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“That Awkward Moment” Movie Review

That Awkward Moment

That Awkward Moment

Release Date: Friday January 31st, 2014

Run Time: 94 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content and language throughout.

Cast: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller

Twenty-somethings in search of a raunchy comedy to heat things up during this cold weather take note: “That Awkward Moment”, starring Zac Efron, opened in theaters this weekend.  In a world endless chick-flicks,That Awkard Moments” offers a refreshing change of pace.  The film follows the friendships of three single guys living the the Big Apple.  After Mike ( Michael B. Jordan) discovers his wife is no longer in love with him, his friends Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) vow to stay single and enjoy life together.  But, as they say, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.

The first part of the films is what one would expect to see if “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and some of the jokes from “The 40 Year Old Virgin” had a drunken one night stand and birthed a baby several years later.  In other words, it’s got some enjoyable, genuinely funny moments.  That would have been enough had it sustained that momentum through the entire film.  The latter half of the movie took a more serious, less funny approach which is, perhaps, where the movie got its title.  It certainly was “awkward”.  The main issue with this movie isn’t that the third act tried too hard to wrap things up, but rather that it felt like there were two movies.  You’ll laugh, you may cry (assuming you cry at mildly emotional moments during movie), and you’ll undoubtedly leave the moving things, “well, that really is awkward”.

Overall, on The It’s An Ordinary Blog scale of one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best and ten is the worst again, I give “That Awkward Moment” a 8.73628 with an emoticon based sub ranking of “hmm…well, okay then.”

iFamilyKC staffer Holli Ann also writes a lifestyle and parenting blog. You can connect with Holli through the It’s An Ordinary Blog Facebook page, through Twitter, or by email at Holli@iFamilyKC.com. 

Enter To Win 4 Passes to The 60th Annual Progressive Insurance Boat & Sportshow!

Good Evening, Everyone!

I am so excited to share an exciting event that’s taking place THIS weekend  in Kansas City! The 60th Annual Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow, which features an array of fun family friendly activities and shows, is taking place at Bartle Hall this Saturday (January 25th). I am so excited to be attending this year’s event and even more excited that iFamilyKC is giving away a family four pack of passes to one lucky reader! Take a look at the fun we’ll be enjoying at this event:

  • Gypsy Rose III Landship – Young guests can board the Gypsy Rose III Landship with Captain Tim and transform into pirates, explore the ship and participate in sword fights with other young mateys.
  • Boating and Outdoor Classroom – Guests will learn the latest in fishing and hunting techniques from local experts in an extensive seminar lineup.
  • Dock Dogs – Families will enjoy watching this high flying dog competition to find out which dog can jump the highest and furthest into a giant pool of water.
  • Fred’s Shed – Boat owners can attend educational seminars about maintaining, repairing and upgrading their boats. Each seminar will cover a variety of topics and demonstrations, along with question and answer sessions for the experts.
  • SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium – Young guests will enjoy viewing starfish, crabs and other sea creatures in SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium’s Ocean in Motion Touch Tank and Artifacts Cart. Kids will also enjoy SEA LIFE Academy, a seminar where kids can dissect a squid and learn what makes these creatures a great escape artist and a formidable deep sea hunter.
  • Willow Creek Trout Pond – Young guests will have lots of fun as they cast for live fish in the catch-and-release Willow Creek Trout Pond.
  • Texas Bass Tank – This 12-ft. tall, 40-ft long, 5,000 gallon aquarium is stocked with native fish so guests can enjoy a rare underwater view of professional fishing and casting demonstrations.

Want to get in on the action?! Enter to win by simply leaving us a comment (below) telling us what you would enjoy most at the show! We will randomly draw a winner on Friday morning at 10:00am and announce it on the iFamilyKC Facebook page! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!


“The Nut Job” Movie: In Review!

“The Nut Job”

Release Date: Friday January 17th, 2014

Run Time: 86 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and rude humor

Cast: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson

Sometimes an idea that is clever in theory is not so clever in execution. This is one of those times. “The Nut Job” follows the adventure of Sully (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel who has been banished from the his park.  Sully, with the help of his friend, Buddy, and with the eventual help of love interest Randie (Katherine Heigl) and arrogant dummy (Brendan Frasier) attempt the job of a lifetime as they try to steal the nuts from a local nut store.

A furry critter version of Ocean’s 11 sounds like a lot of fun, but the end result did not live up to the promising premise. There was very little wit, and not a ton of action.  What it did have was flatulence jokes, and plenty of them. There were also puns along the lines of, “you’re nuts!”. Well done, writers.

Despite its many flaws, the movie is not without its charms. Maya Rudolph, as the voice the ineffective guard dog Precious, delivers some genuine chuckles. The movie also shows the importance of working together and caring about more than just yourself.

Since Pixar came along (and with some of the more recent Disney animated pictures like Wreck it Ralph and Frozen) parents of small children have been spoiled by animated movies that are able to capture the hearts and tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. When “Toy Story” happened, I imagine parents must have considered it a pleasant surprise to bring their kid to a movie and understand some jokes that their kids might have missed. Now, it’s become an expectation for animated movies to have universal appeal and I’m not sure that is fair. Obviously, it is preferable (and profitable) to make a movie that appeals to everyone, but is also ok to make a kids movie that is mostly for kids. Grownups, this movie is not made for you. You may grown at the 4th “nut” pun and all the slapstick but your kid (providing he or she is between 5 and 10 years old) probably loves it, and that is what really matters.

On my scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst, 5 being the best and 10 being the worst again, I give “The Nut Job” a 2.25 with an emoticon based sub ranking of: “Oh, Nuts!”

Connect with Holli Ann on Facebook and on Twitter. Questions about this review?! Email Holli anytime at Holli@iFamilyKC.com

Valentine’s Day Books

The typical gift for Valentine’s Day is something cuddly or chocolate. How about changing it up a little bit this year. There are some great books that you can read with your little Valentine to make the day extra special. There is no better gift then that quality time with you. Here are a few at the top of my list:



Valentine’s Day Books
Submitted by Mom Squad Blogger
Keri Nichol


Best of Book Night: January

Book night is a new idea for the New Year! Simply skip television one evening and replace it with a “read aloud” book night for a fun family time.

I recommend checking out all of these books and having each family member read one or two aloud.  The great illustrations and funny humor will make for enjoyable family entertainment and great bonding time.

Attention babysitters, these easy to read and colorful books would be fun to check out and take with you to that next babysitting job!  Great for any age and the parents will love you!

“The Three Little Pigs”

different versions of:

These five stories I have chosen are hilarious takes on the classic Three Little Pigs.  They will have the middle school student laughing out loud as well as the kindergartener!

For the technology fans, I have added a couple links at the end of the story list for free “Three Little Pig” apps.  These are great apps for even the preschooler.  Have the older sibling read and record the classic version using the zoodles app below!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith.  This is a story told by Alexander T. Wolf himself and he insist that the pigs were causing all the trouble and that he was framed!

The Three Little Pigs New Edition

Funny take on the Classic!

The Fourth Little Pig

The Fourth Little Pig by Teresa Celsi (1992) this is a great follow up to the classic story!  So the well-traveled fourth sister shows up to help her three traumatized brothers get out into the world and not be afraid of that wolf.

Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig By Eugene Trivizas, great twist on the classic.  The wolves’ work very hard, the pig is meaner than the wolf ever was and the ending has an unexpected and funny surprise!

The Three Little Javelinas

The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell, is the southwest version of the three little pigs, but a clever coyote is after these siblings.

Free “apps” links below:




By Shari Jacobs, iFamilyKC Mom Squad


My kiddos are constantly wanting to make their own lunch. I found the following idea and it was an instant HIT. It is a NO Bake… and very little mess recipe that the kids can do all by themselves. Although it’s pretty self-explanatory, the supplies needed for Banana Hotdogs are:

Hot dog bun

Peanut Butter



Spread the peanut butter on the inside of bun. Peel and insert banana like a hotdog and then line with jelly. ENJOY ….great source of protein, whole grain ( with a whole grain bun) AND an extra fruit serving.  For a twist…try to replace the jelly with some chocolate syrup…..yummy!

Banana Hotdogs for Kid Cooks

Keri Nichol- Mom Squad Blogger

Complements of The Domestic Momma and Village Cook at http://thevillagecook.com/banana-dogs/.

Five Reasons to Send Your Child to Summer Camp

Submitted by
Dawn Cox, Guest Blogger

1 – Identity and individuality

At summer camp, your kiddo will not be “brother of” or “son of”, he’s going to be a camper.  He gets to make his own choices, from how much to eat all the way down to which activities he wants to participate in.  Summer camp is a great and safe environment for kids to start spreading those proverbial wings.


2 – New experiences

At Cub Creek Science Camp, campers get to interact with animals at our private zoo.  They can adopt an animal of their choosing for their stay and learn how to properly feed and take care of “their” animal.  Cub Creek has domestic and exotic animals and is licensed by the USDA.  A camper could adopt a sloth, a fox, a camel, a lemur, or yes, even a dog!


3 – Meeting new people

Campers come from all walks of life and all geographical locations.  Here at Cub Creek, we get international campers AND counselors.  It’s so much fun to hear the campers talking about the cultural differences.  We love knowing those kids will become pen-pals and likely remain friends for a long time.  Without the social expectations of school, campers are free to laugh and make friends easily.


4 – Unplug from technology

Technology is such an important part of our lives.  But it’s so important for our children to learn how to unplug and rediscover their own creativity and imagination.  Camp allows campers to engage with each other and their own emotions without the crutch of technology.


5 –   Learning valuable social skills

Coming to camp means campers have to learn not just sharing but cooperation and respect.  Kids have to share chores and compromise when they live in a cabin with each other.  Nothing says cooperation and compromise faster when having to share a bathroom with 8 other girls!


You can check out Cub Creek Science Camp at mosciencecamp.com.  We’re also on Facebook under “Cub Creek Science Camp”.


Breakfast Sushi

This is a little twist on breakfast to keep things fun and interesting with the kiddos. Peel the banana and completely cover with a thick coat of peanut butter. Then roll in rice krispies. Then you can cut it into sushi size rolls. Breakfast Sushi! Enjoy.

I love recipes like this because these are easy and safe enough that the kids can even do it themselves.

Complements of Mashable.com

Submitted by:

Keri Nichol, Mom Squad Blogger