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The Christmas Gift Dilema for all those people in your life

Every year as Christmas time rolls around I get stuck as what to buy all those little, but important people in my life.  You know the people I mean, the mailman, the kid's bus driver, the teachers, the principal, the list goes on & on!   I don't want to spend an arm and leg buying things they'll never use or just get too many of, but I want to get something that is thougtful and says I appreciate all you do for me.

My new go to gift is the Redbox Gift Card!  I love it!  Each gift will cost me less than $2 but makes a very big impact!  

Our Movie Night Birthday Party

Now that the kids are getting older the birthday parties have changed a bit and I need to get more creative!  No more going to Chuck E Cheese or Little Gyms.  This year we decided to have a Movie Night in the basement!  The kids loved it!  They were all able to hang out alone and watch a movie with all the food and snacks they wanted! 

First we sent out these invitations to all the guests

Then we set up all the snacks!   Pizza and lots, and lots of candy!  & of course popcorn!

Making Chocolate Dipped Oreo Favors

I decided I wanted to try and make chocolate dipped oreo favors so I researched a litle and watched a few you tube videos - they all made it look so easy!  Was it that easy?  Here is my experience and my thoughts and suggestions if you ever want to try it on your own.

How to make a Smarties Diploma

 

This year my twins graduated from Elementary School ( Wah!) it was a bittersweet day!   My kids wanted to give something to thier entire class ( over 75 kids!) I wanted something that wasn't going to cost me a fortune, yet wanted something the kids would enjoy and remember.

These little Smarties Diplomas are the perfect favor!  You can buy a 1lb bag of smarties at Walmart for around $2.50, perfect! 

Looking For Party Favors For Older Kids?

My kids are turning 11 this year!  I was trying to come up with party favor ideas that would be good for 11 year olds.  Party favors have always been something that I have a love/hate relationship with!  The kids all love getting the goody bags but parents usually hate them!  They are always filled with little trinkets that end up under the seats of the car, or sprinkled all over the floor!  Those little trinkets that you grab in the dollar bin are all cheaply made and break easily and when you buy enough to fill all your goody bags you end up spending way more than

Are you tired of Birthday Party Goody Bags?

Are you tired of giving and recieving birthday party goody bags filled with useless trinkets that either end up in the trash or hoarded away in your child's bedroom.  Buying all those useless trinkets doesn't usually come cheap either!  By the time you're done buying the candy, stretchy men, bouncy balls, pencils, and bubbles you usually end up spending over $5 per goody bag!

As my kids started to get older I wanted to find a party favor that the kids would actually use and not something that would end up on the car floor on the ride home! 

Redbox Promo Codes ( As Gifts)

This Christmas I was looking for little inexpensive gifts that I could give out to my mailman, the kid's teachers and other people in our lives who I wanted to recognize but not go overboard with buying them all pricey gifts.  I thought about coffee gift cards, candy, candles, the usual suspects but those things can start to add up and you never know the flavors or scents that people love, or the ones that they despise!   Then one day while checking out at the grocery store I saw the RedBox machine & it just hit me!   How great is the gift of a movie night?!

Our American Ninja Warrior Birthday Party

My twins turned ten year old this year!!  They wanted a memorable party to celebrate this milestone.  This year our family has been so into the NBC show American Ninja Warrior so they asked if they could plan the party around this theme. 

American Ninja Warrior Birthday Party

Are your kids into the NBC show American Ninja Warrior?  Mine sure are!  Now they want to plan thier next birthday party with the Ninja Warrior theme.  They asked if we could build a course in the backyard for their party?!   I don't see that happening so I looked in my area for places that offer something similiar and it turns out a lot of places now are offering Ninja Warrior classes...who knew?  We'll go & check a few places out and see where we'll have the birthday party! 

Movie Night Birthday Parties

Now that my kids are getting older they are moving away from the outside the house party themes like roller skating, or trampoline parks.  They are now moving more towards smaller more intimate parties. 

A movie night party seems to be a big hit now for the teenage years.   They pick the newest movie out at the time, order some pizza, pop some popcorn, get out the candy and kick back with thier friends for the perfect birthday party! 

I have everything you need to get the party started.  Starting with the invitation :

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