers, however, consider installing a kitchen garden. Planting wall herbs and the like calls for little maintenance and can really help sell your house.

  1. Improve the Property’s Energy Efficiency

When it comes to saving on utility bills and adding value to your home, energy efficiency is vital. This means insulating your home, changing the main doors for better insulation, and replacing the windows with the double glazed type. Also, it could mean purchasing a new heating system, especially if your house is old. Central heating is one popular option, but there are many other options to make the house and the life you lead even more energy-efficient. If you make these changes early enough, you will not only boost the value of your house but lower the cost of your utilities as well.

  1. Add Character Features

 Consider replacing your flooring to add hardwood, fittings and fixtures with options that are quirky or characterful. You can even add mouldings, a log burner, or even an open fire. These features improve the look of your home and can become a selling point in the future. Character features help your home stand out, making it easier to sell to those with the same tastes as you.

Any of the above will increase the value of Core Real Estate Funds.

Movie Review: Introducing Jodea * Entertaining, Exciting, Light-Heart And Humorous

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Movie Review: Introducing Jodea * Entertaining, Exciting, Light-Heart And Humorous

A struggling young actress’s fortunes change when a world famous movie director drives into the back of her car. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Josephine M. comments, “I love the romantic comedy Introducing Jodea directed by Jon Cohen and written by Chloe Tricos. It is completely entertaining, exciting and humorous. Its light-hearted, humorous plot lines center on romantic ideas, such as how true love is able to surmount most obstacles.” See her full review below.

Introducing Jodea By Josephine M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

I love the romantic comedy Introducing Jodea directed by Jon Cohen and written by Chloe Tricos. It is completely entertaining, exciting and humorous. Its light-hearted, humorous plot lines center on romantic ideas, such as how true love is able to surmount most obstacles.


Introducing Jodea is a teen romantic comedy about a struggling young actress, Jodea Maxwell (Chloe Traicos), whose fortunes change when a world famous movie director Zac Kawalsky (Jeff Coppage) drives into the back of her car. Desperate, the actress uses the opportunity to beg Kawalsky for a role in his latest movie, but her audition is woeful to say the least. However Zac’s agent Grant tempts him with a bet he can’t refuse, the condition being that Zac has one week to make Jodea a brilliant actress. 


My favourite character is Chloe Tricos because she never gives up even when she is told that she cannot become an actress because she is ugly and she can’t act. Chloe keeps on trying and pushing until she succeeds. My favourite part is when Zac Kawaslky’s agent Grant (Kent Hatch) tells Jodea that she is a very bad actress, but Jodea still believes in herself and knows that she can do it, she just needs help. The production design and costume are on point and very well executed.  Introducing Jodea is very engaging and intriguing; it is definitely worth checking out. I can see it catching on with audiences. 


We all like to feel that dreams can come true and that true love does exist, which is the message of this film – the traditional Cinderella story that’ll make you laugh and cry. The idea that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind and soul to it; that you should not give up when you get bad feedback and that you should be resilient and determined – that is important.

I give Introducing Jodea 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. Introducing Jodea releases in theatres Friday, June 4, 2021. Save the date!

Movie Review: Spirit Untamed * A Sequel That Is Sure To Capture New Audiences, Especially Horse Lovers

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Movie Review: Spirit Untamed * A Sequel That Is Sure To Capture New Audiences, Especially Horse Lovers

After moving to a sleepy little town, young Lucky Prescott befriends a wild mustang named Spirit, who shares her rebellious spirit. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her new friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue the horse that forever changed her life.  KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Selene W. comments, “Spirit Untamed is from DreamWorks Animation so you know the characters and scenery are going to be depicted flawlessly.  I love how this film keeps the feel from the original movie but adds another layer of lush detail under the guidance of Director Elaine Bogan who has a personal connection with horses.” Maica M. adds, “Spirit Untamed is a fun-filled animated movie that will have you on the edge of your seat with its rollercoaster of emotions. It is full of suspense, humorous moments and scenes showcasing beautiful relationships. Spirit Untamed is one of the most captivating animated films I’ve seen…” Giana M. wraps it with, “Spirit Untamed is a thrilling and exciting animated film that keeps you entertained throughout the whole movie. It showcases the friendship between humans and horses, has great messages and holds your interest until the end.”

Spirit Untamed By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Adventure awaits in Spirit Untamed, the next chapter in the beloved animated Spirit franchise which is sure to capture a new audience of followers. Spirit Untamed is the story of connection between a girl named Lucky (Isabela Merced) and a wild mustang stallion she names Spirit.  Lucky is a spirited girl and has difficulty fitting into the traditional life that her family plans for her.  Her Aunt Cora (Julianne Moore) takes her away from social pressure for the summer to the frontier town of Miradero to live with her estranged father Jim Prescott (Jake Gyllenhaal).  On the train to Miradero she encounters Spirit and his wild herd.  The story evolves as both Lucky and Spirit adapt to new circumstances and learn to embrace change as well as rely on the friendship and support of others. 

Lucky is fortunate to find two steadfast friends in Abigail Stone (Mckenna Grace) and Pru Granger (Marsai Martin) who emulate the connection between a girl and her horse that Lucky desires with Spirit.  Both girls teach her about equestrian and human connections.  I love the fun-loving and spunky character, Abigail, who brings so much humor to the movie which is offset by the sarcasm of Pru. Together these three girls are unstoppable in their efforts to rescue Spirit and his herd from a group of wranglers that threaten their freedom.

Spirit Untamed is from DreamWorks Animation so you know the characters and scenery are going to be depicted flawlessly.  I love how this film keeps the feel from the original movie but adds another layer of lush detail under the guidance of Director Elaine Bogan who has a personal connection with horses.  My favorite scene is what I call “the tango” between Lucky and Spirit when she is trying to coax him to accept her.  The pull of their relationship shows and is enhanced perfectly by the light and playful music composed by Amie Doherty.  I really like how the movie incorporates the actors singing with their roles—I love to hear Isabela Merced’s beautiful voice and even Jake Gyllenhall trying to sing badly.

The one segment that bothers me is when Lucky first mounts Spirit.  The riding is unbelievable for a girl who is just learning and is more akin to a trained circus or stunt rider.  Horses are powerful animals, and I hope young viewers will understand that they need guidance around horses and to respect them.  I did love the personality that was given to all the horses in Spirit Untamed—each horse had its own lovable character and expressions.  Everyone will, of course, love the cuteness overload of the brave baby foal.   

What really stands out to me among this film’s many underlying messages is the theme of letting go and how hard that can be. I don’t want to elaborate further, as it would be a spoiler, but there is one great “letting go” scene with Lucky doing the right thing.  Friendship and loyalty are also important themes in Spirit Untamed, as Lucky searches for a place where she belongs.    

I rate Spirit Untamed 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12.  This movie will be in theaters June 4, 2021, so don’t miss this heartwarming story and adventure!

Spirit Untamed Maica N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Age 13

Spirit Untamed is a fun-filled animated movie that will have you on the edge of your seat with its rollercoaster of emotions. It is full of suspense, humorous moments and scenes showcasing beautiful relationships. Spirit Untamed is one of the most captivating animated films I’ve seen, with humorous scenes and a great message. Watching this movie on the big screen brings a special kind of magic that draws you in and makes you feel every emotion the characters are feeling. Whether it is a sense of elation, anger, determination or love; I felt it all.

The storyline followsa mischievous girl named Lucky (Isabela Merced) who goes to live with her grandfather after her mother passes away. After pulling too many stunts, her Aunt Cora (Julianne Moore) decides to take her to spend the summer with her father Jim (Jake Gyllenhaal). Lucky wasn’t expecting to have any fun or make a connection with anyone there and then she meets a beautiful wild mustang that she names Spirit. When she discovers that a horse wrangler named Hendricks (Walton Goggins) is trying to steal Spirit and his family, she teams up with her new friends Abigail (Mckenna Grace) and Pru (Marsai Martin) to save them.

Although Spirit Untamed is an animated film, it is filled with suspense. Lucky loves to take risks, and that means she is willing to do anything and everything she feels is right. For instance, while Lucky, Abigail and Pru ride their horses through Heck Mountain and over the Ridge of Regret, they are incredibly close to falling off the edge. The way these scenes are designed, and how the events unfold, had me genuinely nervous for the girls. The relationships in the film are well developed. Lucky and Jim’s relationship starts out shaky, but gradually grows throughout the movie. By the end of the movie, the father/daughter relationship is made whole. The friendship between Lucky, Pru and Abigail grows throughout the movie as well, which makes the film much more enjoyable. Something else that stands out is the music. The background music adds greatly adds to the suspense and propels the action. The songs highlight the stunning vocals of the talented performers Becky G. who sings “You Belong.” Its tempo builds as the excitement in the film builds. This sets the perfect tone for the movie, giving it a sense of hope. The cast is very diverse and featuring people from different backgrounds, which I appreciate as well. Spirit Untamed has it all!

The message of Spirit Untamed is: if you see something that’s wrong, speak up and do everything you can to put an end to it. Lucky is aware that it is wrong for Hendricks and his gang to take Spirit and his herd away. No matter what anyone tells her, she doesn’t rest until she finds a way to make everything right.

I rate Spirit Untamed 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 14, plus adults Spirit Untamed is available in theatres June 4, 2021. You better hurry; you don’t want to miss this!

Giana N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 10

Spirit Untamed is a thrilling and exciting animated film that keeps you entertained throughout the whole movie. It showcases the friendship between humans and horses, has great messages and holds your interest until the end.

The story follows a girl named Lucky Prescott (Isabella Merced) who returned to live with her dad (Jake Gyllenhaal) for the summer. On the way, she meets a wild horse named Spirit that is adventurous and daring, just like her. Since Spirit is wild, he doesn’t trust Lucky at first. It takes him some time, but eventually he and Lucky become friends. Lucky comes across horse wranglers that are trying to capture Spirit and his herd. She is determined to do whatever it takes to save Spirit and his family.

Something that really impresses me about this film is the lip-syncing of the animated characters. Their mouths match exactly what they are saying. The background music sets the mood such as when scenes are intense, the music intensifies, which helps the audience connect with the mood of the scene. My favorite character is Lucky because she is adventurous, curious and fun. The moment she arrives at her father’s home, she sets off to explore and which leads her to an adventure right away. Her dad, Jim’s character develops the most during the movie. In the beginning, he is afraid something bad is going to happen to Lucky if she gets close to the horses, so he forbids her from being near them. Over time he realizes he can’t keep her from everything and learns to let her follow her heart. 

The message of Spirit Untamed is “when you trust someone they will learn to trust you.” The only warning I have for this film is that in some scenes, ropes are wrapped around the horse’s necks.

Spirit Untamed is an amazing film. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 14, plus adults. You can watch Spirit Untamed opens in theaters June 4, 2021. Go check it out!

Keywords: animation, adventure, family, Elaine Bogan, Ennio Torresan, John Fusco, Kristin Hahn, Karen Foster, Isabela Merced, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marsai Martin, Mckenna Grace, Julianne Moore, Walton Goggins, Eliza Bonzalez, Andrea Braugjer, Gary A. Hecker, Gino Montesinos Spirit Untamed

5 Effective Ways To Motivate And Support Your Football Team

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5 Effective Ways To Motivate And Support Your Football Team

When you support a football team, you don’t support them because of trophies, players, or their history. You support them because you found a connection with them, you feel like you belong there. So, if you are you looking for ways to show your support to your favorite football team in the ground, then go out there and support your team in the best possible way with these great tips.

Tailgating

For die-hard fans, there is no better way of supporting your football team than showing up hours or days before game-day to tailgate. A tradition with humble beginning on the back of pickup trucks, tailgating has grown in prominence and a common and cherished experience at high school, college, and professional football games.

Ardent fans enjoy the experience of driving RVs filled to the brim with the latest and greatest party gear. The gear ranges from premium barbecues to satellite dishes; anything that gets the party going is welcomed. In most cases, tailgating parties almost as exciting and entertaining as the live games.

If you are planning to host a pregame party, you ought to plan way ahead. First and foremost, familiarize yourself with the stadium, its parking facilities, and regulations. It may be the case that tailgating around the stadium and/or consumption of alcohol within the parking area is prohibited or restricted to certain designated areas.

When you pack, prioritize efficiency and portability. The last thing you want is to miss kickoff while packing your gear and other items back into your vehicle. The most important gear to have while tailgating is a portable grill, utensil for cooking and eating, and perhaps a folding table and some portable chairs. Any other item is optional; you can do without that big screen, party tent, or campers. A minimalist tailgate party enhances your experience.

Learn the Traditions

Part of being a football fan is knowing and participating in your team’s and the fanbase’s traditions enthusiastically according to sports handicapper Wunderdog. Whether high schools, college, or professional teams, few teams will lack a fight song played and sang during touchdowns, timeouts, and big plays. Learn the word the rallying songs and any choreography that accompany the songs. If you are attending a school game, learn the alma mater.

There is more to supporting your team than singing, however. Fans will cheer and participate in other spectacles during games. The very best example of this is college football games. In any typical football game, tens of thousands of fans might move in unison while cheering or yelling to support their team and get them fired up.

University of Arkansas’ “Hog Call” is a very good example. During kickoffs and any other major events during the game, all of the Razorback fans deafen the stadium with the “Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!” chant. University of Wisconsin fans – the Badgers – shake the stadium to its foundation by bouncing to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” Such traditions might seem silly, but they are the makings of special and emotional memories that you will live to cherish.

Let Your Team Spirit Shine Through

Almost every football programs, right from the smallest highs school in rural America to the latest Super Champions, offer merchandise you can buy to support your team. Quite often, the merchandise on sale includes clothing items such as t-shirts. However, larger teams will l likely offer a diverse variety of merchandise goods that are more profitable. Profitable items include things like license plate frames and personal checks.

Louisiana State University, a college football powerhouse in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), offers more theat 2,600 items on its official merchandise shop (LSUshop.net) for teams selling this kind of items, it can be profitable and supports the team immensely. For instance, in 2008, the University of Texas sold more than $17 million of the team’s merchandise. However, this revenue bundled together the sopersorhip and advertising deals revenue with merchandise revenue (source: Dexheimer).

In a nutshell, no matter the football program you support, you can show your loyalty by buying their team merchandise. It can be as simple to buy the team’s flag to decorate your car with your head to a game or a magnetic patch to stick to your door. If your team is trying to get its fan’s section wearing the same color, consider purchasing the team shirt. Go a step further and buy their coffee mug with their logo. Not only will you give the team a little advertising where you use the mug, but it’s also a good way to display your bragging rights when the team wins.

Get Creative

Supporting your team should not end with wearing a store-bought hoodie to the games. Some fans go a step further and get creative with how they support their teams. For instance, many fans will use homemade body paint, signs, and costumes to support their teams. If you want modest painting, head to the tailgating booth to have your cheeks painted your team’s colors.

Some fans go all out and paint their entire bodies, from head to toe, in their team’s colors. Others will paint the initials of their team on their chest and head out to the games bear-chested, even in the frigid cold. If you prefer staying warmer on game night, wear a costume that resembles your team mascot or even buy your favorite patriotic light up toys. The Oakland Raiders fans are renowned for wearing outlandish costumes that combine chains, skulls, shoulder pads, and spiked helmets.

That said, body painting and costumes are not for everyone. If you want to support your team, but painting your body is not your cup of tea, use creative signs instead. Posterboard statements have become staples at football games across all levels of the game. You could use signs that as ubiquitous as the “John 3:26” verse to intricate signs with an acrostic of team letters.

You could go for simple, funny, or highly-decorated signs, as long as the letters are big enough for the people around to read. You could also involve your friends and family by having them hold a series of signs to spell out something interesting regarding your team, such as the mascot’s name.

It is important to ensure you are considerate of the people around you when using your sign during the game.

Give Money

Unfortunately, the tailgate parties, the body paint, and car stickers will not go a long way in buying jerseys, fund scholarships, or pay for stadium renovations. Football can be an expensive sport, and the tickets and the merchandise revenue might not suffice in paying for all the program’s cost, especially for smaller universities.

In 2008, only 25 of the 119 college teams that make up the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division 1-A) reported having a budget surplus. The other 94 football teams operated with a budget deficit averaging $9.87 million (source: Moltz). If donors do not contribute to these football programs, the 94 schools have to take funds from the general operating funds to run their football program.

Universities are always appealing to their communities and the alumni to donate to the football teams to fill the budgetary gap. Donating monetary gifts is a good way to support your team, especially high school and college teams.

Alternatively, you can support your team by purchasing season tickets. Teams rely on season tickets, which guarantee your seat whether you attend or generate a reliable income team. Teams will provide reserved parking, choice seats, and other perks on game days to show gratitude to season ticket holders.

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