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Top 10 Movies for Kids
"A family movie night can be a fun way to spend an evening. One of the issues that we have in our family is the 5 year age difference between our children. However, there are some great family classics out there that appeal to the whole crowd."
1. Sound of Music
The Sound of Music offers a love story mixed with tragedy. Captain Von Trapp is the father of seven children and Maria enters their life as the nanny. Through her love of music, Maria wins over the children and Captain Von Trapp. The movie is full of wonderful songs that the whole family will enjoy.
2. Toy Story
All three of the Toy Story movies should make your list of must see movies. The movies follow the adventures of a little boy named Andy’s toys. With fabulous animation and witty lines that parents will appreciate, the films are heartwarming, fun, and offer enjoyment for people of all ages.
3. Finding Nemo
In Finding Nemo, Marlin, an overprotective father clownfish loses his son Nemo. Throughout the movie you follow both Nemo and Marlin through their various adventures. The movie is thoughtful and fun.
4. The Lion King
The Lion King offers the story of a baby lion, Simba, who will one day become the king. However, after his father passes away, his evil Uncle Scar takes over the kingdom and ruins it. Over time, Simba realizes that it is his responsibility to take over the kingdom.
5. Mary Poppins
Marry Poppins offers a wonderful, magical story about two young children who get very little attention from their parents. Mary Poppins takes the children on several wonderful adventures. The movie offers wonderful song and dance numbers that the whole family will enjoy.
The Shrek movies offer the story of an ogre who rescues a princess and ends up finding true love. All of the Shrek movies are full of humor and fun and offer a unique spin on the classic fairy tale. The film is also very enjoyable for parents, as the story line includes several clever references that adults will find entertaining.
7. The Incredibles
The Incredibles are a family of superheroes, each with their own unique powers. The family is currently “retired” from the superhero business. The movie is what you would expect from a superhero film, offering great action along with well timed humor.
8. Willy Wonka
Elliott, a young boy, discovers an alien who was left behind by his fellow extraterrestrials. The boy and the alien form a bond throughout the movie as Elliott helps E.T. get back home.
10. A Christmas Story
Around the holidays you cannot avoid seeing this wonderful, charming, and classic film. The story is about a boy named Ralphie who has one wish for Christmas, which is to get a Red Ryder BB gun. The film is full of wonderful family fun.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Here are 12 of the best free tools, each one of which I use in my own business.
Buffer is a great little app to help you send tweets and posts at optimal times. After you create your account and link your networks (currently Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), you can choose when Buffer will release posts to each network. When you’re plugging through your reading list you can simply “Buffer” those articles you want to share, and they will be posted on each network when the get to the top of the queue.
Whether your event is free or paid, Eventbrite is a fabulous way to manage it. The app makes it easy to set up an event to accept PayPal and/or credit card payments. There is no “installation” or “set up” fee, making it perfect for the small business that doesn’t want a big credit card system on a monthly basis.
The tool contains lots of features for customization of the event pages, email marketing to confirmed attendees, Facebook integration, and even the ability to scan QR coded tickets with your smart phone at the door. It’s free to use if your event is free. For paid events, the fees are comparable to other online systems.
A simple app that tells you the optimal times to tweet from your account. Run a free Tweriod analysis once a month and use the data to plan your Buffer schedule.
An easy-to-use tool that helps you find Twitter accounts that are not following you back or are inactive. I’ve used this one to get my follower ratio under control by unfollowing inactive accounts, but it has a range of other features as well.
This is the perfect way to create a quick screencast video for your blog or training sessions. With a five-minute limit, you can be sure you never run long and because it only captures what you do on-screen, you don’t need to worry about your hair.
Long used as a way to share PDF files on websites and blogs, Scribd now has a fabulous Facebook app that enables you to make your PDFs available to your Facebook fans. Use this function to share your menu, free printables, checklists, or a newsletter on your Facebook business page.
Available for many Internet email systems, WiseStamp creates a branded email signature. The free version allows for two signatures, personal and corporate. The best feature is the ability to link up nearly any social network, or even include your latest tweet or blog post title automatically.
This is the best option I’ve found for getting rid of spammers on my blog since you have to create an account to comment.
Aviary enables you to capture a picture of the screen, edit it, and add comments. It’s perfect for grabbing a screen shot of that comment or tweet you want to save for later use in a presentation, or blog post.
This is another automation tool, but it’s different than everything else you’ve tried. You can create “recipes” to auto-post your favorite authors to a host of social networks, add blog posts containing key words to your Buffer, or even get a text message about tomorrow’s weather (I use that one).
It’s like Google Alerts for Twitter. Get an email digest each day for your keywords or mentions of your company/brand.
A little known Twitter account that tells you who is unfollowing you on Twitter. Each weekly digest is split into “ex-friends” and “ex-followers.” Don’t use this if you’re going to take it personally each time someone unfollows you. It’s a great tool that I use just to ensure I’m not losing any real-life friends or business contacts.
Most of these tools have a paid upgrade available. If you find a program that works for you, sometimes it’s worth paying for the upgrade, like HootSuite and Prezi, two others I didn’t mention here. Whatever you’re looking for in social media, chances are there is something out there to help you do it, you just need to know what you’re looking for. And hey, there’s a great website that can help you find it. It’s also free, and it’s called Google.
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