Sunday, January 25, 2015

Big Hero 6 Family Movie Night Tickets!

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Big Hero 6 is coming out on blu-ray on February 24th!! We saw it in theaters a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it, so I've already pre-ordered it from Amazon and it will be delivered to my house on the day it's released! We're super excited!!! To celebrate I made some family movie night tickets to share with all of you. And if you haven't already, go pre-order Big Hero 6 here!!

**Please do not post the tickets on your blog, facebook, etc. Unless you're posting a photo that you took of your printed tickets and then please link back to me so anyone who sees them will know where to get them! :)

Feel free to print these tickets for your own personal use




If you have a Big Hero 6 family movie night and post about it in your blog please come back here and leave a link to your post, I'd love to see it!

Also, off topic, but we're raising money for March of Dimes in honor of our little preemie, Ashlynn. If you are able to donate and help us reach our goal please use this link to do so: Team Princess Ashlynn Thank you!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kindergarten Reading Update! {Magic Tree House series}

Pin It now! I know that we are only two weeks into the new year but I wanted to post a quick update about Dawson's reading goal!  We've already read 40 chapters! Now, mind you, he's only in Kindergarten and I'm probably doing 75% of the reading but I am really proud of him! I decided to use my Goodreads account for his books instead of my own because I don't do a lot of reading unless it's with him. I thought it would be fun to have a place to keep track of all the books he has read. He likes it a lot, I let him rate the books after we're finished reading them. Here's a link to his Goodreads account (that still has my info on the top... I wonder if I can change that?) in case you want to follow along Dawson's Goodreads.

He has REALLY liked the Magic Tree House series. He wasn't really fond of Mummies in the Morning because he thought it was scary. So if your younger kids are reading that, I'd recommend not reading it right before bedtime!!! It has a ghost and mummies in it, so yeah...

Another thing that is awesome about the Magic Tree House series (besides my son absolutely LOVING them) is you can go to magictreehouse.com to do activities and play games. You can also take a little quiz about each book that you've read and earn stamps in your passport. I love that they have that because I know that Dawson is remembering what he's reading and learning, too!

We should be getting the Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 5-8 today which is perfect because we finished book 4 last night!! Dawson has been telling Ashlynn (my 4 year old) about the stories he's been reading and they like to pretend that our school room is a magic tree house. Dawson pretends he's Jack and Ashlynn pretends to be Annie. I like how Ashlynn hasn't even read the books but Dawson loves them so much that he's sharing them with her and they play and pretend together!

I definitely recommend this series for early readers!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Kindergarten Reading Goal: 365 Chapters This Year

Pin It now! My 6 year old and I were talking earlier tonight about reading goals that he'd like to have this year. We decided together that we'd read 365 chapters this year. I searched all over online to try and find a chart or log that we could use to keep track but I wasn't able to find what I was looking for. I'm going to try to make one tomorrow, hopefully it turns out!

We've read a few chapter books together already... a couple of The Boxcar Children books, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Amelia Bedelia are the ones that I can remember off the top of my head. Oh yeah, and we read a few Spongebob chapter books awhile back, too. He enjoys chapter books and he loves reading! I have a feeling that we'll end up reading more than 365 chapters this year but I chose an average of a chapter a day so that we'd have time to talk about what we've read instead of feeling rushed to read just to meet our goal. I know that we'll miss some days here and there but I'm sure we'll make up for those chapters on days that we don't have a lot going on. Dawson usually likes to read a few chapters at once when we're getting to the end of the book because he gets excited to finish it and hear how it ends.

Anyways, if you'd like to join us, it's not too late! And if I do get that chart made up I'd be happy to share it. I'll keep you posted with how we're doing. We just started reading Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark. He got this Magic Tree House Boxed Set Books  for Christmas and has been looking forward to starting them. :)

Happy reading!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vtech Sound Monitor - Not Just For Babies!

Pin It now! This is totally random but you know how when you find something that you love and you just want to share it with everyone?! That's what this is for me! We recently purchased a home that is much larger than our last home. Not only is it larger but our master bedroom is on the main level and the kids' bedrooms are upstairs. AND our bedroom is on the opposite side of the house than their rooms are. I didn't really feel comfortable with sleeping on a different floor than the kids (they are 6 and almost 4) unless I had a monitor in each of their rooms in case they got sick or needed us in the middle of the night we would be able to hear them. Let me introduce you to the VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor!



We've been using these monitors for almost two months now and they are AWESOME!!! Dawson and Ashlynn each have one in their own rooms and we have two parent units in our room. I wrote on the back of each unit so we would know which one belonged to which kid's room. There is absolutely no static or white noise. If they are quiet we don't hear anything.... I have to double check that they're turned on before I fall asleep because they're so quiet.

And an AWESOME feature that they have is each of the parent units have a "talk" button that you can press so the kids can hear you. I mostly use this option when they're playing in their room and I need them to come downstairs for something (which is one of the reasons I wrote their names on the back of the parent unit... so I would know whose room I was talking into). I would 100% recommend this sound monitor. They come with rechargeable batteries and a charging dock which is where ours stay most of the time (we keep them in our room). But if they've got friends over or I just want to listen in while they're playing, I can easily take the wireless parent unit with me anywhere in the house.

While I'm at it I guess I'll share my favorite sound monitor from when they were infants. It wasn't just a sound monitor, it was also a movement monitor... so if they stopped breathing when they were sleeping the monitor would set off an alarm sound. I'd also recommend that, I used it for both of my kids and thankfully we only had a few false alarms but I can tell you that I slept so much better knowing we had it! That was an Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor and you can find it here...




If you've got any great products that you'd recommend I'd love to hear about them!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Disney's Frozen Family Movie Night

Pin It now! Last night we had our long awaited Frozen movie night!!! In January we had a Frozen themed birthday party for my daughter and I wanted to try my best to come up with new ideas for this movie night. There were a couple of things that I just loved too much and decided to do them again. :) :)

Before Christmas I found some Frozen wrapping paper at Walmart, I used that to make our placemats for tonight's dinner and I used some of the kid's Frozen toys to decorate our table.


No movie night is complete without family movie night tickets! The kids had to pay me with a kiss to get their ticket. :)



We used our Christmas tree lights to decorate a little bit. I would have looked so much better if the strings would have been white BUT the kids loved them and that's all that really matters, right?! I love doing fun little things like this that make the kids so excited and happy!!! We also hung up some snowflakes that's I've been holding onto since two Christmases ago. (I've used them 3 times now and I don't plan on getting rid of them yet!) haha




For dinner we had:

Anna and Hans' "Finish Each Others Sandwiches"
Elsa's Snowy White Mac & Cheese
Sven's Carrot and Raisin Salad
Olaf's Snowman Pieces (powdered donut holes, pretzel sticks, raisins, and carrots)

To drink we had:

Kristoff's Iced Koolaid


And for dessert we had:


"Some People Are Worth Melting (chocolate) For" Fondue with strawberries, bananas, and marshmallows to dip




And these cake pops that are too cute for words! I watched an awesome tutorial from My Cupcake Addiction and knew I had to make them.


And I printed out these cute little pictures and taped them to long toothpicks to stick in the fruit for dipping.


Yummy dessert!!


And for during the movie I drew little snowman faces with colored sharpies onto some clear cups for the kids to eat their popcorn out of.


We put some of our Frozen wrapping paper on their table, too, and put some Frozen pillows on their chairs.



And just for fun here's a picture of Ashlynn in her Elsa dress. :) :)


We had planned to play freeze tag and color some pictures but we didn't have time. While I was making dinner the kids colored and did some activities in their Frozen coloring book . They had fun with that!

Did you have a special family movie night? I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Free Printable Disney Frozen Family Movie Night Tickets!!

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One week from tomorrow (2/25), if you've bought the Frozen digital copy, you will be able to have a family movie night featuring Frozen!!! We've pre-ordered it on bluray so we're going to have to wait until March 18th to have our movie night. But since some of you will be watching it soon, I thought I'd whip up some movie tickets for your special night!

Free free to right click on either image and save it to your computer to print for your own personal use. If you post about them in your blog, on facebook, etc, please link back to my blog. :) Thank you!

I made two of them this time because I couldn't decide which one I liked better! Let me know which one is your favorite. 

 

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If you need some Frozen movie night ideas you can check out the post I did on my daughter's Frozen themed birthday party.

Click here to get more free printable family movie night tickets. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Disney's Frozen Themed Birthday Party {Great Movie Night Ideas!}

Pin It now! Like many, MANY others, my little family is pretty obsessed with the movie Frozen. We've seen it twice in theaters already and if they were still playing it in 3D around here we'd totally go see it for the third time. In the meantime we've Pre-ordered Frozen from Amazon and are counting down the days until it will be delivered to our front door {on March 18th!}.

Anyway, I had so much fun planning her party and spent two days slowly decorating for it. I loved every second of it and seeing my daughter's face light up when she was seeing it all come together was amazing!

She turned 3 so we just a small party with one of her friends from dance class and some family. It was a lot of fun!

I set up a little snowman building station for the kids to build their own snowman... Olaf!
 




I got the Do You Want to Build a Snowman printable from Jedi Craft Girl. I did change the snowman on it because I knew the kids would be excited to see Olaf. And I got the little Olaf craft here.

I printed this adorable banner from DIY Swank


I love, love, LOVE how it turned out. It was super easy to print, glue to the color of cardstock that I wanted, and then tie together with white ribbon. This is the first time that I've made a birthday banner and I definitely want to make Dawson one for his next birthday.






I made the big number 3 using a cereal box (I just unfolded it completely, drew my 3 and cut it out), some cupcake liners and my hot glue gun. I also love how it turned out!





I found images of all the main characters and printed a 4x6 of each one and put them in a frame above some of the other decor I had out. {Notice Ashlynn's silhouette, that's a nod to the movie. When Anna is singing For the First Time in Forever before Elsa's coronation, Elsa's silhouette is hanging out in the town. I love it!}


I started doing these birthday interviews with Dawson when he turned 3 and I wanted to start the traditon with Ashlynn, too, now that she's old enough to give me answers.


For party favors I gave out Frozen cups with a pencil, snowflake shaped crayons, and some Frozen stickers. The kids LOVED them!




I also hung up a bunch of snowflakes that we cut out.




Now onto the food!


To drink we had Melted Snowmen. You can get the label from Come Together Kids.


And Kristoff's Iced Koolaid! {I wish I had a link for the food tents!! I can't remember where I got them, if I find it I'll come back and edit. I am SO sorry if they are yours, I'd love to give you credit!)



This is the best picture of the cake that I got. Oops! I decided to try something different and I made her a root beer flavored cake. It was pretty yummy and with a few Frozen Figurines it fit in with the party perfectly. :)


I served Elsa's Whiteout Pizza. It was white sauce and cheese only.







And Anna's Pepperoni Pizza. {It took me forever to think of something to call Anna's, once the word peppy popped into my head I knew the pepperoni pizza was hers!} I cut out the pepperoni with mini snowflake cookie cutters.


I also had crackers, pepperoni, and cheese to serve, one of my kids' favorite snacks! I used my cookie cutters on the cheese for those also.


Olaf's Snowman Snacks were a big hit with the kids. A couple of them even built their own snowman on their plate! I wish I would have gotten a picture, it was hysterically cute!


 I really, really, REALLY wanted to serve Sven's salad, but I wanted to keep it simple with finger foods so I  had Sven's chips {ice chips... even though they're not ice. A stretch, I know). For our movie night {c'mon, you totally know we're having one as soon as we can watch it at home!} I am totally making Sven's Carrot Salad!!! How perfect will that be?!?


And another big hit were these Frozen sugar cookies! I decorated them the day of the party and I stacked the snowflakes before they were completely dry. Oops! So they were kind of ugly but they tasted yummy! And the ones with Elsa and Anna were everyone's favorite anyway.


Here's the birthday princess!! She had a great time and loved her party. It was so much fun!








I can not wait to start planning our Frozen movie night... hopefully I can come up with some fun, new ideas that I didn't use at her party. :) :)