Casual Fridays

I love Fridays!  Even thought its a homeschool day for us, its generally a lighter load and so close to the weekend that it almost feels weekendish.  I’m less stressed knowing that relaxation (or fun) (or both!) are coming soon!  So these posts are filled with random, not super important, Friday-esque details: lighter topic, no stress, things that I find funny, and I hope you do, too!

I’m on the hunt for a new pair of athletic shoes, but not for actually being athletic in!  I have a pair of shoes I work out in now, and want to just have another fun pair for wearing around.  I love New Balance, their fun colors, and retro vibe, but I can’t decide which pair I like best!  Will you weigh in for me?  I’m open to other colors, too, but these were the first ones I found.

new balance

New Balance 697 Sneaker (rose) New Balance 696 (sage) New Balance 520 70’s Running (pink) 574 Serpent Plus (dusted peach)

pink sneakers

Actually, while I was working on this post, I found a really cute pair of sneakers that I’m going to try for a fraction of the price, from Target!  They haven’t arrived yet, but I sure hope they fit right!

Also, I swear I wear things that are colors other than pink!

dance biscuits

One of the perks of having older kids is introducing them to things that Sean & I find hilarious, but when they are little just wouldn’t make sense.  Around here, we’re big fans of stupid humor! Like The Three Amigos.  Also, random videos, like the SNL skit on Beyonce’s Single Ladies video, featuring Justin Timberlake.  I think this video is hilarious!  My 12 year old, Lily, got a letter board for Christmas and quoted the best lines from the skit on it (above).

On the topic of movies and videos for older kids, I would love some suggestions from you guys!  We generally go pretty clean with our movies, but are relaxing a bit with language for our oldest.  If there’s any sexual material, we either skip it or pass on the movie or show entirely.  Abbie from M is for Mama gave me a bunch of recommendations recently, but I’d love more!  My girls and I recently watched You’ve Got Mail (per Abbie’s suggestion) and they loved it and it was so clean!  As a family, we have been watching the old reruns of Tool Time.  While Tim makes some slightly more adult remarks, they are generally above the kids’ understanding, and we all enjoy watching it.  A friend recommended a short series recently called Dr. Thorne (its free with Amazon Prime!) and our whole family enjoyed it, even our 10 year old son.  So what about you – do you have any good clean shows you can suggest?

Any weekend plans?  We have a 4 day weekend (woohooo!) with very few plans – my favorite!  I always have several projects running at once, so maybe I’ll get to finish one of them…


  1. 1
    Keli Frost says:

    I’m digging all 4 New Balance options! Any choice is the right one.

    My mother taught me garbage in-garbage out. So I try to remember that with my entertainment choices. Her phrase is a loose translation of “…think on these things”


    For the Kids:
    Hart of Dixie on Netflix
    The Middle

    For you:
    Call the Midwife
    Drop Dead Diva

    For you and Hubby:
    Midsomer Murders
    This is Us

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    We have been watching family matters and the original fulll house and my kids are really enjoying them! (Ages 8-16)

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    Some really good movies that are kid friendly

    Flight of the Navigator
    Princess Bride
    What about Bob
    Back to the Future
    Sister Act
    Mrs Doubtfire
    The Kite Runner
    Captain Ron

    I guess most of these are a few decades old, when my kids were young

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      these are great! there are a few that we have seen but adding the rest to our list!

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        Kris Russell says:

        I highly recommend viewing the Kite Runner before showing it to children.

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          thank you! we always check before watching anything, and that definitely alerted us to some pretty strong language and other concerning material. thanks for the heads up!

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    I found this helpful for family movie ideas:

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    My family loves Studio C. It’s a sketch comedy show like SNL but all clean. Check them out on YouTube. The Scott Sterling sketch went viral, but there are so many other good ones.

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    Sarah Austen says:

    My 11 year old and her friends love Pitch Perfect. Yes, it isn’t entirely clean in places, but a lot of things either go whizzing over her head or she does an embarrassed little laugh and says “that wasn’t entirely appropriate was it”. She knows what language is acceptable and what isn’t and she’s sensible enough to know when things aren’t appropriate but I trust her to watch.

    She also likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Beaty and the Beast (with Emma Watson), Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Goonies, Goodnight Mr Tom, The Railway Children, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia and absolutely adores all the Harry Potter films

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    Did you watch Dr. Thorne season @ on Amazon? I could only find season 1.

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      we actually watched it on dvd, but yes, it was season 1 like on amazon. there are only 4 episodes, but they are pretty long. when it was over we were wishing for more!

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    We love Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke. Have you checked out VidAngel’s website? It’s great for filtering movies. My kids have watched plenty of movies through VidAngel that I otherwise would have said no to.

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    Do you like mysteries?! I just finished and loved “Father Brown” on Netflix. They are a murder mysteries solved by a Roman Catholic Priest, based on the character/stories by GK Chesterton, and staring the actor who played Arthur Weasley. About half of them I let my own kids watch (mine are 5 & 9). There were a 1 or 2 with adult content (like a murder in a burlesque) but you can usually tell from the description… They were originally aired on the BBC in the afternoons, so they are kid friendly.

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    National Treasure movies are really fun!

    A really great series on Netflix, made by Hallmark, is When Calls the Heart. It’s based on a Christian book series by Janette Oke. Super sweet story of a wealthy young woman who moves to a small coal mining town in the early 1900s. There are love stories woven throughout, but all of them are so sweet and chivalrous and clean as a whistle. Great for teenage girl to watch I think! And it’s still being produced… so, there are more to come!

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