Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TOO Cute Tuesaday: Linky Par-Tay! #216

We're in full swing Christmas-mode over here!
My annual cookie exchange is this week and I'm trying
to get everything done in time - including the coveted apron!
What's on your Christmas to-do list?

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
  • No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
  • Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!
TOO Cute Tuesday will be open Tuesday-Saturday.
On Saturday or Monday I'll highlight some of my favorites
and then we'll start over on Tuesday!

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I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Disney On Present Let's Celebrate!: It's Here!

Disclosure: Tickets will be given to be for review purposes as a media guest. All opinions are my own.
disney on ice lets celebrate

Are you ready to celebrate the holiday seasons with Mickey and Friends?
Well, you're in luck because Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate opens at the 
Honda Center this week -bringing more that 50 Disney characters from
16 beloved Disney stories together for one colossal  party on ice!

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate:
 a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains,
a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter,
Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen,
a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses,
a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch,
a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear,
traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, 
Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.  
Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! - is the ultimate celebration of the century featuring
 fun and surprises for the whole family

December 16 - December 21
Honda Center
2695 E. Katella Avenue 
Anaheim, CA

December 25 - December 28
Citizens Business Bank Arena 
4000 Ontario Center Parkway
Ontario, CA 

December 31 - January 4, 2015
Long Beach Arena
300 E. Ocean Blvd 
Long Beach, CA

Get a Family 4-Pack for $80!
(Some restrictions may apply. Subject to availability.)

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Birthday Movie Party

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBias

guardians of the galaxy birthday party

Once my kids saw Guardians of the Galaxy, they were sold.
They went without me to see it - a grandpa/kid date to the movie theater
and it was all they talked about for at least a month.
They also started the DVD release date countdown. Do your kids do that?
They ask at least every other day when a movie is going to come to DVD so they
can watch it over and over and over again.
Well, my kids do.
So, when JT found out that the Guardians of the Galaxy DVD would be released
right around his birthday, he started planning how we could have a family
movie night to celebrate and all the fun snacks we could make.

guardians of the galaxy dvd

I perused Pinterest and headed to Walmart on December 9th release date to get supplies for
JT's birthday movie bash with the family
and to pick up our DVD copy of Guardians of the Galaxy!
I decided we need Gamora Green Caramel Corn, Drax the Destroyer Punch,
Star-Lord Star Cookies, and Dancing Baby Groot Chocolate Covered Pretzels.
There were a lot of copies of the DVD and Blu-ray available in the Electronics Department.
The Blu-ray copies had these cool exclusive character o-sleeves, music zinepack,
a 64 page magazine with cast and crew interviews, exclusive behind the scene photos,
plus a custom mix tape cassette laptop decal.

The Gamora Green Caramel Corn was so much fun to make!
I used my favorite caramel corn recipe and added some green food coloring
to make this bright green caramel corn.
Gamora was Isabella's favorite character, so she was excited to see me
mixing up some green caramel corn for the birthday party movie night.


1 bag plain microwave popcorn
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
Food coloring

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
Pop popcorn, pour into 9x13 pan and remove kernels.
Mix butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar in saucepan. 
Cook on low-med heat for 2 min or until bubbly around edges, remove from heat. 
Add food coloring and 1 tsp. baking soda to cause foaming (helps coat them better). 
Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and stir until coated. 
Place in 250 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and pour onto waxed paper. Cool.
Break apart into desired piece size.

The Dancing Baby Groot Chocolate Covered Pretzels were messy and time consuming
to put together, but they turned out so cute, it was worth all the effort.
JT was so surprised and excited when he saw them, 
so that also made my chocolate covered counters worth the work.
I saw several version of these Baby Groots and improvised with mini chocolate chips
for eyes when I couldn't find black chocolate melts or mini M&M's.

The Star-Lord Star Cookies and Drax the Destroyer Punch were the easiest because
they were store bought (shhhh! I'm all about semi-homemade).
I also found these cool Guardian of the Galaxy cars that were a fun
little birthday gift, as well as the body pillow to snuggle up with for movie night.

We had a blast enjoying our Guardians of the Galaxy movie night,
munching our treats, and celebrating JT's ninth birthday.
Have you seen the movie? What's your favorite part?
If you head to Walmart by December 13th,  you'll get a $5 Walmart gift card instantly
when you purchase a Groot, Drax, or Rocket Raccoon Disney Infinity 2.0 figure.
Awesome, huh? I know that the Guardian of the Galaxy figures are on my
son's Christmas wish list!


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