Archives for December 18, 2019

Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

With so many dog varieties and breeds to choose from, it can feel like an overwhelming venture to find the right fit for your family. The main point to remember is that your chosen dog needs to be best suited for your lifestyle, children and financial capabilities.

When looking to choose a new, welcome addition to your family, consider the following questions.

Which Type of Coat Would You Prefer?

A lot of individuals would only be open to a dog which doesn’t malt, such as a poodle. While opting for a dog which doesn’t shed its hair is a beneficial idea regarding cleaning, it also significantly limits the breeds of dog you can choose.

Some breeds also shed a considerable amount of hair more than others, and naturally the larger you go, the more hair there is to shed.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that longer-haired dogs should put you off. There is always the option for professional grooming services like Heart + Paw, which mean that your dog’s coat and general, healthy condition will always be maintained in order to best keep your home (and your pet) tidy and clean.

What Exercise Commitment Are You Looking For?

It’s important to understand how much of an active lifestyle certain dogs need, and whether you can confidently fit this into your daily routine. When it comes to healthy exercise for your dog, you can’t afford to cut any corners – as the proper amount of exercise not only cares for your dog’s health, but it avoids pent up energy and frustration which may be taken out on your belongings, or even others.

The husky is a very popular breed, for example, but many people don’t understand the demands of this dog regarding exercise. Huskies enjoy long walks, and the more the better. Many dog breeds, such as the popular Labrador, are completely manageable in their exercise needs, but if you’re looking for the smallest commitment possible, very small dog breeds which don’t need much outside exercise may be preferable to you.

Would You Like a Puppy or an Adult Dog?

Most families, especially those with small children, love the idea of bringing home an adorable little puppy and watching it grow. However, puppies are extremely demanding, and raising one goes beyond their cuteness and puppy-dog eyes. Puppies are very destructive, messy and need round the clock care to enable them to grow and be trained adequately.

If you simply cannot commit to this need, you may want to consider an adult dog which is already trained and established. Many adult dogs in shelters will be looking for a new and loving home.

Would You Prefer Male or Female?

When it comes to the traits of a male or female dog, there is no conclusive answer regarding their personalities – but you can naturally expect a female to be more aggressive and protective if she has her own puppies. When deciding between a male and female dog, the main area to focus on is future breeding possibilities, as with a female dog you will therefore have the possibility of your female falling pregnant and giving birth to pups. You also should be aware that female dogs may bleed when in heat.

Dine and Delight During Queen Mary Christmas Dinner Shows & Breakfast With Santa

Wake up and start the mornings with Ol’ Saint Nick on select dates in December with Breakfast with Santa. Grab the family and don your favorite pajamas and enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, story time, and photos with Father Christmas. Let the festivities continue into the evening with a three-course dinner spectacular featuring performances filled with traditional and revamped Christmas melodies performed by the Holiday Follies that will leave guests with a feeling of holiday nostalgia. This show features a talented cast of performers and live musicians that will get your toes tappin’ and your fingers snappin’ in this cruise ship style song and dance review! 

DETAILS:

  • Breakfast with Santa | 9 am – 12 pm 
    • Saturday, December 21
    • Tuesday, December 24
  • Holiday Dinner Shows | 7 pm
    • Saturday, December 21 – Tuesday, December 24. 

TICKETS: 

  • Breakfast with Santa
    • Adult (12+ Years): $40
    • Children (Ages 4-11): $20
  • Holiday Dinner Shows
    • Tickets start at $89 per person

WHERE:

The Queen Mary 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA.,90802

Credit: The Queen Mary.

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The Aeronauts * Visual Effects Are So Realistic You Feel As If You Are There

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and furthering scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Zoe C. comments, “The Aeronauts is absolutely beautiful. I loved it in every way possible. Lately, films have been in the timeframe of the late 18 and 1900’s and this definitely follows that trend. While watching this movie I felt transported to another world, suspended between reality and fiction and it was very engaging.” Bella B. adds, “I love The Aeronauts because the visual effects are so realistic and you feel as if you’re actually there, living in that timeline! This is such a dramatic and romantic film. It’s so rich in remarkable acting and amazing back-stories of characters.” See their full reviews below.

The Aeronauts

By Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The Aeronauts is absolutely beautiful. I loved it in every way possible. Lately, films have been in the timeframe of the late 18 and 1900’s and this definitely follows that trend. While watching this movie I felt transported to another world, suspended between reality and fiction and it was very engaging. 

The storyline is about a scientist named James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) who desires to break the world record of how high someone has flown in the sky. But of course, he can’t do this alone so he brings along Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones), a scientist and passionate adventurer. In their voyage, they try to prove that climate can be predicted, an idea that seemed absurd at that time. They have to overcome multiple obstacles in order to get as high as they as their goal. Despite the complications, they are able to reach their goal, although something goes wrong during the process. The unlikely duo discovers things about themselves, each other and the world around them.

Every scene is enthralling. One of my favorites is when they are in the air and, all of a sudden, a bunch of yellow butterflies come from out of nowhere. It is so fascinating and beautiful. I love that Eddie Redmayne plays one of the main characters. He is one of my all-time favorite actors. He and Felicity Jones have a great chemistry, which is not necessarily romantic. I also love Jones’ performance. I don’t remember seeing her in any film, but I know that she was in Star Wars Forces of Destiny (the TV Series) and Rogue One. She worked with Redmayne before in The Theory of Everything. She is perfect for this role and makes it believable in most of the out-of-this-world scenes and is very strong and charismatic. She definitively steals the show.

This film is inspired by true events and Rose’s character is loosely inspired by a scientist from the era, while Redmayne’s character is based on the real life meteorologist James Glaisher. One of the things that I really like about this movie is that, while Amelia is in the hot air balloon she gets flashbacks from a couple weeks before the event, so the audience discovers why it is so important for them to embark on this journey. The narrative moves between the past and present in the balloon and, at times, it seems to lose cohesiveness and gets a little lost. This story could have been told in a more serious tone, but I like some jokes that are thrown around throughout the film. The visuals are absolutely stunning and the special effects impeccably achieved.

The message of this film is that everyone has his or her own limits. Another message is that you should push yourself to the best of your abilities, but not too much. The important thing in life is not the way we see the world, but how our actions impact the world.

I give this film 3 ½ out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 8 to 18, and adults as well. Some of the scenes may be too intense for younger viewers. The Aeronauts opens on December 6, 2019. Be sure to check it out.

The Aeronauts

By Bella B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

I love The Aeronauts because the visual effects are so realistic and you feel as if you’re actually there, living in that timeline! This is such a dramatic and romantic film. It’s so rich in remarkable acting and amazing back-stories of characters. The actors really bring life to their roles, making it seem like they aren’t actors at all, but actual people in the 1800s.

The storyline is about a young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and a scientist James Glashier (Eddie Redmayne). Amelia is a brave and courageous woman who wants to make a difference. James is a scientist who wants his ideas to be heard.  They both go into a gas-air-balloon to try to make discoveries which would change the world entirely. In this epic journey, and what seems to be a crazy idea at the time because, James says he wants to try and predict the weather, they learn about themselves and each other. The more you watch the movie the more you learn about the characters’ pasts, which is just one of the reasons why I love this film.

My absolute favorite part of the film is when James goes to visit his father, Arthur Glaisher (Tom Courtenay) and they talk about how beautiful the twinkling stars are at night. The costume designer, Alexandra Byrne has made some amazing costumes. I really love them. They really suit the 1800s setting. An absolutely remarkable detail in this film is that everything done in the balloon actually happened. This film is inspired from a true story and the balloon actually aloft in real life during producing the film.

The message of this film is to live life at its fullest because, life is short. You can’t change in the world if you don’t try.  

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 13 to 18, as well as adults. You can find this film in the theatres December 6 and on Amazon Prime December 20, 2019.