Movie Date Night In With G.H. Cretors Popcorn!

by spiceaholic on June 4, 2017

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Once upon a time, when Mr. Spice and I were newly married and weren’t working crazy hours, we would go to see movies all the time! Pretty much every weekend we’d go out to dinner, see a movie, and then hang out in the Borders bookstore afterwards. (I miss Borders!!) Ahhhh, those were the days!

Fast-forward 13 years. Now we have a 21 month-old and though I’m not working crazy hours at a job right now, Mr. Spice is. Needless to say, there’s not a lot of free time anymore, let alone time for date nights.  I can count on one hand the times we’ve gone out on our own for a date night – part of that is our fault for not looking for a regular babysitter. Movie night now is curling up on the bed and watching one after our son has gone to bed. Nothing wrong with that!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a movie night at home, we’ve both been working on random projects at night, or else I’ve been too lazy and just wanted to catch up on tv or reading.  For some weird reason whenever we want to watch a movie, we can never remember what’s come out and then there’s always the issue of us not agreeing on a movie.

And then there’s this issue!

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I laughed and laughed when I saw this because it’s too true!

It must have been fate because recently the folks at G.H. Cretors reached out to me about reviewing a home movie night kit! They offered to send me two bags of G.H. Cretors popcorn, two Oscar-nominated movies (Arrival and Moonlight), as well as tissues and other goodies.  Perfect! Of course I said yes!

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Look at all these goodies! I claimed the cheese popcorn for myself but had to try some of the caramel corn from The Mix – it tasted just like that Karmelkorn stuff you used to get at the mall. I may have just dated myself, lol! And that throw was perfect for snuggling.  We decided to watch Arrival because of the sci-fi theme.  I loved it. Loved the music, loved the story. And those tissues sure did come in handy, good call on including those!

A couple fun facts:

  • G.H. Cretors’ history dates back to 1893, when Charles Cretor, confectioner and inventor, unveiled the first popcorn machine at the Chicago World’s Fair.
  • This “obsessively delicious” artisanal popcorn is popped in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients such as non-GMO popcorn and is gluten-free

After trying both flavors of the popcorn, I am now obsessed with trying some of the other flavors such as Organic Chile Jalapeno White Cheddar and Organic Dill Pickle. And I may have plans of mixing those two flavors, yum!!

Can’t wait for our next movie date night at home!

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Remember my post about World Penguin Day? No? Well you can check it out here, because this is the part 2 of that post!

Or if you’re feeling lazy here’s the background: Stonyfield Organic, who I’ve been working with the past few years, is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program to help 10 save endangered species, including the African Penguin. AZA stands for Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and to promote their sponsorship, Stonyfield is encouraging families to check out these conservation efforts first-hand at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. I’m lucky enough in that both the zoo and aquarium here in Atlanta are AZA-accredited, so we can observe these conservation efforts whenever we go!

We actually have a zoo membership that we received for his birthday, so we try to go when the weather’s nice and it’s also a fun thing to do with out of town guests.

Every time I go to the zoo with my son we have a different experience.  When he was itty bitty and not as mobile, we got to see more of the zoo and I got to chitchat with my mommy friends a lot more.  As he got older and could run around, keeping him in the stroller became a bigger challenge and we would have to choose which parts of the zoo we’d see and my friends and I would spend a good part of time wrangling our kids.

More recently, we’ve been skipping most of the exhibits and head to the playground and petting zoo and have also discovered the “choo-choo” that goes around the kids’ area. It’s so fun to see him get excited about seeing animals we’ve looked at in books, his little “wooooowww” gets me every time!

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As part of the AZA SAFE campaign, we were given general admission tickets by Stonyfield, so we went with a group last week and shared our tickets. We seemed to have picked school field trip day, but we were able to avoid most of the crowds, we got to see the elephants, giraffes, the reptile center, and the petting zoo before we decided to hit up the splash pad, which just recently opened for the summer. At first he wouldn’t go unless I went up with him, but after a while he warmed up and then he didn’t want to leave the splash pad! I can tell we’ll be coming here a lot this summer when it’s hot outside! Thanks, Stonyfield for our zoo outing!

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*Disclosure: Stonyfield Organic provided me with coupons for their yogurt and provided me with general admission tickets to Zoo Atlanta as part of this campaign. All opinions are my own.

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