Halloween movie night

A few weeks ago, my husband and I did something we hadn't done in a long time. We attempted to watch a movie after the kids were asleep. We had gotten some popcorn courtesy of Raley's Something Extra Try-It program and my husband found out I had never seen Top Gun. So we popped some corn and started the movie. We got about 1/2 way through it - and both opted for bed. Its amazing how cheesy movies we loved growing up seem now.

Anyways, I'm hoping to try it again this week. This time with a Halloween theme. We'll be using the Raley's kettle corn to make this yummy Pumpkin Pie Popcorn. I did a post about movies free on Amazon Prime last Halloween, but it seems some things have changed! 

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We bought "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" last year so that might be the movie of choice this time. 

And I'm thinking we'll be drinking hot buttered rum. Because its my favorite hot drink -- and I've been pregnant the last 2 winters (OMG) -- and haven't had one in AGES.

So I've put together a new Pinterest board just for movie nights. If you're interested follow along. I'm loving the popcorn recipes out there. I can't wait till the kiddos are old enough for movie nights too.

MPM: Week of Oct 27

I can't believe its Halloween week. My daughter is 18 months old and my baby boy will be 3 months this week. Time is flying. Last week we had some great recipes - including the eggplant rounds - which I am hoping to do a separate post on this week - so stay tuned. We didn't do the salmon - so its relisted this week.

Here is the plan:

Monday: freezer meal
Thursday: Boo at the Zoo
Friday: Halloween party {we're bringing appetizers} 
Saturday: baked potato soup {slow cooker}
Sunday: with family

There is my plan. More menus at Orgjunkie - of course!

Support the fight. #Pinktober

We have been touched closely by breast cancer this month in my family. My sister-in-law was diagnosed and will be starting chemo soon. I've done posts in the past about things you can purchase to raise funds (and awareness) for breast cancer research - but I thought this was a good time to do a new post.

Tory Burch Coin Purse (20% to BCRF) Silpada Bravery Necklace ($10 to Living Beyond Breast Cancer) Passion Classic Candle - Nest Fragrances (10% to BCRF) Women's Mailsail Flip Flops (10% of sales goes to Play for P.I.N.K. and BCRF) 2013 OneHope California Chardonnay (Half of profits go to Fight Against Breast Cancer) Gaiam Pink Ribbon Yoga Mat ($1 will go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer for each mat sold) Neff unisex beanie (20% donated to Keep a Breast)

My sister-in-law sells Silpada and they also have a Bravery bracelet which I have. My husband wanted something to show support too - so I bought him the Neff beanie.  Anyways, I encourage you all to find a way to support this cause this month and all year long.

My prayers and good thoughts go out to everyone touched by cancer.

MPM: Week of Oct 20

Last week we pretty well stuck to the plan. Which was great. Some notes from last weeks plan - the dragon noodles were good - but SUPER spicy. I like my food hot... but my husband said it could have been toned down a little bit.

This week I only have a few nights I really need to plan for so it should be easy to stick to as well.

Monday: crispy eggplant rounds (and a salad)
Tuesday: with family
Wednesday: with family
Thursday: sweet and spicy sriracha baked salmon
Friday: Pizza night
Saturday: baked spaghetti (make an extra freezer meal for delivery to friends who just had a baby.)
Sunday: one of our freezer meals

More menu plans for your inspiration over at org junkie.

Children's books for Fall

We are a book loving family, to say the least. Lucille loves the library and flipping through books. You should see our bookshelves. They are packed. I try and weed through them sometimes and pull out stuff to donate... but they always seem full.

So when I found a vintage halloween theme book called "Gus and the baby ghost" I had to get it. Of course, I have to get Lucille something too... so I ordered her "Ghosts in the House" a cute book about a witch who lives in a house with ghosts.

Here are those two - plus a few others I've found that make great reads for Halloween and Fall.


Gus and the Baby Ghost - Ghosts in the House - One Spooky Night - Six Creepy Sheep
5 Little Pumpkins - We're Going on a Leaf Hunt - Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin - I Love Fall
Apples and Pumpkins - The First Thanksgiving - One, Two ... Boo! - I Love You, Little Pumpkin


Some of these you can get for a great price on Amazon right now - and you can of course check them out from the library too.

P.S. All the links are Amazon Affiliate links.

New Ross! And another giveaway!

 I'm excited to announce that the Sacramento area got a new Ross store up in Rocklin - and that Ross has asked me to do another giveaway for a $25 Ross Gift Card! The sent me a $25 gift card as well - and the kiddos and I headed out to Rocklin to check out the new store on its grand opening, Oct. 11. The store is in the Rocklin Commons shopping center off of Sierra College Blvd. Nice and easy to find. They gave Lucille a balloon - which kept her entertained while we were shopping. Luckily, Gus just slept in the carrier.

Anyways, its a nice, clean store in a great area - with the selection I've come to expect from Ross. You can see what we purchased below. A few fall items for me... (I've been wanting a red puffy vest for over a year now) and some stuff for the kiddos too. I really do love the prices .. it makes it easy to shop even when you're on a budget.


So here are the details about the giveaway. You must live in the greater Sacramento / Roseville / Rocklin area ... this includes Lincoln, Davis, Folsom and Elk Grove. You just enter below - everyone gets one freebie entry and you can get more by following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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MPM: Week of Oct. 13

I've been saying this for a few weeks, but I'd really like to stick to a plan this week. We keep getting off -- but I'm giving it a try again. Another quick and short post this week.


Monday: dragon noodles (didn't make them last week)
Wednesday: mole chicken enchiladas with pecans
Thursday: my mom's birthday
Friday: pizza
Saturday: lentil soup with dutch crunch bread
Sunday: parmesan honey pork roast (slow cooker)

That pork roast recipe sounds amazing - if I actually make it this week, I'll let you know how it turns out. More recipes over at org junkie of course.