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Having two small children.. one of whom is permanently attached to my chest means we don’t get to do “date nights” at the cinema right now. I do miss these nights as films are our thing. We love watching films together. For Christmas I bought my OH a projector and screen so that we could have our own at home cinema nights. With this shoppertunity from Collective bias what better time to have a movie night in.. maybe with some popcorn, pizza, Coca Cola (caffeine free for me ;-)) and a good rom com.
Perhaps the rom com was wishful thinking…my OH is not a fan.
Anyway… When life is chaotic as it definitely is for us right now the way to ensure you get some quality time as a couple is in the preparation.
Step 1: Buying the goodies..
Taking two small ones to the shop can be a bit of a faff so first up make sure the store you visit – Tesco for us – has a double trolley. We use the ones with a lay down cradle type for Chloe and a big girls seat for Izzy. Surely making life easier 😉
We buy some Coca Cola..
Vanilla for him:
Caffeine free for me:
Chloe seems to have a caffeine sensitivity so I’ve completely cut it out while I’m breastfeeding.. I’m missing my Cherry Coke!
We also bought ingredients to make salted caramel popcorn, chocolate and pizzas..essentials for movie nights!
Step 2… Tiring the little ones out so we get a peaceful evening.
We head to the local river for a walk and some fresh air. Izzy runs around and Chloe sleeps in her pram – so much for tiring her out!
Step 3.. Making the snacks…
Back at home Izzy helps me to make the popcorn and we let her have a little bit to try along with some pizza and then we get her ready for bed.
If you fancy making the popcorn here is what you need:
A microwaveable pack of butter or salted popcorn
A jar of homemade or storebought salted caramel sauce – try this recipe
Make your popcorn following packet instructions then leave it in the bag while you microwave 3-4 tbsp of caramel sauce for approx 20 seconds.
Mix the popcorn with the sauce until coated evenly. Divine.
My OH sets up the projector while I organise the snacks and feed Chloe in the hope she may sleep during the film.
It’s been a while since we took the time to concentrate on just being a couple again and it was almost as good as being in the cinema.. Plus I got to wear my comfy lounging clothes AND make a cup of tea halfway through … I’m getting old!