End of a COVID Summer

Anyone have a somewhat weird or different summer when it comes to entertainment? We sure did. Join us as we recap what we were into, what kept us sane, and what we’re looking forward to. Also check out the video of our recording on the UnpauseIt YouTube channel! And let us know what kept you busy on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or at unpauseit.com

Flour Power

Elizabeth, this episode’s guest, is a 9th grader who took a 25lb. of flour, turned on the oven, and baked her skills in during lockdown. Her family, all willing participants to try her pastries, may have gained the COVID “19,” but in the end they all gained immensely from Elizabeth’s skills and experiencing growth together. 

To see pictures and links of recipes you can try, visit www.unpauseit.com. You can also watch the video interview at bit.ly/unpauseityoutube. 

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Little Women (2019) + a smidge of Minecraft

The girls are out for an evening at the cinema as LadyDisdayn and Furious Jeb (mom and daughter) head to a screening of Little Women (2019). We chat history (with some obvious opportunities for knowledge seeking), Minecraft, and how we liked Little Women. Join us for this literal ride back to colonial America as we drop in on the March family… in December.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Reactions & Ratings (SPOILERS!)

The UnpauseIt family crew saw and had all the reactions to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker… and now we need to see it again. We think you will too, but first let’s hash out how we took it all in and what we think of it: good, bad, ugly. 

There are SPOILERS in this episode, so you have been warned. This is not, in fact, a TRAP. (Thanks, Admiral Akbar.)

The Mom Dept.

A show about the business of being a professional mom.

“Write what you know.”

Mark Twain

It’s a good policy for writing, and the same goes for shows. We are the most passionate about the things we feel we know best, so it makes perfect sense to me that my return to livestreaming is a show about two aspects to me that I know all too well.

Mom + Professional = #TheMomDept

Screenshot of live broadcast of #TheMomDept on LinkedIn Live

When I’m thinking about doing a new livestream show about real, professional experience as a woman, and then learn I have access to LinkedIn Live, the theme of #TheMomDept was a no-brainer.

I know so many professional women, and a good portion of them are mom-figures in every sense. We navigate the choppy waters of being responsible for multiple aspects of our life, and often of other people’s lives, so there is no end to relevant topics we can explore.

Also, I can’t lie: the draw of making videos on LinkedIn is great, especially as the engagement there is more focused and amplified than on a platform like Facebook. YouTube is great, but right now video on LinkedIn is a small-enough, focused pond where great waves can be made.

What do you want to see?

Upcoming topics for #TheMomDept include:

  • The Whole Image Thing (make-up, fashion, appearance, etc.)
  • Dollars and Sense (budgets at work and budgets at home)
  • Back-to-School Balance…??? (is there such a thing?)

If you have a topic you’d love the show to cover OR if you’re burning to be a guest, email me! You can also InMail me on LinkedIn.

Serenity Forge: Video Games That Go Farther

Video games are part of our world, and many of us don’t even realize how much they can impact our lives. We sat down with Serenity Forge founder Z Yang to chat about what goes into making a video game and why his company puts more into games than a great story and graphics. As parents, we loved learning about how Serenity Forge is creating games that address adolescent mental well-being and real issues faced by teens. Our kids loved learning about free systems they can download to build their own games!

Enjoy this insightful chat with Z about some great new games – The King’s Bird, Half Past Fate, and Once Upon a Coma – you can get today at serenityforge.com. They were just one of the tons of amazing vendors we found at Denver Pop Culture Con

Between Two Tweens: Zelda, Minecraft, and D.C. Dislike

If you can get through our reviews of SHAZAM! and Captain Marvel (infused with disdain of D.C. movies), you’ll get an earful of the kids sharing their experiences playing Zelda, Minecraft, and God of War. As a mom sitting between the two kids, I got TWO earfuls! Let your kids listen so we adults can share in the ignorant bliss of parenting gamers.

Captain Marvel

Come as you are to the UnpauseIt review of Captain Marvel! This latest installment in the Avengers franchise brings us the un-origin-story of Carol Danvers, as well as a look back in time at Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, and a few other factors which figure into the MCU.

This podcast is the audio from our live YouTube broadcast. There are no spoilers in the first half, but they do kick in for the second half–you have been warned! We also include our parents ratings and a few random thoughts about other entertainment projects.

Subscribe, review, and visit us at unpauseit.show!

Teaching Mom How to Play Minecraft

For well over a year, the kids of UnpauseIt have been immersed in Minecraft. Do we parents know what it is? Barely. Do we want to play it? Hardly. Should we learn it anyway? Why not?!

In this episode of UnpauseIt, the girls of the podcast dive into Minecraft. The 9-year old @FuriousGirl guides the 43-year old @LadyDisdayn into this world which represents the focus and fandom of kids all over the globe. The parents might still be trying to figure out why, and if that’s something you can identify with, this episode will give you some valuable insight for why your kids freak out over Minecraft.