Family First » Joel McHale Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Geekie Kids Clothing Line Helps Kids Be Themselves Thu, 10 May 2012 16:43:22 +0000 post thumbnail

Who’s your favorite geek? Bill Gates? Mark Zuckerberg? Steve Jobs? Notice anything about these guys? Yeah, they are or were all super successful!

A new clothing line for kids called Geekie launched six months ago with the unique mission of stressing education while allowing kids to be themselves and celebrate their “inner geek” says COO Karen Gil. She says this is the only clothing line that celebrates both education and individuality.

Geeks come in all shapes and sizes, with all kinds of different interests – sports, music, art, good grades. Sometimes, kids get marginalized by their peers to try and fit in to their idea of “normal” and they lose sight of their dreams.

Gil says their clothing helps kids know it is ok to be a little “Geekie” and hold on to their dreams. Ask a 3-year-old what they want to be and you’ll get the answer “fireman” or “princess” – ask a 12-year-old and you’ll get the answer “psychologist.” Nothing wrong with that answer but what happened to the whimsy of their childhood? Did someone crush those dreams out of them?

The line has launched with super fun t-shirts in sizes from infant to youth 12 for both boys and girls. They also have their first character – Gerry. Gerry is featured on many of the shirts now and the plan is to expand the line to include his sister, his dog and friends, with a new character launched with each new season and additional merchandise developed around the characters themselves.

Plans for this fall include expansion into long-sleeved t-shirts and hoodies as well.

The clothing line made a big splash recently as they were featured as part of the launch of the movie “Bully” featuring 5 kids and their families and highlighting the actions and effects of bullying. The kids, their families and celebrity guests including Victoria Justice, Guiliana Rancic and Joel McHale were given Geekie t-shirts at the Los Angeles premiere for the film.

Their motto is “Stay Different and Be Geekie” – so check out their line today for your kids at Also, you can follow them on Facebook at or on twitter at @begeekie.

Marijo Tinlin is the Editor in Chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She is also the author of a book about patriotism and teaching our children to love this country called “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American.”  It features 13 interviews with patriotic Americans including Ed Meese, Erick Erickson and Jackie Gingrich Cushman. It’s available at

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New Spy Kids Will Keep Your Family Engaged Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:01:17 +0000 post thumbnail

Action, gadgets, potty humor and two determined 10-year-olds – What could be better for a family movie together?


I’m not sure if it’s quite all that but the just-released “Spy Kids All the Time in the World” – the fourth installment in the Spy Kids movie series – is definitely some fun and full of action and adventure.

This weekend, the whole gang went to this movie and they loved it. We did see the “4D” version – which I believe means 3D with an “Aroma-Scope” card included. This means, periodically throughout the movie, a number flashes for you to scratch and sniff from your card of 8 scents.

I personally couldn’t smell much more that some sort of vaguely sweet scent. The kids, however, smelled them all: the farts, the baby poop and the candy smells. They thought it was awesome.

Besides the obvious adventure of kid spies, the storyline takes on a couple of subjects that aren’t often portrayed – blended families and hearing impairment. The daughter, Rebecca Wilson, portrayed by Rowan Blanchard, is bitter about her mother’s death and nothing is going to make her like her new stepmom, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba), until she finds out her boring stepmom is a retired spy.

Her little brother, Cecil (Mason Cook) is hearing-impaired (when’s the last time you saw that in a movie?). Of course, his bright blue hearing aids are written in as gadgets eventually. This condition doesn’t stop him at all.

Their dad, Wilbur (Joel McHale whom you may recognize from “The Soup” and “Community”) is an investigative reporter who is supposed to hunt spies but has yet to find one (even though he lives with one). And of course, there’s a baby who provides comic relief with her prodigious gas and diaper-making ability.

One of the highlights of this fun film is the robotic dog, Argonaut, voiced by Ricky Gervais. His unwillingness to eat real food is the first clue at the beginning of the movie that something interesting is going to happen. His hilarious cockney accent, ninja moves and underbite make him super charming.

Jeremy Piven plays the villainous Time Keeper pretty well, although I have a hard time seeing him as anyone beyond John Cusak’s sidekick because I didn’t watch “Entourage.” The final surprise is when the original spy kids Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) and Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega) reunite to help fight Time Keeper’s stealing all the time in the world! Shitake mushrooms, folks!

The families heal their issues (no spoiler there) in the end and come together.  Try it – you’ll like it. This movie will fuel imagination and entertain you parents for 100 short minutes.

Marijo Tinlin is the editor in chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She is also the author of the new book “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American” available at

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