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Simple End of School Celebration

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This simple end of school celebration is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of summer! Pizza, popcorn, and popsicles – what could be better?

Simple End of School Celebration

I have a love-hate relationship with the end of school. I’m always really excited for summer days, lazier schedules, and spending our time splashing in the pool, but I sometimes dread the lack of routine. Plus, when it’s all on me to entertain two crazy kiddos all day long, things get a little nuts around here. It doesn’t help that I have a reputation with my kids as being the worst end of school mom ever. When my oldest was  in kindergarten, I completely blanked that the last day of school was a short day, and totally forgot to pick up my daughter. 30 minutes later, the office called me to ask when I was coming, and I arrived shortly after to find my daughter sobbing and saying that I had ruined kindergarten for her. Yikes! This year my oldest is finishing third grade and my youngest is finishing pre-K, so I decided a simple end of school celebration was in order.

School Celebration for the End of School

I put together three of their favorite things (pizza, popcorn, and popsicles) and we had a fun family movie night to celebrate!

Simple End of School Celebration

My kids are always thrilled when I let them make their own pizzas, even though they are totally boring and only like cheese and pepperoni. To speed things up, we used whole wheat tortillas for the crust, and they were a hit! The kids took their pizza making responsibility very seriously.

Simple End of School Celebration

I love those little hands reaching into the cheese!

Simple End of School Celebration

And… the finished products! We baked them for about ten minutes, until the cheese was melted and bubbly, and let them cool for about five minutes before slicing. The girls loved them, and I loved that they were quick and easy, plus relatively healthy (as pizza goes)!

Simple End of School Celebration

Easy Tortilla Pizza

INGREDIENTS (FOR EACH PIZZA): 

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8-10 slices turkey pepperoni (or other toppings of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce over the tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese and top with pepperoni.
  3. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling.

Simple End of School Celebration

After our pizza dinner, we had some delicious Weight Watchers® frozen treats for dessert. My kids call them popsicles (mostly because they’re on sticks), but they’re actually creamy, smooth ice cream bars. They’re only 60 calories per bar and 3 SmartPoints™, plus they have no artificial sweeteners. Best of all, they taste great!

How to Throw a Simple End of School Celebration

I like that they’re a smarter alternative to full fat ice cream, but they taste delicious and satisfy my sweet tooth. Weight Watchers ice cream bars are available at Albertsons stores in the Phoenix area.

Simple End of School Celebration

The kids liked them too! Their favorite is the dark chocolate raspberry flavor, and my husband and I both really like the dark chocolate mint. The dark chocolate complements both flavors really well. These are definitely one of our favorite summer treats!

Simple End of School Celebration

Finally, I made some churro popcorn for munching during our movie night. I have to say, this is some of the very best popcorn I’ve ever had! It’s sweet and cinnamony and perfect for snacking!

Simple End of School Celebration

Churro Popcorn

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil and set aside.
  2. In a stovetop popcorn popper, combine the popcorn kernels, coconut oil, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Place the popper over medium heat.
  3. Close the lid and cook, agitating constantly, until the kernels start to pop. Continue to agitate until the popping starts to slow to a few seconds between pops.
  4. Pour the popcorn out onto the prepared baking sheet and use a spatula to spread it apart and break up any large clusters. Sprinkle with salt. Let cool before eating.

My girls gobbled it up while giggling at the movie they had chosen, and it was the perfect way to end our simple end of school celebration. I think I have now redeemed myself as the cool end of school mom. 🙂

Simple End of School Celebration

GIVEAWAY

Celebrating with my kids made me super excited for summer fun to come! I pulled together a few of my favorite things that make summer much more fun and enjoyable. I call it my summer survival kit, and it contains:

  • a sun hat for blocking some rays
  • adorable polka dot sunglasses
  • natural mineral sun screen
  • extra moisturizing body lotion
  • a scented soy candle to keep the house smelling summery and fresh
  • two bottles of lovely shimmery nail polish
  • lip balm
  • a Weight Watchers ice cream tumbler
  • a Weight Watchers ice cream tote
  • coupons or a gift card for purchasing Weight Watchers frozen treats

Simple End of School Celebration

For a chance to win my summer survival kit, leave a comment below telling me what you are looking forward to about summer or details on your family’s last day of school celebration!

Giveaway ends Friday, June 24 at 11:59 p.m., EST

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Weight Watchers Ice Cream. All opinions are my own.

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