On Saturday night I was feeling a bit rubbish. You know the blur feeling you get when you haven't really done much all day, it's getting late, you're feeling tired and you don't know what to do? I hate feeling like that and wasn't sure how I could feel better.
There was nothing on TV to watch and for once my Sky box wasn't loaded with things I needed to catch up on. Cut to me drumming my fingers on my armchair and trying to avoid saying "I'm bored!" - a phrase that was banned in our house when I was growing up.
Mum suggested we have hot chocolate with marshmallows, candy canes... yum! You can see my favourite recipe for Hot Chocolate here... I didn't have this one, too much effort; but we did have a Twinnings Hot Chocolate which is one of my favourite quick mixes.
It got me thinking, if we were going to have hot chocolates, what else could we do that was quick, easy, fun and would make it feel like a special occasion. So I decided we should have Movie Night. Not just stick on a film; but do some bits to make it fun. I had a little bag of popcorn from Graze, so we popped that and then settled down under soft, cuddly blankets.
It was such a simple thing, it didn't take any real effort; but it was so much fun and it felt like I had done something!
We watched Happy Feet 2 which just has to cheer you up - I defy anyone to watch it and not be smiling within about thirty seconds. I was laughing and smiling through out and now want my own baby penguin! This will give you a taster... It makes me grin just watching it!
So next time you're feeling rubbish and want something to do, throw your own movie night. Make it an event, find some snacks, sit back and relax.
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Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.