Have you got sunshine in your pocket? Trolls #MovieReview

If you’ve been reading us for a while you already know that we are movie and series lovers! So we’ve thought on sharing some of our love for movies with you on our #moviereview posts!

Better than talking just about the movie we want to share with you what we’ve learnt from it, cause you know, there’s always a life lesson that you can put into practise if you watch and listen carefully to it. Just like we did for Alice through the looking glass movie.

Oh by the way, our little disclaimer here, we haven’t been “lucky” enough for anyone to give us free tickets to the cinema so our review is just for the pleasure of it, and hopefully you will find it useful too.  If, by any chance, we would be invited to review something we will add our usual disclaimer 😉


So…which movie have we chosen this time? If you’ve got little ones and have a sticky memory for soundtracks you already guessed it..yep, Trolls, the last animation movie from Dreamworks. I’m not going to spoil you with any details, but you can expect lots of cool songs, old and new, good sense of humour for little ones AND grown-ups and very colourful, energetic characters. It is one of those films that everyone can enjoy.

What did we learn from the trolls?

These little cute creatures live in the forest in a state of never ending happiness, while the Bergens are these grumpy beings that don’t know how to be happy until they find out that if they eat a troll they will experience “true happiness”.

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In the beginning of this week I was thinking about this post, about how I was going to tell you how to be happy, cause you know, I was feeling happy myself, and thought yeah! maybe this will help someone…OK now I know that I am the one that needed this post the most. For various reasons I felt more than justified to feel as “grumpy” or even as sad as the Bergens. Thinking to myself, oh, if hubby had another type of job, or oh! if I could have someone to help me with the house chores, or If I could feel less tired… I didn’t realise then I was looking for my “troll” to experience “true happiness” Thinking that if I only had “that thing” I would be able to know what happiness feels like.

If you see the movie, you will understand that the trolls don’t live on a state of never ending happiness, they live on a state of never ending good attitude. The way how we react to things, how we face the challenges of life will make us find sunshine in our pockets, or empty dirty pockets. It is up to us. I can say that as for today, I have been able to find sunshine, while watching my kids laugh, and me laughing with them, while getting excited with hubby watching one of the last episodes of a series we are hooked at or just appreciating that I no longer have back pain any more.

There is sunshine in your pockets, you can’t stop the feeling, so just dance dance dance…

Just like our little J at this kids flashmob:

(created by Z-arts during half term holidays, at Manchester Printworks. )


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7 Life lessons you can learn from Alice Through the Looking glass

In our family we love watching movies. You can tell our little J “let’s prepare some popcorn and watch a movie” and it will always sound like a perfect plan to her. It had been a while since going to the cinema so we decided last week we could go and watch a film. This time we chose Alice Through the looking glass. Now, let me tell you, I might not be a super fan of this type of “fantasy movies” but I truly enjoyed this sequel. I couldn’t even remember watching the first one, but according to Sam we did, so I trust him, I’m just probably getting too old… 😉

Anyway, I really liked the story because I think you can find truly valuable life lessons that I would like to share with you, without hopefully, any spoilers in case you’re planning to watch it too.

#1 “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible” (Alice Kingsleigh)


We were told that moving to a different country the whole family at the same time was not possible, not convenient, not wise. Well, we not only we did that but we got to settle down and grow our family here. You can only achieve the impossible if you believe you can do it. And for us, we added faith, prayer, and courage to that equation as well.

#2 “Everyone parts with everything eventually, my dear” (Time)


Time couldn’t be wiser in this movie! I love his character and most of the things he says. We are so focused sometimes on pursuing the temporal things of life that we forget that at the end we won’t take any of them. Memories, feelings, those are the things we’ll carry with us.

#3 “You might not change the past but you might learn something from it” (Time)


When going back in time in your mind, let it be to do things better in the future and not to feel sorry for what you did. As parents, we make mistakes, our children do as well, but we can do nothing more than keep trying every day.

#4 “A very important thing about family is that you only have one” (Mad Hatter)


Wise words for a mad hatter indeed. One of the main reasons why this blog is called The Family Treasure is that there’s nothing more important than our family. Life can get quite serious and you can face many situations that might deviate you from that thought but we must remember that we only have one. Every day is a new opportunity to build wonderful memories.

#5 “But a dream is not reality– Alice Kingsleigh. But who is to say which is which? -Mad Hatter”


I love this quote because it just makes me think that we can see life with the right eyes when we want.

#6 “Time is many things, but he is not money, nor our enemy” (Alice Kingsleigh)

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How right was Alice, don’t you think? Cause when we go by the opposite it’s when life starts getting stressful and frustrating.

#7 “I used to think time was a thief. But you give before you take. Time is a gift. Every minute. Every second.” (Alice Kingsleigh)

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This last quote has been the one that won my heart in the movie. Time gives before it takes, always, and when we realize that, only then we can enjoy everything in life. We can go through the hard times with the right attitude, with the hope and the faith that better times will come and that we need to be grateful for every minute and every second that we have.

I read really bad critics about the movie but from a parent point of view I think it’s a wonderful film to enjoy as a whole family, maybe not with too young children since Tim Burton style can bee a bit spooky but J is 4 years old and apart from a couple of scenes she enjoyed herself quite a bit.

Have you watched it yet? What are your thoughts on it? Share them with us on a comment 🙂