Getting excited over the release of the Big Hero 6 combo pack at Walmart

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Sometime in December 2014, I took JP to see a movie at the theater on a mommy-son date. What did we see? Big Hero 6 of course, when it was first released. When you’re 5, little things get you really excited – like the prospect of going to the theater and mom letting you eat popcorn and candy.

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So here we are, a few months later and I’ve discovered that since Feb. 24th, Walmart is offering the exclusive combo gift pack for Big Hero 6! I get so excited when I see these simply because not only do you get the CD – you also get something way more valuable… The digital copy! Simply scan your receipt using the savings catcher in the Walmart app and view the movie wherever you like!! The digital copy is my favorite because you can’t take your DVD or blue ray when you’re on the go, but you can certainly take your phones and tablets!

So the last time I visited Walmart, I noticed it front and center in the electronics department. I knew it would be perfect for the icy weekend we had ahead of us, so I decided to bring one home since he loved seeing it in the theater. The combo pack is just a few dollar more, but I think it’s worth the value when you have anytime access with the digital copies. Supplies are limited – so make sure you one before it’s sold out!

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While JP loves getting time on the iPad, there’s something to be said for watching “on the big TV” as he calls it. He likes to climb up into his daddy’s recliner, eat popcorn & play man of the house when we watch movies in the afternoon until he comes home. After we saw Big Hero 6 in the theater, the Disney store was conveniently next door and JP just had to have a stuffed doll from the movie – he still walks around with him all the time!

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While candy and popcorn were a given in this equation, I decided to make something a little off-the-wall in hopes of him trying something different. Since I make California rolls from time to time, I thought it would be fun to make a Japanese-ish snack to have while we watch the movie.

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First I started with making some sushi rice. Sushi rice tastes like plain old white rice, only its much stickier. it takes about 20 minutes, and you must let it cool a little before handling it. While I had the rice cooking, I took a couple of my favorite hot dogs and boiled them for a few minutes until hot & cooked though. I got my seaweed wraps out, cheddar cheese sticks, a spoon for the rice and a sharp knife for cutting. I sliced both the hot dogs and the cheese so it would be too overloaded in the roll.

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With a sharp knife, cut into small pieces and serve! Which brings me to my next dilemma…

Since there was really no Big Hero 6 dinnerware whatsoever, I decided it would be fun to make my own to serve my snack on. I purchased a package of 4 rectangular dinner plates along with a Big Hero sticker book I got from Walmart.com because there was very little Big Hero merchandise in store.

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I picked out a sticker that I thought would work best and stuck it to the plate. Next to Baymax, I put his Japanese written name and secured it with clear nail polish topcoat. I would not recommend putting this in the dishwasher or soaking it in the sink… its just for fun purposes! To clean it, I used a damp sponge and light rinsing in the sink. It made for a fun craft that’s easy for kids of all ages.

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I must say that we loved our kooky little snack and it was surprisingly tasty. Get creative! You can use just about anything in a sushi roll, as long at its a long. skinny strip!

 

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Do you ever celebrate your children’s favorite movies? What creative thing have you come up with?

 

Making Popcorn mix and enjoying family movie night featuring The Boxtrolls DVD

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Family movie night is kind of a big deal around here… We watch almost anything as long as its family friendly and its nearly always an animated movie. Sometimes we just rent off our TV provider service and sometimes when we really like a movie, I come home with a little surprise when I do my groceries at Walmart. Those are my favorite instances because that’s when I get to surprise JP with a new DVD for our collection.

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This week I decided to surprise him with The Boxtrolls movie on DVD that was recently released – I wanted to make sure I got it while supplies lasted! Also, I threw in some Pop Secret 10 ct Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn to sweeten the deal.

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There’s nothing I love more than a movie, a blanket, some popcorn and snuggles! It’s so important to spend quality time like this together, because these are the things kids remember about their childhood. Especially since little sister is due to arrive in just a few more weeks, and I want to make sure that JP knows that he’s always going to be my special little boy.

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We had both Pop Secret Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn AND Pop Secret Home-Style Popcorn, I decided to jazz up the buttery movie theatre flavor with peanuts and chocolate to make a yummy mix.

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The Boxtrolls turned out to be a really cute movie and I’m so glad that we got it to add to our DVD collection. Do you have family movie traditions? I’d love to hear more about them!

Making the perfect Caramel Macchiato with McCafé Coffee Pods

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Ever since JP has begun kindergarten in September, I have been forced to start getting up and at ‘em at the ungoldly hour of 6am because he is expected to be sitting in his classroom at 7:30am. I wish I could say I was a “morning” person, but the truth is, I am not – and neither is he. With that being said, mornings can be slightly chaotic with all the coaxing I must do to get him out of bed, brush teeth, eat breakfast, get dressed.. etc.. It goes without saying that by the time I finish making breakfast AND lunch for both him and my husband, I am ready for a cup of coffee and a moment to myself to read my morning email in peace and see what’s going on in my facebook feed.

On certain days hubby doesn’t have to go into work until later, so there’s a few days a week we get to enjoy some quiet time together and have a cup of coffee before he hustles off to work. I usually like to drink my coffee straight up black, but he prefers something sweeter with lots of cream – his favorite? A Caramel Macchiato. I got really inspired to try my at-home version when I saw some McCafé Coffee pods for sale at Walmart. They were even giving out free samples to try!

McCafé is part of the Kraft brand – be sure to check it out on the Walmart Kraft Hub website to hear about new recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty coupons and much more!

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I decided to pick up some coffee pods for use in my favorite coffee machine at home. The store I visited had both pods and bagged coffee in light, medium and dark flavors but keep your eyes peeled for the 8 different flavors they have available at Walmart. McCafé coffee is made from 100% arabica beans and grown from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world.

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So to begin making my caramel macchiato, I start with about 2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream depending on how much cream you like in your coffee. Then I add 2 heaping teaspoons of caramel sauce, I used the kind meant for sundaes and it worked just fine. And then add another 2 teaspoons of sugar on top of that – perfect for those people who like lots of cream and sugar!

Then I blend it up with my secret tool…. It’s a portable formula mixer, but it works beautifully at whipping up the cream so its nice and thick before the coffee is poured in.

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Then of course, the fun part – the coffee!!

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So what kind of coffee do you enjoy drinking? Do you have a secret recipe that rivals that overpriced coffee house we all love?

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