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Tuesday Treats: Valentine's Day Swag

Tuesday Treats, Valentine's DayAmy WileyComment

Valentine’s Day is on our hearts these days and that means we are ready to look the part! Your Valentine will swoon seeing you sporting all the red and pink. I’ve rounded up my favorites sure to attract cupid’s arrow… just click on the item names below to photo to shop my affiliate links.

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Movie Night: Queen of Katwe

Movie NightAmy WileyComment

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We love a movie with a positive, motivational story that sparks interesting conversations in our family. That’s what we found with Queen of Katwe, a delightful film. This movie tells the story of a young girl living in a slum in Uganda who finds her life rapidly changing after discovering she is a gifted chess player. It’s an inspiring story that opened my kids’ eyes to what poverty can really look like in other parts of the world. Plus, it’s based on a true story… which gets us every time!

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This movie is probably best suited for kids who are a little older, as it does have some intense moments. You are the best judge of what is appropriate for your family. See more on the content here.

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I found a beautiful African-patterned tablecloth to help set the scene for this movie night. The colors are so beautiful and vibrant that little else was needed.

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It’s always fun to move movie night dinners into our formal dining room. It changes things up and always feels like a special occasion.

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You might be shocked to know that “chess” isn’t a hot party theme these days. Ha! While I couldn’t find much, I did find this chess piece chocolate mold. I baked a simple yellow cake with chocolate icing and topped it with white chocolate chess pieces to loosely mimic a chess board. My kids went crazy for this and thought it was rather fancy!

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We loved this movie and ended the night feeling inspired and educated. If that’s not the sign of a good family movie night, I don’t know what is. Happy Friday, friends!

Movie Night: Royal Wedding

Movie NightAmy WileyComment

As we gear up for Valentine’s Day and have romance on our minds… I thought I would share this fun movie night again. It’s perfect for families or lovebirds alike!

Do you have royal wedding fever?  Here's a perfect movie night for this most regal of weekends!

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In this 1951 film Fred Astaire and Jane Powell play a dancing duo who end up in London at the time of Princess Elizabeth's wedding.  Our whole family was just delighted by this movie.  

It's been years since I had a reason to drag out any of my wedding-themed decor so I was thrilled to see it again!

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Did you know you can buy rose petals from your grocer's floral department?  This was an inexpensive, easy way to make a big impact on our table.  You instantly think of a crowd of well wishers showering the bride and groom with petals as they dash off to their honeymoon.

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Crown dinner plates paired with wedding dessert plates were the perfect combo for this one.

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Drink charms added an extra touch.

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This vintage cake topper was a wedding gift of ours.  I loved using it as part of the centerpiece.

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I picked up dinner from a local specialty market which made things both simple and elegant.  These little strawberry cakes were a delicious end to our meal.

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This movie offers amazing dancing (Fred Astaire dances on the walls and ceiling!) and plenty of comedy as well.  As with many classic movies, the clothes are divine. 

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This movie is available on Amazon Prime Video.  Best wishes to you for a royally romantic weekend!