Carnival of Family Life: Classic Family Film Edition

While it’s still winter time, I hope your family can find an evening to cuddle up together and watch a great family film. You’ll find references to some classic ones sprinkled throughout this carnival, which I am honored to be hosting.

Family Cooking and Recipes:

One of the funniest movie scenes at a dinner table occurs in “Meet Me in St. Louis,” when dinner is disturbed by an incoming phone call.

Agnes: I can’t get hungry till it gets dark.
Maid: Dinner’s at five-thirty. You can eat blind-folded!
Mother: We have to be out of the dining room by six-thirty. Warren Sheffield is telephoning Rose from New York.

This week’s posts:

Rani presents Brownies #2 posted at Christ’s Bridge, offering readers her “favorite brownie recipe.”

GP presents You Might Just be from Montana posted at Manely Montana, offering a recipe steeped in loving memories — and flavor.

Family Crafts & Activities

The Winona Ryder version of “Little Women” is my favorite, but you can also watch the Katharine Hepburn or June Allyson version.  In all of them, the March sisters indulge in their preferred family activity: performing the plays Jo writes.

Laurie: Fellow artists, may I present myself as an actor, a musician, and a loyal and very humble servant of the club.
Jo: We’ll be the judge of that.

This week’s posts:

Vera Lang presents Making Fabulous Paper Flowers with Tissue Paper posted at Fine Craft Guild .com, describing “a simple craft project that looks professional when complete. Each flower takes only minutes to produce and looks stunning! Suitable for age 5 and up.”

Annette Berlin presents Embroidered Elephant Card Tutorial posted at Craft Stew. “I’ve been seeing a lot of embroidered greeting cards around the blogosphere over the last couple of months,” Annette writes, “so I decided to try my hand at making my own.”


In “The Trouble with Angels,” two girls share alternately hilarious and touching incidents while attending  a Catholic high school.

Rachel: Couldn’t we have uniforms, too, Reverend Mother?
Mother Superior: Most certainly not. The band will perform in their gym suits.
Rachel: Our gym suits?
Mother Superior: Yes.
Mary: But, they’re awful! I mean, it’s not as if they were like Sacred Heart’s. At Sacred Heart they wear short-shorts for gym.
Mother Superior: They’re French.

This week’s posts:

Jena presents The Socialization Question posted at The Life Without School Community Blog.

Kakie presents How do children see & learn about race, color and culture? posted at Bur Bur & Friends: Community Park, an excerpt from a book based upon extensive research on the topic.

Dolfin presents A Sunflower House posted at Lionden Landing, explaining that her group just received “permission to build a sunflower playhouse at the local park.”

Family Finance

Perhaps you’ve never seen the first “Cheaper by the Dozen,” the REAL “Cheaper by the Dozen, ” the one that’s based on the book by two of the actual dozen children. If you haven’t seen it, I think you should.

Mailman: All those kids yours?
Father: Oh, these aren’t so many. You ought to see the ones we left behind.
Mailman: How you ever feed ’em?
Father: Oh, they come cheaper by the dozen.

This week’s posts:

nickel presents Turning Money Into Time posted at

Matthew Paulson presents How to Legitimately Make a Living from Your Home without Being a Victim of “Work At Home” Scams posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.

Lynnae presents The Fine Art of Line Drying Laundry posted at Bargaineering, suggesting that readers “save money by line drying their clothing.”

Money Savin’ Momma presents 25 ways to save money and bargain shop in small towns and rural areas: Part 1 posted at Engineer a debt free life, offering tips specifically geared toward folks living in small towns that are useful no matter where readers live.

Stephanie presents Eating Out Cheap? posted at Make It From Scratch.

The Dough Roller presents A 12-Month Balance Transfer Offer with No Balance Transfer Fee posted at The Dough Roller, explaining “why most credit card sites don’t provie information about the best cards, including a 12-month balance transfer offer with no balance transfer fee.”

David presents Chase Platinum Credit Card Review posted at Credit Card Offers IQ.

Rob presents Why the Stimulus Bill is a Boost for Real Estate Investors posted at Real Estate Investing School by TWA, opining that “the stimulus plan may be a big boon for real estate investors if they know how to use it.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Best Online Stock Brokers For Cheap Stock Trades posted at The Digerati Life, asking “How are you investing for your family’s future? Here are some great online stock brokers that can help jumpstart your efforts to invest for the long term.”

The Smarter Wallet presents Kiva Review: Micro Lending With A Global Reach posted at The Smarter Wallet, revealing that “Kiva allows loans to be given out to family businesses in the global environment.”

Joe Manausa presents First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit posted at Tallahassee Real Estate Blog. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 encompasses significant improvements to the temporary First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. “While many might view this as a great benefit aimed only at the first-time homebuyer,” Joe opines, “it will help stabilize the housing market by bringing more buyers into an inventory-laden problem in need of more demand.

Finance Tips 101 presents Why Take The Risk Of Day Trading posted at Finance Tips 101.

Family Health and Wellness

First of all, if you watch Shirley Temple’s “Heidi,” DO NOT watch the colorized version. If that’s the only version you can get, turn the color off on your TV. “Heidi” presents one of film’s most beloved invalids: Klara, to whom  Heidi becomes a companion. I dare you not to cry during the climactic wheelchair scene.

Fraulein: Remember, Klara, no excitement. You’re still an invalid.
Klara: I wonder what she’ll be like.
Fraulein: Your father expects a healthy, unspoiled mountain child of your age to share your studies. Personally, I think the whole plan is a mistake.
Klara: Papa thought it might be good for me to have a playmate.
Fraulein: But you have me. Don’t I give you my entire time and devotion?
Klara: Yes, and it’s very kind of you, but I don’t have much fun.

This week’s posts:

Concerning Kids presents Helping Your Healthy Child Stay Fit For Life posted at Concerning Kids.

Janel Wyczynski presents The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act posted at organic mommy’s Weblog.

Michael Miles presents Disappointing other people is a fact of life posted at Law of Attraction – Effortless Abundance.

Aparna presents Banana-medicinal and cosmetic value posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, explaining that “bananas have nutritional value and medicinal properties apart from being an effective face pack. Cholesterol and fat content is minimal, and bananas are flesh-building and thirst quenching.”

Alvaro Fernandez presents Centre for Brain Fitness at Baycrest: Interview with Dr. William Reichman posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution.

Robert Burton Robinson presents 9 Ways Yoga Makes You Younger posted at Mind Over Mania.

Kathryn presents How Birth Order Affects Your Child’s Psychological Development posted at Kathryn Vercillo. “Whether your child is a first born, middle or youngest child may have a role in the way his or her personality develops,” Kathryn writes.

Super Saver presents Being Prepared Helps Avoid a Choking Incident posted at My Wealth Builder.

Joel Gray presents Skin Cancer Awareness posted at Health Tips 101.

Jim DeSantis presents 5 Natural and Non-Natural Acne Treatments posted at On Line Tribune, offering some treatments that have proven effective.

Family Humor

“Mary Poppins” contains the highly humorous scene in which Uncle Albert’s merriment causes him to float up to the ceiling.

Bert: Speaking of names, I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith.
Uncle Albert: What’s the name of his other leg?

This week’s posts:

Kaley presents The Art of Shopping with Children posted at My Front Porch.

zamejias presents I Want To Be. . . posted at Our Makiko.

Parenting Tips & Advice

“To Kill a Mockingbird” gives us arguably the best father-role model in all of American cinema, and it contains a beautiful scene reminding us that children need mothers, too.

Scout: How old was I when Mama died?
Jem: Two.
Scout: How old were you?
Jem: Six.
Scout: Old as I am now?
Jem: Uh huh.
Scout: …Was Mama pretty?
Jem: Uh huh.
Scout: Was Mama nice?
Jem Uh huh.
Scout: Did you love her?
Jem: Yes.
Scout: Did I love her?
Jem: Yes.
Scout: Do you miss her?
Jem: Uh huh.

This week’s posts:

Shortcut Sleuth presents How to Be a Travel Sports Mom – A Crash Course posted at Shortcut Sleuth, offering tips “for parents who have committed to support their child’s desire to join a travel sports team – and what to expect.”

Jennifer presents Weekly Parenting Tips – Being a Parent posted at More4kids.

Joe presents GPS Tracking In Cell Phone Recovers Missing Child posted at GPS for Today. If your child has a cell phone, teaching him/her to use it properly might save his/her life.

Shen-Li Lee presents The Relationship Between Babies and Vitamin L for Love posted at Babylicious.

Becca Glouzstein presents What to tell your kids about suffering and injustice in the world posted at Inspiration for Mothers.

Family Relationships & Self-Improvement

“Yours, Mine, and Ours” is a rollicking and sweet film about all kinds of family relationships, and at its core is the true love of the mother and father.  Watch the original version, in which the mom and dad are played by Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball.

Father (to teen daughter): Life isn’t a love-in, it’s the dishes and the orthodontist and the shoe repairman and… ground round instead of roast beef. And I’ll tell you something else: it isn’t going to a bed with a man that proves you’re in love with him; it’s getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts.

This week’s posts:

Mike King presents 8 Methods to Find Inspiration posted at Learn This.

Amanda CMJ presents Grandparents, Grandchildren Tip #4: Spend Your Time posted at Extra (Hour)dinary Parenting.

Kela Price presents Maintaining Everlasting Bonds by Kela Price posted at blended family soap opera.

Family Travel

In “The King and I,” a widowed teacher travels to Siam in the 1860s to teach the King’s children. She and her son learn  much about people from different cultures, including the fact that they have the same emotions we do.

King: Now, shall Mr. Lingkong be winning this war he is fighting at present?
Anna: No one knows really.
King: Well, does he have enough guns and elephants for transporting things?
Anna: I don’t think they have elephants in America, your majesty.
King: No elephants? No wonder he is not winning war!

This week’s post:

Gary R. presents RV versus Tent Camping posted at Camping Tips. Which is right for your family?

Well, that’s all for this week, folks. My thanks to Amazon for the movie pictures and Internet Movie Data Base for the quotes.

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5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Felix said,

    Just dropping by.Btw, you website have great content!

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    rani said,

    Thank you for hosting and including me.

  3. 3

    Lisa said,

    I love, love, love the Little Women films. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite. Have you seen the one from 1978? It has Susan Dey, Meredith Baxter Birney and (this is the funniest part) William Shatner plays Professor Bhaer! Now I can’t recommend this film for the acting (HORRIBLE), it’s a little long and too dramatic….but it’s different than the others, if you can overlook the bad acting.

  4. 4

    sgaissert said,

    I’ve heard of that version and vaguely remember when it was on TV. I think that Eve Plumb (aka Jan Brady) is in it, too. But now that I know William Shatner plays Professor Bhaer, I HAVE to find it!

  5. 5

    mm said,

    Oh I missed reading this post..anyway, thanks for including mine. You’re very creative. I love the movie Cheaper by the Dozen, btw. heheh.

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