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Movie Night: Ramona and Beezus

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When other moms want to start doing a regular family movie night, they often come to me for suggestions. One movie I always recommend is Ramona and Beezus. It’s sweet, it’s funny, and it feels like a “big kid” movie although it’s appropriate for all ages. If your family experiences any sibling (ahem) dynamics, you’ll get a kick out of it. Ramona and Beezus offer a lot to love!

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This movie night table pays tribute to Ramona’s attempt at saving the family finances with a lemonade stand. She uses a crystal punch bowl and the lemonade is quickly full of flies. This turned out a little creepier than I envisioned, but the kids got quite a laugh out of it! It just took a gallon of lemonade and a few plastic flies. (I’m stashing the flies away to make a return at Halloween.)


Gross, right? But a perfect way to set the scene!


I hope my kids remember silly things like this years down the road and smile at all the movie night memories we made. It doesn’t take much to be the fun mom, y’all!

If you haven’t watched Ramona and Beezus, you should. If you have seen it, I hope I’ve inspired you to revisit this fun little movie. Have a great weekend, y’all.

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Stellar Steak Salad Recipe

Recipe, Tuesday Treats, SummerAmy WileyComment

We love a good steak around here and my husband is quite a skilled cook when it comes to the grill. When we are craving steak but want to watch our calories and our grocery bill, this Stellar Steak Salad is the perfect answer. It’s a summer dish is fitting for a weeknight supper or even guests.

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Stellar Steak Salad

Serves 4-6


2 good-sized steaks (We use anything from ribeye to top sirloin)

Worcestershire sauce

Montreal Steak Seasoning

Large bag of hearts of Romaine

Red and yellow cherry tomatoes

Olive oil

Kosher Salt & freshly ground pepper

Blue cheese crumbles

Ranch dressing

Balsamic glaze (You can find this at your grocery. We like the Trader Joe’s version.)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and heat up your outdoor grill to about the same. Place cherry tomatoes on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, take a fork and poke a few holes in each steak. Pour Worcestershire sauce over the steaks. Sprinkle generously with the Montreal seasoning and don’t forget the edges. Grill to medium (about 8 minutes per side for us) and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steaks. Assemble individual plates starting with the Romaine, then adding tomatoes, steak, and cheese. Drizzle with both ranch dressing and the balsamic glaze. It’s the mixture of the two dressings that will take it over the top. Enjoy!

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Movie Night: Dreamer

Movie NightAmy Wiley

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Just when all seems hopeless, a trusty horse brings a family back together. That’s the delightful story of Dreamer. We always love when a movie is inspired by a true story, and this one did not disappoint!

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As usual, I checked out the movie’s content here before showing it to my family. I didn’t like the amount of language it appeared to have, so we watched it through VidAngel. Are you familiar with this service? You can select what you would like to be “removed” from a movie or show. As parents, we are cautious about what we let enter our household. As much as we love movie night, we don’t want to expose our kids to inappropriate content unnecessarily. With Vidangel, the dialogue simply goes silent when a “bad word” is used… how great is that?!

Back to the movie… Dreamer is thrilling and sweet. Dakota Fanning stars as the lead character and absolutely shines. To set the scene on this summer night, I took a stuffed horse from my kids’ menagerie of animals and added it to our outdoor table. A letter board with the movie title, some fresh sunflowers from a friend in a mason jar, and a tablecloth finished the look.

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I wish you a weekend full of family fun!

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