The Aristocats was released by Walt Disney Studios on December 24, 1970. Our family watched it on May 28, 2016 for the first time as a part of our 2016 New Year’s Resolution. Meeting Thomas O’Malley and Duchess was a treat. The story reminded me a bit of Lady and the Tramp… but with cats. The only thing we knew about this movie prior to watching it was the song, Everybody Wants To Be A Cat. Everything else was new- the characters, the storyline, everything. (Not sure how I missed this one in my childhood…)
Disney’s The Jungle Book was released on October 18, 1967. My boys and I watched this movie last May as part of our 2016 Disney New Year’s Resolution. While this was the first time my boys had seen the movie, they were already familiar with the story. They loved the movie even more because we had read the book so much and the songs are on so many of our “Disney mixed CDs”. The characters are fun and lovable and the songs are some of our favorites. “I wanna be like you-oo-oo”
This was a great movie for our family. Since my parents visited Walt Disney World prior to this movie night, we had new friends, King Louie and Baloo, to watch with us! We enjoyed curling up on the couch with our new stuffed animals eating our movie snack which was trail mix.
Jungle Trail Mix:Animal Crackers (jungle animals)
Green Twizzlers (vines)
Cheetos (tiger tails)
Gummy Bears (Baloo)
M&Ms (for color)
Popcorn (for crunch)
Disney’s The Sword in the Stone was released on Christmas day 1963. Our family watched this movie last May as part of our 2016 Disney New Year’s Resolution. While both of my boys have had the chance to try to pull the sword from the stone at Walt Disney World, this was their first time seeing the movie. It had been a long time since I had seen it, so I was seeing it through new eyes with my boys this time.
Last week I shared with you our Elf Magic Elfcapades from last Christmas. Today, I’m going to share what happened in 2014. This was the first year Raleigh and Grover, our Elf Magic Elves, came to visit our house during Christmas. We had so much fun with these guys and look forward to what they have in store this year!
If you are looking for ideas for your own Elf Magic or Elf on the Shelf Elves, feel free to use or modify what happened at our house…. most of these ideas are from Pinterest anyway!
|The Elves arrived with a letter from Santa instructing the boys to clean out their toys and donate to charity.|
|After donating toys, Santa sent candy canes!|
|hanging in the Christmas tree|
|The elves got into our candy and ate the smarties!|
|The elves decided to ride the rocking horse!|
|It was time for the elves to visit Jesus in the manger scene.|
|The elves came back from the North Pole with oversized football helmets!|
|Just hangin’ around.|
|Marshmallow wars complete with “forts”.|
|They gathered some friends from around the house and hung out in the stockings.|
|Those silly elves were waiting for us in the car!|
|The elves are back in the tree, but this time they brought new ornaments for the boys!|
|They colored some awesome pictures for us and left blank ones for us to color.|
|They visited our bathroom and left Rudolph themed chap stick.|
|This morning they made us all hot chocolate and left kisses for us.|
|Apparently mom didn’t put away the camera because during the night they took a selfie with every Santa in our house!|
|We woke up to Elf playing in the DVD player and popcorn ready to eat!|
|They rolled our tree!|
|This was messy! They made paper snow flakes and snow angels in sugar on the table!|
|Looks like they found the wrapping paper and wrapped themselves up!|
|When the boys forget to give Raleigh and Grover crackers and water, your elf stays where you left him the night before. 🙁|
|They were caught climbing crepe paper streamers in our den!|
|The perfect meal for elves: spaghetti noodles, gummy bears, M&Ms and pancake syrup.|
|On Christmas Eve morning, we found the elves in our empty manger reading about baby Jesus from the Bible.|
On Tuesday I introduced you to Raleigh and Grover, our Elf Magic Elves. These two little guys have become such a fun part of our Christmas traditions. Last year, we had a lot of fun seeing what they would get into. If you are doing Elf Magic or Elf on a Shelf and need ideas, feel free to use these… I got most of them off Pinterest anyway! 🙂
|They told us they were back written with candy!|
|Tic Tac Toe with marshmallows and food writer markers!|
|Can you make a snowflake out of Q-tips?|
|Caught sleeping in the Kleenex box!|
|Dec. 1 means 24 days to Christmas… elf sized countdown chains.|
|Apparently Elves have good jokes!|
|Snowmen out of marshmallows!|
|Notes on the bathroom mirror with Expo Markers!|
|Christmas bows all over the kitchen!|
|“Fishing” for goldfish crackers in the decorations!|
|$1 for each boy to buy their elves favorite foods!|
|Write a letter to Santa along with Christmas push pops.|
|Rudolph noses on the boys photo!|
|Solo Cup Christmas Tree|
|A Photo Album remembering 2014 Elfcapades.|
|Elf Kisses for the boys!|
|Silly String fight in the kitchen!|
|Santa “Minecraft” masks!|
|Door Signs with the boys names made to look like Christmas lights.|
|Ninja Turtle masks for the elves!|
|Star Wars Elves complete with “Light Sabers”|
|Toilet Paper Races down the hall!|
|AHH! They took the stockings and hung up our undies!|
|6 candy canes hidden in the room for each boy!|
|Gummies to eat while watching a Christmas movie AND cookies from Mrs. Claus!|
|A note telling us to go get donuts with Milk Magic Straws!|
|The Elves in our manger with all the Jesus figures from our nativity sets!|
|On Christmas morning, the Elves left us a Happy Birthday Jesus cake!|
Most of my friends have the Elf on the Shelf at their house. While I’m not “against” the Elf on the Shelf concept, I thought there had to be a better option than an elf spying on your kid all day and not being able to be touched. That wasn’t for me… plus there had to be a way to tie the TRUE meaning of Christmas into the Elfcapades…
Enter Elf Magic. These elves are not creepy, in fact they are cute! You can get boy or girl elves and you can choose the color hair your elf has. You can also love, hug, and play with these elves. But the best part is that the poem that comes with these elves tie in the story of the birth of Jesus. I mean, come on… we wouldn’t even have Christmas and elves without Jesus!
We have two elves that come visit our youngest boys each year: Raleigh and Grover. These elves come to you with a name, like the Cabbage Patch kids
did do. Each night you leave the elves a cracker (which reminds them of the crunch of the snow at the North Pole) and water (which reminds them of melting snowflakes). Then you sprinkle them with magic north pole snowflakes which come with the elf. While your child is sleeping, the elves report to Santa on what a good day your child had and return by morning usually doing something silly or bringing a small gift. We I had so much fun with our Elves that when we started counting down to our Walt Disney World vacation, Santa sent Chewbacca to help us count down in an Elf Magic way!
Stay tuned later this week to see all the Elfcapades Raleigh and Grover got into the past two years as we anticipate their return this year!
Disney’s 101 Dalmatians was released on January 25, 1961. This is the 18th movie in our Disney New Year’s Resolution. Our family actually watched this movie way back in early May, but I’m just now blogging about it! We had a fun night watching this familiar movie. In fact, 2 years ago we dressed up as Cruella, Horace and a puppy for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
One fun part about watching this movie were the cameos of other Disney characters we spotted in the film! Lady, Tramp, Peg, Bull, and Jock, all from Lady and the Tramp, were found in the midnight bark scene. There are also many “Hidden Mickeys” if you look close enough at all those spots! Lucky also has spots in the shape of a horseshoe on his back.
The Disney Movie’s web site has many different coloring sheets, games, activity pages, and crafts to go along with this movie that would be perfect for a movie night.
The snacks we chose to have were dog bone shaped graham crackers (which were actually “Scooby snacks” but I flipped them over as to not see Scooby’s name!) and “puppy chow” made from Chex cereal. The boys LOVED the puppy chow. It’s a simple recipe for this movie night.
Chex Puppy Chow Snack
9 cup Chex
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Put cereal in large bowl. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour over Chex cereal, put into a large plastic bag with powdered sugar and shake well to coat.
Spread mixture evenly on wax paper and allow to cool.
We have a new “favorite game” at our house. It’s called Protect the Pridelands by WonderForge and it can be purchased at Target. This game is perfect for my boys, ages 4 and 7, to play together. In fact, we all play together and it provides me with the perfect opportunity to discuss strategy with my boys. This game is not like others where you are competing against the other players to win. In this game, everyone works together to accomplish one goal- to move Kion to the top of Pride Rock before the outlanders take over. When we all work together, there is no fighting or tears involved!! That’s a win win for all of us.
In this game, everyone works together. Players take turns turning over a card. The images on the card determine what you are to do in the game. Most of the cards have you do two things: move one of the Lion Guard characters and one to the outlanders, which are the hyenas, snakes and vultures. The Lion Guard characters, Fuli, Beshte, Kion and Bunga are protecting the Prideland while the Outlanders are trying to take over. Players have to strategically think about which move would be best for the overall success of the game. I like that this gives me a chance to think out loud with my boys and show them how to strategize in the game. I can do this by posing questions to let them decide which would be best in the long run.
The only thing about this game I don’t like is Pride Rock. It’s made out of cardboard that “slides” together to form the rock. After several times of setting up and taking down the game, the rock became a bit flimsy and eventually started to tear in places. I wish it had been made out of hard plastic that popped together to form the rock.
Overall, I think this is a great team building game for kids. My boys love it because it’s fun, they can work together, and the characters are some of their favorites. If you need a good game for a birthday party or Christmas gift this year, this is a great one for both boys and girls.
Thanks to Wonder Forge for providing the game for my review. I didn’t receive anything other than the game and this is my honest review.