Jan 242018
 

Popcorn is the perfect movie night snack, but why not get fancy with your popcorn this week? Try one of these 5 fancy popcorn recipes on your next movie night.

Nothing goes better with a Netflix binge session than a big old bowl of popcorn. Am I right? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like to get a little fancy with my popcorn, so today I wanted to share a five of my favorite fancy popcorn recipes with you.

Astronaut Popcorn

8 cups Popped popcorn — *
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Tang — powdered orange drink
1/3 cup Light corn syrup
1/3 cup Water
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 teaspoon Orange extract
1 teaspoon Baking soda
* 2 tbls of unpopped popcorn makes 4 cups (or 1 ounce) popped popcorn.
Place popcorn in a large buttered baking pan. In separate pan, combine sugar, drink mix, syrup, water and butter. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook until mixture reaches 250~ on a candy thermometer, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in orange extract and baking soda. Pour over popcorn, mixing well. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool completely. Continue reading »

Dec 182017
 

Warm fireplaces, fuzzy blankets and a cozy night in with Netflix sounds like a perfect night in, right?  Especially around holidays. Well you’re in luck because they have got all sorts of festive titles all wrapped up and ready to stream this month. So fill up your queue and snuggle up with Netflix.

For the grown ups:

El Camino Christmas: Stuck in a liquor store during an alleged robbery, a group of strangers shares hidden truths and forms an unexpected bond on Christmas Eve.

The Santa Claus: The snow hits the fan when an advertising executive accidentally kills Santa and suddenly finds himself saddled with jolly old Saint Nick’s job.

White Christmas (1954): Two war buddies fall for two sisters and follow the girls to a resort owned by their former commanding officer, who is in danger of losing the place.

A Very Murray Christmas: Bill Murray rounds up an all-star cast for an evening of music, mischief and barroom camaraderie in this irreverent twist on holiday variety shows. Continue reading »

Nov 202017
 

Whether you are traveling with your family or taking a solo trip these essentials will save the day! Prepping ahead with these essentials can really save you money and valued time as you are traveling. Remember, you pay for the convenience at gas stations, so be sure to bring everything you need with you to save yourself time and money while you’re on the road.

If you are planning a trip this year around the holidays, you might want to pack these holiday road trip essentials to make your ride a little easier!

Snacks
Packing your own snacks and drinks is a huge money saver! I pack a little cooler for drinks and any cold snacks. String cheese, dried fruits, and nuts, protein bars, crackers, chips, those are all great items to pack up. If you buy boxes of snack goods I recommend packing them up in single serve baggies, so everyone can grab one and eat it easy.

Medicine
Make sure to pack essential medicines you might need. From Pepto to Ibuprofen to Neosporin and more. That way if anyone starts feeling yucky along the way, you have medicine on hand. I also pack some small trash bags in case someone gets sick along the way. Continue reading »

Oct 162017
 

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

Around here, we LOVE Halloween. Since I was a kid, it has always been my favorite holiday and my kids love it, too. Our house is decked out to the nines, there are always Halloween treats (cupcakes, cookies, etc) available and lots of Halloween movies and shows will be playing on my television all month long. One of the things we did recently was to make some Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons. We had millions of old crayon bits laying around, so I figured that I would put them to good use. These Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons seriously couldn’t be any easier to make and my kids had a blast with them.

Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

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Sep 152017
 

Baking dozens of cupcakes for school, DIY disasters that don’t look anything like the Pinterest inspirations—sound familiar? When it comes to planning your kids’ birthday parties, the pressure can be overwhelming for parents. You’re not alone, nearly three-quarters (71%) of parents wish there was an easier way to make birthdays feel special for their kids. Wish granted—no candles required. Netflix is granting parents the ultimate birthday gift with the launch of 15 Birthdays On Demand featurettes. Starring the characters in your kids’ favorite shows—like Beat Bugs, Barbie and Pokemon—your kids will feel like they’re singing just for them. And with the world’s most common birthday on September 16th, Netflix is giving parents the ultimate birthday hack when they need it most.

What stresses you out the most about birthday party planning? You don’t have to go overboard on the confetti and streamers. Just search “Birthday,” “Birthday Songs,” or “Birthdays On-Demand” on Netflix to discover the 15 Birthdays On-Demand titles available for streaming (full list below). Continue reading »

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Aug 202017
 

You’ve seen my Minion Strawberries before and today, I am sharing my Oreo Minions. Oreo’s are a BIG favorite in my house and when my kids saw that I had made Minions out of them, they were so excited.

Oreo Minions

Here’s what you need:

  • Oreo’s
  • Black, Yellow and Blue Candy Melts (you can also used white chocolate that you color with food dye)
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Candy Melts E-Z Thin (you can also use Crisco)
  • Candy Melts Decorating Tips
  • Decorating Bags or Ziploc Bags

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Jul 232017
 

One of the snacks we make most often in our house is our Ultimate Tater Tot Nachos.  Tater tots you say?  Why yes – tater tots are a favorite in our house and heck, sometimes we like to get creative with them. We make different variations of them, but this one here is the one we like the best. These tater tot nachos are extremely easy to make and are ready in about 30 minutes.

Ultimate Tater Tot Nachos

Here’s what you need:

  • A bag of your favorite Tater Tots
  • Bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • One tomato
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • About 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup of slices scallions

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Jun 182017
 

I’m a bad friend. I totally stink at staying in touch with friends outside of commenting on their latest Facebook statuses. Once in a while I think to myself that I need to have all the girls over for snacks and a movie.  Since most of my friends are moms now, too, we like to keep it low key.  Recently I decided that enough was enough of this online friend only thing and had a few friends over to my house. Whenever there is a movie on at my house, good snacks are a must. I decided on chips and salsa for my get-together and ended up making some delicious Rainbow Summer Salsa. I haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t like chips and salsa.

Rainbow Summer Salsa

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May 162017
 

How I Met Your Mother is one of the best comedy sitcoms ever! It ended a few years back, and people (including me and my husband) still quote the show, and continue to watch the re-runs! After watching just a few episodes, there is a good chance you find yourself being sucked in and becoming addicted to the hilarious story line and characters!

How I Met Your Mother was nine seasons of listening to Ted share with his teens, how he met his wife, their mom. There are tons of twists and turns in his love story on and it was definitely an adventure to find the love of his life. He has a great group of friends in his life and their shenanigans will keep you entertained during every single episode. It is argued who is the best character, Lily, Robin, Marshall, Ted or Barney!

8 Reasons Why How I Met Your Mother is the Best Show Ever

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Apr 172017
 

My family has a fun tradition whenever we go out to the movies.  During the previews, if they show one for a movie we like and want to see – we give it a thumbs up. If it looks like a movie we want to sit out, thumbs down. Sometimes our thumbs up/down ratings during the previews are more fun than the actual movie.

Netflix caught on to the thumbs up and thumbs down rating system and have already implemented it (which you may have already noticed if you’ve watched anything on Netflix recently). You may remember that previously it was a 0-5 stars rating system, but now they’re all thumbs.

As you probably already know, Netflix caters to your entertainment preferences specifically, but when you have a full house of differing personalities and ages like mine, sometimes content recommendations can go off the rails. By setting up individual Netflix profiles for everyone in the family you can thumbs down a show like Beat Bugs without feeling bad and keep your own personal queue in tip-top shape. The new Netflix rating system and profile might just be one of the few things in your house that are uniquely yours.

Pro tip: create a “Family Time” profile so you can keep track and discover new recommendations when the whole family is watching together.

Netflix thumbs up and thumbs down rating system

But it doesn’t stop there, the personalized Netflix profile isn’t a single feature, it’s a full experience. In addition to the new thumbs interface, Netflix will also be introducing a percent match score for many of its titles. The percent match score is based on your own viewing patterns and habits—not on the overall quality of a title. It is a unique score that helps match members with their next favorite show, making your next binge just a click away. Continue reading »

Mar 212017
 

Spring cleaning is one of the only things that stands between you and an amazing spring. Ok, maybe it won’t ruin your whole season, but if you are anything like me, you dread it all year long and procrastinate as much as humanly possible. The reason spring cleaning is so daunting is because it’s a lot more than just the regular day to day (or weekly) cleaning – it’s a whole lot of work. To be honest, for a lot of us starting our spring cleaning takes a quite a bit of motivation. Today I am going to share some of the ways I motivate myself to get started with my spring cleaning and hope it helps you, too.

Inspiration

The first step to motivation before anything else is to be inspired, if you have no inspiration then you will ultimately end up like me – being lazy and skipping an entire year or two.  So go out and buy some of those home decor magazines you always avoid and throw that “my house will never look this good” attitude right out the door. Sure you may not financially be able to buy all that spendy decor, but trust me when I say it’ll give you some great ideas on how decorate your house in a way that perfectly fits your personality once you are done with the deep cleaning.  I also like to call this one “the reward system”. Once you’re done cleaning, reward yourself with a little shopping spree to liven up your living space a little bit. Continue reading »

Feb 152017
 

Picture this.  You and your other half are sitting on the sofa bingeing on your favorite Netflix show one night when one of you falls asleep. What do you do?  Stop watching or carry on and pretend that you didn’t notice the snoring coming from the person next to you? Netflix recently conducted a survey of more than 30,000 couples who stream, and according to the results – more and more people are opting for the latter.  The survey revealed that 46 percent of couples who stream together around the world have “Netflix cheated,” aka watched a show before their significant other has had a chance to watch it.

I guess Netflix and Cheat is the new Netflix and Chill…. Continue reading »

Jan 102017
 

After the kids are in bed for the night, I truly enjoy sitting down in front of the boob tube and binging on some of my favorite shows. After a day of being a mom, it’s nice to watch something that’s kind of anti-fairy tail, you know? Without a doubt, my favorite show to indulge in is American Horror Story. It is one of the craziest shows on TV and has definitely proved itself to be one of the greatest shows, ever. There are twists and turns galore and I am literally on the edge of my seat the entire time. If you need any more convincing, here are some reasons why you should be watching American Horror Story.

1. Each season is a separate story.  Each season tells a different story, beginning to end, in just 12 episodes. Each season that airs now is starting to reveal tie-ins to previous seasons. I read somewhere that in the end everything will tie in together, so it actually excites me when a connection to a previous season comes up. The the first real connection was Pepper in Season 2, Asylum. There she was a patient at Briarcliff Manor, but in Season 4, Freak Show, we saw that that Pepper was performer with Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Since then there have been many more and I am positive that there will be more to come.

2. Recurring cast. You will see many familiar faces from season to season, but since the stories change, their characters do as well. So while you see see many of the same actors each year, they may not be taking on a lead role as they did in previous seasons. You just never know. Continue reading »

Dec 202016
 

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house, no child was complaining, not even a spouse. The gifts were unwrapped and toys played with care, while parents reveled in the peace and quiet in the air… Well, that lasted 10 minutes. We know it’s not long before the first “I’M BORED” escapes your kids’ lips during holiday break.

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve been in a slump due to the rainy day blues.  Instead of curling up into a ball and succumbing into boredom, there are dozens of different activities that you can do to keep yourself occupied.  Even if the weather is miserable outside, there is no reason as to why you should be miserable inside!  Below is a list of 4 great things that you can do to chase rainy day boredom away.

1. Plan a Scavenger Hunt

This is the perfect activity for families who have children that enjoy participating in activities.  A scavenger hunt is not only fun for the kids, but it is also fun for the parents.  Make a list of 20-30 items that the family will have to find throughout the house and the individual who finds all of the items first is the winner.  You can choose the prize, such as allowing the winner to pick what’s for dinner and desert that night. Continue reading »

Oct 112016
 

Super Simple Halloween Treats1

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I am a major Halloween lover. I am always scouring the interwebs for fun & festive snack ideas for my kids around this time of year. I love seeing their faces when I surprise them with a fun Halloween treat. Sometimes I have the treats ready when they get off the bus from school and other times I like to whip up something for family movie night.

We try to sit down as a family every Friday night and stream a movie on Netflix, so this past Friday my family munched on these spooky Halloween treats while we watched our movie. These treats are beyond simple to make, especially if you opt for pre-made rice crispy treats.

What you need:

  • 12 Rice Crispy Treats
  • Edible Eyes
  • 12 oz White Chocolate or White Candy Melts
  • Sandwich bag
  • Parchment paper

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Sep 182016
 

easy-pork-taquitos-recipe

In our house we try to have a family movie night at least once a week. We all love spending quality time together every week, but seriously – what’s a movie night without a snack? These Easy Pork Taquitos are perfect for family movie night because they are budget-friendly, easy to make and most importantly, they are kid approved! Not only that, they are a great way to use up that leftover pork you have sitting in your fridge! Score.

Easy Pork Taquitos

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 ½ cups of roasted pork, shredded
  • 6 to 8oz of Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 10 small flour tortillas
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Cooking spray (optional)

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Aug 142016
 

Orange Crush Cupcakes Recipe

We do a lot of family movie nights in our house.  Since the kids are out on summer vacation, we tend to do a couple of movie nights per week as opposed to our traditional Friday night movie nights during the school year.  We love snuggling up on the sofa with a yummy treat and spending time together watching movies & eating.  I recently made these Orange Crush cupcakes and knew they were perfect for the family movie night we had planned later that evening.

Here’s What you Need:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 C all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t fine salt
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 C whole milk
1/2 Cup Crush Soda

Orange Crush Cupcakes4

Directions for cupcakes: Continue reading »

Jul 262016
 

Helpful Things I Learned from MacGyver

MacGyver is one of the best guys when it comes to “life hacks”! There are so many great things that I learned from MacGyver; he really does give out some of the best tips and tricks! Some of these can really come in handy, others are just really clever, and some I can’t believe are even real. I suppose this is kind of tribute to the master…In today’s day and age we’re all pretty obsessed with life hacks and MacGyver was the OG of life hacks! If you’ve ever needed to remove a stripped screw, unlock a door from the outside, or turn a chip bag into it’s own bowl then this is the post for you. If you’ve never needed to do any of those things this is still the post for you, you’ll likely rest A LOT easier knowing that you CAN do all of these things just like MacGyver!

Remove a Stripped Screw

You can use a rubber band placed over the top of a stripped screw to remove it without the screwdriver slipping!

Never Leave Home Without a Swiss Army Knife

Okay so maybe leave it at home when you go to the airport but other than that you should have one. It’s got everything you need for all kinds of situations! Continue reading »

Jun 012016
 

I don’t know about you, but I have been known to have some pretty epic Netflix binge watching marathons.  My kids are off with their dad most Saturdays and there have been times that I have literally sat on my couch from the time I woke up until bedtime just watching entire seasons of shows on Netflix.  Seriously.

If I am going to veg out all day, I may as well do it right and binge watch shows on Netflix, right?

Sometimes I like to check out shows that I missed the first time around, sometimes I watch some of the Netflix original series and sometimes I just like to rewatch some of my favorites. Here’s what I have been binging on as of late (in no particular order).

Supernatural

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Raised by their dad to fight supernatural forces, grown siblings Dean and Sam crisscross the country in their 1967 Chevy Impala, investigating paranormal activity and picking fights with deadly demons, ghosts and monsters.

I watch this one when it’s on regular tv, but I thought it would be fun to go back and rewatch the series from the beginning – and it was.  I love me some Sam & Dean and if you think this show might not be your thing I dare you to give it a try.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Continue reading »

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