Threading Popcorn! Pink popcorn!

Posted on: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

It’s the holiday season! And we are finally feeling it over here with a little popcorn threading! I always start this season fighting it just a little bit. It always means winter is coming. And then am I listening to Christmas music too soon? Oh darn I haven’t taken that Christmas card photo yet! (Didn’t even send out any cards last year…) What am I getting/making for everyone? And it just keeps going and going…. And then I embrace it, run with it, enjoy it, and have so much fun squeezing in as many activities and traditions as I can! And now that I have kids, it has brought that childhood excitement back into the holidays! I love the holidays, but that childhood wonder just makes it twice as fun.

I try to hold off as long as possible and enjoy one holiday at a time. But there are only a few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and so much to do! Or at least that I want to try and do. So, last week I gave in and we started prepping for Christmas! Thank you, Target, for having so many pretty, bright, Christmas decorations to get me started this year! And after Target, I started with my Christmas gifts and completely finished with Kevin’s side of the family! And throughout the weekend we have just had popcorn everywhere. First time I’ve tried popcorn threading, but I wanted to thread some for our tree that we will be pulling out this weekend. And we even tried to make it pink! I mean, how fun is that? Thanks to my sister, we actually have a decent amount for our tree already… Thanks, Bernadette!

Threading Popcorn! Pink Popcorn!

What you need:

popcorn, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 tbls. butter, pink/red dye, thread, needle


1. Pop popcorn.

2. Boil sugar, water, and butter for 3 minutes. Color till preferred shade of pink is achieved. Mixture will be thick and sticky.

3. Pour half the mixture over popcorn and mix immediately. Then pour the rest over the popcorn trying to cover untouched pieces and mix again. It will be very sticky and hard to mix. I tried to keep mixture as thin as possible as I pour it over the popcorn just to achieve a light shade of pink on each piece.

4. Allow to cool and then thread!

Anabelle loves this. Yes, we are still at it and still have a big bowl of regular popcorn that we are threading. I didn’t want to give her a needle, but she kept picking out the pieces of popcorn and handing them to my sister. “No, this one better!” And then she’d stick it on the needle! Actually a great little motor activity for her. Plus, when I just had tiny crumbs left of that sugar coated popcorn, you better believe she learned how to load up the palm of her hand and dump them in her mouth… Instead of one piece at a time… But let’s be honest, most of that ended up on the floor… It was cute watching her anyway! Threading popcorn the weekend before Thanksgiving, I think this is a new tradition to add to the list!

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

Threading popcorn - A family Christmas tradition! Make it pink for a little more fun!

5 reasons you should have family dinners

Posted on: Monday, November 23, 2015

5 reasons to have family dinners with your kids
Family dinners are probably my favorite time of the day. When I was little, it was just how we did things. It wasn’t necessarily my favorite time of the day back then, but I didn’t know any different. As I got older, I really started to appreciate the quality time and conversations we would have over the dinner table. And even now, when we all get together for Sunday brunch at my parents’, we will hang out for up to an hour after we finish eating! The only reason we leave is because of Anabelle’s nap time. And now that I’m a parent, I am really starting to see the incredible benefits of eating together as a family!

1. Quality, unplugged conversations

Dinner is the perfect time to catch up and talk about your day. As a kid, I remember this was when we’d not only share stories, but we could also ask questions, share good stories, bad stories, and learn. It was a place where I felt comfortable talking about anything. I definitely want that around our table for our daughters! Now-a-days, I spend dinner either listening to Anabelle tell her Daddy about some of the things she did, or Kevin and I start day dreaming about projects we want to do, venting about stressful situations, and sharing funny stories. And with the level of technology in our everyday lives now, it’s nice to have a place to talk and look into each other’s eyes without the distraction of our phones lighting up with notifications.

2. Teach kids to sit

I don’t think it’s always natural to sit and chat around the table. Anabelle sometimes gets bored and likes to get up and play when she’s done. But since we are all sitting down for family dinners, it’s not hard to keep her there for just a little while longer. She has to wait for Mommy and Daddy to finish their first plate of food and then if she ate her meal, she can ask to get up. Eventually, we will make her wait till everyone is done when we are out with other people, but right now she only understands to wait till we are done.

3. Teach manners

Now that I’m a parent and I’m teaching Anabelle manners, I’m amazed at how much I just picked up from family dinners. How to set the table, salt and pepper stay together, no elbows on the table, lean over your plate. I mean the list goes on, but learning manners never felt overbearing or over whelming since we practiced gradually over time. And now that I have a family, we aren’t able to have family dinners every single night, but every time we do, we are always working on something new with Anabelle. And so far so good!

4. Prepare for going out to eat

Family dinners make going out to eat so much easier! Since we always have conversations over a meal, we aren’t reaching for our phone. Since Anabelle knows to sit while we eat, she’s not trying to run around. And since we have practiced manners, there’s no frustration from bad manners while we are out. Family dinners at home are the perfect practice for when we eat with others, either out at a restaurant or at some else’s house. I don’t have to teach Anabelle manners in a new environment. It’s already natural for her because it’s what we do at home!

5. You learn to learn to like/eat everything

From the outside looking in, it appears that Anabelle just likes everything. But really, it took strategic work and actually takes continuous maintenance. Right now she’s learned the term “Anabelle no like” and it’s actually hilarious, but the only time we let her get away with it is if it’s something spicy… Family dinners help with this in a couple ways. First off, she’s sees us eating. Her eating everything started out as just copying Mommy and Daddy. From the day she started eating solids, I started feeding her as much as I could off of my own plate. And second, when she started resisting, I was (and still am… she did it the other night) right there to feed her bite by bite. And of course she already knows she’s not allowed up because she isn’t done.

How has your family benefited from family dinners?

Life lately…

Posted on: Friday, November 20, 2015


Just a few outtakes from my week! And the highlight of our week: Let’s Go Fishing! Who else remembers that game?! I loved it as a kid! Target, being the genius that they are, had it next to the check out, so of course I just had to grab it and couldn’t wait to teach Anabelle to play! It’s been hours of entertainment already! Morning after breakfast. Afternoon before lunch. I now need to go back and get a few board games for under our Christmas tree. I want to start playing them after dinner! Now that it is getting dark out so early I actually cooked, ate, cleaned the kitchen, showered, picked up the toys, and then thought it was the girls’ bath time. I looked at the clock and it was only 6:30… Definitely in need of some simple family activities for all of us to do together after we eat, because currently our late night go to is TV.



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