15 Throwback Movies To Watch With Your Kids

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One of my favorite things to do during the winter is cuddle on the couch with my family. I love introducing them to the movies and television shows of my childhood (80s/90s) and winter is the perfect time to do this! We try to have movie nights every weekend, or every other weekend, so we have our list of movie night necessities ready to go before we press play.

Warm blankets? ✅

Freshly popped buttery popcorn? ✅

Something tasty to drink, like our favorite juice drink- Tampico  ✅

Then it’s just time to pick the movie. While there are so many great classics, I have a list of ones that I think are fun to watch with kids. Here are 15 throwback movies that are perfect to watch on a cold winter afternoon:

Back to the Future (1985, Rated PG)

I was not even two years old when this movie came out, so I didn’t see it until years later, but it’s one of the best movies from the decade in my opinion (and one of the few sci-fi movies I’m a fan of). The movie is all about time travel, which is an exciting concept at any age. The boys have not seen this one yet, but it will be one of the next classic movies they watch!

The Sandlot (1993, Rated PG)

Having two boys that play baseball, this movie was a must-watch for our family. It’s about a group of friends who play pick-up games of baseball together and fear “the beast” on the other side of the fence.

Home Alone (1990, Rated PG)

This one is a holiday classic that we watch at least a couple times a year at Christmas time. Kevin comes up with some pretty epic ways to keep his home from being robbed as he outsmarts the “wet bandits.” My kids can’t believe Kevin’s parents would forget him, while I sit and wonder how Kevin’s dad afforded the home his family lived in and a vacation to Paris for the whole extended family lol.

Richie Rich (1994, Rated PG)

Richie Rich looks like the luckiest kid in the world because he has all the toys he could want. What he doesn’t have though? Friends. That must be so lonely to live like that. Though my boys wished they had all the money to buy anything they wanted, I think they realized, by the end of the movie, that all the material goods in the world can’t make a person happy if they don’t have friends to share it with!

The Secret Garden (1993, Rated G)

This movie is based on the book and completely different than anything my boys would usually watch. It’s a touching story about an orphan girl who discovers a secret garden and a sick cousin, and, throughout the movie, she finds a way to bring the garden back to life and heal a family.

The Neverending Story (1984, Rated PG)

This is another movie that came out around the time I was born, but this is one of the few movies I remember watching as a child in the 80’s. This movie is complete fantasy but it stirs imaginations and kids will get a kick out of it.

The Princess Bride (1987, Rated PG)

The Princess Bride is my favorite movie on this list. Although my boys don’t like the kissing part (just like the little boy listening to his grandpa tell the story in the movie) they like the action part of it! Personally I love this movie for it’s fairytale romance and comedy.

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989, Rated PG)

Though this movie is extremely far-fetched, I love that it shows a different perspective on life (literally!) These kids, now shrunk down to a size smaller than ants, must survive the dangerous trek back to their home and get the attention of their parents. This is just a fun movie to watch!

The Karate Kid (1984, Rated PG)

I haven’t watched the original with my boys yet, but recently, we watched a newer version of this movie (the 2010 one) when my little sister was in town. I knew my boys would like it, especially because my oldest is in karate himself. They thought all the moves were pretty cool and I caught them trying them out afterwards. The original is on our list to watch this winter.

The Mighty Ducks (1992, Rated PG)

I love movies about the underdogs overcoming obstacles so it’s no surprise that this movie made my list of favorites. I also like that it shows my sports playing boys the value of hard work!

Hook (1991, Rated PG)

I love this version of Peter Pan much more than I enjoyed the cartoon version of the movie. I’m not sure if it’s because the cast includes Robin Williams and Julia Roberts, I like the idea of a grown man discovering the magic of his childhood, or the Lost Boys’ reactions upon Peter’s return, but this movie is one of my favorite Disney stories brought to life.

E.T. (1982, Rated PG)

So technically E.T. is not from my childhood, since it came out the year before I was born, but I could not leave this classic off the list! This story about a sweet alien befriending a boy was one of the first throwback movies I showed my kids. Watching it as an adult I couldn’t help but wonder how the mom didn’t realize an alien was living in her home, but as a child I didn’t think much about it.

Ghostbusters (1984, Rated PG)

As a kid, the movie Ghostbusters was a bit scary but was still a fun movie to watch. With all the new remakes of the movie since the original one came out, this is probably the most well-known movie on the list and one we’ve watched at least half a dozen times.

The Land Before Time (1988, Rated G)

My boys are a bit old for this animated movie now, but it’s perfect for little ones, especially those that are into dinosaurs. It’s about an orphaned dinosaur who makes new dinosaur friends on his journey to find the land his mother told him about.

The Santa Clause (1994, Rated PG)

This movie is my favorite holiday movie that I look forward to watching with the boys each Christmas. The sequel and third movie in the series are good as well, but the first one is definitely our favorite. It just gets us in the holiday spirit during the most magical time of the year.

If you have tweens or teens I’d also suggest Mrs. Doubtfire and Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. A Little Princess (the 1995 version) is also a favorite of mine! There are so many great movies to choose from, so I’m wondering what you’d add to my list? Sinisa insists that Goonies should have made my list as well since he thinks it’s an iconic film, but I’m not a huge fan of it (<gasp>).

Whichever movie you choose to watch with your kids, don’t forget the snacks! We can’t have movie night at home without them! Popcorn is a favorite snack and Tampico juice always tops the list of drink options.

We tried the Blue Raspberry flavor this past movie night because it’s a favorite flavor from my childhood, so I thought it would be the perfect juice to go with our throwback movie night. I put it in cups with fun polka dot straws. Tampico tends to be our go-to for family fun nights, whether we are crafting, playing games, or watching movies.

I’d love to hear what your favorite “Splash From the Past” movie is so let me know, either in the comments below or on social (find me on Twitter at @aliciamarie112)!

Christmas Crafting Fun And Homemade Ornaments

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I love the holidays and one of the main reasons why is all of the extra family fun Christmastime brings. From cuddling on the couch while we watch Christmas movies to decorating our home for the holidays and having special drinks and treats. Tampico is a staple in our fridge, and during the winter months we love the Apple Punch flavor. It’s so festive!  Many of my most cherished memories are made during the month of December. Another tradition we have each year is making holiday crafts. Ornaments are my favorite craft to make with my boys because I love pulling them out of the box each year when we decorate our Christmas tree.

Our tree is loaded with ornaments, from apple ornaments gifted to me when I was a teacher to our yearly family personalized dough ornaments to ornaments I was given as a child. The homemade ornaments stand out most of all though. There are colorful painted ornaments, jingle bells formed into candy cane shapes, and pictures of my children’s faces surrounded by carefully placed sequins. It’s fun to look back on the ornaments my boys have made in past years.

This past weekend I gathered everything we’d need to make ornaments. I found some tree shapes and round ornament shapes to decorate along with sparkly pompoms, sequins, red and green colored letters and holiday glitter glue. To get us in the holiday mood I also found some holiday cups with red straws and Christmas napkins and set out a snack of holiday cookies and of course our favorite Tampico Apple Punch! The perfect set-up to keep any family fueled for the crafting session.

Once I got everything set up, the boys got to work making their ornaments. Lucas went with the “a lot is good but more is better” approach and piled on the pom poms and glitter glue while Jacob was very particular and put each sequin on carefully. Years from now I’ll still remember whose ornament is whose because they decorated them according to their personalities as always.

The boys had a lot of fun making the ornaments. I really love this yearly tradition!

Does your family like to craft together during the holidays? If so, I’d love to hear what you make together in the comments below.

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Family Movie Night With Tampico

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Our family loves having movie nights at home. Whether we are re-watching a movie we’ve seen a dozen times, or watching a movie for the first time, it’s the one time of the week that we can all just relax and enjoy time together. Along with watching the movie we will often play a game or two and have popcorn as we cuddle under blankets in our darkened living room.

Since movie nights are my favorite night of the week, I sometimes like to make them a little more special with decorations or fun snacks. This week, I decided to surprise my boys with a fun celebration in honor of the new family film, DreamWorks The Boss Baby. The movie doesn’t come out in theaters until the end of this month, but I was inspired to create a fun family movie night. I thought it would be fun to put a tray of snacks together and let my children be “the bosses” and pick the movie we’d watch.

If you know me, you know that as much as I love celebrations and parties, I love keeping it simple. This movie night can be put together in just 10 minutes once you have everything you need!

I chose to add in some {baby} blue colored elements including a blue bucket for the popcorn, blue and white chevron straws, a blue serving tray and individual cups that were blue with white polka dots.

To drink I served little cups of Tampico juice drink. As I’ve shared many times previously, Tampico is their favorite drink to pair with everything from movie night snacks to their sandwich at lunch.

For snacks we had cookies, popcorn and strawberries. If you watch the trailer for DreamWorks The Boss Baby movie you will see why I chose to add cookies to this movie night. My boys really laughed at the cookie scene in the trailer so I thought it would be fun to recreate it during our movie night :)

Popcorn is our usual go-to movie snack but I fancied it up a bit for this movie night. I mixed plain popcorn with a bit of blue decorating icing and separated them into little cups. I then sprinkled them with crushed blue and white candies.

Everything was put on a tray for easy serving and to keep any spills contained.

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How To Plan An Easy Mother’s Day Brunch

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Mother’s Day is coming up so I wanted to share a few tips for planning an easy Mother’s Day brunch for your mom or another special woman in your life. Hoping to enjoy a homemade brunch yourself this year? You could always send this post to your husband, significant other or older child to give them a little nudge ;)

Tip #1: Let her sleep in (and shower when she wakes up.)

Trust me on this one. Letting mom sleep in and have time to shower, before she has to leave her room, will be the perfect start to her day. There is nothing more relaxing than being able to shower  alone and to actually be able to rinse all the shampoo out of our hair before our children are yelling for mommy or knocking at the door. This also gives you time to cook.

Tip #2: Keep the menu simple. 

Nobody wants to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal so keep the menu simple, making sure to add foods mom likes. Pancakes, crepes or waffles are great choices for a late breakfast. You can use cupcake liners to hold fillings or toppings to make clean up a breeze. One other item I’d add to the menu is a casserole that can be made the night before. About an hour before you are ready to eat you can pop it in the oven which makes things less hectic in the morning. Sinisa makes one with eggs, shredded hashbrowns, breakfast sausage, peppers, mushrooms and cheese that is delicious but you can add in your family’s favorite ingredients.

To drink I’d suggest a sweet, fruity drink like Tampico that’s bright and colorful. For our Mother’s Day themed brunch we chose to try the Citrus Punch flavor. To make your drink even fancier you can add fresh fruit or colorful ice cubes. Personally I also love to add fun straws because I think it makes the drink even more festive.

Tip #3: Personalize the table.

Decorate a table runner with hand prints. Each year have all the kids put a hand print on the table runner to create a special piece that mom loves to see on her table every Mother’s Day!

To make this you need:

  • A table runner (we used a piece of burlap)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • Sharpie marker
Directions for creating the table runner:
  • Put paint on a paper plate
  • Use the paintbrush to paint one of your child’s hands
  • Carefully put their hand on the table runner to make a hand print on the table runner
  • Once dry, write the child’s name and year next to the hand print
  • Every year add each child’s hand print to the table runner

Tip #4: Add flowers.

Flowers make a beautiful centerpiece on any table. You can purchase flowers from the store or farmer’s market or have children pick flowers.

Tip #5: Tell mom how much she means to you.

Use this time while you are eating to tell your mom how much she means to you. You could also have children make her a card, write her a letter or create a poem about her. Chances are she knows that you all love her but there is nothing better than hearing those three little words from the mouths of our children. This simple Mother’s Day card from Jacob (below) means the world to me.

Tip #6: Handle the cleanup.

Once brunch is over make sure to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen. The best meals are ones we don’t have to cleanup :)

What tips do you have for creating a special Mother’s Day brunch?

How To Make A Nature Journal For Kids {Writing Prompts Included}

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The boys love exploring the outdoors and we are lucky to live near a number of forest preserves. We created some nature journals together and went for a walk on a nearby trail. It was the perfect way to spend a Spring day! Below I’ve shared instructions for making a nature journal.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper- blank and lined
  • Stickers (optional)
  • String/Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Paper bag
  • Crayons/Colored Pencil/Markers
  • Pencil
  • 3 Hole Punch
  • Tape

Directions:

  • Gather your materials
  • Use the 3 hole punch to punch holes in your plain paper
  • Cut the bottom of the paper bag off along the fold line
  • Cut the side of the top part of the bag to make a long strip of paper bag
  • Trace a piece of paper onto your paper bag and cut it out. Repeat. (These will be your front and back covers.)
  • Punch holes in the bag to line up with your paper
  • Cut string into 3 inch pieces (you need 3 pieces)
  • Stack papers- One piece of paper bag on top, then lined papers, then blank papers, then a paper bag piece on bottom. Note: If your bag has any text/images on the outside of it you will want to make sure they are not showing when you look at it as a book. The front and back covers should be plain brown.
  • Insert string into holes and tie into a knot
  • Let kids decorate the front and back covers. They can color or put stickers on them as well.
  • Make sure to put a pencil in the pocket so they have something to write with
An additional part to the journal can be a pocket in the front. Here is how to make it:
Here are a number of writing and drawing prompts. I’d suggest putting the list on the first page of their journals. This will help guide them if they aren’t sure what they want to journal about.

Nature Journal Prompts For Kids:

  • Draw something you see
  • Write a story of an animal you see, pretending as if you were that animal
  • Draw a bug you see
  • Describe something you smell
  • Draw a picture of something smaller than you and something bigger than you
  • Describe the sounds you hear- can you identify any of them?
  • Find the prettiest flower
  • Draw a picture of the sky today
  • Find the smoothest rock
  • Draw a picture of the tallest tree you see
  • Find 5 different shaped leaves
  • Draw an animal you see along with the home you think they live in
  • Write about the ground you are walking on using three descriptive words
  • Add leaf rubbings of your favorite leaves
  • Draw a picture of something prickly
  • Write down all the colors that you’ve seen on your walk today

Don’t forget to bring your Tampico juice drink to keep your family hydrated! My boys love the Tropical Punch flavor!

What do you enjoy doing outside during this nicer weather?