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My Husband and I love going to the movies. Date night always consists of going to a nice dinner then a show. When we saw the preview for War Horse he looked at me and shook his head “No.” So, I knew that War Horse the movie (directed by Steven Spielberg) would never make it into our dinner and a movie date night rotation. However, last week I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to attend a private screening of War Horse and thought, “Perfect, I'll get to watch a movie that I wasn’t planing to see, and I get to see it three weeks before it’s released to the rest of the world!” Not too bad. Oh, and Emily Watson joined the sneak peek doing a Q&A about her experience working on the movie.
The movie follows the life of a horse and a young boy during World War I and all of their adventures with the different people they meet along the way. The horse brings hope into many peoples lives, as his story moves through war-torn Europe. I became instantly attached to each and every person the horse interacted with, not caring what side of the war they were on.
The War Horse is a love story between a boy and a horse, but Spielberg highlights the underlying story of how young boys truly were who were fighting on the frontline and man’s inhumanity towards each other. During the Q&A Emily Watson mentioned that everyone in Britain has a similar story and knows someone who was directly affected by the war—her own great uncle died in the trenches at the age 17. A whole generation of Europe was wiped out for nothing! I really enjoyed how Spielberg directed a great epic war movie with out showing extreme violence, blood, and gore.
There were many tears in the audience, so I wouldn’t recommend watching it on opening day, Christmas. While War Horse is PG-13, I think it would be okay for children 8 and up. If you like Spielberg, war movies, and horses, War Horse needs to be on the top of your movie list. I even liked the movie, and I typically do not enjoy war movies or stories about horses.
I was a guest of Moms and the City for the free War Horse screening. You can watch the Q&A with Emily Watson on YouTube.
~ Kristin Strange
My son was 8 pounds, 21 inches when he was born—not too big, not too small. However, he started to grow and he grew quite fast. By his three-month checkup, he had doubled his birth weight and was two feet long! Needless to say, diaper changing became a messy challenge when we were not at home or traveling to my family at Christmastime. I needed a quick fix because he had almost outgrown the free changing pad that came with my diaper bag 33 months too early (boys are potty trained by three, right? I hope so).
Around this time, I went to a new moms lunch hosted by Big City Moms and a few of the guests had babies lying on a circular mat. I learned that this mat was really a changing pad (a huge circular changing pad). This was the answer to my current diaper-changing prayers. At the end of the lunch, one lucky mom was given a similar pad for attending and I was green with envy that I was not that mom. So, the second I got home I went online and ordered my own patemm pad in Orange Signature Circles. See it here in comparison to the changing pad from my diaper bag—it's almost as big as a NYC apartment!
I really liked learning that the patemm pad is Mom invented, made in the USA, PVC, lead, phthalate, BPA, latex, and formaldehyde-free. My favorite part about the patemm pad is that it folds up square to fit under the stroller, in a large diaper bag, or you can use it in lieu of a diaper bag altogether! The round design has four large, cleverly placed inside pockets to accommodate diapers, wipes, and even an extra outfit for those unexpected messes. When these “messes” happen the pad can be cleaned with a damp cloth or tossed in the washing machine (a must for moms!); the Signature Circle that I purchased is also waterproof.
The patemm pad is 30 inches or 28 inches depending on the design, and my son—now a 24 pound, 31 inch one year old—still fits fine on the pad. The patemm pad is great as a changing pad, but I get the most use out of it when I am away from home and need a clean place to lay the baby while he plays (it also makes a great photo backdrop)!
Patemm pad also offers exclusive, limited edition prints to their Facebook fans: They are currently offering the WINTER COLLECTION at a special price of $50.00.
Patemm pads are available online at: patemm.com, giggle stores and giggle.com, and at select retailers across the USA, Japan, Canada, and Australia.
~ Kristin Strange
First image courtesy of patemm pad; all other images by Kristin.