Spirit Riding Free Party Favors: Mother Daughter Fun

These cute Spirit Riding Free Party Favors are perfect for a viewing party. Also for centerpieces and pencil cups for back to school #Pop4Spirit #Pmedia #ad

Spirit Riding Free Party Favors

I’ll always remember the first time my little girl rode a horse.

It was actually at a local fair, and then she rode again at a somewhat local farm in the Berkshires. It was three years ago this summer that my parents got a pony to join the horse and mule on their horse farm. Then it became a regular part of her life. It’s funny how when you grow up with horses and ponies, maybe you don’t wish for horses and ponies the way other little girls do – because you already have them. I will say that maybe you wish for more free time to just ride with the wind!

Spirit Riding Free Party

Scarlet is nine now, and no less in love with all things equine. She is my kid, after all. You know what else we both love? POPCORN! Yes, that gets all caps. We are the biggest popcorn lovers EVER. She just spent her summer having the most rigorous camp schedule we’ve ever had! Five weeks of regular camp, one week of theater camp, and one week of science camp. Followed by an overnight stay at a lake house with her best friend and, well, I just miss my kid! Fourth grade will be here before we know it – NEXT WEEK – so right now we’re going to have a fun mother/daughter party with a few friends/daughters. And it’s all because season 6 of “Spirit Riding Free” came out on Netflix on August 17th!

Spirit Riding Free party favors

“Spirit Riding Free” is set during the 19th century in the small town of Miradero, Texas, and is about a 12-year-old girl named Lucky. Lucky recently recently relocated from the city, and encounters a wild kiger mustang named Spirit. They bond and embark on everyday adventures across the land. There are other girls and horses to love, and wranglers not to love. It’s the perfect movie for this horse-loving mother and daughter duo, and we made something pretty special to share with friends. And we’re sharing it so that you can make it too! Our popcorn jars can also be used as pencil cups or centerpieces.

Spirit Riding Free party favors

Spirit Riding Free Party Favors:

What You Need:

3 wide mouth, pint size (16 oz) mason jars
33″ long x 2-1/2″ wide burlap ribbon
3 colorful bandanas (22″ x 22″)
scissors
ruler or tape measure
hot glue and hot glue gun
popcorn

Spirit Riding Free party favors - What You Need

What You Do:

1 – Cut 3 pieces of burlap ribbon 11″ in length. Secure to the jar with hot glue.

2 – Cut one bandana 5″ wide. Your finished piece will be 5″ x 22″. Fold in half, lengthwise and gently crease. Open and fold the long outer edges into the center. Fold the bandana in half. This will hide your cut/unfinished edge of the bandana. Wrap around the jar and tie in a knot. Trim the ends to even them up and shorten them. Repeat with the remaining bandanas and jars.

3 – Fill with popcorn!

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Spirit Riding Free Party

Make these cute Spirit Riding Free party favors for a horse-themed party. Also for centerpieces and pencil cups for back to school! #Pop4Spirit #Pmedia #ad

We love Pop Secret!

Pop Secret is a delicious, high-quality snack that we can feel good about sharing with family and friends. It has an unbeatable taste with better ingredients and inventive flavors. Also, it’s about FUN! We love to celebrate life’s simple joys together with that great butter taste. That’s why Pop Secret is perfect for filling up our Spirit Riding Free party favors!

These cute Spirit Riding Free Party Favors are perfect for a viewing party. Also for centerpieces and pencil cups for back to school #Pop4Spirit #Pmedia #ad

These cute Spirit Riding Free Party Favors are perfect for a viewing party. Also for centerpieces and pencil cups for back to school #Pop4Spirit #Pmedia #ad

With school starting so soon, I wanted to create something special for Scarlet and me, and our mom and daughter friends too. And with “Spirit Riding Free” on Netflix August 17th, we have so much to celebrate! Back to school and a viewing party!

We get our Pop Secret at Walmart. In fact, we always know the exact aisle to visit, as the popcorn is near the end of the aisle. Having your own “Spirit Riding Free Party” with popcorn? Here are some amazing activities for your party here.

And there’s more!

Also, check out this “Spirit Riding Free” YouTube channel from Dreamworks TV!

Spirit Riding Free Party

These cute Spirit Riding Free Party Favors are perfect for a viewing party. Also for centerpieces and pencil cups for back to school #Pop4Spirit #Pmedia #ad

These cute Spirit Riding Free Party Favors are perfect for a viewing party. Also for centerpieces and pencil cups for back to school #Pop4Spirit #Pmedia #ad

Can you think of a fun back to school occasion to make these Spirit Riding Free Party Favors?

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Snyder’s-Lance Inc, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Pop4Spirit  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I Recognized the Walls That I Once Made

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's topic is 10 things I worry about - the walls I made.

There are two things I’ve been told about my Japanese.

1 – That my American accent is cute. (High school Japanese teacher)

2 – That I speak with deep emotion in Japanese, and I’m so incredibly expressive, so what on earth must I be like in English? (College Japanese language and culture instructor who probably doesn’t really want to know the answer to that question)

The thing is, I get the most nervous for photo shoots, blog posts, exams, finals, quizzes, and the like, when it’s so much in my wheelhouse that it’s almost not. It’s like it’s so me that it becomes not me because I worry. I worry that it’s so deeply embedded in everything I’m meant to be and do and that somehow I’ll drop the ball on it. I’ll stop running with ease on that hamster wheel. What if I give 98% instead of 100%? I got nervous to do my oral Japanese exams, and it wasn’t because I was afraid to stand up in front of 50 people and tell personal stories in Japanese, although it was that too. It’s because I was so afraid you’d never know just how much I know and feel and think and can do. And how will you know unless I tell you?

In Japanese and in English.

Imagine if people paid me to photograph moose, taste test ice cream, or photograph weddings overlooking goats. Oh wait..

There’s no money or ice cream or goats involved in this week’s Finish the Sentence Friday post, but I have that feeling. Of something being too much in my wheelhouse. The topic is “10 things I worry about,” and honey, my worries have worries. I’m a worrier, worry wart, worry pants. Except when I’m not. It seems embedded in my DNA, though, to always crop up in life. I try to manage worries and anxieties (not the same but not different) in the face of a world that is already worrisome.

It is. School shootings. Dangerous politicians. Climate change and cancer. School bus bombings and road rage and crashes. It’s like when I tell people I have a vomit phobia. No one LIKES to vomit (right?) but a dislike or fear is not a consuming phobia. A rapid heart rate, irrational phobia. Managing worries in an already worrisome world. 10 things I worry about:

1 – I worry that I won’t be able to write this the way it should be written – unequivocally me. When someone compliments my writing or photos, I worry I’ll never be able to produce again. When no one compliments me, I worry that I’ve lost it.

And if it’s not 100% the one time, what if it never is again? Just gone. Forever.

2 – Speaking of which, I worry that I’m fading away, day by day. A disappearing act. Losing relevancy. Losing everything.

3 – I worry I don’t know how to adult and I never will. I know people make memes and jokes about not being able to “adult today” but what if it’s real? What if i can’t? I’m prone to chaos and frustration. I overwhelm and distract, and I’m overwhelmed and distracted. Sometimes I can’t do the simplest tasks. And sometimes I move mountains and worlds.

There is no in-between and I worry about that too.

4 – I worry about changing tides and hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. I worry about tsunamis and flooded towns and the natural disasters getting worse – while we can’t keep up – scrambling on two legs that will never outrun the change.

5 – How I worry you’ll never see charming, solid, funny, relevant, strong, me. That there’s a pale imitation left in her place.

6 – I worry that I’ll feel so much that I’ll literally die of it, or maybe I’ll never feel enough and I’ll die of that instead. I worry about compartmentalizing grief and love and loss and I worry about inner aneurysms and land mines and bombs.

“Had to stop in my tracks for fear of walking on the mines I’d laid.”

7 – And, I worry when I have too much work and I worry when I don’t have too much work.

8 – I worry that I’m not the mom I could and should be.

9 – I always worry about death. Heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, planes, trains and automobiles. Is this freckle changing shape? What if the pain is here to stay? What if I’m right? I worry that I have no future at all. Just, nothingness.

10 – I worry that maybe I’m wrong and the future is so big and so bright but I’ll never even see it. Never even realize it.

You know what else? I worry this isn’t beautiful or positive or cleaned up with a shiny bow. I worry about how much I left out – like about having panic attacks while driving, losing everything in one night, and never becoming what I could be.

And, oh, what I could do and be without all this worry.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “10 things I worry about.” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What will you say??

Does it get better than this song?