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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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Movie Night: Dreamer

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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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Three Easy Summer Movie Nights

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy… and so are our movie nights! I often take a more laid-back approach to our Friday night tradition during summer break. It’s still just as fun! Here are three we’ve enjoyed lately…

The Kid Who Would Be King


This modern re-telling of the Sword in the Stone delighted my 12-year-old son. The Kid Who Would Be King is probably too scary for younger children, but those who are a little older will enjoy it. I simply added these little swords to cupcakes for a quick themed dessert. I love that I can reuse the swords for another movie night down the road.

Run the Race


This is a well-made, faith-based film. It has all the excitement of a sports movie, but it’s really about times in life that cause you to struggle with your faith. We highly recommend Run the Race! It sparked some meaningful conversations for our family.

Toy Story Marathon


We had a ball re-watching the entire Toy Story collection in preparation for Toy Story 4. Of course this momma even shed some tears along the way! These are darling movies and its always sweet to revisit old favorites. All this movie-watching called for plenty of snacks, naturally. I found some Toy Story Goldfish and even sprung for our very own Forky.

Movie nights in the summer are simple and sweet… what are you watching together this weekend?

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