Bringing Baby to the Beach

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Summertime has arrived here in Hawaii and we are finding ourselves at the beach more than ever.

Yes, even with a newborn.

For a little while, our tradition of surfing on Thursday nights with friends was the only beach time we were fitting in each week but as the temperatures are rising we have been trading in our park days for beach days and squeezing in weekend trips too.

Weekend beach time is extra sweet because Alex gets to come with us.

Yes, it’s a lot of work. Packing up (what feels like) the entire house, loading it – and the kids – into the van, unloading it at the beach, setting up camp, tearing down camp, bringing it all back to the van, washing off the kids, dressing the kids, taking care of the wet, sandy stuff at home (tired yet?).

But it is SO worth it.

I love watching Lyla and Simon’s confidence in the water grow. Alex took Simon out on his surfboard for the first time this week – how cool is that?

I love the quiet time that I get with Etta Rae as I sit with her in the shade.

I love seeing the smiles on the faces of my family and hearing them laugh.

I love watching Lyla and Simon play. They sit in the sand together and make “soup”. They chase birds and each other. They play peek-a-boo with their baby sister. They just have fun.

So much goodness.

I know a lot of you mamas out there will have fresh babes this summer and the thought of bringing them to the beach/pool/any body of water is daunting. Especially if you have older children too. But, mama, you can do it! Whether you are taking them solo or will have extra hands around to help, here are my “must have” items for bringing baby to the beach…

  1. Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) for the kids. My number one concern when taking the kids to the beach is safety. The first thing that I do when we get to the beach is put a Puddle Jumper® life jacket on Lyla and Simon. They both know not to go in/near the water without an adult but having them wear their Puddle Jumper® life jacket gives me peace of mind while I set up our camp. We started using the Puddle Jumper® life jacket with Lyla last summer and recently went back to Target to get Simon his own. The kids love them because they are easy to put on (just slide their arms through and clip the adjustable buckle in the back), they are comfortable (the woven polyester material makes them softer and prevents chafing) and they totally give them confidence in the water.  I love them because they have been approved by the US Coast Guard as a PFD and they have antimicrobial properties built in to resist odor causing bacteria from building up (yuck!).
  2. Designated space for baby. A playard works great at the beach because it offers you a solid surface to put baby down that is away from curious, sandy fingers. We bring a fitted crib sheet to put over the top to keep bugs and sand out and give an extra layer of sun protection.
  3. Water and snacks. Our kids (OK, fine – me too) love to snack at the beach. Taking a nice snack break in between playing and swimming usually buys us more beach time. I try to pack a healthy variety into a bunch of small containers so that if a wet, sandy hand finds its way inside we don’t lose it all.
  4. Baby powder. Even if you rinse your kids off in the ocean or the beach shower and physically carry them straight to the car, they will somehow find a way to cover themselves in sand from head to toe. To make sure you leave the beach at the beach – and to save your car from becoming a crazy, sandy mess – put some baby powder wherever the sand is stuck to your kids and it will brush right off. Seriously, magic.
  5. Water resistant blanket. If your kids are anything like mine, they will constantly be bringing you sand “ice cream cones” and treasures that they find in the water. Having a water resistant blanket helps keep your butt comfy and makes it easier to brush the sand away too 😉
  6. Re-sealable plastic bag. I make sure to have a few of these in different sizes. The sandwich size is perfect for keeping my phone safe. The gallon size makes a great diaper pail.
  7. Sun protection. Duh, right? Make sure you have sunblock and don’t forget to reapply!!
  8. Camera. Point and shoot, iPhone, DSLR, Polaroid – whatever you use, use it! Make sure to capture these special moments with your family.
  9. Baby blankets. Lots and lots of baby blankets. Because inevitably, the blankets are going to get wet/sandy/spilled on/etc. and you don’t want to wrap up baby in a dirty blanket.
  10. A giant beach bag. One big enough to throw everything inside.

If you want to pick up a Puddle Jumper® life jacket for your child this summer, you can find them at Target! They fit children 30-50 pounds and have lots of fun designs for kids.

What is your “must have” item for a trip to the beach?


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Toddler Proofing Your Home: Preparing For Life With Toddlers and A New Baby

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It’s April, people! Woohoo! I welcomed the new month with open arms as it means we are thismuch closer to Baby Byrd #3’s arrival. 

Prepping for baby the third time around is so much different than for our first and second. Instead of getting things ready for our new baby, I’ve found myself focusing more on the toddlers and things that will make my life easier while home with all three.  

Seeing as this is our third baby in three years, we have a lot of the basics covered but, one item that never made my “must have” list until now is the Diaper Genie®. Funny how having two little toddlers with wandering hands and a curiosity for every trash can in the house will push a diaper pail to the top of your list 😉

When I was pregnant with Lyla, Alex and I visited our local Babies “R” Us to create a registry so I knew that it would be the perfect place to pick up our Diaper Genie. (Pro Tips: if you are expecting your first and want to set up a registry – visit Babies “R” Us on the first Saturday of every month for their Registry 101 event. Then, once you have had your baby, head back to the store on the 3rd Tuesday of the month to receive discounts on un-purchased registry items at their Registry Completion events)

Simon had fallen asleep in the car on the way there so Alex stayed in the car with the kids while I ran in to pick up my new best friend. I headed towards the back of the store where the diapers and wipes are kept and checked out my options and ended up choosing the Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions™. This little beauty boasts the maximum odor control of the Diaper Genie systems, can hold up to fifty newborn diapers, and is customizable. Win, win, win! 

Once we got it home, Lyla immediately started trying to get the box open so I let her help me take it out and put on the Designer Fabric Sleeve. I’m a big fan of home baby products that don’t scream “this is for a baby!!!” so I really appreciate the Cream Knit patterned sleeve that I chose. 

I also really appreciate my husband who is always willing to be a hand model at a moment’s notice 😉

Now that I have a way to keep those little hands out of the stinky diaper trash, I had to think of something else to keep them busy so I put together a “busy basket”.

I loaded up one of our baskets with some of their favorite toys, a few books and snacks. I can see reloading this basket becoming pretty time consuming but I really think it will come in handy when I need them to be entertained without mom for a few minutes (like when I’m nursing). 

As soon as Simon came downstairs from his nap, he found the basket and dove right in so I think this one will work – at least for a little while. Alex suggested filling a fanny pack with snacks and small toys so that I always have a distraction on my person. I think I married a genius. 

I’m also spending some time looking around the house and designating some “high” areas where I can stash things that Alex and I might need for baby. Things like baby powder, medicines, nipple cream (me, not him), etc. We recently had an experience with a curious toddler and an open container of baby powder and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. 

Hopefully some of these things will make our transition to life with three little ones a little easier on everyone. You can discover more tips for better beginnings here. Also, make sure to follow along with Playtex on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

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The Coolest Mom at the Playground

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Have I told you lately how much I love our neighborhood? Well, it’s a lot.There are about a bajillion playgrounds, a new splash zone for the kids, a ton of family-friendly activities and a great group of moms. Oh, and we are right on the beach. Yea, it rocks. 

I can probably count on one hand the number of days that we haven’t made it to the playground since moving here last year. Right after Simon Earl was born, I started running in to the same group of moms every week. After a few meet ups, they invited me to their Facebook page where we could keep in contact and set up playdates – it’s awesome. We all have kids around the same age who play well together and I truly look forward to hanging with them every week.dunkin-donuts-creamers-to-go

Having a nice group of moms to chat with while our kids play is so refreshing. I’ve really loved getting to know all of these ladies (and their babies) and have found that we have a lot of thing in common. 

Things like our love for coffee. 

Raising tiny humans is exhausting and by the time that we get out to the playground, most of us are ready for our second (or third) coffee of the day. You know, just that extra push to get us to nap time.

Earlier this week I brought some coffee and the new Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles to our playdate to share which automatically earned me the title of “coolest mom at the playground” – at least for that day 😉


If you want to be the coolest mom at the playground, just remember the three c’s: coffee, cups and creamer.

  1. Set up a playdate at the local playground and show up with a big thermos filled with piping hot coffee
  2. Pour each mama a cup (extra portions for the moms with teething babies)
  3. Add a few Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles to make it extra creamy and you are good to go!


You can pick up everything you need to be the coolest mom at the playground at your local Walmart – the Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles can be found in the coffee aisle. 

Not a mom? No worries. Bring coffee into work and earn yourself the title of “Coolest Guy in the Office” or crown yourself “Queen of the Classroom” by sharing some liquid gold coffee with your classmates. That’s the beauty of these new single packs – you can easily bring them anywhere!

Bonus points if you bring in a box of Dunkin’ K-Cup® for the communal Keurig® K-Cup® brewing system 😉


Which flavor are you going to try?

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Three Ways to Make Beachside Diaper Changes a Breeze

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Huggies Little Swimmers Diapers

I think it’s safe to say that most toddlers don’t like getting their diapers changed. Especially if there is other fun stuff they could be doing (like playing with their friends at the splash pad or in the waves at the beach).


As a parent, I know that when you are somewhere that doesn’t have a designated changing area (like the beach) diaper changes can get a little more complicated than usual. Add a wiggly toddler to the mix and it’s easy to get frustrated. And messy. Nobody wants that.

Since we spend so much time at the beach (#luckywelivehawaii), I’ve spent some time figuring out how to make our beach days run more smoothly and have come up with three ways to make beach (or pool) side diaper changes a breeze:

1. Designate a special changing area. As soon as you get to the pool/beach, set up a towel or blanket in a designated spot and leave out changing essentials like Huggies® Little Swimmers® , wipes and any diaper creams that you may use. Having this space set up will alleviate any stress of having to round up your things AND your toddler when it’s time to do the dirty work.


2. Distractions, distractions, distractions! Give your baby something to hold – a toy, a tube of sunscreen, a Huggies® Little Swimmers® diaper– anything to take their mind off of all the fun they are missing while mom or dad takes care of business. Lyla loves Nemo and always makes sure to point him out to me on her Huggies® Little Swimmers® diaper.

As much as Lyla loves these diapers because of Nemo, I love the Huggies® Little Swimmers® for their ease and effectiveness. They have full side panels with a very soft velcro which make for quick diaper changes and a comfortable fit for Lyla.


3. Sing a song! Any song will do. Can’t think of one off the top of your head? Sing about how much fun you are having at the pool/beach! Your baby is going to love it.


We are really looking forward to the release of Finding Dory this summer so we were excited to find boxes of Huggies® Little Swimmers® diapers with the special Finding Dory packaging at Sam’s Club last week. Each box comes with a pack of wipes and a small tube of sunscreen – perfect for keeping with all of your beach stuff for easy diaper changing station set up. 


Want a chance to win a $1,000 Sam’s Club giftcard? Snap some pictures of your summer fun and share using the hashtag #SwimAdventureContest or upload directly to by June 1, 2016! I’m really looking forward to checking out all of the entries. 

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What fun summer adventures do you have planned?

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Prepping newborn hand-me-downs

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Newborns are so special, aren’t they? Their sweet little lint-filled hands. Their quiet coos and grunts. Their warm, snuggly bodies. Their smell. 

I didn’t realize how much I missed that wonderful newborn smell until I had Simon. In those first few weeks, I spent a lot of time holding him close and just smelling him. Writing that out makes me feel like a complete weirdo but I know that all you other mamas out there can relate. Having a newborn really is a magical time and it goes by way too fast. 

Simon Earl Byrd

^ He’s thinking “man I smell so good”…oh wait…that’s me

Our little Simon Earl is three months old and already not so little. He has outgrown all of the newborn- 3 month outfits that we had prepared for him and has moved on to six month stuff. Luckily, all of his clothes were either bought second hand by his Mimi or passed down to us by gracious friends (seriously, I didn’t buy anything) so I don’t feel too bad about having to pack it away already. In fact, I am looking forward to passing on these items to other expecting mamas soon. 


^ See what a big boy he already is?!!

When preparing hand-me-downs to be gifted, you always want to start by making sure they are in good condition. Newborn items are easy because baby isn’t doing much yet. Lots of sleeping and eating makes for pretty clean, not worn out clothing. However, all mamas know that those blowouts are serious business and sometimes leave clothes with stains that you just can’t get rid of. Give all the items a once over and check for any big stains or holes. Make a “giveaway” pile and another pile for items that you can find another use for (old onesies make great cleaning rags)


Once you have a pile of “good” items, you want to run them through the wash so that they are ready for the new baby to wear right away without having their mama do any work. I recently started using Snuggle® Ultra Blue Sparkle fabric conditioner and blue iris bliss Snuggle Scent Boosters® in all of our laundry loads. By layering the two Snuggle products in the washing machine, our clothes come out smelling fresher than ever and I find myself wanting to just snuggle up with our laundry instead of folding it. (When I’m not snuggling Simon, of course.)

The snuggle scent boosters come in small, convenient pods that pack a serious punch. The instructions on the package make them very easy-to-use leaving your hand-me-downs extra soft and smelling fresh – perfect for all of those new family snuggles that are bound to happen. 

The best part is that once the newborn smell fades away, you (and the families that you pass your hand-me-downs to) can continue to use the Snuggle Ultra Blue Sparkle fabric conditioner and blue iris bliss Snuggle Scent Boosters to bring that smell alive and transport themselves back to the special moments of newborn bliss. 


The last step in preparing newborn hand-me-downs to be gifted is to package them up. Like with anything, presentation is key so instead of just throwing all of the clothing into an old grocery bag and dropping them at their doorstep, take the time to write a nice love note to the new parents. Share with them your congratulations as well as your best piece of advice for surviving those first few crazy weeks. I also like to throw in a well-loved toy or book for the new babe. Tie them all up with a pretty ribbon and you are good to go!

You can find both of the awesome Snuggle® products mentioned above at your local Sam’s Club in the laundry/home care aisle. Be sure to check your March Instant Savings Guide for exclusive deals. samsclubsnuggle

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Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!

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Friendly Valentine Candy Jar – Creative Ramblings

Valentine Felt Envelopes – Good Morning Loretta

Valentine’s Day Candy Filled Mason Jar – Savvy Saving Couple

Valentine’s Day Love Bug Craft – Maryland Momma’s Rambles

Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards – Our Daily Craft

DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars – Thriftanista in the City

Valentine Memo Chalkboard – Southern Couture

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Decoration – Pretty in Pigment

Flower Vase Craft – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins – Atta Girl Says

Macaroni Art Lace Hearts – ABCs and Garden Peas

Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards – One Artsy Mama

Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks – Happy Go Lucky Blog

Birdseed Heart Valentines – Made with Happy

Valentine’s Day Burlap Wreath – The Farm Girl Gabs

Cute Flower Valentines for Kids – Love, Jaime

DIY Valentine Flower Corsage – Suburban Wife, City Life

DIY Valentine’s Snowglobes – Woods of Bell Trees

Valentine Envelop Chair Backers – 2Paws Designs

Reversible Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines – Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Button Heart Picture Collage – Our Piece of Earth

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Gift with FREE Printable – A Cowboy’s Life

Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine’s Day Wreath – My Pinterventures

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe – Sunny Sweet Days

Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – Life with Captain Fussybuckets

12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt – The Mama Zone

Candy Kiss Ring – So TIPical Me

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft – As Cute as a Bug’s Ear

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ribbon Banner – Aprons and Stilletos

Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt – The TipToe Fairy

Chalkboard Gift Box – Organized Island

Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover – Creative Southern Home

Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath – Joy’s Life

Making A Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps – Third Stop on the Right

Washi Tape Bubble Valentines – Moneywise Moms

Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps – Lemon Peony

DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine’s Day – 3 Little Greenwoods

Butterfly Valentine’s Day Craft – Sarah in the Suburbs

Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles – A Day in the Motherhood

I “DOVE” You Printable with Candy – Newlywed Survival

Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland – Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes

Valentine’s Day Printed Burlap Subway – Occasionally Crafty

Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft – Cute as a Fox

Valentine’s Wooden Door Hanger – We Got the Funk

Hearts Aplenty: Valentine’s Day DIY Decor – Woman in Real Life

Love Letters Simple Valentine’s Day Craft – Craving Some Creativity

Valentine’s Day Coffee Cup Sleeve – Craving Cynchronicity

How to Make a Great Loves Print – My Sweet Sanity

Cross Stitch Heart Pillow – Cutesy Crafts

Free Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make – Happy and Blessed Home


Valentine Cupcakes – Home Maid Simple

Valentine’s Day Cakes – Charleston Crafted

Red Velvet Pudding Cups – Mostly Homemade Mom

Blood Orange Panna Cotta – Mooshu Jenne

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts – Drugstore Divas

Cranberry Bliss Bars – Swanky Recipes

Valentine Rice Crispy Treats – Midwestern Moms

Chocolate Valentine Sandies – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies – Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts – A Million Moments

Conversation Hearts Martini – JVKOM Chronicles

Valentine’s Day S’mores Dip – Our Mini Family

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies – The NYC Talon

Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Brownies – West of the Loop

Red Velvet Cheesecakes – Houseful of Nicholes

Chocolate Kiss Valentine’s Day Cookies – Moscato Mom

Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn – Made by a Princess

Easy Valentine’s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Janine Huldie

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe – Scrappy Geek

Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce – Graceful Order

Love Dipped Wafers – Sparkles to Sprinkles

Valentine’s Day Bento Lunch – Diana Rambles

“Blackened” Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine’s Dinner – Broken TeePee

Sweet Salty Fudge – Foody Schmoody Blog

Valentine’s Day Covered Pretzels – Texas Type A Mom

Valentine’s Popcorn – Mommy’s Bundle

The Easiest Valentine’s Day Fudge Recipe – Young at Heart Mommy

Valentine’s Day Butter Cookies – Ilona’s Passion

Valentine’s Day Blondies – Saving You Dinero

Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie – Easy Cooking with Molly

Brownie Cut-outs – Tramplingrose

Puppy Valentine’s Day Cookies – Staying Close to Home

Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe – As Mom Sees It

Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie – Johanny’s Kitchen

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles – Food Lovin Family

Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes – I Don’t Have Time for That

Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits – Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade Strawberry Syrup – Day by Day in Our World

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies – Momma DJane

Red Velvet Donuts – Frugal Family Tree

Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Chocolate Shot Glasses – The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Kisses – Just 2 Sisters

Valentine’s Candy Bark – Life with the Crust cut off

Chocolate Kiss Shooter! – Housewives of Frederick County

Super Simple Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts – My Real Food Family

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies – Meatloaf & Melodrama

3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies – Fun Things to Do in Central Mass

Nutella Baked Brie – Basil and Bubbly

Easy Cupid Crinkles – Creative Southern Home

Valentine’s Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game – A Frugal Friend

Valentine’s Day Ombre Sweet Treat – Tastefully Frugal


How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Party – Amber Nicole Blogs

Valentine’s Day Party for Tweens – Soiree Event Design

Love is in the Air Valentine Table – Not Just a Mommy

Valentine’s Day Tea Party – The Peanuts Gang


Easy Valentine’s Printables – I am the Maven®

Printable Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons – Gluesticks Blog

“I Love You Like” Valentine’s Free Printable – C’mon Get Crafty

4 Free Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages – Saving More than Me

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt Clues – Mom on the Side

Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} – Fun on a Dime

Crayon Valentines Printable – Mom’s Messy Miracles

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable – Housewife Eclectic

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids – Simple Living Mama

2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) – Altamonte Family

Love is in the Air Valentine Card – Making of a Mom

Matchstick Valentine Free Printable – Frenchie

Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes – Coupons are Great

I “Wheelie” Like You Car Valentine Printable – Artsy Momma


Valentine’s Day Guide – The Ranting Latina!

24 Frugal Valentine’s Ideas – Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

7 Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Downshifting PRO

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bloggers – That Chic Mom

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island – Mama Luvs Books


War Room Movie Night – A Beautiful Exchange

Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits – In Good Taste

Valentine’s Day Make-up Tutorial – Glam Hungry Mom

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home – Natasha Byrd

Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine’s Day inspired activities?

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White Chocolate Popcorn Mix #MakeItAMovieNight

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I don’t know about you, but I am not ready for the holiday weekend to end. For both Christmas and the New Year, we didn’t make any grand plans and just stayed home enjoying each other’s company. It’s been perfect. 

Of course, we have missed our family that are spread out throughout the country, but I have sincerely been enjoying all of the quiet (and not so quiet) moments that we are getting to spend together.

Not having any plans to leave the house (with the exception of Christmas Eve church service) has allowed us to really slow down and soak each other in. I’ve gotten a lot of one-on-one time with both Lyla and Simon which is so great but I haven’t had as much time with just Alex as I hoped for. 

I know, a lack of alone time with your spouse it’s kind of par for the course when you have a newborn but that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of times I find myself missing my husband. With Simon still being so young, it’s not very realistic for us to head out for date night just quite yet so we have to find ways to bring date night home and one of the easiest ways to do that is with a movie night. 


One of my favorite parts about seeing a movie in the theater is grabbing treats from the concession stand. I always get a big bag of buttery popcorn and pour a box of M&M’S® Chocolate Candies right inside. The sweet/salty combo hits the spot for me every time. Pair that with an ice cold Coca-Cola and I’m in movie theatre snack heaven. 

Luckily, my favorite movie night snack is easy to recreate at home. In fact, for this date night treat, I kicked it up a notch and added some white chocolate, pretzels and mini marshmallows to the mix – can’t do that at the theater 😉


You can watch me make the mix here or follow the step-by-step instructions below.

To make sure your white chocolate popcorn mix is extra delicious, make sure to use Orville Redenbacher Movie Theater Popcorn and MARS Milk Chocolate and Peanut M&M’S® Chocolate Candies. P.S. have you seen the new little canisters they come in? Perfect size for the cup holder in your car/stroller #mommysnewbestfriend



Once you have your treats prepared, you are all set to watch the movie. Now, just because we don’t have time to go to the movies doesn’t mean that we don’t watch movies. In fact, I watch the same animated children’s movie pretty much everyday (thanks, Lyla). So, for our movie nights I like to watch something a little more adult, or at least with real people in it 😉

The movie War Room has been on my radar since our church started promoting it in their bookstore. The film is all about the power of prayer and how it can transform the lives of individuals and families. The story follows a woman who is experiencing marital troubles and is introduced to the idea of creating a “war room” as a place to offer up all of her troubles and worries to God through prayer. It’s a story that is uplifting and inspiring – perfect for movie night with my husband.


There is an awesome deal happening at Walmart now to help you throw a fun and exciting (and delicious!) movie night of your own. If you purchase all four of the movie night products that I have used above (Orville Redenbacher 6 pack Movie Theater Popcorn, MARS Milk Chocolate and Peanut M&M’S® Chocolate Candies, Coca-Cola 6-pack, 1/2-liter and the War Room Movie) and upload a photo of your receipt here, you will receive a $10 VUDU movie code via email (while supplies last, limit 1 per person)

TIP: take a photo of this URL now so you remember it later – all receipts have to be uploaded by February 9, 2016!

Pretty sweet deal, right?! Make sure you stop by here to check out more fun movie night ideas for you and your family.  

Have you seen War Room? I would love to hear what you thought about it in the comments below. Let me know what your favorite movie theater treat is too!

White Chocolate and Candy Popcorn Mix
A delicious snack, perfect for movie night!
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  1. 1 bag Orville Redenbacher Movie Theater Popcorn
  2. MARS Milk Chocolate and Peanut M&M’S® Chocolate Candies
  3. 1 cup mini marshmallows
  4. 1 cup white chocolate chips
  5. 1 cup pretzels
  1. Pop popcorn according to instructions on bag, pour into large bowl
  2. Add M&M’S® Chocolate Candies, marshmallows and pretzels to bowl
  3. In separate bowl, melt white chocolate chips in microwave. Stir after every 30 seconds to prevent burning
  4. Pour melted chocolate over snack mix and stir immediately
  5. Allow mix to cool
  6. Serve and enjoy!
  1. Serve with an ice-cold Coca-Cola for an extra delicious treat 🙂
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