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How To Win at Family Movie Night

I don’t want to brag or anything, but we watch a lot of movies around these parts. Especially these days, because it’s cold and I’m a giant pansy.

But I realized that my willingness to enjoy movies a wee more frequently than normal, had dulled the luster of family movie night a bit.

It was time to shake off the hum-drum and bring my mama A-game back to this treasured small screen ritual. So. If you find yourself in a rut and want to remind your kiddos what a blast family movie night can be again, here are a few tips…

Pick a crowd pleaser.

This isn’t the time to grab the same-old-same-old flick from your library. This is time to get something new, or new-to-you. For us, this meant The Secret Life of Pets. As a proud dog-loving family, my kiddos were so thrilled at the idea of a story about what pets do all day when we aren’t home. (Spoiler alert kiddos: our dog sleeps on the couch.) And guess what? As of today, you can get it in stores! (And it would make a great holiday gift.)

How To Win at Family Movie Night

Make it a surprise.
I told my kiddos that I had a surprise movie for us to watch. They begged, pestered, and became a downright obsessed with finding out what movie I had up my sleeve. When they found out it was a movie that they’d been wanting to see since this summer, they were THRILLED.

Bonus points for movie extras.
The new release of The Secret Life of Pets includes almost an HOUR of bonus content, including three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions…plus the Target Exclusive Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes 4 pages of decals. Decals your kiddos will be clamoring for after they pick their favorite “pet.” 

How To Win at Family Movie Night

Make your movie snacks epic (and EASY.)
It’s the HOLIDAY SEASON. I’m willing to bet cash money that your to-do list is a mile long…and let me be clear about family movie night…you are expected to enjoy it, with your feet up, and your kids cuddled close. So that means that it’s in your best interest to keep the snacks easy, yet AWESOME. Pick something salty (peanuts), something sweet (chocolate snack mix), something seasonal (candy cane peppermints), and something popcorn (kettlecorn). Boom! Done!

How To Win at Family Movie Night

Our family movie night has been officially rejuvenated.

And we owe it to this fuzzy, heartwarming flick…AND WE WANT TO SEND YOU A COPY! Enter below in the comments section by telling us if your a dog lover or a cat lover. We’ll pick one random comment as the winner on Saturday, December 10th. Good Luck! 

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The words and opinions, as always, are my own.

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Comments (13)

  1. Maria Hanes 12/08/2016 at 7:15 am

    I am a dog lover.

  2. Yvette 12/08/2016 at 7:07 am

    I like dogs and cats, I have 3 dogs and 2 cats.

  3. Miranda Fox 12/07/2016 at 5:51 pm

    I’m definitely a dog person! We have a beautiful Boston Terrier and Bulldog, to snuggle up with on movie night!

  4. Janna 12/07/2016 at 5:35 pm

    Dog lover for sure! We ♡ our Boxer, Jax!

  5. Andrea Lee 12/07/2016 at 5:19 pm

    Dog lover

  6. Reagan 12/07/2016 at 4:04 pm


  7. Stacey L 12/07/2016 at 12:55 pm

    Dogs all the way😍

  8. Jenn 12/06/2016 at 10:06 pm

    Dogs! 🐶

  9. Miranda donlin 12/06/2016 at 1:32 pm

    Puppies for life!!!

  10. Rodolfo 12/06/2016 at 11:53 am

    I like both but prefer Dogs.

  11. Melanie 12/06/2016 at 11:11 am


  12. Melanie 12/06/2016 at 11:10 am


  13. Kelly 12/06/2016 at 9:51 am

    Dogs!wish we could have a pet