Countdown to Christmas

You Can’t have a Hallmark Christmas without a Tree

In a Hallmark Christmas movie, characters tend to find their perfect tree on a festively decorated farm where they chop it down themselves and celebrate with hot chocolate topped with extra marshmallows. Christmas tree shopping in New York City is a bit different, but no less wonderful—and no less necessary. For me it’s not Christmas… Continue reading You Can’t have a Hallmark Christmas without a Tree

Hallmark Movies... In Real Life

The Nine Lives of Christmas… Carlow the Firehouse Cat

We are into week three of The Nine Lives of Christmas…in Real Life (see previous posts here and here to follow along), and this is as close to living out the Hallmark movie in real life without any movie magic as I think I’m going to get. I have located an actual New York City… Continue reading The Nine Lives of Christmas… Carlow the Firehouse Cat

Hallmark Movies... In Real Life

The Nine Lives of Christmas… A Real-Life Cat Café

The Nine Lives of Christmas has been saved on my DVR for four years and counting. It’s the movie that started it all, my thorough enjoyment of all things Hallmark . . . and I suspect I am not alone. So how does one appropriately honor the movie that started it all? How does one… Continue reading The Nine Lives of Christmas… A Real-Life Cat Café

Fan Mail

Deck the Hallmark… In Real Life

Dear Hallmark Fans, Have you listened to the Deck the Hallmark podcast yet? In Real Life, I’m OBSESSED! If you’ve not yet had the listening pleasure, I’ll break it down for you: It’s three grown men from South Carolina analyzing Hallmark movies. Bran loves Hallmark movies, Panda likes Hallmark movies, and Dan despises Hallmark movies.… Continue reading Deck the Hallmark… In Real Life

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Cherishing the Celebrities of My Youth

  Since Hallmark so brilliantly incorporates the actresses I grew up watching, such as Candace Cameron-Bure (Growing Pains), Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years), Kellie Martin (Life Goes On), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), and Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Hallmark movies inspire me to share how I keep the celebrities of my youth alive… Continue reading Cherishing the Celebrities of My Youth

Hallmark Movies... In Real Life

The Mistletoe Inn… in Real Life continued

I’d much prefer to do a real-life riff on Hallmark’s Winter Love Story, where two published authors travel together while promoting their books, as I have a preference for all Hallmark movies starring Jen Lilley, but that would require me to be a published author in real life, which I am not. So Hallmark in… Continue reading The Mistletoe Inn… in Real Life continued

Hallmark Movies... In Real Life

The Mistletoe Inn… in Real Life

In honor of The Mistletoe Inn airing tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, as part of the Hallmark Christmas in July schedule, this movie will be the first one that I live out in real life. The Hallmark Movie Synopsis for The Mistletoe Inn is as follows: Our female lead, Kim Rossi, played by Alicia Witt, is an aspiring… Continue reading The Mistletoe Inn… in Real Life

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Christmas in July has Begun!

In celebration of Hallmark’s Christmas in July movies, starting Friday, July 12, 2019, not only have I launched my first blog, but I’m taking requests from my fellow Hallmark fans: what favorite Hallmark Movie moments would you like me to try to live out in real life? What adorable small towns—preferably ones that are picture-perfect… Continue reading Christmas in July has Begun!

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Why Can’t Life be like a Hallmark Movie?

Real life is not a Hallmark movie. However, what if all the elements are there? What if I take the raw ingredients of a Hallmark movie and see what fun mixtures real life will concoct? In this blog I will take a Hallmark Movie Journey, collecting favorite components of these classic films and seeing how… Continue reading Why Can’t Life be like a Hallmark Movie?