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Family Movie Night: Big Hero 6

Are you looking for a fun movie night for some much needed family time? We recently watched Big Hero 6 and the kids loved it. It can be difficult to pick a movie that appeals to everyone. But Disney did great with this movie. It has a great family dynamic amongst the main characters, it offers incredible laughs, and it has some pretty awesome special effects. It keeps you laughing, excited, worried, and touched up until the very end. What is also great is that it has a deeper meaning. Don’t give up, live up to your potential, and always remember your family is there for you. These are some pretty simple paradigms, but they mean a lot, in the movie, and in real life.

We live in such a fast paced world and our kids seem to grow up so much faster than before that it can be difficult to slow down and enjoy it all. We try to do family night at least once a week but there are weeks that it does not include everyone, either Dad has to work late, Mom has to work late, or someone has a game or practice.but we don’t let that’s stop us. We just plan an even better family night for the next week. We know that our time together is short but we don’t want to just let it pass by. So we take the time.

So why not try family night yourself this week? Spice it up with some fun. Rent or buy Big Hero 6 and you can try this fun popcorn mix. You will be glad you took the time.

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What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter M&Ms
  • 1 cup chocolate minis
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup Quaker Squares Cereal
  • 1 cup Muddy Buddies
  • Gourmet Black Marker

What You Will Do:

1. Draw Baymax face on mini marshmallows.

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Healthy Alternative: Baked Mac n’ Cheese

We all love it. It is rich, cheesy, gooey, and just delicious¾Mac n’ Cheese. But some of us Moms have a tendency to rely upon those horrible pre-made packages when we are in a rush, and let’s face it sometimes we aren’t and we just don’t know or care enough to find a better way to make it, so we cheat a little. But cheating will add up in the long run, ever heard you are what you eat? Do we all want to become cheesy gooey messes? Of course not. We need a better choice once in a while, and today is the perfect day to learn a new way.

By simply incorporating some new ingredients and unique flavors into your Mac n’ Cheese you can create that amazing gooey taste while maintaining a healthier meal for you and your family. Plus, your kids will actually enjoy eating it!


  • 1/2 Pound Whole Wheat Elbow Macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or Sea Salt
  • Fresh black pepper



  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

2. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

3. Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese, season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

4. Melt the butter in a sauté pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Now you and your family can enjoy a new family favorite that will fill you up and still be good for you. It is a simple recipe that will make it look like you are a master chef. So go ahead and share the recipe with your friends and wow them with your kitchen savvy knowledge!