Orange County Summer Events for Kids

Roller Coaster at Sunset at the Orange County Fair //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSummer is slowly winding down.  The OC fair just ended so you may be looking for more Orange County summer events to do with your kids to keep them entertained before school starts.  By the way, that photo above was taken with my iPhone, no filter, at the fair the other night on a family roller coaster ride.  I’m kind of in love with it.  Especially because I know the squeals and joy that was in our roller coaster car, that resembled a mouse, that night.  It really made me want to make sure that I take the kids on fun outings and keep trying new things before we get back in to the grind of homework, sports and bed times.

Gardens and Villa at OC Parks Summer Concert Series //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’m not sure if you have heard of the OC Parks Summer Concert Series cohosted by KROQ.  Every Thursday, the entire summer, there have been rad concerts at various parks around Orange County.  Last week we took the family to Miles Square Park, in Garden Grove, to see one of my fave bands, Gardens and Villa.  There was a food truck and Front Porch Pops and an awesome atmosphere for seeing live music.  We missed the opener (thanks rush hour traffic!) but got to see the band – whose frontman grew up locally, play for over an hour.  And the kids loved it.  My littlest danced his heart out.  My oldest just chilled.  There are still two more weeks of shows before the series winds down, both at Bluff Park in Dana Point.  Do not miss them! Moonsville Collective plays August 21 and Matt Costa (Do NOT miss him! And plan ahead, this one might have more of a crowd as he is a local favorite!) plays, August 28th.  All shows are from 6 – 8 pm.  Bring a picnic blanket and lawn chairs, bring your dinner or buy it there.  I wish we would have started this earlier in the summer!

Kid's events at Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd if you are looking for something to do during the day, Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo has a ton of family friendly businesses open year round as well as fun special events for the summer.

Special kid events at Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis past Tuesday, my boys and I checked out the percussion event.  It was loud and super fun. The shows begin at 11:30 am and run for an hour.  They are all interactive and engaging and the kids had a great time!

Tuesday, August 19th, is a free Magic Wizard show! I am sure the kids are going to love it!  And Tuesday, August 26th, the series ends with the Kids Carnival from 11:30 – 2:30 pm. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish (so bring a new toy or backpack and you’ll get game tickets!) and will feature bounce houses, games, face painting and more!  The organizers assured me this will appeal to kids of all ages so be sure to come and check it out.

I had no idea that the Kaleidoscope center had SO many great activities all in one place!  I hadn’t been there in years so after the percussion event, my kids and I spent the rest of the afternoon there having a little adventure.

Buffalo Wild Wings at Kaleidoscope Center Mission Viejo // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe started off our afternoon with lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Full disclosure, they comped our meal.  That was super nice of them and we totally appreciated it!  I had never been to a Buffalo Wild Wings before and didn’t know what to expect.  While the restaurant is pretty much sports-themed, the staff was crazy friendly and fantastic.  (If you go to the Kaleidoscope location, ask for Taylor! She was our server and she was awesome!) Each booth has a little touch-screen gaming system that kept my boys entertained.  $1 got them 4 credits, or about 4 games).  And the screen kept them entertained well after the money ran out.  The food was delicious and it was easy to find something for my son with food allergies to eat. We tried the fried pickles, because duh, you have to.  And my wrap was super yummy.  We will definitely be back! Thank you so much for having us, Buffalo Wild Wings!

There are ton of super fun family-friendly options at the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comNext we headed to Jump N’ Jammin which the kids were super excited for!  Everyone MUST wear socks, including adults, so don’t be a loser like me and have to buy some there.  For about $25 the kids and I got a few hours of fun.  Cubbies are kept behind the counter to hold your shoes and bags.  Nick, the assistant manager, told me all about how safe the facility is and I loved knowing that my kids could run wild and I didn’t have to stay on top of them the whole time.  That is really good for me.  I tend to hover… There is one inflatable and then a number of obstacle style areas for the kids to play in.  They also have a horizontal climbing wall that is really fun.  For the moms, they offer a wi-fi password, a little vending machine area with plenty of tables and also a selection of magazines to keep you entertained.  The music they played was pretty good and I never once got bored as the boys played and made new friends.  They also have a drop off program which I will totally be using in the future! There are some limitations so check with Jump N’ Jammin first.

A fun obstacle at Jump N' Jammin' Mission Viejo // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe came in like a wrecking ball… Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Laser Quest at Kaleidoscope Center Mission Viejo // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comOur last stop of the day was to Laser Quest.  Since we had never played before and I wasn’t sure how my youngest would handle being in the dark (and could he even carry the pack?!) so we opted to play one game. For two kids it was about $20 and one game was seriously plenty for my kids (ages 5 and 8).  The staff was really fun and friendly and even though we were the only people in the building, they really made us feel welcome and gave us all their energy. Because we were the only ones playing, they let me go in too which was awesome since I could be there in case my youngest freaked out but also, I’ve never played laser tag before so it was cool to see what it was all about.  The packs are pretty heavy and although my 5-year-old made it through the game, he struggled a bit and by the end was super tired.  The room is dark, although there is a lot of black lights so it is never pitch black, and it took him about two minutes to warm up to it then he was off on his own, running through the mazes trying to shoot his brother.  I think they had a lot of fun.  We will certainly be doing this again.

Aside from Jump N’ Jammin and Laser Quest, the center has a movie theater, Color Me Mine, Howie’s Game Shack and for tween girls, Bold Girlz.  One of my son’s told me that next time we would bring Dad with us so they could go play laser tag and I could go to Bold Girlz by myself. :)  So nice of him.  And there are several great restaurant options too.  Check out the Kaleidoscope center directory to see the center has to offer!

One thing I’m really excited about is the opening of a Union Market in the fall.  The Tustin location is about ready to open and I know that Mission Viejo residents will be glad that there will be some great dining options in their neck of the woods pretty soon!

My boys and I spent about 5 hours at the Kaleidoscope Center and had a blast.  I highly recommend it for family time!  We’ve already talked about going back to paint and play games at Howie’s Game Shack.  Maybe we’ll see you there.

Keeping it Real with Wet-Nap in Summer

*This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Easy two ingredient banana "ice cream" for a healthy summer treat. #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis post is about keeping it real.  For many of us who work from home, summer is hard.  While some people are sharing their summer adventures on social media and still churning out glorious posts, others of us are just trying to make sure the kids are getting baths every few days and trying to make sure the house doesn’t turn in to a complete pig sty.  Meeting deadlines and spending quality time with your kids does not go hand in hand.  I really try to make sure that I make breaks in my to-do list to do something with the kids and give them all my attention.  We recently started making this banana “ice cream” as a special treat.  It is something we can do together, eat together (without feeling guilty) and clean up together.

Wet-Naps are perfect for easy clean ups at home or on the go. #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI hate sticky messes.  Nothing grosses me out more than sticky messes in the car or kitchen.  I’m so grateful for the Wet-Nap products. For real. When we graduated from baby wipes, we moved right on to these. I love that they have the canister that works super well for arts and crafts or working in the kitchen and the to-go packs for bringing along in the car, on road trips or even just on playdates. I picked these up from Walmart on one of my recent trips.  They offer a .55 cent off coupon on any Wet-Nap products (which can be found in either the napkin aisle or in the travel section) so you save even more than just their everyday low prices (while supplies last!). P.S. the citrus scent smells amazing! It smells more like pineapple than citrus but it is so great! The wipes are softer and stronger than before and moisturizes with aloe so your hands don’t get all dried out.

Wet-Naps are perfect for clean up on the go! #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThey work perfectly for cleaning “orange finger.”  You know, from eating snacks that are completely unhealthy and full of processed cheese-like flavors.  Sure I may have made you believe that we are super healthy eaters based on the banana “ice cream” talk.  But we eat the banana “ice cream” because of the horrific snacks we consume on a far too regular basis…but the individual packets are perfect for tossing in my bag when we finally do make time to have some fun away from the house.

Wet-Naps for easy clean up when the kids are helping you in the kitchen. #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comReal talk: I am super grossed out by bananas.  Not the flavor, just touching them.  I used to work at a restaurant where we had to make shakes.  It seemed like all of my regulars were part monkey because I was constantly making shakes with bananas.  I would peel the banana and wash my hands.  I would prepare the rest of the shake ingredients and then add the banana and then wash my hands.  Then I would clean up the shake area, touching the gross peel again and you guessed it, wash my hands. Ewww. So slimy. And while I am trying desperately not to pass along my banana phobia to my kids, I am super glad that I can hand them a Wet-Nap wipe so they can get that goop off of them before they spread it around or get it on me.

Slicing bananas for frozen banana "ice cream."  A super healthy cold treat. #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe banana “ice cream” is SUPER easy but takes a little planning ahead.  Each serving uses 1/2 – one whole frozen banana.  They are easier to blend if they are cut before freezing.  So before a bunch of bananas starts to get too ripe, we cut them up for these frozen treats.  My youngest loves to cut things in the kitchen so I may or may not have him cut the bananas so that I don’t have to touch them.

A healthy treat for kids during summer, frozen "banana" ice cream.  #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comEach banana is bagged in its own baggie so you can easily grab as many servings as you need when you are ready to blend up your cold, healthy treat.

Kids love to help in the kitchen. Wet-Naps keep me sane by getting the goo off their fingers before they get it all over everywhere else! #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSee, super easy clean up.

What it really looks like when you are trying to shoot a post. #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe reality, though, is this is what my kitchen looked like last week in preparation for the creative retreat I was planning.  And that face is him telling me he was done with his photo shoot.  He just wanted to cut his bananas in peace.  And shirts are not part of our wardrobe during summer.

Making banana "ice cream" with the kids for a healthy summer treat.  #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFast forward to when the bananas are fully frozen and ready to be made in to “ice cream.” And check out that bed head. That is how we really roll in summer.  Our blender is fantastic for this recipe, although you can’t even really call it a recipe since it is just two ingredients and you blend it.  I use our single serving size containers so each kid really has a hands on experience.  They add their own ice and one bag of bananas. That is all. (I didn’t invent this recipe and the one I saw also added canned coconut milk to make it a little creamier. I skip that part because I didn’t want to add the calories but it would probably be delicious.  And I would totally link to that recipe if I could even remember where I saw it – if you know, leave it in the comments!)

Blender banana "ice cream" recipe.  #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThen we pop it on the blender and spin it up.  If the bananas and ice are still too frozen, I just add about a tablespoon of water to loosen it up.

Excited about ice cream cones. I'm just thinking of the mess when they start to melt... #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd when they know you are taking photos of your supposed quality time with them, they start to make demands.  My oldest is always wanting to use my camera.  You know, my good camera that I don’t even want my husband to use.  But you finally say yes because you are feeling guilty for working quality time in to a blog post.  And the picture turns out all cute and you promise to post it.  So you do.

Kids love to help in the kitchen.  A perfect way to add in some quality time during the summer. #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd then the little one says, “Mom! Take my picture like this!” so you do.  And he says it has to go in the post too.  So it does.

Add toppings to the banana "ice cream." #showusyourmess #pmedia #ad // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBecause the frozen banana part is super healthy, you let them add on a few not-so-healthy items.

Summer fun is playing cafe and selling your homemade banana "ice cream". #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd in the end everything works out.  They add banana “ice cream” to the menu of the cafe they created this morning.  And you come and order it so you can really get some quality time with them while you eat it.

Wet-Naps are perfect for clean up when playing "cafe" at home.  #showusyourmess #ad #pmedia  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd your oldest son asks if he can pass out Wet-Naps with to-go orders so people don’t get messy. And you realize that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  And then you vow to take them bowling tomorrow.  No cameras allowed. (But definitely an entire box of Wet-Nap hand wipes because bowling is even more gross than bananas.)

Breakfast Date and Oatmeal Recipe from Corner Bakery

*My son and I were treated to breakfast at our local Corner Bakery.  And I enjoyed my oatmeal so much I’m sharing the recipe with you. All opinions are mine. The most delicious Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oats (and recipe!) from Corner Bakery.  A delicious breakfast! #sponsored //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIs it odd to say that I miss my youngest son? I’ve been with both my kids all summer, every day, except for a few quick trips. But I miss my baby. Although he was in preschool a few days a week, we still had a few days where we would run errands together, hang out together and do projects together. But since my other son is out of school too, they play more together and I do more chores around the house or errands by myself on the weekends. I miss my little buddy! So I decided to take him on a breakfast date with me to Corner Bakery. A month ago I got invited to a media event at our local restaurant. I couldn’t make that event so they sent me gift certificates so I could try out their featured menu items on my own. It was the perfect opportunity for me to reconnect with my little guy who starts kindergarten this fall!

And the Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal blew my mind! That is not an exaggeration. I REALLY liked it! And I get to share the recipe with you. But first, more on my breakfast date…

Apple hand pie from @cornerbakery #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI got totally duped by this amazing looking bakery treat.  I thought it was a pop tart so I told my son he could have it. Then, when we were asking about the flavors, I was told it was an Apple Hand Pie… So my son got pie for breakfast…This breakfast date was all about making memories so I just rolled with it. And he was delighted to get a hot chocolate too. And I got to eat some too. The pie was delicious.

Bacon and apple hand pie from @cornerbakery for a mommy and son breakfast date. #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe worked the hand pie in to more of a full breakfast by adding on a side of bacon.  Breakfast of champions, right here.

Bacon and palm trees. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis one suddenly loves bacon.  Look how happy it makes him.

Breakfast Selfie! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd when they ask to take selfies, you always say yes.  I just knew I would have to delete about 30 of the same exact photo.

A mommy and son breakfast date to @cornerbakery #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt was so fun to be able to have a leisurely breakfast and chat with my son.  We were not at all rushed and had a great time just hanging out.  I think it is so good to be able to spend one on one time with your kids when you can. It is sometimes really hard to fit in but it is so important.  I can’t wait to schedule something with my oldest!

Tic Tac Toe on kid's menu from  @CornerBakery for our breakfast date.  The perfect way to spend one on one time with a child.  #sponsored //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAfter breakfast we played a very artistic version of tic tac toe.  My son was more interested in us creating designs than actually playing.

Customizing coffee cup sleeves at @cornerbakery on our breakfast date.  #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd then he decided he wanted to customize our coffee cup sleeves. I love his use of color.

Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal Recipe from @cornerbakery SO good! #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBut back to this oatmeal. This chilled oatmeal is the perfect oatmeal for summer.  The Berry Almond Swiss Oats is a seasonal item on the Corner Bakery menu so hurry in to try it before its gone.  Or you can use this oatmeal recipe at home, all year round!

Corner Bakery's Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup Dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Currants or raisins
  • 1 TBSP sugar (or to taste based on sweetness)
  • 2 cups Low Fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups Skim milk
  • Granny Smith apple, medium sized, chopped
  • Banana, medium sized, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/8 cup sliced toasted almonds

Instructions

  1. Mix oats, cranberries, currants and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add yogurt and skim milk, mix well and let sit 15 minutes.
  3. Dice the apple and banana, add to oats mixture and let sit another 15-30 minutes.
  4. Top with fresh strawberries, blueberries and toasted almonds.
  5. Serve chilled.
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While in the restaurant be sure to try some of their new menu items, released at the beginning of July, the Buttermilk Pancakes with Berries and the Spicy Asian Pork Hot Toasted Sandwich!

Thanks for breakfast Corner Bakery! We really enjoyed it!

 

Summer Picnics are #NaturallyAmazing

*This post is sponsored by French’s, a #NaturallyAmazing product.  All opinions are mine.

A clean eating dinner picnic.  #sponsored #NaturallyAmazing @frenchsfoods //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy kids ask for a dinner picnic almost every single night during summer.  And fall.  And spring.  So we try to have them as much as possible.  There is something absolutely magical about sitting outside as the sun turns golden.  Eating outside brings an entirely different energy to dinner time.  It is much more casual and playful.  And the food is always kept simple and fresh.  This picnic set up shared through out this post, however, is a dream scenario.  In our real dinner picnics, the blanket gets all wrinkled, plates get kicked over and there is grass.  Lots of grass.  Everywhere.  This is what summer picnics would look like if my kids were robots that I could control with a remote control.

Lavender lemonade is the perfect drink to bring to a picnic or potluck.  #sponsored #NaturallyAmazing @frenchsfoods  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy robot children would willingly try all the wonderful and delicious foods that I love.  They would not be afraid of things that sound a little bit different.  They wouldn’t turn their noses up at lavender lemonade.  They would drink it and be instantly transformed in to a wonderfully relaxed state of mind.  They would never ask for soda even though they know they only drink it very rarely.

Fresh veggies and a tangy mustard based dip are a great dish to bring to a picnic.  #sponsored #NaturallyAmazing @frenchsfoods  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI am very lucky that my kids do, in fact, like vegetables.  They don’t hesitate to grab them off a buffet table and never complain when I send them in their lunches.  Up until a little while ago, my oldest son couldn’t eat anything with milk in it so he never really had anything to dip them in.  We are very fortunate that he seems to have outgrown that allergy.  For this picnic I made a delicious mustard dip.  French’s mustard is, and always has been a natural food.  What I love about it is that is adds SO much flavor.  And it is an absolute essential for summer grilling.  It is perfect with hamburgers and hotdogs but also delicious grilled veggie sandwiches.  It also sort of inspired the color palette as well.  You normally don’t think of mustard yellow as a summer color but I think these rich colors are perfect for the time just before sunset.  French’s wants you to get inspired also.  They have a new Pinterest page and it features other great ideas for #naturallyamazing entertaining and recipes for any occasion: graduation celebrations, picnics, summer BBQs, light lunches and more!  You can follow them by clicking the image below!

French's is now on Pinterest!

Cabbage salad for a delicious and easy dinner picnic.  #sponsored #NaturallyAmazing @frenchsfoods  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy real family has recently started eating more salads.  I’ve always loved salads so this has made me so happy.  However, only my robot children would eat this cabbage salad.  While the cabbage is really mild in flavor, the herbs would totally throw my kids off.  I loved the bright flavors of the mint, basil and cilantro.  And the lime sesame dressing had a touch of sweetness that paired with it really nicely.  Robot children are the best, aren’t they?

A vintage blanket works perfectly for a summer picnic.  #naturallyamazing @frenchsfoods #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd only my robot children would be able to eat on this vintage blanket with a mustard dip…

Wooden cutlery for a summer dinner outdoors. #sponsored #naturallyamazing @frenchfoods // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI decided to keep the elements of this picnic really natural.  I mixed wooden utensils with wooden plates and platters and recyclable paper containers for easy clean up.  But since this was for pretend children who don’t break things, I used my fave blue glasses for a pop of color.  In a real scenario I would probably use some clear plastic cups, nothing colored as I wouldn’t want to compete with this gorgeous blanket.

Succulents transport well and are really great for decorating picnics.  Also, wine.  You should always serve wine.  #sponsored #naturallyamazing @frenchsfoods  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSucculents are a great thing to bring as decorations when entertaining out of the house.  They are a really hearty plant and look great.  I also like to use bright-colored fruits because they double as part of the meal and decoration.  My robot and real children love cherries.

Mustard is all natural and a great way to add flavor to summer picnic dishes!  #sponsored #naturallyamazing @frenchsfoods  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comEating healthier, more clean, doesn’t have to be boring.  I look for ways to add in flavor to keep me the meals from tasting the same.  I use a lot of fresh ground black pepper, fresh citrus juices and French’s mustard to add a wonderful savory tang.

vintage-blanket-and-grass-picnicThis has been a tale of my robot children and this fantastical picnic we all enjoyed together.  All the tips still hold true, just maybe not as a family picnic.  Maybe your picnic won’t be as fancy as this one but French’s and I encourage you to bring some fresh tastes to your table this summer!  Don’t forget to follow French’s for time-saving hacks and useful cooking tips as well as memorable meal ideas!

French's Mustard is #NaturallyAmazing #sponsored

 

Thank you for supporting the companies, like French’s, that sponsor my posts and allow me to create.  My robot children appreciate it also.

Family Movie Night Popcorn

*This post is sponsored by Pop Secret.  All opinions are my own.

Movie night snacks are essential for a good family night!  #sponsored http://ooh.li/1863c9b #perfectpop #goodbyeburnedpopcorn  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comDo you guys have family movie night?  We try to but sometimes we just get started too late and end up having family TV night.  Either way, the treats look the same.  There is always candy.  And there is always popcorn.  We managed to get started early enough the other night so we got comfy on the couch and hung out together.  But one thing that has always plagued us is how to get the perfect family movie night popcorn. 

Family movie night needs Pop Secret and the #perfectpop app!  #goodbyeburnedpopcorn #sponsored http://ooh.li/1863c9b  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comA love of microwave popcorn runs in my family.  So much so that we refer to it as micro poco.  Say it.  You know you want to.  I can’t tell you how much popcorn I’ve had to throw out that was burned though.  Not all microwaves are created equal.  And they totally lie about that “popcorn button” being an accurate way to pop a bag of popcorn.  Pop Secret came out with this fun new app that will help you get the #PerfectPop and it is seriously the BEST!

The ONLY way to pop the perfect bag of microwave popcorn!  My kids love this app!  It listens to your bag and tells you when it is done!  How cool is that?! #sponsored http://ooh.li/1863c9b #perfectpop #goodbyeburnedpopcorn  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt is free to download on iTunes (iPhone 5+ only – this is totally a reason to upgrade like you have been wanting to) and be warned, the kids will want to pop bags constantly.  Just wait, I bet “popping bags” ends up in the urban dictionary and rappers are going to start rapping about it.  You put your Pop Secret bag in the microwave and follow the instructions from the bag (note: this doesn’t work on the Kettle Corn or Sweet’n’Crunch varieties, and if you are using the snack sized bag, you have to remember to modify that setting on the app).  Then all you have to do is hit start on the app and keep the phone within 3 feet of the microwave.  

The kids LOVED this new #perfectpop app from Pop Secret.  It has XRAY vision to know when your popcorn is perfectly popped! #sponsored http://ooh.li/1863c9b #goodbyeburnedpopcorn  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comUsing the microphone on your phone, the app listens to the popping of your bag and tells you when it is done popping.  And throughout these few minutes, the app shares fun facts to keep you entertained.  

The perfect @prefresh shirt to wear before consuming tons of movie candy on family movie night.  #sponsored http://ooh.li/1863c9b #perfectpop #goodbyeburnedpopcorn  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSO FUN!  I had to pop bags for both boys because they each wanted a turn with the app.  

The Perfect Pop App from Pop Secret pops the perfect bag every time! #sponsored http://ooh.li/1863c9b #PerfectPop #GoodbyeBurnedPopcorn  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com While the kids had their eyes on the popcorn, I worked on putting the rest of the treats together for our family movie night.  Usually they are all up in my business about when we can start the movie, but this brilliant app bought me the few minutes I needed to get everything ready. 

Family movie night is the easiest way to spend quality time together as a family!  But there HAS to be popcorn.  #sponsored http://ooh.li/1863c9b #perfectpop #goodbyeburnedpopcorn  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe picked Hotel Transylvania.  Because it’s awesome.  

Make sure you buy everyone's favorite candy for family movie night!  For the healthy eaters, I provide sweet cherry tomatoes!  They aren't quite candy but they are a great substitute when you are trying to be good! #sponsored http://ooh.li/1863c9b #perfectpop #goodbyeburnedpopcorn  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe never skip popcorn on movie nights.  But we do let the kids pick out their favorite movie candy too.  Since I’m trying to be healthy, I got the 94% Fat Free Pop Secret variety and then set out sweet cherry tomatoes instead of candy.  They have really helped with my sweet tooth!  And I noticed the kids grabbed for them too.  And not by accident.  Although they were watching the movie so intently I probably could have swapped out most of the candy for vegetables and they may not have noticed.  Maybe I’ll try that next time.  Have you tried the app?  Let me know if you do!  You’ll totally say #goodbyeburnedpopcorn!

*This post is sponsored by Pop Secret but all opinions are my own.  And I love this app.  And micro poco.