Punny Birthday Yeti Tumbler

My husband is two years younger than me.

Although it’s only two years, we always joke about our age difference.

For example, he was born while I was getting ready for Prom.

And I was buying my graduation gown while his mom was buying his diapers.

Oh, and TLC’s “Waterfalls” came out when he turned 1.

(That one might actually be true).

Anyway, my hubby turned 29 this month, and it occurred to me that he has not been 30 yet omg. 

I’ve been 30 for over a year and he hasn’t even gotten there yet.

So, naturally, for his birthday I decided to make him a little giggler gift to tie in our inside joke.

Punny Birthday Yeti Tumbler

He’s had his eye on the Yeti collection for a good year now, so I decided to make that his gift.

And then, of course, I had to add a pun.

Check out his birthday Yeti, complete with a “Can’t Believe You’re Not 30 Yeti” tag. Get it? Yet? Yeti? 

Nyuk nyuk nyuk.

I still chuckle when I think about it lol.

Do you do anything special for birthdays in your house?

xoxo

Cara

DIY Monogrammed Summer Chargers and Cups

 

really don’t want summer to end.

I mean, I’m totally looking forward to fall (because boots and sweaters), but there’s a carefree air about summer that’s going to be hard to do without for the next 8 months.

To cling to summer a bit more, I designed these adorable plastic chargers and matching cups with a handmade monogram — You know, for all that outdoor entertaining I’m sure to do in the next 4 days.

DIY Monogrammed Summer Chargers and Cups

To make these was easy as pie (but not as messy).

I spotted these plates and cups at Target ($0.79 each, baby!), and bought eight of each. Because, you know, I have seven friends. I then found the fanciest font on my Cricut machine and pulled C-M-G together to create our monogram. (That’s our couple’s monogram, but you can do your own if you don’t like sharing your lemonade with others.)

Then, I cut the monogram in two sizes and affixed to the plates and chargers! I used the large monograms for the cups and the small ones for the rim of the plates/chargers.

Seriously, so incredibly easy.

As a note, my nextie bestie Tauni of SnapConf let me know that if you use outdoor vinyl, you can put it through the wash. I’m not planning on using these plates as anything other than chargers, so I opted not to. But keep it in mind if you create your own! I plan to just hand wash these bad boys after I’ve used them… which won’t be a problem since I might not even get to use them for another half a year.

‘Scuse me while I go mourn.

What are some ways you’ve clung to summer in the spirit of DIY? Any fun entertaining plans in these last few days of summer??

xoxo

Cara

 

 

Shark Week “You’re FIN-tastic” Popcorn Beach Bucket

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Welp, it’s here.

Shark Week is upon us like a Great White on a surfer in the Pacific.

[shudder]

I don’t know about you, but I don’t do animals.

Snakes? NOPE.

Spiders? NOPE.

Sharks? NOPE.

Alligators? BIG NOPE.

I mean, you just can’t reason with them, ya know? If they’re gonna eat you, they’re gonna eat you. There ain’t no pleading with them.

I think that’s pretty unfair, if you ask me.

Nonetheless, people are fascinated by sharks. And Shark Week has become a present-day cult classic, especially among my contemporaries.

So, I figured I’d make a little something to accompany any Shark Week-watching that goes on in my house this year.

Because I don’t know about you, but I eat my fear.

That means popcorn.

And what better to put your popcorn in than a cute bucket that makes sharks a wee bit less intimidating! I present: The Shark Week “You’re FIN-tastic” Popcorn Beach Bucket.

Shark Week “You’re FIN-tastic” Popcorn Beach Bucket

This guy was SUPER easy to make.

I just (compulsively) grabbed a $1.49 mini bucket from my local grocery store, but you can find adorable pail-and-shovel combos on Amazon for $1 each.

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(Yes, I acknowledge the irony in beach buckets during Shark Week…because when I’m watching TV this week, the beach is the last place I want to be.)

I then created this super fun cut file.

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I printed it on my Cricut, affixed it to my bucket, and voila! Adorable Shark Week “You’re FIN-tastic” Popcorn Beach Bucket!

Shark Week "You're FIN-tastic" Popcorn Beach Bucket - Politics to PlayDoh

Shark Week "You're FIN-tastic" Popcorn Beach Bucket - Politics to PlayDoh

Fill it with popcorn, Swedish Fish, gummi sharks, salt water taffy, and other goodies, and enjoy the week!

Shark Week "You're FIN-tastic" Popcorn Beach Bucket - Politics to PlayDoh

By the end of the week, one thing will be clear: You’re gonna need a bigger stomach.

xoxo

Cara

 

Candy Land Game Night Birthday Party

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I love Game Night.

Back East, this would’ve been considered laughable and childish; but we discovered very quickly that a number of people in Utah value bonding experience over a solid game of charades just as much as we do.

So we’ve made it a regular thing in our home and neighborhood.

I look forward to Game Night every month (or more), which is why I wanted to incorporate it into my 31st birthday party.

Now, I’m not one to celebrate every birthday (although I did have a fun and flirty 30th), but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share Game Night with a few fresh new faces.

So I racked my brain and opted for a Candy Land-themed Game Night birthday party.

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Candy Land Game Night Birthday Party

If there’s one hobby I love most in this world, next to singing and dancing, it’s entertaining.

We haven’t had our yard installed yet, but once we do, I plan to entertain every week, if I can find people looking to be entertained.

For this party in particular, I didn’t have a lot of time to prep, what with summer travel out the wazoo. But I came up with a few fun and easy additions that’ll make any Candy Land-themed celebration a hit.

1. Candy

This is an obvious one, but having a fun assortment of candy is critical to a good Candy Land party.

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At first, I wanted to stay true to the game and include each of the spaces on the Candy Land board, but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in all of humanity who actually enjoys licorice… And ice cream can get a bit messy.

So I scrapped that and went for the common candy theme.

You can buy bulk candy on Amazon or Party City, and Etsy always has adorable personalizations for all your party decor.

My go-to candy theme candies are:

Old Fasioned Candy Sticks

Rock Candy Sticks

Mike n Ikes

Sprinkles in a jar

Candy necklaces

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Anything that’ll help your guests relive their colorful childhoods will do the trick!

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

 

2. Drinks

I like fun punch options for candy-themed parties. For this one, I did a basic Crystal Light pink lemonade mixed with Sprite.

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To get your fruit to stay grouped well and to sit on top of your beverage, I like to fill my pitcher a third of the way with ice and then layer on lemon slices and strawberries. I then mix my concoction in a separate container so that the powder is completely dissolved, and then I pour it over the ice mixture.

This way, the solids rise to the top instead of awkwardly floating around in the liquid.

To add flair to your drinks, include nostalgic rock candy stick ‘stirrers’ or cotton candy toppers to the glasses.

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You can also grab a few variations of bright, colorful drinks for the folks who plan to get their sugar kick from the hard candy.

I opted for these adorable watermelon sparkling waters, which can be found at any Target or local grocery store!

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They fit perfectly with the bright color scheme!

 

3. Food

Creativity is key when it comes to Candy Land-themed food.

Since I didn’t have a lot of time to plan, I couldn’t come up with a lot of creative options, so I went for bite-sized instead.

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We did mini sliders, mini corn dogs, and chicken parmesan lollipops. (Get it??)

And can we talk about these tiny champagne grapes?? I picked up these cuties at my local Trader Joe’s.

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Anything that’s colorful will also incorporate nicely into the theme.

Oh, and I did a little Boom Chicka Pop sweet and salty kettle corn popcorn in fun popcorn boxes to keep Game Night fun!

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

(You guys, these are cupcakes!!)

4. Cake

If this is a birthday party, you’ve gotta make sure your cake matches the theme!

I completely ran out of time before I could finish mine, but the goal is COLOR COLOR COLOR and CANDY CANDY CANDY!

So use several colored dyes in the mix to make it pop, and then consider dyeing your icing for that extra oomph. (I’d planned to dye my icing a light blue and then accent it with sprinkles and candy).

Add lots of rainbow sprinkles, and top with candy as desired!

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

5. Decor

Next, decorate to the candy max with this theme.

Keys for my party were confetti balloons, confetti garland, confetti bunting, and colors upon colors upon colors.

I also included old fashioned lollipops anywhere I could. I put some in vases on coffee and side tables, and I put a few ‘bunches’ in bud vases on my dining room table.

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

It gives the whole room a colorful pop!

For even more fun, try to leave a few of your confetti garlands on the counter amidst the treats — the dots look just like your childhood Candy Land board!

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

Candyland Game Night Party - Politics to PlayDoh

6. Games

Finally, don’t forget the games!

Some of our favorites are:

Catch Phrase

Heads Up

Pass the Popcorn

Pictionary

Charades

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Overall, I think we all had a blast channeling our inner child and celebrating through games, friends, and color!

Would you consider throwing a Candy Land-themed party for your next birthday? If so, what fun, colorful options would you add??

 

xoxo

 

Cara

 

Red White & Blue July Fourth Jell-O Bites

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Jell-O Say Can You See

By the Frigidaire light

What so wiggly they dance

As they move toward my belly

 

Okay, so my word smithing isn’t what it used to be. That doesn’t mean I can’t make a mean Jell-O treat!

And you can thank your lucky stars (pun!) that I’ve got the perfect fix for your 4th of July sweet tooth.

That’s right, Red White & Blue July Fourth Jell-O Bites!

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Red White & Blue July Fourth Jell-O Bites

These little guys are super cute and festive, but even better? They look fancy as a firework, but they’re incredibly simple to make!

Begin with your ingredients:

 

1 box blue Jell-O (I use Berry Blue)

1 box red Jell-O (I use Cherry)

1 box/4 packets unflavored gelatin (I use Knox – This stuff is MAGIC)

1 can/14 oz. unsweetened condensed milk

6 cups cold water

3 cups boiling water

 

And now the easy part!

First, line your pan with plastic wrap to make removal easier at the end.

 

Then, make your blue layer.

Boil 1 cup of water and mix it with your Jell-O contents.

Once all of the powder is dissolved, add 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin.

Stir until completely dissolved. (See No. 1 below).

Add 2 cups cold water to the mixture and stir until completely dissolved.

Pour into pan and refrigerate for an hour.

 

Once the first layer is set, begin making the white layer.

Combine one 14 oz. can of unsweetened condensed milk with 1 cup boiling water, and stir until smooth.

Mix the Knox gelatin with 1 cup boiling water until dissolved.

Pour cold mixture into hot mixture and stir until combined.

Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

Pour white mixture onto solid blue mixture in refrigerated pan.

Refrigerate for an hour.

 

For your red layer, follow the same instructions you used for the blue layer, but use red Jell-O mix instead.

 

After your Jell-O has refrigerated for an hour or two (check it with your finger to see if it bounces back at your touch), remove it from the fridge.

Slice the tray longways and shortways, and then use a spatula to remove the pieces.

And voila! You’ve got super fun (and easy) Red White and Blue 4th of July Jell-O Bites!

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Red White and Blue Jell-O - Politics to PlayDoh

Red White and Blue Jell-O - Politics to PlayDoh

They also make super cute holiday gift for that 4th of July host or hostess. Just pack ’em in a mason jar and tie a patriotic ribbon around it. #Amurica

Red White and Blue Jell-O - Politics to PlayDoh

Red White and Blue Jell-O - Politics to PlayDoh

 

I’ve seen this treat made over the years, and I’ve learned the following important tips to help make your Jell-O bites come out perfect and sturdy:

  1. Make sure the Knox gelatin is completely dissolved before adding the cold water. If you add the cold water too soon, the gelatin powder will clump and you’ll end up with rock hard pieces in your smooth and wiggly Jell-O. Ain’t nobody got time for crunchy Jell-O!
  2. Add the Knox gelatin to every layer. I made this once and forgot to add it to the blue (bottom) layer, and when I lifted the squares out of the pan, the runny blue layer just melted away and I was left with a treat more appropriate for Valentine’s Day than the 4th of July.
  3. Put your pan in the fridge before you pour your liquid Jell-O into it. I don’t have to say much more to give you a visual of what it looked like with my hubby and I doing a tightrope circus routine trying to carrying a shallow pan full of scalding hot liquid gelatin Red Dye #40 across the kitchen. Red Jell-O and white rugs should never meet. Pour each layer straight into the pan as it sits on your fridge shelf. You’ll thank me, and so will your floors.
  4. Let each mixture cool a bit before you pour it onto the next layer of the pan. If you pour boiling hot liquid Jell-O onto a set layer of Jell-O, it has the potential to melt the layer underneath, resulting in disrupted lines in the final product.
  5. You can use plastic wrap on the pan or not. I tried it because I love the Ruby Technique (Great British Baking Show reference!) of pulling your dessert straight out of the pan and working from there, but it’s totally not necessary. I’d probably line the pan with some oil, though, just to keep your Jell-O from sticking.

And that’s all she wrote! America!

 

xoxo

 

Cara

11 Blockbuster Movie Games for the Cinephile

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Remember that one time I mentioned that my husband loves movies?

Well, this year I wanted to give him a gift that would pair nicely with my super fun Father’s Day movie bucket for the cinephile.

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Naturally, I went with a gift would love, too: Board games.

love Game Night, you guys. My hubby? Not so much. But he’s warming to it since we started hosting them monthly with my neighbor, Tauni.

This year, I decided it might be fun to add to our board game collection by giving my hubby a movie-related game that he’d be sure to win.

The one I picked was Pass the Popcorn, and boy do we love it! It’s great for the hubster because he has a natural advantage over the rest of us, due to the sheer amount of movie knowledge he retains.

There are a few movie-related games out there, so here are some that we’ve either tried or have wanted to get our hands on.

11 Blockbuster Movie Games for the Cinephile

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1. Pass the Popcorn

If you like trivia, but prefer to stick to the Entertainment category when playing Trivial Pursuit, then this is the game for you. Perfect for 2-4 players, you can either play the game as written (fun card-collecting and -swapping among players) or you can just sit around quizzing each other off the cards… My husband may or may not enjoy the latter in our down time.

 

 

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2. Name that Movie

love this game, you guys. Technically a book, it looks beautiful on coffee tables and nightstands, and it’s very difficult for anyone who doesn’t know tiny details about classic motion pictures. My husband even sometimes has a tough time deciphering the clues, and he legit knows everything cinematographic. This means he keeps coming back to it, so it’s not just taking up space in our home.

The pages are laid out with clues like this:

11 Movie Games for the Cinephile - Politics to PlayDoh

11 Movie Games for the Cinephile - Politics to PlayDoh

11 Movie Games for the Cinephile - Politics to PlayDoh

Each set refers to a different movie. And I have literally never guessed one of them correctly. I clearly need to pay more attention when I watch movies. (To start, it might be helpful to actually watch the movie instead of Wikipedia-ing the plot and ending while the movie is playing…)

Definitely get this one for that cinephile in your life! At $8, it’s a steal!

 

 

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3. Movie Buff

If you’re a fan of Mad Libs or you’re one of those people who’s really good at Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, this is the game for you! According to its description, Movie Buff forges connections between actors, roles, & movie quotes, relying on players’ knowledge and jumping from dramas to horror, from comedy to classics. Each round relies on players’ own movie knowledge, so you never play the same game twice. Finally, a use for all that movie trivia knowledge!

 

 

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4. Cinelinx

Pretty much the board game version of Six Degrees of Separation, Cinelinx is like dominoes for movie lovers. If you love finding connections between actors + actors, actors + movies, or movies + movies, then this is the game for you! Similar to Movie Buff, this game is never the same twice!

 

 

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5. Buy the Rights

Have you ever dreamt of writing your own screenplay? Do you constantly come up with clever and intricate movie plots based on familiar situations? Are you a fan of Mad Libs with a flair for the creative? Well, this is the game for you!

According to its description, in Buy the Rights, players create their own movies based on four decks of cards. Each round, one player is the Producer and the other players are Screenwriters. Using the cards as a starting point, Screenwriters pitch their movies to the Producer, who then buys the rights to their favorite ideas. Think of it as Cards Against Humanity, but movie themed and more dignified.

 

 

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6. Double Feature

Did you know that, depending on how you define the word, it is estimated that nearly half a million movies have been made since the invention of the motion picture? That’s a lot of genres, settings, and themes, my friends!

Well, Double Feature allows you to tap into your movie repertoire and draw connections between well-known feature films. Players choose two cards, each containing one of seven categories: Prop, location, movie character, scene, theme/genre, setting, and production. They then race to come up with a movie that fits both prompts. In Double Feature, you’ll end up shouting out movies you didn’t even know you knew! A great game for beginners and experts alike!

 

 

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7. The Best of TV & Movies

If you love trivia, but your expertise doesn’t end at movies, the Best of TV & Movies game will be right up your alley! This game combines trivia from both movies and television, bringing in hundreds of the all-time classic shows and films. As a fun bonus, this game also includes a logo identification portion, for those of us who still have the old-school televisions and therefore actually still watch commercials. (Ask me to sing the Goldfish jingle sometime. You won’t be disappointed.)

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8. Movie Buff Quiz

If you’re like me, you love to watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Such a simple set-up: Give me a question, give me four possible answers, and let me show you what I know.

Well, Movie Buff Quiz is just that, except that the only category in this version is Movies. Sound like a dream? Then get your hands on this fun, classic trivia game and start wowing friends and family with your movie trivia knowledge!

 

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9. Director’s Cut

According to its description, conversations abound as friends and family recall favorite movie scenes and performances, and race around the film reel vying for the finish. Players will answer questions from 8 fun-filled categories dealing with the big screen from the 1960’s to the present. If you’ve got a competitive streak, then this will reel-y make you wild!

 

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10. Mad About Movies

Containing thousands of questions from over 700 movies, Mad About Movies stars every generation’s films, and challenges players’ knowledge of actors, movie quotes, characters, and general movie trivia. The game includes questions from four main categories: Who’s Who, Quotes, In the Movies, and Real Knowledge. Test your knowledge of major well-known films with this fun-filled fast-paced game!

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11. Scene It

Scene It is the first DVD-based board game combining movie trivia with the flash of the small screen — The television screen, that is. The best part? There’s a Disney version! Pop the DVD into the player and let the games begin!

 

 

So there you have it, folks! If you’re looking for ways to make your Father’s Day Movie Bucket a blockbuster hit, add one of these 11 Blockbuster Movie Games for the Cinephile!

 

 

Ultimate Father’s Day Gift for the Cinephile in Your Life

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My husband is a cinephile.

 

cin·e·phile /’sineə,fil/ (noun) a person who is fond of motion pictures

 

We’re not talking any “Oh, I thought Avatar was refreshing and provocative” either.

We’re talking:

“Darling, who won the 1982 Oscar for Best Actor?”

“Henry Fonda for On Golden Pond

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(This is not a joke. That was a real conversation we had.)

If you ever meet my husband, just extend your hand and throw any random question at him. If it concerns movies, his encyclopedic Memory will have the answer.

 Ultimate Father's Day Cinephile Gift - Politics to PlayDoh

Ultimate Father’s Day Gift for the Cinephile in Your Life

So what do you get for The Man Who Knew Too Much?

I’m glad you asked.

This year, having just moved Cross Country with an 18-month-old, we’ve been a wee bit strapped for disposable income. Naturally, my husband told me not to get him anything for Father’s Day. And naturally, I didn’t listen.

did, however, try to get creative with what I did for him.

Spending next to nothing, I pulled together the ultimate Father’s Day gift for my cinephile husband.

Here’s what I included:

 

1. Popcorn Bucket

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I’m not going to lie to you — I’ve been eyeing these things at our local Tai Pan Trading store for months. But, of course, what the heck would I use a giant popcorn bucket for?

The ultimate Father’s Day gift for my cinephile hubby, that’s what!

I love getting an excuse to buy things, don’t you? Call it Confessions of a Shopoholic.

The best part? When I went to pick it up, they were on sale! $1.25? Yes please!

You can use any style bucket you prefer — Square, round, big, or small. They also come in paper or plastic, so you can decide whether you want to toss them or use and reuse them for movie nights over and over again!

Now, what’s the reasonable choice for a popcorn bucket filler, you guys?

That’s right!

 

2. Popcorn

Any popcorn will do. Just pop that stuff and fill ‘er up!

 

3. Movie Theater Candy

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On top of the popcorn, I arranged an assortment of classic movie theater candies. I chose the moviegoing staples I grew up with: Raisinets, Milk Duds, Reese’s Pieces, Junior Mints, Dots, and Sour Patch kids. Choose your favorites (or, I guess, his), and have fun mixing it up!

You can find classic movie theater candies at any Walgreens, CVS, grocery store, etc. I got mine for 98 cents each at Walmart, spending under $10 total for all of them. (And since they were so cheap, I could buy a box of Mike and Ike’s all for me!)

Ultimate Father's Day Cinephile Gift - Politics to PlayDoh

 

4. Fandango Gift Card

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Since Father’s Day is all about Dad, I guess it’s about time Dad gets to choose his own movie. I added a Fandango gift card to his bucket. The average movie ticket costs $10 (and twice that in bigger cities), so $30-$45 should cover movie and a popcorn for two.

 

5. ADMIT ONE Printable

If you’d rather not go Overboard on this gift, and you want a more cost-effective (and creative!) idea, try a book of these fun coupon printables! Each Ticket gives Dad one free movie of his choice.

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I don’t know about you, but my hubby and I have watched all of my favorite shows for years. Sherlock, Law & Order: SVU, Murdoch Mysteries, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt… Come to think of it, I don’t think we have ever watched a show or movie of his choice. #MarriageGoals?

So he definitely needed this ticket.

Download and print these Bad Boys and create a booklet he can Ca$h in any time he’d really prefer not to watch the Princess Diaries for the eighth time….this month.

 

6. Best Dad Oscar Statuette

For flair, I added this little Oscar statuette to the presentation, using a vinyl decal made from the one and only Tauni Everett of @SNAPConf fame. With this little guy on his desk, Dad is sure to feel Almost Famous.

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7. Action Board

If you want to add a creative card to your gift, do it on a fun action board using my favorite chalk pens. This keeps the theme going and lets you show your creative side once again! (Plus, you can wipe your note away and use it again for your next Oscar party!)

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8. Fun Printable Gift Tag

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet, but I really love to sketch. I’ve always done it, but I never knew I could put my sketches to good use!

When I decided I wanted a movie reel gift tag, I searched far and wide for some fun graphic art I could use. When I couldn’t find it, I created it!

Ultimate Father's Day Cinephile Gift - Politics to PlayDoh

I think this printable is so very cute, and it’s versatile enough that you can use it for multiple recipients over and over again! It’s great for the Godfather, brother, aunt, or Uncle Buck in your family that can’t get enough of movies. It also makes the Gift a little more personal, dontcha think?

Plus, it’s punny. And who doesn’t love a pun??

If you like a little more color in your life, you can also opt for this adorable gift tag created by Tauni of SNAP.

I mean, talk about puns, right?? There’s nothing butter than a little good humor, amiright? They just make me melt.

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You can find the printable for these Little Darlings on her site.

 

Ultimate Father's Day Cinephile Gift - Politics to PlayDoh

Do you have a cinephile in your family? Well, get going on this fun Ultimate Father’s Day Gift for the Cinephile in Your Life! Ready?

Lights. Camera. Action!

x0x0

Cara

 

 

DIY Pina Colada

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Is it still summer? I have to do a pulse check every other day out here in Utah. It’s not the same oppressive heat of the East Coast that will tell you in a bead of sweat which month you’re in.

Well, guys. It’s summer alright! 

Next week, my hubby and I are off to yet another tropical adventure: This time, in Cancun. (Yes, all of our friends get married in the tropics. No, we aren’t mad.)

To prepare for our vacation (which will not include a toddler this time), I’ve been throwin’ back the coladas.

I know you’ve been hankering for that piña colada I promised this week. I am, too, and I just had one!  So let’s get this baby started!

When I first got the colada itch this summer, I knew I didn’t want to go basic. Normally, I just grab a bottle of Master of Mixes Pina Colada Drink Mix and toss it in a blender with some ice. Totally endorse it if you’re in a hurry! But even the rushed will have time for what I came up with.

This is a mildly more healthful option for the classic drink — and way more authentic!

As always, my recipes are super flexible, so play with the ingredients until they’re to your liking!

 

1. First, you’ve gotta start with your ingredients. You’ll need the following:

DIY Pina Colada - Politics to PlayDoh

 

1 whole pineapple, cored (See my DIY Pineapple Cup post for easy instructions!)

5 cups ice

1 cup diced pineapple

1/2 cup Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, shredded

1/4 cup pineapple juice (you can use the juice from the pineapple or the can!)

1 pinch of nutmeg

 

*1/2 banana (for taste, if bananas are your thing)

NOTE: I used legit whole-sized coconut flakes in my first rendition, which ended up being a little chunky for my taste. It’s hard to pulverize coconut flakes while not over-pulverizing the ice cubes in the same blender. So I’d suggest either buying shredded coconut or pulverizing the coconut beforehand in a food processor and then adding it to the blender mix.

 

2. Blend all ingredients together in a blender

DIY Pina Colada - Politics to PlayDoh

3. Then, pour the mixture over your pineapple cup

DIY Pina Colada - Politics to PlayDoh

 

4. Add a maraschino cherry for the classic look or a strawberry if you want to pretend you’re super healthy!

5. Finally, top it with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a tiny umbrella and enjoy!

DIY Pina Colada - Politics to PlayDoh

DIY Pina Colada - Politics to PlayDoh

DIY Pina Colada - Politics to PlayDoh

 

For the alcoholic version, just add (wait for it…) alcohol! 

(Rum, to be specific, but I guess… You do you.)

And there you have it! This drink is definitely going to be a staple in our household this summer. If you’re ever at my house while I’m entertaining, expect to see these drinks adorning every table. In my fabulous pineapple cups! I’m so excited that I’ve found an easy and authentic way to create my favorite summer drink.

DIY Pina Colada - Politics to PlayDoh

 

What’s your favorite summer beverage? Do you like to add anything special to your piña colada?

 

xoxo

 

Cara