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Family Movie Night – Picking Out a Movie Tip

Image18091Let me set the scene – its family movie night. The popcorn is popped. Everyone is in their pajamas and gathered in the family room… when mom or dad picks out a movie the kids start complaining.

So you come up with a new family plan of on certain days/weeks, a certain kid picks out the movie – ‘it’s his/her night to pick’ kind of thing. But the other one feels left out or isn’t interested and ends up in a different room doing something else unrelated and you lose the feel of it being a family activity.

This is how we do it at the doitandhow.com household:

Mom &/or Dad picks out 5 or 6 appropriate movies. Kid # 1 narrows the field to 3. Kid #2 gets final pick. (adjust for your number of kids). We’ve found that with this way: everyone gets a choice, feels included and stays interested.

family-fun-family-movie-nightWe’ve also employed this for outings where we need to choose a fast food place… Mom/Dad gives the options that are in the area we’re traveling. Kid #1 narrows the choice, and Kid #2 picks.  Keep in mind “Kid #1” doesn’t always have to be the oldest – maybe he/she is the pickiest… maybe it’s different every time.  As long as we cut down on the arguing, Momma is happy!

Give it a try! Let me know if this works out for your family, add a comment below. Or share your family’s way of avoiding ‘movie madness’!!


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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Around the house, Communicate it, Family, Fun, Kids


Painted Cast

Making the best of a bad situation – use acrylic paint and markers to dress up a cast like his/her favorite super hero. Here we have Buzz Lightyear and Iron Man – who else can you think of? Put your ideas in the comments below.IMG_98996297496563 IMG_98987337061671via pinterest/no link


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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Art, Crafts, Family, Fix it, Fun, Health, Kids, Wear it


Keys to Communicating – The Four Agreements

Be above reproach with these guidelines.


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Organizing a Trivia Night Fundraiser

Step 1- Choose a time that works for your audience

Not the time that suits you best

Make sure your event does not clash with a big sporting event, a holiday weekend or other local event. Try not to stage it too close to money hungry times of year like Christmas, the start of the school year or tax time.Don’t start too early or too late. For a family event 6pm on a Saturday is probably best and for an adults only night 7:30pm works better. Avoid weeknights, other than Friday… while great for a local pub quiz night they are rarely successful for fundraisers.


Step 2 Decide on your audience

Family friendly or adult’s only event

There are two schools of thought on this one. Do you have a family friendly event so that everyone can join in or do you plan an adult’s only night where people can let their hair down and have a few drinks? Personally I prefer the later… people tend to spend more at these nights too.Don’t worry too much about attracting a large crowd, you really only need 10- 20 families in your group to get involved and bring along a team of friends to have a very successful event.


Bacon Brittle

This looks amazing! Try it!



  • 9×13″ Baking Sheet
  • Room Temp Butter, just to coat the Baking Sheet
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 cup cold Water
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 lb Crispy and Crumbled Bacon
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda

Click HERE for the instructions


10 Life Hacks

A little long – but good ideas here.

Thanks BitsandPieces

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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Around the house, Did You Know?, Kitchen


Thermos Lamp Project

This is really cute – especially for the cabin! DIY-Thermos-Lamp-9016



  • Thermos – vintage is good, new is just as good (did I just say that?)
  • Make-A-Lamp Kit by Westinghouse
  • Drill with 3/8″ drill bit
  • 3/8″ rubber grommet
  • Safety glasses – Be safe. Keep your eyeballs.

Check out the instructions HERE



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