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Kingsman: The Golden Circle” In Review!

Happy Friday, Kansas City! It’s looking like it’s going to be a hot weekend here in the metro area and, like many of you, I’m looking for a few ways to escape the heat during date night with my husband. What better way to relax than inside the air-conditioned theater taking in a brand new box office hit. “Kingsman” was an unexpected blast the first time around but does the sequel live up to its predecessor? We sent Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to catch an early screening of the film and she shares her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

I was really looking forward to seeing this sequel which stars the original cast Taron Egerton (“Sing”),b Mark Strong (“Imitation Game”), and Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and new characters featuring Channing Tatum (“21 Jump Street”) and Halle Berry (“X-Men”). “Kingsmen” is a modern day James Bond style film with tons of action, plot twists and secret agents.

This sequel starts off in the UK, but when their headquarters are destroyed, the Kingsmen find themselves traveling halfway across the the world to the good ol’ USA. They meet up with their “cousin” allied agency and set out to save the world… again.

As a spy movie, you expect several things, handsome men, beautiful women, bad guys and nice suits. Julianne Moore (“The Big Lebowski”) plays the evil genius that causes havoc on the world in a surprisingly entertaining way.  But one thing about this series that makes me love it is the endless one liners, puns and hilarious jokes. “Kingsman” really is a perfect mix between action and comedy.

While I did feel The Golden Circle was lacking a tad in action scenes compared to the first installment, there are plenty of perfectly choreographed fight segments. I did, however, feel that one scene which contained adult situations, without giving too much info, was totally unnecessary. But they were able to quickly draw away from that with light-hearted jokes and more action.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and I would definitely watch it again. This is definitely not a family movie, but would be a great movie for you and friends to catch. I would rate this installment a 7.5 out of 10.

From iFamily to Yours,



This Weekend In The Box Office: Annabelle Creation

While this movie review isn’t suitable for the kiddos, this would be a great date night for Mom and Dad!  Erin, From the iFamily Mom Squad, had a chance to preview Annabelle and is here to give us her thoughts!  Take a look…

Annabelle: Creation

Release Date: 11 August 2017

Run Time: 109 minutes

MPAA Rating: R (for horror, violence, and terror)

Director: David F. Sandberg

Cast: Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Talitha Bateman

Annabelle: Creation is the prequel to the 2014 movie Annabelle and a spin-off of The Conjuring series. In this installment, a toymaker and his wife tragically lose their 7 year old daughter. Several years later, still grieving, they invite a nun and a group of orphans to their home hoping to provide help to those in need and to lift their own spirits. Unbeknownst to the nun and the children, a haunted doll lives in the house and is out for blood.

Children are the main focus of this movie but it is absolutely NOT for children to see! However if you are not a child and you’re a fan of The Conjuring movies, I would highly recommend you check this flick out!  As a huge fan of The Conjuring movies, I thought this movie was very well written and contained the perfect amount of creep factor!  Honestly it was one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in a long time.  Some horror movies are just full of blood and sickening gore with no actual plot or reasoning to any of it.  Annabelle: Creation was definitely full of plenty of that but it had some substance and a story that connects pieces of The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and Annabelle.  Scary moments that made the whole audience scream, jump and hilariously talking to the girls on screen warning them not to do that!  That might be my favorite part about seeing scary movies in a theater. It lightens the mood a tad and creates a whole cinematic experience if someone is behind you saying “Don’t open that door!” or “Runnnn!” or “Nope!” If you’re looking for a fantastically scary, edge of your seat horror story with plenty of shocking scenes, this is it!  Perfect date night or girls night out movie! In theaters, August 11th!

From iFamily to Yours,

Mummies Of The World: Now At Union Station!

Good Evening, Kansas City! We are SO excited to help share the news that Mummies Of The World, the NEW exhibit at Union Station, is now open! We sent Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to check it out and she’s sharing her thoughts with you tonight on the blog. Take a look…

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Mummies Of The World: Now At Union Station!

This past Friday, my kids and I were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Union Stations’ Mummies of the World exhibit! I was so excited to go because I hadn’t had the chance to go see any of their exhibits since moving back to Kansas City. Thailand (9) was just as excited as I was but Baltimore (6) and Italy (4) were a little apprehensive since they didn’t know what to expect.

When we arrived they were still in the process of setting up a few more décor items for opening day but that didn’t stop me from having a good time! First stop in the exhibit is a short welcome movie about the mummies and what to expect. Once the short movie was over, we were ready to see the mummies!

There were so many mummies and ancient artifacts to see! I knew there would be mummies from all over the world and different time periods, but I had no clue that mummies were once mummified in different and unique ways. Typically when you think of mummies, you think ancient Egypt, Halloween costumes or wrapped up from head to toe in toilet paper. I was very impressed by the majority of ways people and animals had been mummified throughout the World’s history.

From the more common mummies like King Tutankhamen to mummies that had been buried by the earth and mysteriously preserved by natural elements. We learned that even though mummies have been dead for centuries, you can still learn about their past and how they died. Scientists have ways through scanning and examining if in fact they had died from diseases or natural causes.

All in all I would say this exhibit is beyond educational and cool! Thailand and I really enjoyed learning about all the different mummies and where they came from. Baltimore and Italy not so much! Because the exhibit is in dimmed lights and there are real life mummies, they were scared and said it was too creepy. I would say if your child scares easy, doesn’t car for the dark or are younger than 8, they may not really enjoy it as much. If you have a family with littles, I would suggest maybe breaking up your group and alternate turns with the other adults in your group. This way everyone can enjoy the exhibit and no one gets scared.  The exhibit is located downstairs at Union Station (next to planetarium). The exhibit is open through the rest of 2017.

To get your tickets or to find out more information about the mummies or exhibit, check out Union Stations’ Mummies of the World online! http://www.unionstation.org/mummies/

Since no flash photography is allowed, I was only able to snap some pictures with my phone! Here are a few photos from the exhibit!

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From iFamily to yours,



This Weekend at the Movies: Baywatch

Hello Kansas City! Dwayne Johnson is back at it, bringing a new spin on an old franchise – Baywatch. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Sarah, had a chance to get a sneak peek in, and gives us some thoughts below. Take a look!


Rating: R
Run time: 1 hr 56 min
Director: Seth Gordon
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Effron, Alexandra Daddario


This Weekend at the Movies: Baywatch


Imagine if The Fast and the Furious and The A-Team had a baby, shipped it off to the beaches of California and told it to fight crime. This is basically Baywatch. To begin, I don’t think I have ever seen an episode of the original Baywatch on TV except for the references on Friends, but I got the gist of what I needed to know about the show—girls in swimsuits running in slow motion down the beach and fighting crime because the cops didn’t really want to be involved in petty beach theft and drowning victims. A muscled up head lifeguard which led these individuals on wild jet ski and boat excursions to make sure their beach was free of all things from litter to drug dealers. Pretty much the Baywatch movie in a nutshell as well; little more high price action sequences, little more high price talent, a lot more quick one-liners and F-words.

Dwayne Johnson takes on the role as Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff in the original) a devoted lifeguard with the rank of lieutenant (which I am not too sure why he has this title) who leads a group of lifeguards on the Emerald Bay beach. With try-outs coming up to fill three empty positions in the Baywatch group, a cocky Olympic gold medalist, Matt Brody, played by Zac Efron begins to butt heads and start a long an drawn out competition with Buchannon. But they find themselves in the midst of an all-out conspiracy involving drugs, real estate and a mysterious new owner of the Huntley Club, a ritzy location on the beach. Baywatch is rated R for language throughout the movie, crude sexual content and nudity.

To be honest I was surprised; I half expected to walk out of the movie halfway through thinking if I have to sit there and body shame myself because all I am looking at are girls in less than bikinis running down the beach– I have other things to do. My neighbors in the seats around me didn’t help this assumption; their ages ranged from about 17 to 24 year old boys who thank goodness stopped cat-calling the women about 10 minutes into the movie. Ladies, they put in Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in for us I suppose which helped even out the dynamic—but man! How many muscles does one person need; I am not complaining but man!

I ended up liking each character, Dwayne Johnson I have always liked and think he delivers lines (especially comedic ones) very well. I like Zac Efron as well in pretty much anything he does; looking forward for him to take on a more serious role in the future which I think he will do fantastic; but he plays the not-the-sharpest-crayon-in-the-box jock just fine as well. The girl–, CJ, Stephanie, and Summer took supporting cast roles which I think is what made me stick around to the credits since it wasn’t just about running in slow motion; it was more about the storyline. I will say they were typical to the role they were cast and a few times I found myself asking “where the heck are they!?” There were a couple digressions in the storyline that I really don’t know if they needed to be in there, but when I saw my 17 year old friends around me laughing hysterically then I knew it had to have a couple crude humor moments.

Do I recommend? If you want a movie where you don’t have to think, you can just wind down and imagine your future beach trip then yes. Would I go see it again? No. Would I rent it? Probably not. But if it were on the movie channel for free? Yeah I may watch it and laugh a couple times. Honestly the best part of the whole thing was the relaxing reclining chairs and the 3 story movie screen—oh yeah and popcorn for dinner!

From iFamily to Yours,






This Weekend at the Box Office: Cure for Wellness

Happy Weekend, iFamily! We here at iFamilyKC love to bring you the best and most honest reviews of current films. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, had the opportunity to check out the new movie, A Cure for Wellness. Before you head to the theater, make sure to take a look at her review, and be aware that this is not appropriate for the kiddos. Take a look…

This Weekend at the Box Office: Cure for Wellness

Release Date: 2017 February 17

Run Time: 146 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Lisa Banes, Ivo Nandi, Susanne Wuest

In Gore Verbinski’s latest psychological thriller, A Cure for Wellness, a businessman, played by Dane DeHaan, is sent by his company to the Swiss Alps to bring the CEO of the company back to close a merger who has checked into a mysterious wellness center. After an accident, he finds himself recovering in the place he was headed to pick up his boss. Throughout the movie, DeHaan discovers that this place of relaxation and healing isn’t at all what it appears to be.

I enjoy a good scare from a film but this movie was extremely disturbing to say the very least. There were several scenes that I was so uncomfortable and the so-called “thrilling conclusion” left me with a sick and disgusted feeling. I wanted to be able to provide a complete review for the iFamilyKC readers, but in all honesty I would have preferred to walk out with the three other individuals who did just that. This movie is not for children, whatsoever. Maybe not for parents either. I would recommend, if you are a parent, that you understand this movie gave me nightmares for 2 solid nights (and I am 34).

I give the sickening and unforgivable, A Cure for Wellness, a solid 3 out of a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best. I probably would have given it a 1 or a 2 had it not been for the awesome visual effects throughout the film. I wish there was a button I could push to get 146 minutes of my life back. I think the movie could have easily earned an NC-17 rating, especially with the disgustingly unforgivable conclusion. A Cure for Wellness is in theaters February 17th and you will be longing for cure from the disconcerting feeling this film leaves you with.


From iFamily to Yours,





This Weekend at the Box Office: John Wick Chapter 2

Wahoo, it is Friday, Kansas City! If you’re looking for a not-so-conventional Valentine’s Day movie date idea, check out John Wick Chapter 2. It brings John out of retirement, and into some new, action-packed predicaments. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, was able to get a sneak peek and gives us the low down. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: John Wick Chapter 2


Release Date: 10 February 2017

Run Time: 2hr 2 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ricard Scimarcio



This Weekend at the Box Office: John Wick Chapter 2


Ok, I felt kind of bad getting ready to go in and see this film. My husband and I saw the first installment of this film a long, long time ago and I honestly didn’t really remember a lot of details. I knew Keanu Reeves was in it and he was killing a lot of people. That was honestly all I could remember. But chapter 2… Chapter 2 is different…


This movie was so full of action and excitement I couldn’t look away (except for a few cringe worthy scenes). Keanu was never one of my favorite actors but I loved him in this film! Keanu plays a notorious hitman, forced out of retirement by a blood oath that would require him to go up against some of the elitist killers of their secret society. On his forced mission, he is reunited with old friends, old enemies and new ones.

Of course a movie like this is going to have a lot of violence and foul language, but I never expected the comedic scenes to actually be funny! I laughed, jumped and at times I couldn’t believe how cool this movie was.

This is definitely not a family oriented movie but I’m sure anyone that likes perfectly choreographed fight scenes, comedy and secret societies would love this movie!

I give John Wick Chapter 2 an 8/10


From iFamily to Yours,






This Weekend at the Box Office: The Space Between Us

Happy Friday, Kansas City! If you have some teens in your household (or like teen movies yourself), The Space Between Us, might be right up your alley to check out this weekend. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, had a chance at a sneak peek and shares her thoughts with us below. Check it out…

This Weekend at the Box Office: The Space Between Us // iFamilyKC Blog

Release Date: 3 February 2017

Run Time: 120 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Peter Chelsom

Cast: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino


This weekend, The Space Between Us hits theaters. It is a charming story about a boy (Gardner) raised on the planet Mars, who desperately wants to go to Earth. Due to brittle bones and an enlarged heart, scientists are not sure that he would survive Earth’s gravity. Gardner’s mother dies shortly after giving birth to him and so he has been raised by scientists and is desperate to have a real connection with other people. That is where Tulsa comes in; a foster kid Gardner meets online and develops a relationship with. It stars Asa Butterfield (from Hugo and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and Britt Robertson (from Tomorrowland and Mother’s Day). Both give good performances, although their characters (especially Robertson’s) do not get all the development they deserve.

Eventually, Gardner makes it to Earth, and to little surprise, sneaks off to find Tulsa. The two of them take off on an adventure and he gets to see some of the most stunning countryside the United States can offer. Perhaps being the mother of young children, I harbored a bit of disbelief that a boy whose body is having difficulties adapting to Earth could do some of the things he did. They must have been giving him a heck of a lot of immunizations on that 7-month trip through space. As he goes through the film, Gardner asks everyone what their favorite thing about Earth is. It’s a charming reminder that often the simplest things are the most meaningful. Eventually his health begins deteriorating and it is clear his time on Earth is coming to an end.

Based on the trailers, I thought this movie was only a teenage romance film, but the story hints at bigger themes with space exploration and the importance of family. And although I didn’t dislike The Space Between Us, I don’t feel like the film reached its full potential. It was directed by Peter Chelsom whose previous movies included Serendipity and Hanna Montana: The Movie. The storyline jumped around at times and it had quite a few plot holes and clichés. If you aren’t looking for anything too serious though, it was still an enjoyable movie. And if your teens are looking for a movie to check out for Valentine’s Day weekend, this may a contender, but I doubt it will get much hype. I think this is a better movie to rent at home. Despite one teen romantic interlude, the film is pretty family friendly (it is rated PG-13). I give The Space Between Us a 3 out of 5.


From iFamily to Yours,

10 Simple & Fun Date Night Ideas For This Weekend

As most of us are gearing up for the Chiefs game and staying in to wait out the ice storm, you may be planning your next outing with your significant other. Our Mom Squad Ambassador has a great list of easy and fun date night ideas to blow that cabin fever away. Check it out…


10 Simple & Fun Date Night Ideas For This Weekend


10 Simple & Fun Date Night Ideas For This Weekend


Date nights can be kind of stressful. You may have kids to plan around, work schedules that may have you running around for more than 12 hours a day and just a lot of things that seem to happen at the worst time. So when you plan your next date night, try these simple ideas to avoid the added stress of planning!

#1 Date at Home

I know this probably doesn’t seem like a “go to” idea, but when the kids are out of the house, it is perfect! You can still dress up, get amazing takeout and enjoy each other’s time. Plus you can stay up late and not have to worry about commuting back home.

#2 Museums

Museums are a great place for a date. You can explore new and old treasures, get to know each other while walking around plus they are FREE!

#3 Sip &Paint

Sip and paints are the latest craze in outings. These are classes allow you drink and paint in light friendly atmosphere. Plus, it gives you a gift to give each other at the end of the night!

#4 Dance Class

Taking a dance class is something most adults don’t do on a daily basis. So taking a class that lets you take down your hair and loosen up for the night will help you relieve stress from your week and pretty much guarantee a night of laughs.

#5 Walks in the park

This may sound like a typical scene from a RomCom, but there is so much to see in a park. Plus if you are walking you are probably not being distracted with your phone or social media ( unless it’s iFamilyKC then you are ok lol).

#6 PubCrawl

This may sound out there but a good pub crawl is so easy you really only need one plan. When and what time are we meeting? Once you get to where you are, you can check out other places, get some food and hear some music. You don’t have to worry about reservations, dress codes or having to wait for an open table.

#7 Events

Local events are great! You can enjoy music, poets or your favorite sports teams. Plus it will give you plenty to talk about after words too.

#8 Traditional dinner

If you like having something set in stone and not too stressful, make a quick reservation at your favorite place!

#9 Playing Games

Playing games is also a great idea for having date night at home or with a group! There are so many games out there, all you have to do is pick one up or pull out a deck of cards. Have a competitive team game? Try girls vs guys for some friendly competition!

#10 Wine Tasting

Take a tour of a winery and try some out! If you are too busy or tiered to plan something then a wine tasting is perfect! Let the guides do all the talking and planning. You just show up, look around and have a few drinks and snacks! Simple as that.

I hope you find these ideas helpful when planning your next date night!

From iFamily to Yours,







This Weekend at the Box Office – Arrival

Happy Friday, Kansas City! After a long week, the movies are one of my favorite activities to enjoy on the weekend. This weekend, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a new movie out, Arrival. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette was able to get sneak peek and gives us the highs and lows. Take a look…

This Weekend at the Box Office - Arrival


This Weekend at the Box Office – Arrival


Release Date: November 11, 2016
Run Time: 116 min
Rating: PG-13
Director: Denis Villenueve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner


Let me start by saying this, I have a tendency to over excite myself about things and sometimes it pays off and other times I just get an even bigger let down!

The other night I had the opportunity to preview “Arrival” starring Amy Adams (love her), Jeremy Renner (Avengers) and Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland). When I first seen the preview I just knew this was going to be a groundbreaking movie! Great actors, unique story line and not to mention Sci-Fi! But as I watched “Arrival” and even as I’m typing, I find myself baffled.


The story line is not like your typical alien movie. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I will let you know this…. If you are looking for an “end of the world, doomsday suck out our brains” kind of movie, you will be disappointed. After a foreign air craft appears in several locations around the globe, a crafty team of military personnel and scientists around the world try to none the less communicate with Earth’s new visitors.


Outside the fact that the movie starts off a little slow, the suspense is phenomenal! It will have your mind rambling dozens of questions, trying to figure out the aliens next move, and whether or not the humans can act fast enough before going into full blown war! With a few plot twists and the occasional cheeky humor, I could not help but constantly wonder what will happen next?!


But, I have to be honest…


What did eventually happen next was not that great. I’m talking about the ending. With so much suspense and visually intriguing scenes, the ending did not live up to the same standard as the rest of the movie. I felt “let down”. It kind of seemed like it just ended. It was as if the writers had written something so crazy and the only way for it all to make sense was to just throw a curve ball that did nothing really.


If I had to rate this movie I would give it a 3.5 /5 simply because they lift you up so high and then drop you at the end.


From iFamily to Yours,




Date Night At The Movies: “Inferno” Review

This weekend a lot of us will be busy with our families doing Halloween activities. If you and your significant other find yourselves needing some adult time (and who won’t) a movie date may be in order. Hitting the box office this week is Inferno and it could be just what you’re looking for. Take a look…


Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are back with another film adaptation of another one of Dan Brown’s wildly successful novels. Inferno is the third movie where Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, a famous Harvard professor and symbologist. Langdon wakes in a hospital with amnesia and immediately jumps into action with the aide of his ER doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to find a virus that will wipeout half of the world’s population. With pain and horrifying visions due to a head trauma, he takes off to remember what he’s doing in Florence and to save humanity while racing the clock and outside forces.

Like every Dan Brown novel, this story is a maze and a calculus problem wrapped in a riddle and played out scavenger hunt style. However, the film did a good job of connecting the dots for viewers who may be a little behind on their Dante (like me). I had read Dan Brown’s Inferno years ago, and I only remembered a bit of it. My friend who joined me had not read the book at all. We both really enjoyed the film, and ignorance may have been key as many other moviegoers were griping about the inconsistencies. Even if the movie didn’t mirror the book’s storyline, it was still enjoyable.

The plot had many twists and it was fast paced, but it had to be to get the large novel into a two-hour film. The locations were beautiful. Most of it was filmed in Italy and it served as a reminder that I need to travel more. The movie is rated PG-13, but it is gory. There were a lot of disturbing images. It is about Dante’s Inferno after all. I think the Halloween release was a wise one, though maybe it should have come out a little sooner. This would be a great date movie for people who are tempted to do a spooky movie, but don’t really want a horror film. This did toe the horror line at times- especially in the beginning, but it is a true thriller, and it worked for the material.

The cast was good, which it really needed to be as there were a lot of people and organizations at play and they did not get very thorough backstories. Diverse and strong actors kept this enigmatic roster of characters easy to keep track of. Tom Hanks was amazing, as always. He even provided a bit of comic relief- a nice break in an otherwise heavy two hours. Overall I give a B. I would go see it in the theater, but I wouldn’t buy it.  

From iFamily to Yours,


Inferno Review from Darcy of the iFamilyKC Mom Squad

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