As most will know Mr B works away Monday to Friday (sometimes even Saturday), meaning Riley and I see very little of him, so making time for each other as well as having ‘quality’ time together as a family at the weekends is very important. After a busy week at work for Mr B and a stressful week at home for me with a poorly boy, by the time Saturday came round we were both too exhausted to contemplate anything adventurous and didn’t want to drag Riley out when he was under the weather so decided that a chilled out ‘film night’ was in order.
We popped to Tesco which is our nearest supermarket and headed straight for the DVD aisle. They had some great offers on and there was a huge range of kids DVD’s to choose from, from as little as £3. Riley had no hesitation in choosing ‘A Turtle’s Tale’ and insisted on carrying it around the entire supermarket.
With the DVD firmly chosen we moved on to nibbles and drink – and as a pregnant mama, any excuse to divulge in some fizzy pop or junk food is perfectly acceptable by me. Neither myself or Mr B drink tea or coffee and with Baby Bee baking nicely in my tummy alcohol is definitely off the menu, so Coca Cola is a firm favourite in our house. Although the 2ltr bottles we wanted weren’t on offer, the 24-packs of cans were half price and the 8-packs of cans were on a BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) so we took advantage of the BOGOF and got some bottles of Cherry Coke too.
I love Coca Cola’s latest ‘Share A Coke’ marketing campaign in which they’ve replaced their iconic logo on some of their bottles with 150 of Great Britain’s most popular names, so we can share a coke with our friends, family and loved ones. Unfortunately Vikki doesn’t appear on any of them, nor does Riley or Mr B’s name but we did grab some 2 ltr bottles with ‘friends’ and ‘family’ written on them to give our film night a more personal feel. You can find out more about their campaign here.
For nibbles we chose some toffee popcorn, sensations crisps, nuts, nachos, cocktail sausages, fried chicken straws and sausage rolls. We avoided the sweets and confectionery aisle (much to my disappointment) as we wanted to stick to snacks that we could all enjoy and in my eyes, Riley’s still far too young to be eating sweets.
When we arrived back home from the supermarket, Daddy unpacked the shopping and got everything ready whilst i bathed Riley and got him changed for bed. Then we all cosied up in the living room to watch the film and although Riley was unwell, it was so lovely to see him sat up enjoying his plate of food looking proud as punch as he was eating exactly the same as us.
It made a really nice change for us all to be sat down together enjoying a film, rather than the usual at that time of evening where Riley’s watching In The Night Garden before bed, Daddy’s playing on his phone and Mummy’s working on the laptop. Too often these days we get distracted by technology so it was lovely to spend some real quality time together as a family with no distractions. Riley giggled throughout the film, as did we and it’s definitely something we will be doing more often from now on.
For more photos from our ‘Family Film Night With Coca Cola’ check out my Google + album here.
How do you spend quality time together? Do you enjoy ‘Film Nights’ together as a family?
Love Vikki xxx