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Movie Night: Secretariat

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It’s Derby weekend and this movie night goes full-speed with the horse racing theme. We truly enjoyed Secretariat and our down-home Kentucky feast!


This movie is based on the heart-warming true story of the record-setting racehorse, Secretariat and the family and team behind him. It’s available on Netflix.


We took a twist on derby day classics for this dinner and everyone gobbled them up. We enjoyed Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders (recipe here) and Mint Julep Fruit Salad (recipe here.) Both were completely delicious, and, bonus, I was able to make them ahead of time. These jockey silks napkins added the perfect touch.


The kids especially could not get enough of the Mint Julep Fruit Salad. Dessert was Kentucky Derby Pie (this recipe) and the guys in our house loved it the most.


A few little plastic horses raced across the buffet. My daughter played “Secretariat” with them the rest of the weekend!


This movie is heartwarming, exciting, touching and thrilling. It’s perfect to curl up and watch as a family on the eve of the Kentucky Derby.


The colors had us ready for spring and summer and the food was comforting and classically Kentucky.


I’ll be making these recipes again!


And they’re off!

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Movie Night: Off to the Theater!

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You know we LOVE movie night at home, but some recently new releases called for some trips to the movie theater! We still start the experience at home with some simple treats and that’s what I’m sharing today.

First up… Dumbo! Oh, what a beautiful, captivating film. We found this one to be enchanting and although it had sad parts, it was not nearly as gut-wrenching as the original. To announce our movie adventure, I set up our miniature marquee and some circus-worthy snacks.


These personal little packets of chocolate-covered peanuts from Trader Joe’s were just so fitting.


The next film to get us out of our pajamas and into the movie theater was Disneynature’s Penguins.  If you aren’t family with the Disneynature series, get on board!  They are educational and endlessly entertaining at the same time!  The latest one did not disappoint.  Penguins is hilarious and charming.  My daughter recently completed a school research project on penguins so she was enthralled!  We kicked off this fun evening with our darling little letterboard, a gingham runner, penguin plates and yummy penguin gummies!


These darling little penguin gummies are peach flavored and just as delicious as they are cute!


As you can see, it doesn’t take much to add a little home celebration to a night at the movies. The little bit of extra effort kicks off the fun and makes the experience last that much longer!

Happy Friday, friends!

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Crazy for Christmas Challenge: April

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Merry April 25th, friends!

We are excited to continue the Crazy for Christmas Challenge and love hearing how all of you are getting in the spirit of prepping for your holiday all year long. Whether you’re just jumping in or joining us for the first time this month, we are so glad you’re here! We are heading into May which is in many ways December’s busy twin, so today’s tasks are designed with that in mind. Remember, the challenge should not be a source of stress, but simply a reminder that ANYTHING you get done now, will save you time in December!

Let’s get to this month’s tasks…

Play Catch-Up

Whether you are new or you’ve been with us since the beginning, today we are allowing time to catch up on previous month’s tasks you might not have completed. You can find them here:


Go through, make your list, and check it twice!

Buy a Few Gifts

During our February challenge we determined how many gifts we should buy each month between March and November. Today you get to do a little shopping and check some gifts off that list!

Practice Stress-Reducing Habits

If you’re not already, join our email list to get this month’s printable:

It’s a handy list of five simple habits I use to make life run more smoothly during hectic seasons. You can put these habits in place for the busy month of May then pick them up again when the holidays roll around.

That’s it for today! Don’t forget to join the Crazy for Christmas Challenge Facebook group and share your progress with us!

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