Tips for Taking Kids Fishing

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Hi there makers! We had a great Memorial weekend as a family camping and fishing. My husband took my daughter fishing for the first time and she really enjoyed it. The place we camped at in our RV had a great catch and release pond for her to practice. While we were there, we came up with some great tips for taking kids fishing and thought we’d share with all of you!

1. Prepare your kids. Let them know that fishing takes time and patience. These are great lessons to learn as a child… and even as an adult (I speak for myself of course!). 

2. Get a good starter fishing pole (we got ours at Walmart for $8), bait, hooks, and bobbers. 

3. Bring water! You’ll be at the pond, lake, or river for a bit, so be sure to stay hydrated. 

4. Bring your phone or camera so you can take a picture of the fish you catch! You’ll want to remember your kid’s first catch and so will they. 

5. Pack snacks to bring with you, and preferably with protein. Lorissa’s Kitchen is our go-to when we are camping, hiking, road tripping, or standing in our favorite theme parks’ lines.

Because it’s prep-free, it’s so convenient to throw it into a fanny pack, backpack, or tote. Our favorite flavors are Korean Barbecue Beef and Sweet Chili Pork, but all of them are so delicious. Lorissa’s Kitchen is high in protein, low in carbs, low in fat, has no MSG, no preservatives and is gluten free. It’s a great on-the-go snack to have on hand. We buy ours from our local Kroger store in the snack aisle. 

You can save $1.00 off any Lorissa’s Kitchen product (2.25 oz.) with this coupon from June 1st – August 29th, 2017. There will be a one-day in-store sampling event mid-June at Ralph’s, Fred Meyer, and QFC stores on Friday, June 16th – Sunday, June 19th, 2017. 

Check out Lorissa’s Kitchen on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest/YouTube too.  

 

Have you taken your kids fishing? What tips do you have to add to our list and what’s your favorite snack to bring along?

Christmas Traditions for the Family

Welcome to another edition of Must Have Craft Tips and More! Allison here once again to bring you more great Christmas tips… like Christmas traditions for the family!
 
My fellow hostesses have shared lots of fabulous Christmas tips this month so just in case you have missed them you can check them out here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.Today, I wanted to share with you some fun Christmas traditions you can do with your family to create loads of memories for everyone!

I rounded up 3 different ideas that are sure to make your Christmas more special for you and your family.

To begin, I will start with the classic advent calendar.

LEGO Advent Calendar from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls // Family Fun Advent Calendar from Simply Sara // Advent Calendar Paper Chain from Activities for Kids //  Reindeer Balloon Advent Calendar from Not on the High Street  // Reverse Advent Calendar from Mum in the Mad House

 Advent Calendars are a fun way to help build up the excitement of Christmas for the whole family but they don’t always have to be the normal, open something and get candy, type of calendar.
Think outside the box. Do something special as a family. Do something special for others in your community. Have fun! Be together! Enjoy the reason of the season! 

 
I love the idea of doing a random acts of kindness advent calendar. This Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar from Coffee Cups and Crayons will help you along to know just what to do to help out and bring joy to others.
 

I totally love this idea and I have been wanting to start it but we are still working on our Christmas book collection but this Christmas Book Advent Calendar from Simple as That
is a something that I know my girls would love. Wrap the books up all fun, put a number on each and let one child pick out the book each night, gather together as a family and read the book.

And how about this Christmas Tradition Countdown from Create Craft Love?! 
You can print this one out or create one that works for your family but you don’t have to go over the top to have quality family time that is meaningful and you can do it along with counting down to one of the most popular holidays!

 
To go along with those advent calendar, it’s the season to spend time as a family and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Kids have off from school, hopefully you have a few days off work, so why not slow down from your fast paced life and enjoy each other for a change!
This time of year, make new traditions with family and friends!
Play games, get creative, bake delicious treats, watch movies, and just have fun together!
Everyone enjoys checking out all those gorgeous Christmas lights throughout the town so why not make a fun game out of it?! Check out this Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt from Mine for the Making  and when you go out to check out those lights, see what you can find!

Have a family craft night!
Every year my little family has a holiday craft night. We pick out a few fun and easy crafts that we can all do together and spend the evening getting creative. My girls love it and we have so much fun seeing what we each come up with.
Every year, going back to when my husband and I were still dating, we make ornaments by putting acrylic paint into clear ornaments so that tradition has continued now that we have kids. Last year we also created some fun paper plate trees and the girls got to decorate their own plates with Sharpie paint pens as well.

 

 If you have little ones that still love the magic of Santa why not make it extra special on Christmas Eve by creating a fun plate for those delicious cookies that Santa will be thrilled to see when he drops off those presents?

This Cookie Plate for Santa from Mine for the Making is created using vinyl and then this Santa plate from A Glimpse Inside was created with Sharpie paint pens and then baked in the oven.Both can be used for years to come!

 

Lastly, little ones love trees! 
They get so excited to help decorate the tree so why not make a fun tradition by giving them their own mini tree inside their rooms that are all for them. They get to decorate it any way they want, again and again if they are like my girls, and they can admire their own tree for the whole season!

 

 
My last tradition is make Christmas morning breakfast special! 
 
Start the morning with a delicious breakfast but why not make it fun!? 
Create Christmas related shapes with your food and show off your holiday spirit in a fun, unique way! 
Start with a whole meal like with the Santa pancakes or create those Reindeer Donuts for something quick to eat before opening presents and before you larger meal is ready.
 
I love these Reindeer Pancakes from 365ish Days of Pinterest and I want to make my husband, who is the pancake maker in our house, create this for us this year. Who wouldn’t love to see this on their plate Christmas morning?

 How about these super fun Christmas Tree Waffles from Crustabakes? These are so quick and easy too if you have a waffle maker which gives you more time to spend time with a family.

 

How about making a wreath like this Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring from Jo Cooks stuffed full of all sorts of deliciousness?
I want this for breakfast this year too!

 

There you have it!
I hope you create some new traditions with your families this year and enjoy special time together.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Be sure to join us next month when we share a whole new topic full of tips!


Your hostesses,

 


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Camping at Lake Pleasant, Arizona

Hello there friends! Now that it’s summertime, I’m sure most of you are ready to get out and explore our lovely state. Typically families plan their trips and vacations in the summer due to kids being out of school. So I thought I would share some of our favorite things to do as a family around our home state. We love being outdoors and near water, so Camping at Lake Pleasant, Arizona, is a must on our summer bucketlist.

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There are a few options to pick from when planning your camping trips at your local and state lakes. Though many families go for the corporate owned facilities, we LOVE camping at our state and regional parks. And there are plenty of reasons why, which I will get to shortly.

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Lake Pleasant, Arizona, is located only 35 miles from Phoenix and is the biggest lake in the area with over 10,000 acres of water surface. It’s the perfect place for boating, water skiing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and more. It’s the perfect place for family fun and of course it’s pet friendly as well. Just keep those pets on a leash and be sure to clean up after them. 

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Lake Pleasant has 2 marinas, a restaurant, and a few options for camping. Our personal favorite is Desert Tortoise Campground. This campground is right on the water and has options for RV hook ups as well. The above photo is our view from our favorite spot.

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If you’re lucky enough, you may see a Bald Eagle or two fly overhead or even a pack of wild burros while staying at the lake. The beautiful sunsets are a backdrop to the wildlife and saguaro cacti that surround the lake. It’s really a great place to hang.

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Two of our favorite things to do when camping are to go on nature walks and cook over the campfire, both of which can be done at Lake Pleasant. Sometimes when the sun goes down, it’s even chilly enough for a light jacket.

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The next time you consider camping, check out Lake Pleasant and the state/regional campsites. The campsites and bathrooms are very clean, you are right near the water, and the view is unbeatable. Plus, the price of the site is extremely affordable and the money you spend goes back into keeping our state and regional parks clean and well kept.

 

 

Hiking Fossil Creek, Arizona

Over the last few years, I have really come to appreciate and love where I live. Born and raised in Arizona, I grew up thinking the desert was ugly and dirty and that no beauty could be found here. So happy to say that I was dead wrong. The more I get out in nature and explore the state I live in, the more I come to love it. One of my favorite things to do is explore new places… especially out in nature or near water. So when I heard about Fossil Creek, I knew that I had to check it out and after about three years, I finally made the time to get there. I also did a little bit of research on it, so I figured I’d share the knowledge with all of you, as I highly recommend this place jumping to the top of your bucketlist. Here are some great things to know about hiking Fossil Creek, Arizona, and I even included a few helpful tips.

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Fossil Creek is located near Strawberry and Camp Verde, Arizona. The 14 mile creek’s water is calcium rich, laying down large deposits of travertine and encasing whatever falls into the stream. Hence forming fossil like creations, which is where the name Fossil Creek comes from. Kind of cool, right? Tons of plants and animals depend on this creek, including past Western Apache who still consider Fossil Creek part of their homeland. 

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Fossil Creek does require a day permit which you can get HERE and you should definitely get it ahead of time (print it out and bring it with you!). There’s also a very bumpy 14ish mile dirt road all the way back to the permitted parking. I highly recommend a truck, SUV, jeep, or something similar for this part. It can be done in a car or van, but know that it will take you a lot longer to get back to the parking. 

Because we were hiking with kids, we decided to try out Waterfall Trail which is a non strenuous hike to the falls. It’s about one mile in and one mile out and absolutely gorgeous the entire way.

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We hiked through greenery and along the creek, listening to the water and the wildlife sounds. It was absolutely peaceful and beautiful. The kids loved collecting leaves and rocks and walking sticks along the way. There were even a few cool bridges to cross over, which is always a hit with kids.

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I recommend packing lots of snacks or a lunch in as well as water (we took our Camelbacks). There are plenty of places to have a picnic. You do need to pack all of your trash out, so keep that in mind as there are no trash cans. Let’s be conscience of keeping this beautiful place clean so we can visit it for years to come.

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After you hike in for about a mile… that’s when you see it. And it is breathtaking, y’all!

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The falls are surrounded by trees and a swimming hole and caverns to explore. We watched a few people jump from the falls into the swimming hole, which the kids thought was super exciting. The kids also spotted fish in the stream and even some tadpoles… it made for a super fun nature journal entry.

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Be sure to bring a towel and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. The kids wore their bathing suits under their clothes and that worked out well. You should also bring a camera or your phone for picture taking… trust me when I say that you will want to take pictures.

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I would consider a trip to Fossil Creek a day trip, as it takes some time getting there, finding parking, hiking in, eating lunch, playing in the water, exploring, hiking back out, and driving home. I also highly recommend going during the week, as the weekend are CRAZY busy and often times people are turned away due to the parking being too full. I’m hoping that with the permits, less of that will happen.

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We had the BEST day at Fossil Creek hiking Waterfall Trail. Out of all the places I’ve hiked and explored in Arizona, I would say this is one of my top favorites to date and one that I would recommend to everyone. So, put it on your summer bucketlist and get out there and explore, my friends!

Have you been to Fossil Creek yet? If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will answer as best I can.

One Day Trip to NYC On a Budget

A few weeks ago my family went on an unexpected road trip from west coast to east coast. It was a first for my daughter and I and we were thrilled! While we primarily stayed in Connecticut once there, we planned a day in the big apple. I have wanted to visit New York since I was a little girl… how could I miss this opportunity when we were that close to putting a check mark on my bucketlist! So we planned a One Day Trip to NYC On a Budget.

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New York City is huge… there is a ton to see and a ton to do. There’s no possible way you can do it all in one day. But if one day is all you have, I have some tips that might help you plan your trip without breaking your bank.

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1. Plan to take a bus, subway, or even taxi.

Parking in NYC is crazy expensive. And the traffic and toll roads aren’t my favorite things either. It eats up a lot of time and a lot of money. So I highly recommend taking the train into the city. Tickets are cheaper during off peak hours, so you can try to plan your day trip around those times as well. The subway will take you across the city and taxis are always available.

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2. Make a NYC wishlist/bucketlist.

First, my family and I made a list of all the things we wanted to do in NYC while we were there. We knew making the list that we wouldn’t be able to do it all, but with strategic planning, we’d be able to knock several awesome sights off the wishlist.

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3. Map out your day trip.

Once our list was made, we pulled up Google maps and mapped out different sights from our list to see how close things were to once another. From there we checked prices and availability of things to determine what we could fit into the day and within our budget. We were able to do knock 9 things off of our wishlist and we did it for a family of 4 for under $200 (including transportation, food, sights). Don’t forget to plan for food and for walking time between different places.

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Other tips:

  • check the weather before you go and dress accordingly
  • bring a phone charger…there are plugs on the train!
  • pack snacks and water bottles in a backpack
  • bring a camera for good picture taking
  • an umbrella stroller is a good idea for little ones

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What we did on our day trip to NYC:

  • train ride into the city
  • subway to Central Park
  • walk Central Park and play on the playgrounds
  • Times Square
  • Pizza at Bella Vita Brick Oven Pizza
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Rockefeller Center at night lit up for Christmas
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Empire State Building (from a distance)
  • lots of walking and lots of picture taking

 

Have you been to New York City? What were your favorite places to visit?

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in Long Disneyland Lines

Hello friends!

If you follow along with Mine for the Making on social media (icons at the top of this page), then you know we sold our home a couple of months ago, down sized a ton, bought an RV and are currently living and traveling in it while we buy land and build our next home. We are loving the RV lifestyle so far and have enjoyed lots of trips together as a family. This Christmas we decided to take a trip to California for a family adventure in the RV and while we were there, we visited one of our most favorite places… Disneyland.

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Typically we like to go to Disneyland during off peak times to avoid the large crowds and long lines, but this year we decided to bite the bullet and experience the Disney magic at Christmastime. Though the lines were long, we made the most out of it! I wanted to share 5 ways to keep kids busy in long Disneyland lines, because I am certain many of you have found yourselves in that situation.

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1.Family App Games

There are lots apps you can play with while in line at Disneyland, but we like to play the games that get our entire family (or at least all of the kids) involved. Here are a few that we really enjoy… feel free to leave a comment with your favorite family app games too!

  • Heads Up
  • Scrabble
  • Ellen’s Know or Go
  • Ultimate Movie Trivia: Disney Edition
  • Charades! Kids

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2. Bring Snacks

Believe it or not, snacks can take up a good portion of the wait time in lines. We bring our own snacks in a backpack, but we also like to indulge on Disneyland treats too. My daughter always goes for a churro and I always go for a Dol Whip! What’s your favorite Disneyland treat to take in line while you wait for a ride?

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3. Disneyland Mapping

While you are waiting in line, it’s a great idea to check your Disneyland map and decide on the next couple of rides you and the kids want to go on. This is a great way to get to know the park, organize your time, pick out which characters you want to visit, and teach your kids about reading maps. We utilize this time to find the nearest bathrooms, treats we want to try, and a place to meet at if anyone gets lost.

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4. Counting Mickeys

This is one of our favorite games to play in line at Disneyland, and surprisingly it never gets old. We play “Counting Mickeys” and it’s so fun! You and the kids try to ‘spy’ as many Mickeys as you can while waiting in line. They can be on the decor, on peoples’ clothing, Mickey shaped food… as long as it’s a Mickey, it counts! It’s funny because the longer the line the more time you have to find Mickeys and this seems to be what the kids focus on rather than the ‘boring’ time spent in line. Try it! Let us know if your kids like it too.

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5. Old School Games

When all else fails, you can resort to some of the ‘old school games’ that we used to play as kids… you know, before electronic devices and smart phones! Some require a small pad of paper and pencil, but that can easily be stored in your backpack with the snacks. Here are some of my favorites… feel free to leave comment with any that your family likes to play!

  • I Spy
  • Paper, Rock, Scissors
  • Thumb wars
  • tic-tac-toe
  • Hangman
  • Celebrity/Character Alphabet game
  • Rhyming words game

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There you have it! 5 ways to keep those kids occupied in the long lines at Disneyland. The busier they are, the less likey you are to be answering the “are we there yet?” and “how much longer?!!” questions. Don’t forget to utilized the Disneyland apps for wait times and be sure to stock up on those Fast Passes for your favorite rides!

How do you keep the kids busy in the long Disneyland lines?

 

My family was given tickets into the park to share our experience. All opinions are 100% my own.

Proverbs 31 Mama

Being a parent can be hard, am I right? Adulting in general is hard. But raising tiny humans and molding them into civilized, educated, well-mannered, kind-hearted, good-humored people… now that’s the trick. I am, by no means, a perfect mother. However, I do strive everyday to be a Proverbs 31 Mama. I want to be a positive role model for my daughter. I want to raise her to be a Proverbs 31 Mama as well.

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Generous, noble, loving, virtuous, hard-working, creative, strong…

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Clothed with dignity, productive, wise, nurturing, confident, diligent…

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Joyful, blessed, praised…

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Motherhood is challenging, but it’s so overwhelmingly rewarding at the same time. I pray that as my daughter grows, she sees these qualities in me and that I am able to instill these same qualities in her. 

 

My comfy Proverbs 31 Mama shirt and awesome Mama Tote is from OriginaliTee Too and my photo cuff is from Pickture That. I love both of these Etsy shops, so be sure to check them out. Great gift ideas for the holiday season. 

Halloween BOO ‘Mores Bar

The weather is FINALLY starting to cool down around these parts, which means I can finally start thinking about fall! Hooray! I know most people associate pumpkin spiced everything with fall, but for me. . . I think about my unhealthy relationship with s’mores. I’ll eat them anyway I can get them. . . and now that the Peeps people have made adorable Peep marshmallows available for every holiday, you know I am all over this. So, I created this super simple Halloween BOO ‘Mores Bar, perfect for a Halloween Party, play date, or even trick-or-treaters!

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I used a black plastic table cloth, and a tassel banner I already had from Mod Party to dress up a small table. Tassel banners are such a great way to decorate and they are super simple to make yourself.

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Chalkboards are also great for party decorating. You can use them over and over again and write fun messages or sayings on them for different holidays and occasions. 

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I put ghost and tombstone Peeps on candy sticks and stuck them in black plastic planting pots from the Dollar Tree store to add some dimension to the table. I also use wire baskets to add to the table depth and just flipped them upside down on the table.

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Finally, I displayed graham crackers and chocolate in cute cupcake liners on white platters, ready for kiddos and adults to make a delicious marshmallow sandwich. My intention is for these to be eaten “as-is,” but you could certainly toast the marshmallow Peeps first like a traditional S’more.

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This inexpensive Boo ‘Mores Bar would be the perfect addition to your Halloween celebrations.

What kinds of Halloween traditions do you have with your kids?

For more celebration inspiration, check me out HERE.

Party On!

Mindy {Mindy Alyse Celebrations}

30 Family Friendly Halloween Movies

I am so happy that it’s October. I absolutely love this time of year… where I pretend like it’s cool out and that the leaves are changing colors. Lol! Luckily, this week we are looking at the 90s which is a huge relief. So I busted out the faux pumpkins and mini haystacks and started planning Halloween costumes and plugging in fall events on our calendar. One of our very favorite things to do is watch spooky, magical movies during October. So I rounded up 30 Family Friendly Halloween Movies that you might light to watch with the kids this year too!

*Disclaimer: As a parent, I recommend previewing the movies first and deciding on your own if the movie is appropriate for your children to view. Some of these movies are pretty spooky, some have mild adult language and they range in ratings (G, PG, or PG-13). For example, my daughter is only 7, so there are movies on this list that she isn’t allowed to watch just yet.

30 family friendly halloween movies

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Casper
  • E.T.
  • The Addams Family

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  • The Goonies
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Monster House

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  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Ghost Busters
  • Halloween Town
  • The Witches

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  • Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Ernest Scared Stupid
  • Little Monsters

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  • Curious George: A Halloween Boo-Fest
  • Paranorman
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Monster Squad
  • Watcher in the Woods

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  • Beetle Juice
  • Corpse Bride
  • Coraline
  • Scared Shrekless

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  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Harry Potter series
  • Tower of Terror

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  • Frankenweenie
  • The Munsters, Go Home!
  • Mr. Boogedy

Go pop that popcorn and make yourself some fun treats! It’s time to get your Halloween movie watching on! Some of these are even available on Netflix!

What’s your family’s favorite Halloween movie? We always watch Hocus Pocus and Casper every Halloween!

Family Movie Night

Something you probably already know. . . kids love surprises. . . news flash, right? Well, imagine their surprise when you throw a fun Family Movie Night party for them! Not only will your kids love it, but you’ll love that this whole party is half the cost of going to the movies.

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First, let your family know you are planning a fun movie night. If you read Mine for the Making, then you probably already own a cute chalk board. Simply write, “family movie night,” the time and maybe the movie title on it, and set it out in the morning before everyone rushes off to work and school.

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The decorations I used were easy. Dollar store streamers in red and gold as a backdrop, and a dollar store back plastic table cloth. To jazz the table up a bit and make it more “old Hollywood-ish” I added some gold sequins I had from an old New Year’s Eve party.

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For snacks, I choose something a little different than the traditional popcorn. We love Chex-mix in this house, so I filled little lunch bags with Chex-mix for them to snack on. I found the cool red food storage buckets at the dollar store as well. I love these because they have a handle on them, so if the kids are eating on the sofa they have something to hold onto. I wrapped a few pieces of red licorice in a napkin, and also had individual cups of mixers for their Chex-mix as an extra treat.

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Lastly, I used mason jars I had on hand to make rootbeer floats. I displayed them in plastic flower pots I also found at the dollar store. By putting ice in these, the drinks were able to stay cool, and look super cute.

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Add a few extra pillow and blankets to your living room, and voila! The perfect family activity for way less than what you would spend going out! For this whole party, including food, I spent a little less than $20.

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For more party inspiration, visit me over at Mindy Alyse Celebrations.

Party On!

Mindy

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A bit about our Party Expert…

Hi! I’m Mindy, and I love everything party!  My family moved to Arizona 5 years ago from California, but I would still consider myself a Northern California girl. I am a type-A personality who loves everything to look pretty, and worships Martha Stewart like a God. Hope I can help inspire you to throw your own pretty party!
 
5 Fun Facts About Mindy:
– I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 6 years. We fell in love over blueberry pie.
– I am a proud mama of one little man named Grayson, he’s almost 3!
– I was an elementary school teacher for 8 years before moving to AZ from CA.
– I lived in Hawaii for many years growing up.
– I love to travel. My favorite place I have traveled is Argentina.