Cars 3 Popcorn, Cars 3 Everything!

I have to tell you that over the weekend, I found myself discussing heady Cars 1, Cars 2, and Cars 3 plot points with four grown men at four separate times. Attractive men, too! I also have to tell you that I have the Disney Pixar Cars bug.

I have a serious case here! I have a bad case of loving youuuuu, Cars!

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules

So we threw Des a movie theater birthday party. I have a distinct memory of my little brother’s Back to the Future III movie theater birthday party, which is how I knew they were a thing. Here’s the thing about the thing, though. My little brother’s friends were awful. They were older too, and clearly raised in a barn although I did say I was going to marry at least once of them, but I said that during our teen years, and he turned out great. Although we didn’t get married. That said, that was my only frame of reference and I still thought this was a great idea! (it was) We invited preschoolers and a few older siblings.

Cars 3

We did NOT invite my little brother and his friends, although they’re all adults now and probably don’t yell at adults and throw popcorn at perfect strangers? And maybe they’re now smart enough to understand Back to the Future III plot points?

A girl can dream.

This party was not cost-effective, and it was not simple, but it could have been. We tend to overdo everything in spectacular fashion. The plan was simple. We held the party about an hour or so before the first showing of Cars 3. Instead of renting out the whole theater, we rented out a party room and gave a rough head count. On the morning of the party, we gave a firm headcount once all the guests were there. Since we had them come at 9:30 in the morning, we served breakfast. Since it’s hard to serve breakfast to a bunch of people and keep it warm, we had the party breakfast-catered. I ordered the cake at Big Y and then BOOM. Instant party. It was SUCH fun. Pure insanity and giggles and laughter before the movie.

Mostly hushed and stunned silence for the movie. I smiled the WHOLE time.

(This photo is deceiving because it makes it look like there weren’t a lot of us, but there were!)

We don’t need to talk about the tears in my eyes for how Des wanted to sit in between Cassidy and me. We don’t need to talk about my complete heartbreak over anything concerning Doc Hudson’s character, as well as my own hopes and dreams for my own kids and for my own life. Plus, the future of society or something. Cars 3 felt like the first Cars. Same universe. Same atmosphere. It’s like when Star Wars created the more recent movies after the debacles of Episodes I, II, and III. All you can do is give it a virtual hug and say, “You. It’s you. You’re back.” Even though I saw the first one.. a month ago.

When I know what I’m talking about, I know what I’m talking about. It’s simple. Like this recipe:

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules


Almond Bark or White Chocolate
Yellow & Red Food Coloring
Mini Oreos


After gathering all of your ingredients, first melt the marshmallows and butter together. Use 1 tbsp of butter for each 1 cup of marshmallows you use. (this will vary depending on how much popcorn you make)

Once your marshmallow and butter mixture has melted, pour over your popcorn and stir until popcorn is evenly coated.
Lay your popcorn out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

Add M&M’s and sprinkles while your popcorn is still wet. Mix the candy and sprinkles into your popcorn.

Take apart your mini Oreos carefully so that the cream stays on one side. Use a straw to take the cream from the center of the Oreo to create a white wall tire. Add to your popcorn.

Melt your almond bark or white chocolate on the stove on low heat.

Separate the almond bark or white chocolate into two pans. Using food coloring, dye one pan red and one pan yellow. If the almond bark or white chocolate seizes up, add a tbsp of vegetable shortening to thin it down.

Drizzle the melted almond bark or white chocolate across your popcorn and enjoy!

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules


5 Ways We Plan to Get Messy This Summer: Offer & Giveaway

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G. all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Looking for fun summer plans? If you buy $20 worth of any participating P&G products at BigY, you'll get two free movie tickets by mail! #ad #pgsummermovies

Looking for fun summer plans? How about movies and messes?

I don’t know about you, but summer makes me sing – in all its entirety. I love it all, and I even embrace the messes. They’re part of the territory! Think ice cream stains on your t-shirts, grass stains on your knees, and the endless remnants of sunscreen, bug spray, and anti-itch spray. There’s dirt, sand, corn on the cob, and cotton candy dripping down your chin.


Take a deep breath, because Big Y and P&G have you covered.

This summer, you’ll get rewarded for purchases you’re already making – and probably need to make! Big Y has partnered with Procter & Gamble for a great offer! Not only that, stay tuned to the end of this post where there’s a giveaway for a P&G Products Prize Pack. From 6/15 – 6/21, if you buy $20 worth of any participating Procter & Gamble products in one transaction, you’ll receive two Fandango movie tickets by mail! That’s pretty much awesome. We could ALL use movie tickets this summer – especially for those inevitable rainy days, or downtime days, or date nights or kid birthdays.

It’s pretty much my favorite thing. You can upload your receipts to!

Here are 5 ways we plan on getting messy this summer, and then the P&G products we’ll need after:

1 – Beach house, baby!

Beaches are always worth the extra trouble it takes to get there. Think sunscreen, sand, beachside picnics, ice cream trucks, and all kinds of fun! Plan to have at least one family beach day (pool, lake, ocean, river), or at least once a week!


2 – Hang out with animals!

Whether it’s the petting zoo or larger zoo, or local farm, or friend’s house – go where the animals are. In our family, we don’t have to go too far. We have 11 chickens here, and my mom’s farm has a dog, a cat, a mule and a friendly, cute pony!

3 – Nature walks.

Whether you’re looking for bugs or plants, berries or birds, or in our case – MOOSE – make sure you pack binoculars, a camera, a notebook, and a field guide or trail map. You never know what you’ll find, except you know you’ll find dirt!

4- ULTIMATE road trips.

And I mean ultimate. You may be thinking – how can we get so messy on a road trip? How, indeed. It happens, though! It’s eating in the car. It’s sea and sand and dirt. It’s taking home a suitcase full of dirty clothes. It’s salt water taffy on the boardwalk, or mud cakes from the mountains. Whatever it is – my kids will find the mess! Somehow, I will too.


5 – Being homebodies.

Of course, this may be the messiest way to summer of them all. Think bubbles and chalk. Squirt gun painting, and runs through the sprinkler with muddy grass all up and down our legs. Think shaving cream car wash, arts and crafts, ant farms, juicy strawberry picking, and time in the sandbox. Whatever we do at home, no doubt I’ll need to go to Big Y to get my P&G products immediately! They have a wide variety of the P&G products you already know and love.


We feel lucky because we live in between two Big Y locations – one in Northampton, and one in Southampton. There’s also a Hadley one that is super close to Cinemark – where you can use the Fandango movie tickets you’ll get after buying the products! Look for participating products – and chances are – you already use many of them. I know I do!

I went to Big Y last night to stock up for some upcoming special occasions, in which I’ll surely need these products. We have Des’ birthday party on Saturday, and his preschool graduation next week. We’ll be having house guests for two nights, and one is a baby! I can’t wait to see my nephew and celebrate summer and see some awesome movies with my tickets.

Here’s some of what I got in preparation:

How will you use your movie tickets? Cassidy is the ultimate king of summer blockbusters so I plan to use movie tickets for a date night/Father’s day gift. There are so many movies we want to see, and there will surely be chances to use tickets.

Don’t forget – you can submit your receipts at!!

Giveaway time!

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Get messy! It’s ok!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G. The opinions and text are all mine.