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Movie Night: The Grinch... All of Them!

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This movie night is all about not just one… but three movies! That’s right, we watched all three versions of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. We broke it up into a few different evenings of fun.

I always pick up a “Grump Tree” at Trader Joe’s because it’s such a fitting accessory for our favorite Christmas villain.


We headed off to the theater to see the new Grinch movie and I wore a themed tee because that’s what all cool 41-year-olds do. My family absolutely loved that latest version! It is sweet, touching, and full of great music. You should go see it if you haven’t already.


After the movie we headed to IHOP for green Grinch pancakes. Aren’t they so fun?!? We all enjoyed eating breakfast for dinner… although it was more like dessert!


Sadly, our location was out of the Minty Who Hot Chocolate. The Grinch menu is still going on, but you might want to call ahead to your particular IHOP.


Not easily deterred, we set out to make our own Grinch hot chocolate at home. This was the night we watched the Jim Carrey version. The key to this was our new fancy whipped cream dispenser! This exact one is no longer available, but this one is the same idea and you’ll need to buy the chargers too. After using this I don’t think I can go back to the canned stuff! It’s so much more fresh and delicious. Plus, it’s too much fun to use.


I simply made cups of hot chocolate, added our whipped cream with green food coloring, and topped with these sprinkles.


I spotted these cookies at Safeway and gladly added them to the mix.


Cookies and hot chocolate make for an extra cozy movie night. So do Grinch pajamas!


I also found these little Grinch gingerbread house kits at Safeway. They make the tiniest, sweetest little houses!


Many weeks ago I found these bath bomb sets in the Dollar Spot at Target. A bath bomb always adds some enthusiasm to bath time for my kids!


He’s green, he’s mean… and he makes our hearts grow three sizes each year. Whether you watch the original cartoon, the Jim Carrey movie, or the new version in theaters, The Grinch is essential viewing this time of year!


Enjoy your weekend!

Movie Night: Elf Pets: Santa's St. Bernards Save Christmas

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We are in pretty deep with the Elf on the Shelf with my daughter these days, so I decided to get the new movie, Elf Pets: Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas. I am pleased to tell you that we were pleasantly surprised and delighted by this little movie! Of course we needed an Elf Pet and book too.


We usually watch An Elf’s Story to celebrate the arrival of our elves, Percy and Snowflake, but we enjoyed switching it up. The new movie focuses on kindness and Christmas spirit. It offers a lovely message to kids this time of year.


When Pottery Barn Kids had an Elf on the Shelf collection a couple of years ago, I got these plates. It’s so fun to set our table for the first Christmas movie night of the year!


The plates make me smile every time.


I highly recommend this one. It’s sweet, thoughtful, not too long, and appropriate for little ones. My kids named the dog “Peppermint” and my daughter sleeps with it every night.


For dinner, we grilled steaks and finished up the rest of our Thanksgiving leftovers as sides. Dessert was the amazing Blue Bell Christmas Cookie ice cream. It’s sooo good!



Here’s to a season of Christmas movies, elf shenanigans, kindness, and Christmas spirit!

Movie Night: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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We cannot wait to kick off our week-long Thanksgiving break with movie night tonight! A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is one of those comforting classics that signals the Thanksgiving holiday for us.


My daughter did the chalkboard for me which is just perfect for this one. I’m excited to use my cute plates!


You can see our A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie night from last year here. I’m truly thankful for each of you who follow along with me!