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How To Make Your At-Home Movie Night Better Than a Visit to the Theatre

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If you pay attention to the news, then chances are you know that last week AMC movie stocks were all over the headlines. AMC stock went wild after a Reddit thread encouraged buyers to invest in the struggling company. To make a long and complicated story short, this really just had us missing nights at the cinema.

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Due to the pandemic, movie theaters have been facing shutdowns to comply with social distancing guidelines. Gone are the days of sneaking in candies, and buying buttery popcorn with a large slushy to wash it all down. Until theaters decide to reopen, we can try our very best to create the same experience at home. Here’s how!

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The Ambience

Ambience is everything at the movie theater. There’s just something so relaxing about being able to shut off your phone and escape into the magic of film. It also just wouldn’t be the same without the sounds of slurping and munching. Here’s how to create the perfect at-home movie theater experience.

Lighting

Backyard Boss

To make your at-home movie experience perfect, the lighting needs to be just right. It may sound extra, but string lights are a great way to set the mood and add a whimsical touch to any setting. Plus, they are subtle enough that you won’t be in complete darkness, but you’ll also still be able to see everything you need.

Put away all distractions

Rolling Stone

Okay but seriously, don’t be that guy during the movie. You probably cringe at your weekly screen time report anyway, so put your phone in the other room during the movie! Hearing someone’s texts go off and screen light up the room is always the worst during a movie, so why not do the same at home?

Snacks

Reluctant Entertainer

As if movie tickets weren’t pricey to begin with, can we just take a second to ponder why movie snacks are so expensive? The best part about a movie night spent in is being able to eat as much as you want, as loud as you want, so why not go all out and make a spread full of sweet and savory treats? Here are some of our favorites

Popcorn: Any movie night really would not be complete without a big bowl of popcorn in your lap. Why not spice it up a bit? No pun intended. Kernel Season’s sells a variety pack of popcorn seasonings and they are just so good. They come in eight different unique flavors, so they will be sure to satisfy any craving. And, if you’re trying to keep it healthy, Weight Watcher’s sells their own version of this movie night essential. BRB, trying them all!

Candy: There are some candies that are consumed best while watching a movie. We consider these movie night essentials- do you?

  • Snowcaps
  • Junior Mints
  • Sugar Babies
  • Milk Duds
  • Charleston Chews
  • Twizzlers

Drinks

Seeded at the Table

While a fountain soda does hit the spot, for many of us, that is an everyday delicacy. Why not go all out and make you and your movie date a slushy? Here’s how to make a *healthy* slushy at home

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite frozen fruit

What You Will Need to Do

  1. Throw all your ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. For optimal thickness, add more ice.
  3. Serve and garnish with whipped cream or fruit!

So, what movie is at the top of your stay-at-home watch list?

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4 Best Amazon Finds

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Amazon is an all time favorite of ours because it is quick, easy, and affordable. Plus, not only is it convenient, but it also sells some pretty great products. We have found this month’s 4 best amazon finds that you have to add to your cart right now.

Let’s get to online shopping

Chill out anxiety relief essential oil roll-on

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Perfect for when you just need to ground yourself. This flower scented product is handcrafted and uses nine different essential oils. It has so many benefits and is helpful with releasing tension, calming emotions, balancing mind & body, and helping with sleep. It is great because it is easily accessible, so you can feel calm everywhere you go! Plus, 15% of your purchase is donated to the WorldWildlife Fund, a foundation that helps preserve plants and environments that contribute to the ingredients used in the roll-on oil. This is also vegan, non-toxic and cruelty free. This product sells for $14.

Urmust laptop stand and notebook holder

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The at-home office worker or the zoom university student needs this product. With over six colors to choose from, this unique product can help your work productivity and be a stylish new decoration! This stand allows your laptop to be on top of your notebook so you can have both in the same place and be organized. It is adjustable and works with laptops of all sizes. It’s aluminium alloy material is processed to be durable and allow ventilation. This means your laptop will not overheat and can safely stay on the stand. It is also foldable so you can transport or store it easily! This product sells between $20-$25 based on the color and size you choose!

Ley’s dog lick mat

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For the doggie that eats just a little bit too fast, this mat helps your dog eat slower, fight boredom, and has a calming effect for anxiety relief. The product is made out of BPA free food-grade silicone so it is easy to clean and can be put in the dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator. Similar to a baby, dogs also get separation anxiety. This mat has been proved to help that feeling by providing a calming effect. Licking makes them less stressed and is a good distraction! Since it enhances your dogs saliva and slows down eating, it will help with acid reflux, bellyaches and indigestion. Also, it has oral health benefits because it helps take bacteria out of their mouths. Find the right size for your dog on Amazon! This product sells for $8.

Essence lash princess false lash effect mascara

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This is the IT mascara. Vegan, cruelty free and acknowledged by PETA, essence out did themselves with this product. The new waterproof formula has a voluminous effect similar to wearing false lashes or lash extensions. This is from the conic shape of the brush, which sculpts the individual lash to avoid clumping. It also lasts all day, so you can go about your day without any touch ups. Coconut oil, micellar water or gentle makeup remover will take the product off easily. This product sells for $5

Which products will you add to your shopping cart?

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Watermelon + Mustard = Your New Favorite Snack

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Yes you read that right. Everyone knows of an unlikely food combination that works. Many interesting food pairs can be seen featured on social media sights such as Snapchats public story, #weirdfoodcombos. The trend of making food combinations that are unlikely has gained serious momentum over the years. Everyone wants to be a part of it including famous singer Lizzo, who recently posted a Tiktok of her trying the new watermelon and mustard trend

Let’s see what the hype is all about!

TikTok user @yayayayummy was the creator of this funky food combo. He drizzled Frenchs yellow mustard over the sweet fruit before taking a bite. The video took the social media platform by storm and eventually made its way to the “Good as Hell” singer, Lizzo, who made her own video about it.

Though the original uses Frenchs yellow mustard, Lizzo used Heinz. She starts the video by saying “Is it bussin or is it disgusting” before proceeding to take a bite of the snack. A look of confusion comes across her face as she states she “doesn’t understand.” The singer takes three more bites but never says her opinion on the combo. Though judging from her face, it doesn’t seem like Lizzo enjoyed.

So we found out for ourselves

Since everyone was invested in this snack, we had to try it. Though at first, we were hesitant to give this a go. After all, it is mustard on a watermelon. Partly excited and partly nervous, we grabbed a miniature watermelon and some French’s mustard from the store and prepared the snack the same way as the original video.

One bite, everyone knows the rules!

The first initial bite is tangy and the mustard flavor is very prominent. However, the taste is quickly replaced by the sweetness of the watermelon. The combination is both juicy and creamy and is definitely a taste that you’ll never forget and is pleasantly surprising!

We can see why people would love this. It may not be for everyone but if your a fan of sweet and sour combos, this is a must try! Overall, we would rate this combination a 6.5. We are looking forward to see what other food trends will be popular this summer!

Will you try the watermelon and mustard trend?

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The New It Couple, MGK and Meghan Fox

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Machine Gun Kelly and Meghan Fox have taken the world’s hearts by storm. Here is everything you need to know about the iconic couple.

Let’s See Some Romance

Prior to Machine Gun Kelly, Meghan was married to Austin Green. After a few weeks of being separated, MGK and Fox began dating and have been together since.

The year-long relationship began when the couple met while filming the indie movie, Midnight in the SwitchGrass. When the movie production ceased due to coronavirus, the two seemed to be hanging out a lot in their own time. However, it wasn’t apparent they were a couple until the two were seen getting takeout together in California by paparazzi. The pictures circulated fast and fans questioned if Meghan was still married to Green. The next day was Fox’s birthday, and many took to social media to wish the star a happy birthday. One of these messages included a paragraph from Green that stated “Eventually butterflies get bored sitting on a flower for too long,” he wrote alongside a photo of a butterfly on a flower. “They start feeling smothered. It’s a great big world and they want to experience it.” Photographs of the two out without their wedding bands began to surface and fans were itching to find out more about the couple.

A few days went by and Austin eventually talked about the split on his podcast. He stated that while meghan was in Puerto Rico filming the movie, she called him and said she “realized when she was out of the country working alone that she felt more like herself and she loved herself better during that experience and she thinks that might be something worth trying for.” Obviously upset by the news, he said he was very respectful during her decision. On the podcast, he also talked about how he knew who MGK was but said they were only friends.

MGK eventually posted a music video for his song “Bloody Valentine” that featured Meghan being his girlfriend. In the video, there were lots of sexy scenes which caused more speculation that the two were dating.

After months of waiting, DailyMail published a photograph of the two kissing and holding hands after a night out at the bar in California. MGK later tweeted lyrics from his music video Bloody Valentine that talked about calling Meghan his girlfriend. The couple was officially public.

Since they have became public, fans have seen the couple kissing at the airport, getting matching manicures, going to dinner, promoting MGk Album ( which has lots of songs about Meghan on it,) on instagram and conducting interviews. On Entertainment Tonight, Meghan stated “ I knew right away that he was what I call a twin flame,Instead of a soul mate, a twin flame is actually where a soul has ascended into a high enough level that it can be split into two different bodies at the same time. So we’re actually two halves of the same soul, I think. And I said that to him almost immediately, because I felt it right away.” On Howard Stern, MGK told the host he “never knew what true love was like until he saw meghan.”

MGK and Fox both have children, and sources say it was very important for them to meet each other’s kids. Meghan has been co-parenting her 4 boys with Austin, while maintaining her new relationship. She has expressed that it can be a struggle, but that they want the kids to be okay. Machine Gun Kelly has been co-parenting since he first had his daughter at age 18.

A source told Entertainment Tonight that “An engagement could be in Megan Fox and MGK’s future and same with having kids together. MGK definitely wants both of those things, but Megan is a little hesitant right now. In the meantime, they are constantly laughing together and always have the best time.”

We are excited to see more from this couple in the future and are happy for the pair!

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