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{dinner + a movie}

Phewww – made it through Monday. (barely)  Today is a new day!  Not sure I’m ready for daylight savings this weekend.  The extra hour of sleep sounds amazing.  The time change sure does take some time to get used too though.

Monday date night // Bailey + I decided to plan our Monday date at home this week.  I think she could see the exhaustion in my eyes…lol.  Well, and since my Mom & Bay snuck off to see Jem and the Holograms without me over the weekend, which was our original plan.  Devastated.

I have always wanted to do a movie themed dinner.  Lady and The Tramp was our movie selection for the night.  We shopped for ingredients to make spaghetti and meatballs (which I’ve never made before).  Threw on our aprons and got our hands dirty.  Lady and the Tramp played while we enjoyed our dinner.  Bailey lit the candle and said it felt like a real dinner date (umm, how would she know what a real date feels like??).  We may have even tried the famous spaghetti noodle kiss:)  If you are looking for a new meatball recipe, I highly recommend The Pioneer Women’s Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe.  It took a little time, but the end results were worth it.  We had kale caesar salad on the side.  Yummm.

lady and the tramp

Pioneer Women Spaghetti + Meatballs
Pioneer Women Spaghetti + Meatballs

getting crafty // Bailey came home last week begging to make a JoAnn’s trip for pony beads.  ASES (after school program) recently bought some for the class.  Move over rainbow loom.  Looks like these are the new rage.


If your kiddos are begging for these boxed beads too – here ya go. JoAnn’s carries this set of 2,300 beads for $15.99 and click here for a 50% off coupon.  It will keep your kids busy for hours.  I love when Bailey finds a hobby where she can use her imagination to come up with cool creative projects.


JoAnn’s Pony Bead Box

lunchbox // Anyone need a new lunchbox idea?  I like to switch it up with something new….and easy.  Here is one that will be popping up in Bailey’s lunchbox this week.

Mac N Cheese Mini’s

mac n cheese bites

1 box Kraft mac n cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Prepare mac n cheese as directed on package.  Add egg, sour cream, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese.  Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan.  Top with remaining cheese and panko breadcrumbs.  Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool before removing from pan.  Good luck not snacking on all of them before you pack lunches 🙂

dessert // bailey’s favorite meal of the day

sprinkles ice cream sandwich on a stick

Ice Cream Sandwich on a stick

Remove wrapper from Ice Cream sandwich.

Roll in sprinkles

Insert popsicle stick

Pop back in the freezer for 5 minutes.

My 9 year old made these all by herself.  Easy peasy festive dessert.  Anything with sprinkles tastes better.

I purchased my halloween sprinkles and mini (100 cal) ice cream sandwiches from walmart.

trick-or-treat tote // I know it’s a little late for this post, but anyone still looking for a Halloween treat bag – look no more.  Lands End had adorable trick-or-treating canvas totes.  Bailey has been using this one below for the last 2 years and it still looks new.  They are on super sale + free shipping too.  Buy one now for next year if you can.  They even come glow-in-the-dark….how fun!!  For an additional $6.00, personalization is available.  What a cute gift, right?  No more cheap bags that the handles rip-off and you end up packing around all night for your kiddos.  Or the plastic pumpkins you purchase every year because you can’t find last years.

halloween treat bag

tote tote 2

Land’s End Halloween Totes

Happy Halloween Week!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for {wednesday wish list}

xoxo stacyb

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