Family Movie Night With Tampico

Thanks to Tampico for sponsoring this fun movie night post.

Our family loves having movie nights at home. Whether we are re-watching a movie we’ve seen a dozen times, or watching a movie for the first time, it’s the one time of the week that we can all just relax and enjoy time together. Along with watching the movie we will often play a game or two and have popcorn as we cuddle under blankets in our darkened living room.

Since movie nights are my favorite night of the week, I sometimes like to make them a little more special with decorations or fun snacks. This week, I decided to surprise my boys with a fun celebration in honor of the new family film, DreamWorks The Boss Baby. The movie doesn’t come out in theaters until the end of this month, but I was inspired to create a fun family movie night. I thought it would be fun to put a tray of snacks together and let my children be “the bosses” and pick the movie we’d watch.

If you know me, you know that as much as I love celebrations and parties, I love keeping it simple. This movie night can be put together in just 10 minutes once you have everything you need!

I chose to add in some {baby} blue colored elements including a blue bucket for the popcorn, blue and white chevron straws, a blue serving tray and individual cups that were blue with white polka dots.

To drink I served little cups of Tampico juice drink. As I’ve shared many times previously, Tampico is their favorite drink to pair with everything from movie night snacks to their sandwich at lunch.

For snacks we had cookies, popcorn and strawberries. If you watch the trailer for DreamWorks The Boss Baby movie you will see why I chose to add cookies to this movie night. My boys really laughed at the cookie scene in the trailer so I thought it would be fun to recreate it during our movie night :)

Popcorn is our usual go-to movie snack but I fancied it up a bit for this movie night. I mixed plain popcorn with a bit of blue decorating icing and separated them into little cups. I then sprinkled them with crushed blue and white candies.

Everything was put on a tray for easy serving and to keep any spills contained.

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Does your family have movie nights? I’d love to hear how you celebrate your favorite movies coming out. Visit Tampico’s website for more fun family ideas!


Angry Birds Movie Night Party Ideas

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Our family loves having movie and game nights as often as we can. We enjoy spending time together and I enjoy planning fun evenings. Our family night is always the highlight of our week. With the Walmart Family Mobile Plus plan we get a free VUDU movie rental ($7 value) each month which is awesome and something that makes our movie nights so much better because it gives us the opportunity to choose from more movies.

This past week we had an Angry Birds themed party. My little Angry Birds fans were so excited to watch this movie!

To start our Angry Birds party we played a couple games that we had in our game cabinet. We played a round of our Angry Birds card game and had fun trying to roll the right bird to knock out the pigs.

I had also pulled out our Angry Birds Telepods set we had received a few years ago. We hadn’t played it in a while so I used our new Coolpad Catalyst phone and the data from our plan to download the game from the app store.

I like the interactive nature of the game and how the toys can be played without the app as well. We used blocks to set up towers and then “launched” the Angry Bird character toys to try to knock the pigs off the blocks.

Since we still had a bit of time before the movie, we made a fun Angry Birds craft. We used craft pompoms and added googly eyes and construction paper beaks to make our own pompom Angry Birds. Though they didn’t look too much like the birds they were supposed to be, the boys had fun creating them and that’s all that counts, right?

Of course no movie night party is complete without something to eat and drink! First, we set up the table area and decorated it in colors of the Angry Birds characters- red, yellow, black and green (I had to look them up on my phone because I couldn’t remember what colors the main characters were lol). I covered a trifold board with streamers for the backdrop, used a green tablecloth on the table, and then set out plates, cups and silverware. To add more “themed” fun to the table, the boys and I added bird faces to some of the cups, put a few of the small Angry Birds character figures on blocks and also spread some feathers out on the table.

I served red fruit punch for the kids and fizzy lemon lime soda with colored ice cubes for the adults. To make the colored ice cubes I just put a couple drops of food coloring in with the soda in the ice cube trays and froze them. It was a fun, fizzy surprise when they were added to our lemon lime soda!

Food wise, I wanted to keep things simple so I chose to stick to finger foods and treats. For healthy choices I put together fruit and vegetable trays using black, red, yellow and green fruits and veggies.

I made the fruit tray with strawberries, green grapes, blackberries and pineapple and the vegetable tray with mini tomatoes, yellow peppers, black olives and cucumbers.

To make the cucumbers into “pig snouts” I sliced the cucumber and used a straw to poke two holes in the middle of the round slices. I think they turned out so cute and it was a fun addition to the vegetable tray.

Sticking with the “bird” theme of the day (and because I have been craving deviled eggs lately) we made “red bird” eggs for our party. Sinisa used the new phone and it’s data plan to look up a recipe online that he could follow and we then used food coloring to make the inside filling red, just like Luke’s favorite Angry Bird. The eggs were set on a plate of black feathers that we had laid a piece of saran wrap over. (While I loved them, I realized after watching the movie that “eating” eggs was probably not the right thing to do for an Angry Birds themed party lol. You’ll understand why when you watch the movie.)

For treats I made cupcakes, popcorn with red chocolate drizzle and candy sprinkles and chocolate covered pretzels.

The final touch was little glass jars filled with “bird food” (aka gummy worms) and “bird poop” (aka chocolate candies).

I love that the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan offers Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE plus a free movie on VUDU every month ($7 value) per line for $49.88.* We love cuddling while we watch movies every week and this plan saves us money so we can watch even more movies!

New customers will also need to purchase the starter kit. You can start service on ANY plan today for $19.88 which is awesome! The phones are a great value as well. We bought our Coolpad Catalyst for only $59.88. (*Pricing Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.)

Walmart Family Mobile also has some fun in-store events going on. While shopping, look for the Angry Birds display. You can scan the Angry Birds code on the displays to unlock a selfie augmented reality experience with the Hatchlings (who are absolutely adorable by the way). You can also visit the hub to find an in-store event near you to meet with a Walmart Family Mobile rep. The event will have a code that you can scan to receive a free power up for the Endless Runner Game on the Angry Birds Action! app.

What will you do with the unlimited data? Maybe look up a recipe, download a fun game app, watch a movie trailer, upload pictures of your family fun night or find out who sings that song on the movie soundtrack? Whatever you choose to do you will appreciate the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan and all the value and data that it offers your family!

How To Have A FISHtastic Family Fun Movie Night

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I shared recently how much I love Friday nights because it is our family fun night where we play games and cuddle while watching a movie. For this family fun night we decided to change it up and have a theme and with Finding Dory coming out soon we chose to have a fish themed night. In preparation of our themed movie night the boys, Sinisa and I brainstormed all the fish related ideas we could think of. I love involving them in the planning of things and they actually had some creative ideas like using a fish shaped cookie cutter to cut fish designs out of a pizza. They also vetoed some of daddy’s ideas like having anchovy pizza or sushi for dinner lol.

Here are things that we’ve found are essential to a wonderful family night.


We almost always play a game or two during our family nights. This week we went with a fishing game that we’d had for a while but hadn’t opened yet. It was fun to try to pick up the fish as they chomped open and shut. Go Fish, the card game, would also be fun to play for a fish themed night.

Good Phone Plan

Whether it’s to play music for an impromptu dance party, learn about new games to play, order the pizza, look up movie reviews or call to see when Sinisa is going to be home, a good phone plan is a must for our family. The Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan has everything- unlimited talk, text, and data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE plus a free movie rental (new release = $7 value) on VUDU every month. All this for only $49.88 per line. Also, for the first time ever, the starter kit is on rollback for $19.88 (from $25) so now it’s even easier to save more money setting up service on Walmart Family Mobile.

They have great affordable phones, too. I love the Cool Pad ROGUE smartphone that I got at Walmart and the best part is that it was only $19.88* (on rollback from $39.83)!


One of our favorite dinners on Friday nights is pizza. It’s been a tradition for me since I was a little girl.

We hadn’t found a fish cookie cutter at the store so we asked for the pizza not to be sliced and I used the pizza cutter to cut the pizza myself so their pizza slices were fish shaped. They were amazed that their pizza was a fun shape and it went perfectly with the theme!

For snacks it’s always good to have a variety so there is something for everyone.

We incorporated some of our favorite fish- Swedish Fish- a few different ways which was perfect because we had bought a large 1.9 lb. bag of red Swedish Fish candies that was on Rollback at Walmart for $4.48. Notice the new packaging!

We had to get some Sour Patch Kids while we were there as well because I couldn’t pass up such a great deal!

Before our movie night I made special “fish bowl” treats for us to enjoy. I mixed blue gelatin according to the directions on the box and then distributed it into clear cups. I put the cups in the fridge for a few hours to let them set and then put the Swedish Fish on top. If you want your fish to “swim” then instead of putting them in for a few hours, only let the jello sit in the fridge for about 45 minutes. Take them out and use a toothpick to gently push the Swedish Fish into the partially set jello. Put them back in the fridge for a couple hours to let the jello finish firming up before your family eats them.

Along with the jello “fish bowls” I popped some popcorn and added Swedish Fish to the bowl to make a sweet & salty snack mix.


Whether it’s a movie your family has seen dozens of times or something you are watching for the first time, it’s always fun to cuddle on the couch together to watch a movie. I was excited to find out that with my new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan we also got a free movie on VUDU every month so we can use our ROKU player to watch new movies. This is a great bonus for our family.


Before bed it’s always nice to read a book together. For our fish themed night we chose to read a book about sharks and fishes from one of the boy’s favorite series.

Want more family fun movie night ideas? The Walmart Family Mobile Hub has some great ideas! You can also find out when a Walmart Family Mobile in-store rep will be available to assist you to find the phone plan that fits your family’s needs. The reps will have Swedish Fish samples on site as well!

What fun things does your family like to do together?

*Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer here or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Our Favorite Games For Family Game Night

Life gets busy so our family makes sure to put time on the calendar for family fun. Every Friday is game and/or movie night. Whether we choose to find a kid-friendly flick or take turns choosing a game to play, family fun Fridays is something our whole family looks forward to. I wanted to share ten of our favorite games that both the kids (ages six and seven) and mom & dad enjoy. To make things easier I’ve added links to purchase the items on Amazon. They are affiliate links so if you choose to buy from the link our family gets a bit of the profit to buy more games :)

Trivial Pursuit Family Edition Game

This is a new game the boys got for Christmas that has been played on most of our game nights. This game has two decks of cards, one for children and one for adults. We play this in teams with one adult paired with a child against the other two and we usually use the deck for kids. I think the deck for children is for kids a couple years older than my two but there are numerous questions that are perfect for their age.

Spin Master Games Disney Hedbanz Board Game

This is a fun game where everyone tries to guess what character they are wearing on their headband. This is perfect for those Disney loving families!

Hasbro Pie Face! Game

This was the hot game to find during the holidays and we were lucky to snag one. The boys love playing this with whipped cream and it’s one game that the whole family laughs through. It’s also the perfect game to pull out when you don’t have much time to play since it’s a pretty short game.

Uno Card Game

This is one of our favorite card games. It’s pretty easy for kids to learn and play. It’s also very portable which is great for family trips like campouts.

Chutes and Ladders

This game is easy enough that the kids can play by themselves but fun enough for the whole family to enjoy. Just a heads up that this may be difficult at points for some children to handle since they may have to go backwards while playing. Lucas really struggles with this because he doesn’t understand that part completely but it’s a good lesson because things don’t always go perfectly in life. Regardless, he likes playing the game still.

The Game of Life Game

I loved playing this game when I was younger and am glad that my children like it as well. This game requires a bit more help from parents since there is a lot of reading. There is also a version for kids that may be better for younger children.

Mancala – Real Wood Folding Set

I recently introduced the boys to this game on a mini-vacation and they really liked playing it. It’s a very simple game to learn and the marbles can be used to make their own games, something Lucas really loved doing.

Three more games we recently played and enjoyed (but I don’t have pictures of) include: Engineering Ants (a STEM game!), Scrambled States (great for learning the states) and Gravity Maze (perfect for working as a family to solve a problem).

Which game does your family like to play on family game night?


Family Fun Friday: Making Homemade Pizza

Friday nights were always my favorite meal of the week because it was pizza night! We used to get pizza delivered but I’ve discovered that homemade pizza is even better because it’s fun to make {and cheaper}!

We recently made a cheese, ham, tomato, and mushroom pizza. It was sauce-less because the jar of pizza sauce had broken just half an hour earlier but still tasted delicious. Have you ever made pizza with your family? If not, why don’t you do so this weekend and leave a note to let me know how yummy your made-with-love-pizza was!

Family Fun Friday: Make Resurrection Rolls

Jacob making Resurrection Rolls

Looking for something special to do as a family this Easter weekend? Why don’t you make Resurrection Rolls? Check out Women Living Well for step by step directions and the story to go along with the rolls. The crescent roll represents the tomb and the marshmallow represents the body of Jesus. When the rolls are done cooking the marshmallows are gone and the “tomb” is empty. Jacob was amazed at this. At only two years old I don’t know how much he understood but I love that we have started an annual tradition that will remind us why we celebrate Easter.

Have you ever made Resurrection Rolls with your children? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience :)