In Which a literary classic pairs well with popcorn + chocolate milk

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pooh hero

We’re big “pile o’ books” people at our house.

Ryan and I love to get cozy on the sofa or in bed with the kids and a fat stack of books. He and I especially like to entertain each other with dramatic voices for all of the characters (Oliver occasionally kibosh’s this, but it rarely stops us!).

Reading is one of our favorite ways to connect with our kids–to grow their imaginations and to invite new characters, adventures, friendships and silliness into our home.

When I was pregnant with Oliver, one of the ladies in our church gave me a beautiful copy of “The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh” for our nursery and I couldn’t wait for the part of mommyhood where I got to sit with my child in my lap and read to him!

That part has come–with two children, and I’m so glad! And it’s been fun to have a collection of A.A. Milne’s classics as a part of our collection.


And you know? One thing we love almost as much as reading (okay, who am I kidding? my kids totally love it more than reading…) is movie night!

At least one evening a week (often while Ryan and I take turns jogging in the neighborhood), the kids beg to gather pillows and blankets (and popcorn and chocolate milk!) on the floor or in “daddy’s chair” for a movie night!

A lot of times it takes quite a while for everyone to agree on what we’ll watch–it usually comes down to a vote, and almost always Oliver concedes to Hazel’s wishes.Hazel watching Pooh

Just recently, we had the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds! BlogHer and Disney sent us an advance copy of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (available for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital on August 27th) to make for a very fun and imaginative family movie night.

pooh movie

{Everyone in our house loves the part when Pooh gets stuck in the tree and Rabbit tries to figure out the best way to decorate around his honey-loving bottom!}

Hazel watching Pooh1What about you? Do you have a favorite story from the Pooh books or scene from the movie? Are y’all “pile o’ books” people or “movie night” people? I say, why not enjoy the best of both worlds!

To learn more about the imagination, friendships, and adventure of the Hundred Acre Woods you can visit Disney’s website or Facebook page.

Now, to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray Combo Pack, share with us the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in your child’s life…


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123 Responses

  1. Mami2jcn 1 August 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

  2. davis ann 1 August 2013 at 3:41 pm

    friends help us learn how to get along with all kinds of people… which is important for grownups, too :)

  3. Grace Aspinwall 1 August 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I love watching my sweetie with her friends. Even at 19 mos, she is so sweet and it teaches such great things like caring and empathy! We like to have lots of play dates to create opprotunities to learn those things. :)

  4. Ellie W 1 August 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Imagination, friendships, and a sense of adventure can open up the whole world to children. I try to nurture them and allow them to follow the beat of their own drums.

  5. Susan 1 August 2013 at 11:16 pm

    In our house, friendship, imagination and adventure go hand-in-hand(-in-hand). When we take our kids away from their routines and their “everyday,” they become so creative and playful, and seem to see each other in a fresh way.

  6. Lisa Brown 2 August 2013 at 8:11 am

    It is important to learn necessary skills for a happy and rewarding life.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  7. One Frugal Girl 2 August 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Every kid needs a buddy. Someone to learn and play with. When I think back on my own childhood most of my memories involve my best girl friends. I know my son will have similar memories as he grows with his friends.

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  8. Jennifer B 3 August 2013 at 2:24 pm

    friendship, imagination and adventure are important because you need to escape and explore in your mind it helps you grow and be creative and it makes life that more interesting and everything is better with a friend

  9. Kelly D 3 August 2013 at 10:10 pm

    It important because my children learn so much by playing together and with other kids, as well as by using their imaginations. This prepares them to be productive and happy adults.

  10. Susan Smith 3 August 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Imagination is important for creativity and growing through adventures, which plays into their imagination.
    Friendships and building relationships is a necessary skill for all ages

  11. Dee 4 August 2013 at 1:53 am

    Friendship is important to have support in life and people to share the happy moments with and building relationships is important for careers. As for imagination? What would a grand adventure be without one? All are very important tools for a child to grow and prosper! :)

  12. Margaret Smith 4 August 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I feel that the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my kids lifes help them to develope socially and emotionally.
    Thanks so much.

  13. Denise S 4 August 2013 at 4:07 pm

    These things are all important in my children’s live, because it gives them confidence, fun and helps them develop and learn about the world.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  14. Deborah Anderson 4 August 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Through friendship, children learn tolerance, compassion, and social interaction. Playing together inspires imagination, and that increases thinking power. So yes, it’s all very important to a child’s development.

  15. Stephanie Larison 6 August 2013 at 2:00 am

    Kids need to experience all this to grow and become who they will be. It also helps with social skills, independence, and confidence.

  16. Brady Wilhelm 6 August 2013 at 3:59 pm

    We LOVE a pile of books! My mom read to us all the time and I’ve loved carrying that on with my kids! Especially Winnie the Pooh :)

  17. Jacob LaFountaine 6 August 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Adventure allows you time to unwind and learn about yourself and how far you want to push yourself

  18. Jessie C. 6 August 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are impoart for my kids because they make life richer and happier.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  19. Emily 7 August 2013 at 10:31 am

    My daughter thrives from friendships. She learns the most by mimicking others actions. I love watching her gain skills by being creative and using her imagination.

  20. steve weber 8 August 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

  21. cw 8 August 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Friendships are the bonds that keep my daughter happy, healthy, enables her to use imagination, and often a source for many adventures.

  22. Nicole Francis 15 August 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Friendship, imagination, and adventure are the stuff of childhood. I want to make sure I help my son experience these to the nth degree while they still come so naturally to him.

  23. joni 19 August 2013 at 4:05 am

    Friendship, imagination and adventure in your child’s life is important because it molds them to become who they are and teaches them love and acceptance.

  24. ashley 24 August 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I think imagination is incredibly important and do whatever I can to encourage imagination through playtime.
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

  25. Julie Goetz 27 August 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I think friendship, imagination and adventure is important in my daughter’s life because it helps her become a well rounded person. Having friendships is important so that she doesn’t feel alone. I also want her to have an active imagination and plenty of adventure so she can dream big.

  26. tina reynolds 28 August 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Imagination is so important to encourage it helps a child grow and be creative. I really think it helps them believe they can do anything. My kids and I have tea partys, and such are favorite is pretending to be a vet.

  27. Diane baum 29 August 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Friendship and imagination play critical roles in making loving humans, as evidenced by my 27 year old’s nickname is still Tigger, my other son Piglet and me mom-I’m Winnie.
    Diane Baum

  28. LAMusing 30 August 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Friendship is the lodestone in our lives. Creativity and a sense of adventure can spark a child to perform better in school, become more confidant, problem solve – and lead to an amazing adulthood.

  29. ky2here 1 September 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Our middle daughter personifies friendship, imagination and adventure. She sees the good in almost everyone and is an artist.

  30. Brenda Elsner 2 September 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Friendship, adventure, and imagination are all important aspects in a children’s life. They grow emotionally and mentally and it let’s them be who they are and discover themselves. It gives them skills they will need in their adult lives. I love sitting and just watching my kids use their imaginations!

  31. Chase smith 2 September 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Friendship is very improtant in any childs life, i try to get my son to build as many friendships early in life as possible to help teach him how to share and give him a sense of loyalty. Adventure and imagination are also soo so important to my young son, these charactoristics play big roles in anything a child does and wants to grow up to be, imagination allows him to pretend to be anything he wants and adventure lets him think of things he can do that help him imagine what he wants to be.

  32. Shannon 2 September 2013 at 9:07 pm

    It is so important for kids to have an imagination. As my kids grow I see how their imagination grows too! I encourage their creativity and socializing with similar friends!

  33. Sky Kory 2 September 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are necessary for children so they obtain the qualities necessary for them to become optimistic, happy adults!

  34. kolpin 2 September 2013 at 10:19 pm

    fostering friendship, imagination and adventure in a child will create an adult who is caring, giving, open-minded, and non-judgmental.

    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  35. Bonnie Caselman 3 September 2013 at 4:00 am

    The importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my child’s life is the fond memories she’ll have of them as she grows older.

  36. Emmy 3 September 2013 at 6:19 am

    Seeing the imagination in my three and five year old kiddos is simply amazing. Do you remember the power of imagination? “No, that dining room chair is not just a chair, Mom, it’s my Corvette!” And studies have shown that a healthy imagination in children leads to better skills at coping, creativity and problem-solving as they grow up!

  37. Karen Drake 3 September 2013 at 8:43 am

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are so vital to children growing into productive, well adjusted and happy adults.

  38. susan smoaks 3 September 2013 at 11:31 am

    I truly believe that friendship, imagination and adventure are of the utmost importance in our child’s life. They help with growth and maturity and help keep life fun and exciting.
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  39. Betty C 3 September 2013 at 11:49 am

    Friendships for the foundation for the future while giving kids the opportunity for adventure and imagination with best friends.

  40. angie lilly 3 September 2013 at 12:22 pm

    No kids here of my own, but as someone who used to be a kid LOL I have an opinion on why it would be important. I feel each of those three things create the adult the child becomes. I know that my friendships lead to an adult social network, my imagination led to a degree, hobby, and part-time career in writing, and adventures gave me many memories of life experiences that I love repeating during vacations now!

  41. crystal smith 3 September 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are the most important parts of my sons’ lives. While they dream up backyard adventures with friends not only are they developing their creative and social skills, but more importantly they are enjoying their childhood years (which go by way to fast)

  42. Betty 3 September 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Friendship, imagination and adventure sounds like the background summary of our most beloved bedtime stories. It’s an excellent combination to raise kids within so they grow well rounded

  43. Ashley Morrissey 3 September 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are the three best things when you’re a child. Friendship for when you’re feeling lonely. Imagination for when you’re feeling bored. Adventure for when you’re feeling a little..well, adventurous! ;)

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey

  44. Sarah L 3 September 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are all important for kids (and adults, too) We take a daily hike around the lake and see what adventures we can have.
    Thanks for the contest.

  45. Thomas Murphy 3 September 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Its very important that my kids have fun with there imagination and go on fun adventures with there good friends.

  46. Trisha McKee 3 September 2013 at 6:45 pm

    My daughter cherishes her friends and sticks up for them when there is a need. I always taught her that friendship is important and to cherish those that stick by her side. and with friends, there is always adventure.


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