Summer Movies Pt.1

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My Summer Movie List Pt. 1

Let’s admit it, during summer break movies are definitely a go to option to occupy the kids. I love movies. I want to get some av installation companies to come to our house and install an av system to make movies even more enjoyable. I could honestly binge watch movies/tv shows (without commercials) and YouTube an entire day if I didn’t have any plans or kids (LOL!). Presently, each one of my boys have different attention span thresholds, so having go-to movies readily available (and on queue) on Netflix are very important, at certain parts of the summer days.

Age Groups

Currently, my 8 year old has the attention span to concentrate without being disturbed watching tv, playing video games, and of course sitting through an entire movie or two. However, my 4 year old can barely sit through a 20-30min show (Unless it’s Paw Patrol or Octonauts). As a parent of young children (under 10), your children move with you, and always want your attention. They always want to interact with you, want your attention on them, and just want you to always be engaged on whatever they’re doing. Aside playing outside, biking, hiking, and crafting –movies are always a fall back to secure staple for family time. Here is the first edition to my favorite family movies. Great for all age groups, and especially for adults. These movies are a great mixture of both recently new released films as well as more than a decade or two old.

Netflix Family Favorites

Please enjoy my favorite summer movie list great for the entire family! These are personally my favorites, as well as some of my children’s. I’ll be sure to post Pt. 2 of my Summer Movies very soon!

  1. How To Train Your Dragon (PG, Fantasy/Drama, 2010)
  2. Jumanji (PG, Fantasy/Thriller, 1995)
  3. The Croods (PG, Fantasy/Adventure, 2013)
  4. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (PG, Action/Adventure, 1989)
  5. The Lorax (PG, Animation/Comedy, 2012)
  6. Matilda (PG, Fantasy/Comedy, 1996)
  7. A Monster In Paris (PG, Fantasy/Adventure, 2011)
  8. James And The Giant Peach (PG, Animation/Adventure, 1996)

What are your favorite family films? Comment below!!


DIY Mini Water Blobs

Summer trend: Kimono’s. No….But yes. It’s Water blobs!!! After surfing on Pinterest, following other mom bloggers, and my favorite YouTube vloggers, I’ve frequently been seeing these plastic water bed blobs everywhere. After doing research, reading other tutorials, and seeing it done on YouTube, I thought I should give it a shot.Water Blob

These mini water blobs were inspired off of Hello, Wonderful by momtributor: Agnes Hsu

The wonderful advantages of these mini water blobs are:

– easier to iron smaller blobs than one large one
– faster to fill up with water
– each kid gets to take their own water blob home


After a quick visit to WalMart, I was able to purchase everything I needed under $20. (That’s a $6 iron right there!)Materials

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Plastic Sheeting (Can be found at any hardware store.)

– Parchment Paper

– Food Coloring

– Scissors

– Duck Tape

– Iron

– Tiny Aquatic Toys (Sharks/Crabs/Fish)

I used leftover plastic fishies, which I had from a Mermaid Party last year.Cut


1.) First, you’ll need to cut the plastic sheeting. I unrolled the plastic and had my son (while watching Paw Patrol) lay right on top of the plastic.

2.) Give 4-5inch wiggle room, then cut.

3.) Unfold, then cut piece of plastic. Measure out how large you would like your water blob. (Go large if you’d like, but California is going through a drought at the moment, so going mini is perfect.)

Be sure you have two sheets that are already layered. I simply unfolded the piece out, but made sure two sheets were always layered above each other.


4.) Cut the large pieces to create 2 minis. Mine conveniently became two, which was perfect, for my two boys.

Cut as many as you need. This just ended up being the correct amount of pieces I needed. I plan to make more for the neighborhood kids, so my first initial cut will be a lot more longer. 

Parchment Paper

5.)  Next, pull out a generous amount of parchment paper (A little under 1 yard). Fold it in half long ways.

6.) With a ruler and sharpie; from the fold measure out 3-4 inches, and draw a line.

This will be your guide as you start ironing the plastic sheeting. The folded parchment paper will be your heat protecter from the iron to the plastic.

Paper Plastic

Here’s how the plastic sheeting and parchment paper should be positioned. The line will indicate the zone you’ll be ironing.

7.) Insert the plastic sheeting flush to the fold of the parchment paper.

8.) Next, pre-heat your iron. And start ironing within the designated area.

I measured out 2inches (but ended up ironing over the line just a little bit.) 

All depending on how large you created your plastic sheet pillow case, all depends on how much leeway you can give on the edges.


You’ll see once you iron over the parchment paper, let it set to dry a couple seconds after direct heat.

9.) Peel over the parchment paper, and reposition it over the next area of un-ironed plastic sheeting.

10.) Once you’ve iron majority of the plastic “pillow case,” leave an opening for your garden hose.


Iron Tasks

(Above Left) Is what the plastic sheeting should look like once it’s melted together.

(Below) Are two plastic sheeting “pillow cases,” ready to be filled with water.


Now, for the fun part!!! Once the actual blob ironed and ready, all the extra “frou frous,” should be on hand. This is when you can get your children involved because this can all be taken outside.


Here you’ll need:

– Duck Tape

(I purposely chose this aqua colored duck tape to compliment the whole aquatic color scheme of this craft.)

– Tiny Aquatic Toys (Sharks/Crabs/Fish)

I used leftover plastic fishies, which I had used for a Mermaid birthday party last year. I’m SO happy I did not toss them out!!!


At this point, everything is pretty self-explanatory. If you look at the above pictures.

– Fill up the plastic pillow case with water (DO NOT OVER FILL!) Just enough so there’s enough movement when your child is on it.

When waiting for the water to fill, instead of standing and waiting, place it over a chair!

(Walk, away, prepare a snack, or Instagram this cool craft to share with your friends!)

– Add food coloring. We decided on blue, for that fun water look.

– Add in aquatic toys.

– Use duck tape to seal the blob.

Have the duck tape already pre-cut and waiting, once the blob is filled. It’ll make it so much easier and efficient to complete!


And there you go! A water blob!!! This cool funky  mini water bed gave my son at least 2.5 hours of play! He jumped on it, relaxed on it, and also just sat on it playing with his cars!!!!

Once my older son came home from summer school, I made him do all the steps himself starting with filling it up.

He added the yellow/green food coloring.

(We’re big fans of blues and greens in our house!)


Have you made a water blob before?! Especially a large one? Let me know how that went!

Submit a comment tell me about, or any other cool fun summer crafts!!

Have a happy summer guys!!


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