We love movies in our house... like we are either watching movies or quoting them. As a mom I do limit the amount of screen time my kids have but you can bet that as soon as they are in bed we are usually watching a movie or TV show.
That is why I am so Excited to be part of the new Netflix Stream Team! Each month I will be blogging about a Netflix Stream Team topic and have some fun family movies to suggest to you too!
Netflix is so great for our family. It keeps track of the movies you watch and makes suggestions to you. It also has a kid zone so that you kids can only see the kids movies and not end up watching something they are not supposed to! It also lets you watch TV series! Did you know that we never watched Lost? We are now!
We love to watch movies as a family and cannot wait to share some fun one with you in the next coming months!
*Disclosure: I received a year subscription to Netflix as part of the Stream Team, however all opinions are 100% honest!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Monday, February 24, 2014
My son turned 6 a couple weeks ago. It is crazy how fast times goes! Everyone told me this would happen- but I didn't believe them!
We threw an Angry Birds Party since that is what my son is into now-a-days. Since I have 2 other younger kids and one of them is 10 months we kept it really simple!
I made the invite using PicMonky and clip art from this FREE Angry Birds party download. (for personal use only!) There are all sorts of fun party printables in the download (that I didn't use because I was keeping it simple and my audience was 4-6 year olds!). I printed them as regular 4X6 photos and mailed them out.
*A couple things to notice:
1. I had the party at my church- it is free for members to use and it has a large area for kids to run and play so we could play more games (plus my house didn't get trashed by a bunch of kids!). Since it is February in Minnesota, outside is not an option!
2. The party only last 90 minutes... this was the perfect timing. The kids were done listening to me after 1 hour and 25 minutes!
We played a couple different games to keep the kids moving. Since it has been a harsh cold winter here the kids all have cabin fever and need to get out and move!
ANGRY BIRDS GAME- For real!
For our first game we had to build some towers and knock them down - I mean this is Angry Birds right?!
We had several boxes in our garage that we used for the towers. I also printed picture of the pigs on to regular paper and taped them to buckets for the Piggies.
We spilt the group into 2 teams. They each took turns being the either the Piggies (who bulid the towers) or the Angry Birds (Who threw the birds to try and knock them down). We bought Angry Birds Plush toys to use as the birds that we threw and these ended up being part of our son's birthday gifts. This was a blast and I think we could have done this the whole party and the kids would have been happy. And they were just as excited to build the towers as they were to knock them down.
MR. PIG WHAT TIME IS IT?
We also played Mr. Pig What time is it? This games needs no props! (*this game is adapted from Mr. Fox, What time is it?) The kids line up on a line or wall. One person is Mr. Pig. and he is several feet away across the room. The kids on the line all yell "Mr. Pig, Mr. Pig - what time is it?" Mr. Pig then tells a time (1-12) and that is how many steps they take. At some point Mr. Pig answers "Time for Lunch" and he tries to tag one of the kids as they run back to the line. This kid is the new Mr. Pig. You can play several rounds. (we were having so much fun playing I didn't get pictures
ANGRY BIRDS GO!
This is a version of Ships Across the Ocean - and also needs no props. One or Two kids are chosen to be piggies. They stand in the middle. The rest are Angry Birds- who are lined up on a line or wall. I yelled "Angry Birds- GO!" and all the kids ran across the room as the piggies try and tag them. If they get tagged they become a piggy too. The last 2 kids standing are the next rounds piggies to start. You can play several rounds!
Bird-Bird- Angry Bird
This is played just like duck duck GRAY duck (yes we play gray duck here in MN and NOT goose!)
We made a very simple craft
I got the mini-totes from Oriental trading co. I pre-cut all the shapes out of foam and bought the googley eyes and feathers from Michaels Craft Store (but you can also find them at the dollar store too). The kids arranged the faces and we helped the glue it on. These also ended up being their goodie bags!
Since we were keeping it simple I did not do any cutesy Angry Bird treats. Like I said I have a 10 month old and 6 years don't care what the food looks like for the most part! I just served some snacks on Angry Birds plates, napkins and cups that I got from Oriental Trading Co. I served fruit, chips and cookies. My son got the pick the snacks since it was his birthday - but I made sure that there were some healthy choices too.
I got some decorations from Oriental Trading as well (seeing a pattern here?!) I didn't get a good pic of them since it was at the church.
I ordered this party pack that came with party decor and plates, napkins and cups
And I got these Angry Birds Hanging Swirls too - these were super fun!
Here was the schedule that we used:
1:00 -1:15 - Arrival - coloring sheets *
1:15 - 1:30 Game 1 Angry Birds Game - for real
1:30 -1:40 - Craft - Angry Birds Mini-Tote
1:40-1:50- Game 2 Mr. Pig What Time is it?
1:50-2:00 - Snacks
2:00-2:10 - Game 3 Bird- Bird- Angry Bird
2:10-2:20- Game 4 Angry Birds Go!
2:20 -2:30 Open gifts
As you can see we really kept things moving!
*I downloaded free Angry Birds Coloring sheets. I just googled "Free Angry Birds Coloring Sheets" and printed them off.
We had a great time and at the end of the day my son told me: "Mom- this was the best day ever!"
Also check out the Angry Birds Hoodie I made!
Friday, February 21, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
My oldest son turned 6 last week. 6! I mean where did my baby go?!
He is totally into Angry Birds (like most boys his age!) So I set out to get him an Angry Birds hoodie... and they don't really have them like I wanted (with the bird face on the hood) so I made one and now I am sharing it with you!
1. Cut out the pieces. You will need eyes, beak (2 pieces) eyebrows (this is what makes the bird look angry!) and for the black bird a long black rectangle and 2 orange squares.
2. Sew your eye pieces together
3. Sew your beak together on the 2 sides but leave the long side open.
4. Turn the beak so that the seam in on the inside and stuff with extra felt or stuffing.
5. Pin and sew your eyes and eyebrows to the hood. It might get a little squishy but you can do it!
6. To add the "feather" to the top of the hood. First sew the orange squares to the ends of the black rectangle (A). Then pin and sew it to the top of the hood. You want to sew in the middle of it (B). Then bring the 2 sides together and sew around the 3 sides (C).
7. Pin the beak to the INSIDE of the hood and sew it on.
Angry Bird hoodie = Happy boy!
I also made knight hoodies for my nephews -check that out if you liked this!