January 13, 2016

Free Valentine's Day Coloring Pages

Do your kids love to color? Mine do! They are always pulling out coloring books or asking me to print some off the computer for them. So when my little guy asked for a custom puppy page to color, I got right to work on creating one just for him. Plus, threw in a few Valentine's Day themed sheets as well. These made a perfect rainy day activity and we want to share them with you!

Custom Clip Art Graphics provided by Pretty Grafik Design

Download your FREE Valentine's Day Coloring Page HERE.

January 12, 2016

Game Night Family Dinner with Homemade Garlic Knots

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Pizza, football, and family! What more could you ask for! I love making our dinner time memorable, especially when we gather around the table full of our favorite foods and cheer on our favorite team on TV. Now, that football is getting serious and we head into the "big game" next month, I want to take in every single moment I can with my family. It has become a weekly tradition to enjoy our favorite pizza along with some delicious appetizers while watching football. So to get ready for game night, I head right to Wal-Mart to pick up our favorite goodies like Red Baron Brick Oven Pizza

Red Baron Three Cheese Brick Oven Pizzas are always our go to pizzas whether we are watching football, enjoying a movie, or even just a Tuesday night. They are simple and easy to make and so delicious. I don't have to miss any time with my boys by being stuck in the kitchen making dinner. I choose the brick oven crust because it gives it that fresh brick oven taste straight out of our regular oven. Plus, of course we couldn't forget dessert!!!

Red Baron Pizza is always the star of our Game Night Family Dinners. We simply pair it with some fresh veggies, mini meatballs, and our homemade garlic knots to make our dinner time a fun game night party. Even though it's only a party of 4.

No party would be complete without a delicious dessert and Edwards Frozen Oreo Cream Pie is perfect! Just place in the refrigerator to thaw a few hours prior to dinner time and it's ready to go for game time. Talk about easy!!! Since we live in the south, sweet tea is a must have for any gathering.

Easy Homemade Garlic Knots
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious
What you need:
  • 1 can of refrigerated biscuits, 8 count
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
How to make:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. In a bowl mix together oregano, parsley, Parmesan, and salt.

3. Add melted butter and mix completely.

4. Cut biscuits in half, Roll out each biscuit half to form a long rope.

5. Roll or tie each biscuit rope piece into a knot. Place on prepared baking sheet.

6. Brush the top of each knot with half of butter mixture. Reserve remaining half.
7. Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes.

8. Brush remaining butter mixture on top of cooked knots.

9. Serve and enjoy! 

Easy Homemade Garlic Knots

  • 1 can of refrigerated biscuits, 8 count
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix together Parmesan, garlic, oregano, parsley and salt.
  • Add melted butter to mixture and mix well.
  • Cut biscuits in half and roll each piece into a rope. 
  • Roll or tie each biscuit rope into a knot.
  • Place knots onto the prepared baking sheet and brush each knot with half of the butter mixture.
  • Place into oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Top with remaining butter mixture.
  • Serve and enjoy.
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious

How do you celebrate game day?

January 11, 2016

Free Valentine's Day Activity Place Mat

We love holidays and Valentine's Day is no exception. I love all the sweets and treats, flowers and hearts and the abundance of love all around us. To keep the boys busy while I baked up something sweet for them, I created this fun activity sheet they can both do while I am busy in the kitchen. Cute photos to colors, tic-tac-toe game, some jokes, and a place to draw a photo, this kept them busy the whole time and turned it over to keep creating on the back. These are also perfect for Valentine's Class parties! I am printing out a class set and I can't wait for my little guy and all his classmates to get busy creating.  

Custom clip art graphics provided by Pretty Grafik Design.

Download your FREE Valentine's Day Activity Place Mat HERE.

How do you keep the kids busy on Valentine's Day?

January 8, 2016

Free Valentine's Day Lunch Box Love Notes

Send a little love this Valentine's Day with our Lunch Box Love Notes! I always try to send a little note in my boys lunches each day just to let them know that even though they are at school, I am thinking of them. They absolutely love it and look forward to what note they will get. I made the mistake of forgetting the note one morning and they never let me forget. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I whipped up these adorable love notes that I know they will love!!! I am sharing these lunch box notes so you can share with the ones you love as well.

The custom clip art graphics were provided by Goodness and Fun

Simply print from home computer or print shop, thick card stock is best, cut, and pack them in their lunches.

Download your FREE Valentine's Day Lunch Box Love Notes HERE.

December 31, 2015

A Hollywood Movie Premiere Birthday Party

I love the feel of Hollywood glitz and glamour and the allure of the red carpet draws me. Plus, not only am I totally obsessed, my oldest son loves the movies as well. So, when it came time to plan his 7th birthday party last year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I got straight to work on bringing a Hollywood Movie Premiere to our living room. Not wanting to do the traditional red carpet themed birthday, I used black and gold and lots of glitter. I have two boys and the opportunities for glitter use are limited, so I have to jump at the chance to add glitter where ever I could. 

As guests entered they were greeted with our own mini Walk of Fame complete with a personalized vinyl star I created for the party using the themes colors of black and gold. The Braden star was flanked with gold glitter stars leading guests to walk the "black carpet" for photo ops.

Party guests walked the "black carpet" and posed for pictures from our waiting paparazzi. Real velvet roping sectioned off the area so they could not get too close to our "celebrities". A giant clap board provided a backdrop and listed social media details so friends can follow along during the party.

The first of three party tables was our dessert table. It was decked out with so many delicious treats provided by Sweet and Sassy Cakes of Forney. Old movie reels were placed throughout the party and old film tins were painted gold and used as trays and plates. Wrapped boxes provided height for the cake and old vintage movie cameras. A large gold frame and 3 over-sized gold stars provided the show stopping backdrop.

The two tiered cake was full of glitter and topped with coordinating stars perfect for our birthday superstar.

Cake balls were fitted with glitter flags, cupcakes topped with gold stars, and star shaped brownies were front and center for the taking. Vintage cameras provided decorations for the table and gave the table a finished look.

A Hollywood party would not be complete without a concession stand. Our food table was full of our favorite movie theater staples; hot dogs, pretzels, pickles, and of course boxes of movie theater candy.

Hot dogs were wrapped with gold glitter ribbon and matching black and gold bags were used to serve the pretzels and pickles. A customized smaller clapboard set a top the food table along with a personalized directors megaphone.

A movie themed party would not be complete without popcorn! There were four different kinds of popcorn for our guests to choose from. Kettle corn, butter flavored, caramel, and regular popcorn was placed in striped or polka dot popcorn boxes and extras in metal tins. Flavored salt toppings and chocolate candies were provided to make the popcorn extra sweet.

We handmade a black and gold glitter banner to hang over the popcorn table and placed gold glitter stars around to break up the black tablecloth.

After filling up on sweet treats and lots of goodies, guests were treated to the birthday boys favorite movie (at the time). Plus, guests could burn off some energy at our movie prop photo booth. 

The favor area was decorated with movie posters and old fashioned movie reels. To thank our guests for coming, each child was given a custom glittered movie tote with matching tumbler we made especially for our Hollywood themed party.

What an amazing time we had! The birthday boy had a fabulous time and loved everything about it. Thank you to everyone who helped make this party one-of-a-kind.

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