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Movie Night: Beach Blanket Bingo

Movie Night, SummerAmy WileyComment

Summer makes us feel extra campy and silly, so we are throwing it back to 1965 to a crazy, goofy, classic beach movie… Beach Blanket Bingo!

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I snagged this “Summer” beach towel at Target knowing I wanted to use it as a tablecloth. It might sound silly, but doing things like covering your table with a beach towel makes things fun and unexpected for your kids.

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This movie has a lot of bikinis (not a shocker) and kissing… but overall it’s pretty clean and family friendly… I mean, it’s from 1965! The story line is flimsy, the characters are over to top… but it screams summer and what’s not to love? It has skydiving, dancing, and even a biker gang. You can watch it for free if you have Amazon Prime, or buy it here.

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This colorful film called for a colorful table. A mix of Lilly Pulitzer plates and tropical touches made it all come together.

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Cheddar brats are a favorite around here and seemed fitting for this movie night. They are always a hit with my kids!

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For our drink, we mixed coconut La Croix with a heavy splash of pineapple juice. The result is refreshing and light. Try it!

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Summer nights offer more relaxed bed times, opportunities to linger over a family dinner and the perfect opportunity to enjoy a movie. Here’s to summer lasting long!

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Crazy for Christmas Challenge: July

Crazy for Christmas, ChristmasAmy WileyComment

It’s Christmas in July! I’m coming to you today from my beach chair, but know that I’ll be online ordering a few gifts as I listen to the waves. July 25th has become a bit of a holiday in itself and I think that’s so stinkin’ fun. Let’s get started with today’s challenge!

Start Wish Lists

If you haven’t already, you need to utilize wish lists with a few retailers. My favorites are Amazon and Nordstrom. This is a great way to keep a running list of gift ideas for family members, for your kids, and for yourself! I don’t know about you, but I not only do the Christmas shopping for my household, I also supply gift ideas for my kids to extended family. Keeping a list helps you remember those items your kid pointed out one day at the store. You can also watch for them to go on sale. If you haven’t already, start some wish lists!

Make Travel Arrangements

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Today is the day… first decide if you will travel or stay home this Christmas season. If family beckons you, today is a great time to make arrangements for your trip. If you’ll fly to your destination, go ahead and book your air travel. Set up a hotel or confirm with your cousin or mother that you’ll be staying with them. In short, make your travel plans! This will ease planning down the road. Plus, half of the fun of travel is looking forward to it… even if it’s seeing your crazy family at Christmas! This month’s printable is in honor of spending the holidays with those you love. Print it as an 8x10 photo and pop it in a frame so it’s ready to go in December. Click here to get this free printable.

A Little Shopping

As always, chip away at your gift list today. Stow away a few gifts in your ever-growing stash and go ahead and congratulate yourself on being so on top of things!

That’s all for today… Merry Christmas in July, everyone!

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Movie Night: Ramona and Beezus

Movie NightAmy WileyComment

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.)

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

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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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