final days of summer: mother-daughter Netflix Nights

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With my oldest entering middle school in a week, I’m painfully aware that my first baby is growing up, like super fast. I’m also painfully aware that summer is coming to an end and soon our schedules will be jam-packed. School work, cheer practices, field trips and ninja training will soon fill our days. We’re savoring these final free-to-be-me days with last minute plans and lazy, lounging Netflix Nights. We are gearing up for the return of one of our favorite shows, Spirit Riding Free, returning on August 17th! See how we make Netflix Nights memorable at our house:

mother-daughter Netflix Nights essentials

comfy surroundings

Couches, beds, floor cushions: these are all fair game for Netflix Nights. It’s still raging hot here in the desert, so we usually pick whichever room is coolest, pack it full of pillows, cushions and poufs and hit play. Netflix Nights are also all about comfortable loungewear, nothing fancy allowed!


No Netflix Night is ready to begin without an array of snacks. We’re talking about moms and their tween girls today so I’m sharing our personal favorites – a more sophisticated snack tray of macarons, pirouettes, mango licorice and (duh) plenty of popcorn! Fizzy waters and sodas are also a must.

a popcorn mix

Netflix Night needs a starring snack attraction. We eat a lot of popcorn in this house and always like to mix it up. I often make popcorn balls and popcorn mixes for our movie and Netflix nights because, let’s face it, they are easy to make! One of our favorites is Cashew Butter Coconut Popcorn. This is simply freshly popped popcorn tossed with four flavorful ingredients and a sprinkling of toasted coconut flakes. It is nutty, sweet, salty and perfect for any Netflix Night with the kids. Recipe below!

a fun vibe and full attention

It is so hard for me to unplug and just be in the moment when we are at home. I admit it. We adventure and camp outdoors often, where I can so easily let go of work and internet life, but at home… :/ it is a struggle. Maybe it is because I work from home or maybe it is just a struggle for all moms in 2018. SO many emails to answer, texts to respond to, bills to pay, deadlines to meet… and this is why I love the structure of “Netflix Night” or “game night” or anything that is scheduled. It feels easier to let go of adult life and just be mom when there is a solid plan.

So let those fancy pillows fly!

Do you guys love Spirit Riding Free on Netflix? Savannah and I watch it together so we’re excited for new season 6 to be released on August 17th. I foresee a few binge sessions in our near future. If you’re not familiar with the show, it is set during the 19th century in the small town of Miradero, Texas. 12 year old, Lucky, encounters a wild kiger mustang named Spirit. Naturally, they bond and together (along with Lucky’s friends and their horses) they embark on all kinds of fun adventures across the land.

It is a really wonderful, wholesome and adorable show that is great for young girls. Lucky is a positive role model as she is courageous and kind while staying true to herself. She’s a free “spirit” if you will… Overall, your kiddos will get a lot of positive messages from the show – so catch up on past seasons fast.

Check out these awesome printable Spirit Riding Free activities!

No doubt, many memories have been made over the years with families seated together watching movies and TV. It is a great place to come together, snuggle up and shed some tears or share lots of laughs. Popcorn is essential and we reach for Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn, the best way to celebrate life’s simple joys with friends and family.

You can now find Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn at Walmart in a 12 ct. Family Size – perfect for your next few family movie nights! Find all five flavors from “Movie Butter” to “Kettle Corn”!

Interested in making our family favorite – Cashew Coconut Butter Popcorn? Find the recipe below.

Cashew Coconut Butter Popcorn

  • One bag Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn, popped
  • 1 Tbl vegan butter
  • 2 Tbl cashew butter
  • 1 TBl coconut butter
  • coconut sugar, to taste
  • toasted coconut flakes
  1. Over medium-low heat, melt butter, cashew butter and coconut butter. Stir to blend. Add coconut sugar to taste.
  2. Pour the mixture over the popcorn, tossing as you go. Toss in coconut flakes. Serve and enjoy!


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