10/19/17

Easy Stranger Things Watch Party

I love a themed party, and it is definitely the season for them.

But a theme party can take SO much work and prep. So today I'm sharing an easy one. A Stranger Things watch party so you can binge on Season 1 with your friends this weekend and prep for Season 2. And it's super easy to put together.





Set the Scene


The best part of this party, is you probably already have the decorations. It's basically a mash-up of Halloween and Christmas decor.

I recommend a few easy things like Halloween spiderwebs and Christmas lights. All of the Christmas lights you own. Then grab a few items in your living room and flip 'em over. Because... it's... The Upside Down.


For your binge watching pleasure, set up a projector screen and make a pillow and blanket fort, just like Eleven's cozy cave in Mike's basement.

Snack Time



For dinner, have a BARB-eque and cook up some of Eleven's faves: shoestring fries and burgers from Benny's Burgers. Grab some fry and burgers bags for an authentic look.

When the boys are prepping for “Operation Mirkwood”, Dustin has snacks covered. As a salute to his preparedness, make a twist on the trail mix he brings along and make these TrailMix Popcorn Clusters. The recipe from G.H. Cretors, sounds the perfect balance of sweet and savory for snacking.

Obviously for a late night snack, Eggos. Set up a waffle bar with a variety of toppings for your guests. And for dessert, Dustin's fave: chocolate pudding.



Things to Do

Obviously, watch Season 1 of Stranger Things, and wrap up the night by watching the trailers for Season 2.

Since the boys' favorite game is Dungeons and Dragons, print out a few of these D&D coloring pages to fill in while you're watching.




I also love these Stranger Things Bingo cards from Etsy that are available for instant download.

And if you need a binge break, take after our favorite Demogorgon hunters and go for a bike ride around the neighborhood.



Can't wait to watch Season 2! Justice for Barb!




10/14/17

Caramel Apple Pops Recipe

One of the easiest ways to add a Pop! of Playfulness into your day is by playing with your food. It's okay, I promise.

These Caramel Apple Pops are super easy to make, and kids can even help whip them up. Plus, they're a lot more manageable to eat than a full caramel apple, and make a great party treat.

Check out the video below for the steps to follow.



 Cheers to a fall weekend filled with sweet treats!

Caramel Apple Pops Recipe


What You'll Need

  • 2 Apples (Makes 4 pops)
  • Caramels
  • Chocolate melting candies
  • Your favorite sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks

Directions

  1. Cut each apple in half, starting at the stem. 
  2. Use a melon baller or grapefruit spoon to scoop out any seeds and make a space for the caramel. (A tip from a friend: brush a little orange juice or lemon juice on the apple halves to keep them from browning)
  3. Place a handful of caramels into a bowl, along with one teaspoon of water, and microwave for 30-45 seconds. When the caramel is melted, be sure it stir it a few times.
  4. Place the lollipop sticks through the bottom of the apple, and make sure they reach all the way into the well you've dug into the apple.
  5. Spoon about a tablespoon of caramel into each apple well, then place them in the refrigerator to cool for about five minutes, or until the caramel is hardened.
  6. While your caramel is cooling, place a cup of chocolate melting candies into a bowl and microwave for about a minute, stirring halfway through. Remove the bowl from the microwave, and take the apples out of the refrigerator. 
  7. Dip each apple half into the chocolate, then decorate with your favorite sprinkles! 
  8. When you're finished decorating your apple pops, let them cool in the fridge for about five minutes, or until the chocolate hardens. 


10/12/17

Giveaway with Lakeshore Learning

Today I've partnered with Lakeshore Learning, a company my family has loved for years, to put together a giveaway of awesome stuff from their new Gifts for Growing Minds collection. This new product line invites kids to discover the joy of learning through play with over 20 brand-new items for kids ages 0-11. These are seriously so cool you're going to beg your kids to play with them.

Magnetic Creation Station



The Magnetic Creation Station gives kids a way to learn about the powers of magnetism while also using their creative minds to sculpt anything they can think of, real or imagined. It comes with a book of ideas to get them started, and a base to start building on top of. (Ages 4–7)

Easy-Build Ski-Ball Project Kit


This Ski-Ball Kit is one of those toys that makes me envy what kids get to play with these days. Not only is this a at-home spin on the classic arcade game, kids build and decorate it themselves. It even comes with the kid-friendly tools they'll need to put it together. (Ages 5–11) 

Silkscreen Studio


The all-in-one Silkscreen Studio makes it super easy for kids to create custom clothing an accessories, while also learning the process of silkscreening. It comes with a blank canvas bag to get kids started, but the possibilities are endless.

To enter, visit the official giveaway post on Instagram and tag a friend who inspires your playful spirit. You also must be following myself and Lakeshore Learning. I'm announcing the winner on Monday, October 16 at noon over on Instagram.


Good luck!
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