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10 Netflix Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Every Friday night, we have "family movie night" at our house. We have pancakes for supper, and we snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie together. It is one of my favorite family rituals, but it can sometimes be difficult to find movies that everyone agrees on... so, today I am sharing a list of 10 movies that the whole family will enjoy (and they can all be found on Netflix).

Some of our favorite Netflix movies are:

1) Inside Out
2) Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked
3) Despicable Me 2
4) Home
5) Diary of a Wimpy Kid
6) Penguins of Madagascar The Movie
7) Lilo & Stitch
8) Mr. Peabody and Sherman
9) The Pacifier
10) How to Train a Dragon 2

We all look forward to our family's "night in", and we try to make it extra special when we can.

Here are some simple ideas for creating a fun-filled family movie night:

1) Make movie night a tradition by having it on the same night every week. It gives everyone something to look forward to.

2) Pair your movie with a favorite meal. (We always have pancakes for supper on movie night, but Pizza Friday would be fun too.)

3) Pick a good family movie... one that everyone will enjoy. If consensus is difficult, let the kids take turns making the selection.

4) Use special dishes. (I have popcorn bowls from the dollar store that we only use on movie nights.)

5) Set the scene with a special sign or two. We have a “Movie Snacks” sign and a “Now Playing” sign that we use.

6) Get comfy. PJs are the perfect attire for family movie night, and it makes the transition to bedtime (after the movie) easier.

7) Have movie snacks. Popcorn is always a good choice, but pick whatever your family enjoys.

It’s also fun to “mix it up” some weeks by adding something special. E.g. Choose a fun theme, have an outdoor screening, make a craft to go along with the movie, or bake a special treat.

Does your family have a favorite movie to watch together, or do you have a special "family night in" tradition? I'd love to hear about it!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

Disclosure: I receive special gifts and perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix.... however (as always) the opinions on this blog are 100% my own.

32 Creative, Easy, and Inexpensive Valentine Ideas

I know everyone is busy, so I thought it might be helpful to put together a collection of my favourite Valentine's Day ideas (all in one place). I have broken all the Valentine's Day fun into 4 categories: crafts for kids, crafts for grown ups, DIY Valentines, and Valentine's Day treats.

6 Crafts for Kids:
Simple Valentine's Day crafts are always fun for kids, and this collection uses simple materials that you likely already have in your craft cupboard. They are all adorable, but the Love Bugs are my favorite!

Here are the links for the simple Valentine's Day crafts for kids:

4 Crafts for Grown Ups:
Crafting unique holiday decor is enjoyable, relaxing, and satisfying. The heart wreath made from felt and an old box is one of my favorite projects of all time!

Here are the links for the simple Valentine's Day crafts for grown ups: 

17 DIY Valentines:
Homemade Valentines are definitely more heartfelt and more fun. This collection includes tons of free printable Valentines and tags... and there are many fantastic "non-candy" ideas that are perfect for class parties. I love the Superhero masks and recycled crayons, but they are all wonderful!

Here are the links for the simple DIY Valentines:

5 Valentine Treats:
Valentine's Day is the best day to indulge in a special treat with someone you love. I have made all these treats, and I guarantee that they are simple and delicious!

Here are the links for the simple DIY Valentine's Day treats:

Isn't this a wonderful Valentine's Day collection? I've included everything you need for a creative, easy and inexpensive holiday. Happy Valentine's Day!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

Crayon Valentines {with free printable tags}

Today I am sharing the totally adorable DIY Valentine that my youngest son is giving to his classmates this Valentine's Day. We melted down old crayons to create multi-colored crayon hearts. I also designed a sweet tag that you can download and print {for free}. Cute, right???

To make the recycled crayons:

1) Soak the crayons in water, and have the kids peel the paper off the crayons.
2) Break up the crayons, and put them in a heart-shaped muffin tin. I found this silicon one at the dollar store. (Don't forget to the put the flimsy silicon muffin tin on a cookie sheet before you pop it into the oven.) 
3) Melt the crayons in the oven (at 300 degrees for approximately 10 minutes).
4) Carefully remove the crayons from the oven, and allow to cool completely before removing from the muffin tin.

Look at how beautiful they look when they are finished!

To make them into a Valentine, you are going to want to include a cute little tag. To download the one I designed: right click on the photo below, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4X6 photo.

Cut the tags, hole punch the corners, and attach the tags to bags containing the crayons (with a little curling ribbon).

My little guy is anxious to share these adorable crayon Valentine's with his friends. I think they are fantastic alternatives to candy and sugary snacks. Happy Valentine's Day!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

Simple Pencil Valentine {with free printable tags}

Do your children share Valentines with the kids in their class? This is a simple pencil Valentine that any child would enjoy sharing with his/her friends. Buy Valentine themed pencils and add the FREE tag that I designed to create an instant Valentine that is cute, useful, and sugar free.

To download the tags I designed: right-click on the photo below, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4X6 photo.

Cut the tags, punch a hole in the corner, and attach to the pencil with some curling ribbon. Easy, right? I think this would be a sweet Valentine for a teacher to share with his/her students too!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

Minion Valentines... with free printable tags

I love an extra special "class Valentine", and I adore these adorable Minion Valentines! These free, printable tags I designed can be used with any minion treat or trinket, but I attached the tags to some pre-packaged Minion cookies.

To print your own tags: right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4X6 photo.

Cute, right? These tags could be used with any Minion themed treat. I saw some fun "gummies" that would work too.

I think Minions are adorable, don't you?  Do you have little ones that would enjoy sharing these adorable Valentines with their classmates?

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

Star Wars Valentines... with free printable tags

My boys love bringing Valentines and treats to school to share with their friends and classmates, and I like to come up with fun, new ideas for them. This year, my boys are crazy for Star Wars, so when I saw these cookies, I knew one of my boys needed to bring Star Wars Valentines!

I designed some tags, and then I stapled them to the top of the cookies. It couldn't be easier!

To download the tags I designed (for free): right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4X6 photo.

Aren't they cute? I love that they are prepackaged and peanut free.

If you have a Star Wars fan in your home, you should give these Star Wars Valentines a try. They are easy, inexpensive, and super-cute!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

Simple Valentine's Day Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers (with free printable)

I love a simple craft that only requires basic crafting supplies, don't you? This Valentine's Day craft just uses paper and glue, and it couldn't be cuter!

First, download and print the heart template I designed. Click here for the link to the pdf version. Or, you can right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 8X10 photo.

Then, have the child rip bits of construction paper and glue them to the heart. This is a fantastic (and simple) Valentine that kids can make for someone special. Cute, right?

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)
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