Oh hello dear blog reader who is still around in 2023. My writing fell off a bit and was limited to blog posts about movie reviews and things I’m trying to get to rank for Google. Let’s see how it goes just blogging some other random things here and there again. After all not everything can fit in an Instagram caption.

Some of my friends have switched to Substack for their more personal blog posts. I do love seeing those come to my inbox. Even though I just zero’d out my 3000+ emails in my inbox, I saved those substacks to read. But let’s be real. My life isn’t *quite* interesting enough for me to charge ya’ll a monthly fee that’s about the same as a Disney+ subscription. And with my Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Youtube, and our Movie Night Journal website, managing marketing and social media there… I just kinda don’t want to add another newsletter to the mix. It’s just not my journey. You can keep reading my antics here, or not. But I plan to hang out around here a little more like the good old days.

I’m thinking there will be longer written tutorials of things I’m sharing on my Instagram page like Jayda’s cloud ceiling or a roundup of Animal books and shows Ty loves to watch. And then we’ll keep doing our movie reviews but perhaps add in our Movie in a Minute videos from IG and Tiktok to the post.

That’s my vision for my blog. As for my life. Well… Sit down friends. Ok, well, you don’t have to it’s really not that intense. Like at all. I don’t even have goals this year it’s more of a bucket list. Which I think means I’m feeling optimistic about hitting all of these things. Wanna see? Of course you do, you’re still here. Ok here’s what I’ve got so far:

My 2023 Bucket List

1. Cozyfy my house: At the end of last year we closed off an open arch in a formal dining area and made turned it into built-in bookshelves. I’ve added a large circle chair that’s turned into my cozy spot and now I’m on a mission to make my house as cozy and inviting as possible with rugs, chairs, books art and more. Up next is the back porch, fixing up the garage with out home gym and sauna, and hopefully the theater room. It’s a lot, but also the first time that we’ve been able to do upgrades like this in our marriage, so I’m really excited.

Cozy reading chair in house

2. Have fun doing things we’re bad at: In other words, try new things. Step out of our comfort zone and not be afraid to fail. Try new clubs, hang out with old and new friends. Today I ran on a trail for the first time and it was the first time running actually felt fun for me. I’m running my first 10k in February at Walt Disney World. Training for it is definitely doing something I’m not good at.

3. Go on a Disney Cruise: Last year I went to Disney 5 times. Only one of those trips was with Jayda and the rest were for work. Lee Lee is at the perfect age for soaking in Disney Magic and the new Disney Wish is on my bucket list.

4. Visit New York City: Our best friends moved to New York a year ago and I would LOVE to take a family trip to visit them. At the very least take Jayda and Ty to see our friends. Jayda and I can go see a broadway show, we can visit natural history museums, and just hang with our besties.

5. Practice Piano: My in-laws gifted us a beautiful baby grand piano and we all need to learn how to play it! This goes a little with number 2. No pressure to get great, just practice a little every day and have fun with it. This will mean piano apps and hopefully a piano teacher to help us along.

little girl sitting at a baby grand piano

My 2023 Mom Goals

1. Sign Lee Lee up for dance class: Check! Oh my gosh she’s so cute. I didn’t want to deal with the time and expense of a recital this time but I *almost* regret that decision cause she be a cute hot mess up on stage!

Lee lee preschool dance ballet class

2. Watch Jayda perform: She did her first theatre performance in December in The Lightening Thief musical. This month she’s auditioning for The Addams Family musical. I’m excited to cheer her on again, and also do some digging into ways to get her more involved in acting.

3. Cheery Ty on at football and new friendships: He’s going to be playing spring flag football and he loves it so much. I am excited to watch him again, and see him nurture some new friendships. I think we’ll have a birthday party for him this year, which we haven’t done since 2019.

NFL flag football cardinals

For the first time in a while I don’t have grand work goals. I’d like to find a mentor and earn a grant to help me fund some marketing help for the Movie Night Journal. And like I mentioned earlier, writing here more again. But other than that I’m kinda winging it for now. Maybe it’ll come to me next month.

What are some of your bucket list items for this year? DM me and let me know. Or drop a comment if you’re feelin old school!

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If you’re looking for some Christmas Movie Night Ideas, you’re in the right place. We love family movie night in our home and it feels extra special during Christmastime. We watch a lot of movies, drink a lot of hot coco, and have a good time. 

Strange World scary for kids, diversity and gay character explained

We went to watch Disney’s 61st animated feature Strange World this Thanksgiving weekend and it was a hit! Perhaps not everyone’s favorite movie this year but everyone enjoyed it.

Strange world parent review: Is Strange World Scary for kids?

This is Indiana Jones meets Atlantis. The creators did a fantastic job world building and introducing us to new characters like Splat who don’t have a face, yet manage to emote. It is a story of multigenerational families and conflict that are simple enough for the youngest viewers to enjoy, yet an underlying powerful and moving message for older kids and adults to mull over. And boy I’ve been mulling over it a lot. But we won’t go into it in this review to avoid any spoilers.

(L-R): Dorothy Steel as Merchant Tribe Elder, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

Wondering if Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is Scary for kids? This spoiler-free Black Panther: Wakanda Forever parent review will help you decide if it’s ok for your family. 

Lyle poses for a portrait in Columbia Pictures LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE. Photo by: Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Let me just put it out there that my kids and I aren’t long time fans of the book. Perhaps we ready a story here or there way back when but it’s not one that’s near and dear to our hearts. We do however, have an animal lover in our midst who loves crocodiles. Unfortunately, as soon as he saw the trailer he claimed Lyle was an alligator, not a crocodile and he couldn’t let that go. He was still happy to go and see the movie but the family calls him Lyle the alligator now. 

is Hocus Pocus 2 scary for kids

Wondering if ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ is scary for kids? Or if the sexual content is toned down in this sequel? Here’s a spoiler-free parent review of ‘Hocus Pocus 2.’

Hocus Pocus seems to be one of those movies everyone loves, or loves to hate. You either grew up loving it, or never understood the hype. Either way, you’re probably considering watching the long-awaited sequel Hocus Pocus 2, which premiers on Disney+ September 30th. Here’s a spoiler-free review sharing what families need to know.

We are finally getting our 2nd Black Disney Princess. A black Ariel! And this time we may actually get to see her face on the screen for more than 22 minutes (Tiana, I got you!).

Summer. Just hearing the word evokes sun-soaked memories of the past. Nobody can deny that last-day-of-school feeling, no matter how long it’s been since you were a young student. After more than a year of turmoil and isolation, we’re ready to slip on our flip-flops, grab our floaties, and make the most of every summery moment!

superman and super dog

Wondering if DC League of Super Pets is scary for kids or worth seeing theaters? This spoiler-free review will help you decide. 

DC movies are something I’ve been having a hard time getting into, but thanks to Ty, my 9-year-old superhero obsessed son, I’m giving them a try. Wonder Woman and Superman Man of Steel were fine, but I was not a fan of Justice League. I haven’t even wasted my time with Aquaman which I heard was terrible, but I did recently watch Shazam with him and was pleasantly surprised. DC League of Super Pets combines his love of superheroes AND animals, so I was really excited to bring the whole family and hear his take. 

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Come in, wannabe Space Rangers. Wannabe Space Rangers, come in. Do you read me?

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Wondering if Thor Love and Thunder is Scary for kids? This spoiler-free Thor Love and Thunder parent review will help you decide if it’s ok for your family. 

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget


I'm a former journalist, and lifelong creator striving to make the world a better place. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day by cherishing our individuality and celebrating our differences.

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