Monday, January 26, 2015

Movie Night with The Boxtrolls and Pop Secret

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We LOVE family movie night!!! It's something we always look forward to and we always have a blast together. With the release of The Boxtrolls on DVD we knew we had to have a movie night to celebrate. We couldn't think of a better way to spend quality family time together after a busy week then sitting together watching a movie and enjoying some delicious Pop Secret pop corn. 

To create our fun family night we headed straight to Wal-Mart to snag up The Boxtrolls on DVD. No movie night would be complete without some yummy popcorn. Of course we had to fill up our shopping cart with with all the essentials to make our night super fun! 

I created a popcorn bar for the boys complete with candy toppings and movie themed props. I also made a cookies and cream popcorn that was sooooo amazing that it did not last very long! 

Movies nights are important to use because with school and basketball and work, our schedules are always so busy and hectic that just being able to sit down together as a family and enjoy each other is always amazing. There is not much talking going on, as they are intent on watching the movie, but just being there for each of them and letting them know we are there is always so important. At the end of the night, there are always smiles on their faces. 

We first went to see The Boxtrolls in the movie theater and was a huge hit with both my boys. We had to go straight home build our own Boxtroll boxes and acted out scenes from the movie for weeks. They always asked when the movie was coming out so we could watch at home and could not wait. Finally, the day came and I was able to bring The Boxtrolls home for them and to say they were excited would be an understatement. 

To make our movie night just a bit more special, I created this fun Movie Night Scavenger Hunt Printable game for the boys. Just a few little photos pulled from the movie and when they spot them they cross them off. Whoever crossed off all their photos/items got a prize. Which was a bag of their favorite candy. The boys absolutely loved playing the game and are asking to play and watch again. To get a copy of our Movie Night Game, simply download HERE.

I cooked up some fabulous cookies and cream popcorn that was simply delish!! The bowl did not last the night and was so simple and easy to make. All you need is some Pop Secret Pop Corn, we snagged up the 10 pack Movie Theater Butter style, white chocolate almond bark or candy coating, and Oreo cookies. 

To make your own cookies and cream popcorn, simply cook your popcorn according to the directions on the bag. Pour into a bowl. Melt the chocolate almond bark/candy coating according the directions. Crush the cookies into a fine dust. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn, top with cookies, and toss gently to mix. Spread onto a lined cookie sheet and let dry for a few minutes. Once hard, place into a bowl and enjoy! How simple is that and so tasty!

Be sure to head to your local Wal-Mart and pick up your copy of The Boxtrolls and a box of Pop Secret Pop Corn, 10 count value pack, "While Supplies Last", to make your own memorable movie night. Check out The Boxtrolls on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for more great ideas.

Don't forget to download our Scavenger Hunt Movie Game HERE.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Quick and Easy Dinner Idea

"This delicious meal idea is sponsored by Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. The ideas and opinions on this blog are 100% my own."

Tracking Pixel
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, I can finally breathe and relax and get everything back on our normal track. Even though that normal track is still busy, busy, busy. With two basketball practices to make and 2 games to attend each week, not to mention school programs, PTO meetings, and the daily routine, our days are anything but slow. Dinner time is always an after thought. Not to mention that me and cooking do not mix well. But, I found a great solution with  Minute® Ready to Serve Rice for our dinner dilemma that is not only super easy and quick to make, but healthy as well. Talk about a winner!  

With just a few staples added to the Minute® Ready to Serve Rice Natural Whole Grain Brown Rice, I have a complete and healthy side dish that is perfect for picky eaters. Even when the other choices on their plate may not be as healthy, I know at least something they are eating is. By adding some fresh, chopped tomatoes, diced green onions, shredded cheeses, parsley, and olive oil to the  Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, I have a side dish that is the perfect compliment to pair with any main dish or even to serve on it's own.

To recreate this dish simply add:

  • 1 Fresh Roma Tomato, chopped
  • 1 small bunch of fresh green onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, or any amount of any type of cheese 
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • olive oil, drizzle on top
Prepare your Minute® Ready to Serve Rice as directed on the package.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and combine with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. 
Serve as a main dish, snack, or side dish.

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is an the perfect idea for a quick meal or snack because you can take it with you on the go or is perfect for a last minute dinner idea. In just 60 seconds, you have fully cooked rice with nothing to add for any meal or snack. Plus, this is a great choice a healthy, wholesome option, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice provides easy portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups. For more stir in ideas recipe ideas and information, be sure to check out Minute® Ready to Serve Rice

Be sure to check out more great ideas from Minute® Ready to Serve Rice by visiting them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
"This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Making Lunch Time Healthier with Sara Lee®

"This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®. All my opinions on this blog are 100% my own"

Tracking Pixel As a mom, I am always concerned about health and nutrition when it comes to food and my boys. I want to make sure what they are eating is full of the nutrients and vitamins they need to grow and become strong and healthy. That is why I have become that mom. Yes, the mom that reads the labels, that researches products, foods, and items that we purchase to make sure what they are eating is actually something they should be eating. It is a long process and an even longer journey to finding foods that are healthy, good for you, and actually taste great.

While I cannot cut out and limit everything that is deemed "junk" with our foods and snacks, I can limit them and limit how often they eat them. But, I have been able to successfully replace the "no-so-good-for-you" foods with healthier alternatives as well as adding more water to our daily intake. My boys will only drink water throughout the day which I am so thankful for, but for myself, it has been a long transformation. But, ultimately a successful one. By adding more water to my daily routine, I have had more energy and noticed a huge difference in how the rest of the family has followed in my footsteps. That's why when I heard about the new Sara Lee® 45 Delightful Bread, I knew I had to try it.

Sara Lee® 45 Delightful Breads are all heart-healthy and provide an excellent source of fiber in each serving (2 slices), with no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. They also taste great and with only 45 calories per slice, lunch time has never been better. Plus, now if we want to splurge on some chips or even a cookie or two, there is no need to feel guilty for doing so.
With lunchtime now under control, we can focus on more important things. Like family time. Spending time together is very important to us. Not only is having time together important, it's vital to a healthy life. Being active, playing a board game, or even just reading a book. It's something we strive to do each and everyday. We all look forward to our family time together and with all our busy schedules it's nice to have that quality time together. The boys will only be young for so long and I want to cherish every single moment I can with them.

Our family is striving for a better us by drinking more water with all our meals and throughout the day as well as spending more time together without the electronics or phones or video games.

Do you have a story you would like to share about how you are striving for a healthier you or family? Share your story or transformation by participating in the 45 Delightful People Program.

"This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®. All my opinions on this blog are 100% my own"

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Playtime with LeapTV

"I have received free products in order to host the LeapFrog Sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own."

All this cold weather as kept us inside and going stir crazy. I know it's only been in the 30s and 40s, but being from north Texas that is just down right freezing!! So, what better way to keep us busy, active, and having lots of fun? Playtime with the new and totally awesome, LeapTV from LeapFrog.

We are big fans of LeapFrog products and we were so excited to try out the new LeapTV! So, we gathered a few friends and spent a fun afternoon with LeapFrog and some warm and tasty treats.

We started our playtime fun with some great coloring sheets I pulled off of the LeapFrog website. My boys love to color. It's a great way to express themselves and LeapFrog had tons of free printables to choose from.

After we finished coloring we put together these super cute Scout Puppy Dog Ears Headband. They were so much fun to make and all the boys loved pretending to be dogs. I found these on the LeapFrog site as well. They have tons of great activities for kids of all ages.

We continued with a pin the badge on Scouts Collar! This was a huge hit and we were working our way up with anticipation to the LeapTv.

Of course, no play date would be complete with out snack time. Each guest had their own hot chocolate and regular cold chocolate milk, snack mix, and turkey roll ups. We had to keep our energy up for all the fun we were having.

And finally, it was time! We ended our fun afternoon play date with the LeapTV Dance & Learn Game. The kids were all hyped up with all the pre-game fun we had and were ready to go for it. We started with the dino dance game and then moved on to the other super fun dance games. The boys got into it and loved how easy it was to control with their own hands. Plus, seeing themselves on TV was crazy! They thought it was the best thing!!

Even the dog wanted in on all the fun!!

What a fun afternoon we had playing with friends and LeapTV. It was such a blast! We can't wait to get together again to play.
Check out the new LeapTV for yourself on Twitter , Facebook, or follow along on Instagram

"I have received free products in order to host the LeapFrog Sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own."

Monday, November 3, 2014

Getting a Good Night Sleep.

“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. All my opinions on this blog are 100% my own.

Tracking PixelLife with two boys is always an adventure. Whether we are battling it out in a galaxy far, far away, captains of the swashbuckling pirate ship, or soaring high above the clouds on our own pet dragons, every day brings something new and exciting. It's a world I was never invited to, being a girl, and now I am fully immersed in all things boy and I couldn't love it more!! At 5 and 7, my boys are so full of energy and keeping up with them each day can be exhausting!

My potty training experience with each boy was challenging in completely different ways for each child. They were both so stubborn and wanted to be the ones to control that aspect in their life. But, for my oldest, once we let him figure out when he was ready to use the potty, on his terms, it became a piece of cake. He was a pro and we never had any problems or issues with him wetting the bed, himself, or holding it too long.

With my youngest, that was a completely different story. His potty training experience was a bit easier and once he was potty trained, completely, we felt a sense of accomplishment that we now had two fully potty trained boys!! Then something happened and he started to wetting the bed. Not often, but it would happen more often then not. We felt he was regressing and became frustrated with him.

At the time, we had no idea that this was something he was not able to control. He refused to wear diapers or anything that resembled a diaper. We weren't sure what to do. We piled sheet protectors onto his mattress and double layered sheets as well as extra coverings onto his bed just to keep his bed dry. But, that didn't help him one bit. He would wake up in the middle of the night crying because he had wet the bed and himself. We then realized this was an actual issue that was beyond his control and that we needed to take a step back and assess the situation. He was, of course, not doing this on purpose.

Now that he in kindergarten, he is making lots of friends and getting asked to parties and sleepovers. He feels ashamed and embarrassed to sleep over at anyone's house for fear of wetting the bed. He is afraid his friends will laugh at him so I have to make excuses why he cannot attend. Then he feels bad he has to miss the party and be with his friends.

You have no idea how exciting it was when we discovered GoodNites* TRU-FIT*!!! Not only are
GoodNites* TRU-FIT* machine washable, they are also actual underwear with a disposable, absorbent insert that helps keep him, his sheets, and we can't forget his sleepy time friends dry. GoodNites are available at Target, in sizes S/M and L/XL, which is perfect for me, because I am always there already!

Wearing the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* underwear has helped boost his confidence at bedtime. He is excited to get ready for bed and he wakes up in the morning after a good night's sleep, ready to start the day. No more waking up in the middle of the night to change his clothes and his sheets.

Our mornings are no longer consumed with cleaning up the bed and sheets and hopping in the bath before school to clean up. Instead we can focus on more important things like making sure our homework is done and all our toys are right where they need to be waiting for them when they return home.

GoodNites*TRU-FIT* are machine washable and provides an outstanding 6 layer leakage protection that helps ease my mind during the night. I know he will be nice and dry during the night and the morning.

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