Jake & The Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue Party

I really should tell you that I received the following DVD with bonus features and a party kit to facilitate this family movie night from Click Communications and their client. As always, all of the photos, ideas, and opinions are entirely my own.
Bubby loves pirates and watching Jake & the Never Land Pirates on Disney Junior every weekday is a favorite pass time. I think we all know that I’m on a mission to make Bubby’s life as happy as it can possibly be so when I told him we were going to have a Jake & the Never Land Pirates dinner party to celebrate the release of the Never Land Rescue on DVD, he was stoked. But you see, I planned to keep it simple…like I always do. But when he declared “This will be the best party EVER!”, I had to step it up. 
I was still able to keep it simple but thrill them beyond belief. All you need is a little Pinterest, a printer, the DVD of course, and some simple food supplies from your local retailer of choice. 
No pirate party would be complete without a “Catch of the Day”, right? Frozen fish sticks and shrimp (although not the healthiest choice of foods, but party calories and carbs don’t count) set the stage for the perfect dinner with a movie party.
Of course desserts and sides are a simple choice when you stick with the theme. I mean, seriously, how could you catch the fish and shrimp without bait right? Gummy worms are a snack all little ones enjoy.
While you’re in the candy aisle, you might as well pick up some shark bait too (Swedish Fish) so your kids can be ready for that next big catch.
Don’t fuss with side dishes for this. Fish (Gold Fish Puffs) and chips make a great snack food for your party plus you can mix them in an airtight container to keep for later.

As with most big celebrations in my house, this dinner and a movie party came with a message. The party kit I received included a Grow a Tree: Pinon Pine kit. When it warms up a bit again, the babies and I will be planting their pine and I explained how this will help the planet. They’re pretty excited about this part. 
Dessert? Another Pinterest-inspired idea that even I can handle. Cinnamon mini-donuts with printed “sails” placed with toothpicks in the donuts. And there ye go matey…Set Sail Delight. No mess, no fuss, just smiles. 
When everything was plated and the babies were eating, I popped in our new full-length adventure DVD with 4 bonus episodes. So what’s the movie about you ask?

“The fate of Never Land hangs in the balance as magical treasures are mysteriously vanishing: Jake’s sword, Izzy’s pixie dust – even the directions on Cubby’s map! To save the day, Jake goes on the “Forever Quest” to restore power to the source of Never Land’s magic, the legendary Forever Tree. Join him on a thrilling expedition inside an enchanted cave, under the sea, and all the way to the top of Mount Destiny! Jakes’ Never Land Rescue will make you believe in the everlasting magic of true friendship!”

The night was a big success. We had fun foods for our dinner with a movie AND there were messages on the value of friendship, team work, and the environment weaved throughout. I say that’s a win for all of us!

Be sure to head out and get your copy of this DVD today. It’s sure to be a new family favorite. Throw in a fun themed-dinner and you’ll be hero for a night. 

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Bento Boxes, Finials, Hang Outs, and 6" Ribbon Curls…OH MY! A Day in the Life of a WAHM.

It’s official. I’m a WAHM (work at home mom for those that don’t get the acronym). AND I’m officially a mommy blogger although I’ve tried to stay away from that niche. Tonight…I decided there was no denying it. The proof was in my life, my conversations, my actions…my everything. If you’re one of “me”, you’ll get this and feel my pain. If not, you might be amused anyway. 

I work from home. I work hard and I work a lot of hours. Today, I reviewed posts by others. I posted to a magazine. I prepared family meals…fixed breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I cleaned. I kind of, sort of, played with my kids (they were not on their best behavior so that is not entirely my fault). I supported my fellow bloggers. I ordered bottles for my soon to be grandbaby. I posted opportunities for other bloggers. And I realized that this online world I live in has finally taken over. I said Bento Box. Out loud. To my husband. And he tilted his head like a confused dog. 
Not the typical “pretty” Bento Box, but still…

This realization came at the end of a long day. I was cleaning up the kitchen and wanted to fix his lunch. 

“Where are the bento boxes baby?”
“The what?” *deer in the headlight look*
“The bento boxes? The Tupperware with compartments. Where are they?”
“Oh…one is in the dishwasher and the other is with Steve. But what did you call them?”

I called them Bento boxes. Yes, I did. And I found the one in the dishwasher and filled it. Then I made Bug’s lunch. And I thought back on my day, my week, my life. I’ve become that mom. I work from home, it was bound to happen. 
Yes, those are pipe fittings. I’ll show you when these are done.

Earlier in the week, as I was redecorating my home as I’ve already shared with you, my curtains were on the way. I had B make me stainless steel curtain rods at work. They needed “end caps”. I’m not overly crafty so I asked my crafty friends on Facebook. How do I make them? I want them beachy. I used the words “end cap thingies for curtain rods”. I was linked to countless “finials” by my good friend Amy from As the Bunny Hops. I had to ask. And then I Googled. A finial? What the heck?

Now less than a week later, what am I working on? A finial. 10 of them in fact for my homemade curtain rods. I’ve consumed hours on finials…and I didn’t even know what they were a week ago. Yes, this whole blogging world is taking over. 
6 Inch Ribbon Curls…SIX INCHES!!

Things are getting too crafty up in here for this non-crafty (once very business-oriented) momma. The kids wanted to hang stockings. They wanted to decorate for Christmas. I was busy. I stopped what I was doing to make 6 inch ribbon curls…SIX INCHES…to hang the stockings from the handrail in the stair well. So many questions come to mind here. Who has ribbon just sitting in a box somewhere that is suitable for 6″ ribbon curls? Who knows how to make 6″ ribbon curls? Why would anyone make this a priority? And yea, I did all of the above. They aren’t perfect ribbon curls, but the babies are impressed. 

And let’s get on to the BIG thing here. A few years back you couldn’t find me in my own bathroom without makeup. Two showers a day were mandatory. Dressed to the 9’s? You bet ya…at least in public. No one…and I mean NO ONE…not even my family…saw me at anything less than my best. Would I consider a business meeting in a ponytail, no makeup, and sweatpants? Absolutely not. But these days? Things have changed. I’m super busy and it’s not uncommon to get a G-chat asking if I have a second for a hang out (for those of you that don’t know, that’s a video conference call). I used to stress about them. Now I don’t even bother to check if my ponytail is on straight. It doesn’t seem to matter. They just want to know what I have to say. They don’t care about my face, my hair, my clothes. Just my words. 

That last part got me to thinking. I really love my life, and my job. Bento boxes are totally cool. I learned a new word (and I’m making my own finials because of that), my babies have their stockings hung with care, AND no one but me really gives a crap what I look like on video. 

Life is good people. Bento boxes, finials, 6″ ribbon curls, hang outs and all. You might not believe it, but I’m pretty much a work horse (from home) and I’m pretty proud and impressed by what I do. Discount the WAHM all you want. We can take it. We’re tough like that. But know that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover…even if you’re on a Google Hang Out with no makeup. 

Finally Decorating…Keep Your Hands and Feet Inside of the Vehicle at All Times!

We’re beach people. Well, not really. I do love the beach but hanging out at the beach is a hassle for me right now. There’s sand. There’s that constant scare of one of my babies being tugged under by Poseidon. But I’m still drawn to the beach and thankfully, that’s where we live. Sort of. We live within walking distance yet we rarely walk there (see paranoia above). But I look at the beach all day, every day, out my windows and back porch. I do love the beach. We have been slackers since moving and haven’t done much decorating at all in here. But that’s all about to change and I’m going to share it all with you. 

Shabby, chic, beachy. That’s where I’m going with this and the treasure I found above this past weekend put a beach bon fire under my butt and I’m ready to get this thing started. 
When I found the “dresser” at a local antique/thrift store, I also found a fabulously tacky piece of local art. I love it. You can hate it if you’d like but I hung it proudly and the pops of color make my living room come alive. 
On our thrifting journey, I also came across this cool wooden anchor by a local artist. I could probably do all of this stuff by myself, but why would I? I’m helping the local economy and love how this looks in my half bath downstairs. 
Possibly my favorite find of the weekend is this love it or hate it wall hanging. Yes, it’s an old window. Yes, it has rope, messy edges, and starfish, but I’m totally digging this in my dining room. And I’ve gotten so many ideas for creating my own beach art from this. If you hate it, don’t tell me. We can no longer be friends because I absolutely love it.
And then, when all else fails, stop by Walmart on your way home from thrifting to pick up a few groceries. When you walk through the garden center, you might just find an ice chest like this. Yup, this baby is now in my living room so that guests can ice down their drinks when they stop to visit. It’s rustic, it’s functional, and it was super cheap. 

I’m finally starting to dig this new pad. It’s finally starting to feel like home. I’m bringing the beach (cooler and all) into my every day life and I can’t wait to share the “from bland to fun” transformation with you. Are you ready for the ride? Keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times ~ and enjoy the ride. 

I hope you’ll come back next week to see if I decided to thrift for purchase, or thrift to do it myself. The world may never know. But YOU will if you stop back by.