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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

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Christmas Getaway… a Real Life Best Christmas Ever To-Do List

Let’s be honest: We all have our favorite Countdown to Christmas movies, the ones we will re-watch whenever they are on. Christmas Getaway is one of mine. I can never not watch it. Newly single Emery, played by Bridget Regan, is assigned an article about an old-fashioned American Christmas. Although she’s a travel writer, she… Continue reading Christmas Getaway… a Real Life Best Christmas Ever To-Do List

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Hallmark Abroad…Christmas in Rome

  As I reflect back on the year, it’s clear that Hallmark has spread its wings, and therefore, so have its fans—traveling abroad to France, Italy, and the Irish countryside through the dazzling locations of several beloved movies. Together we visited Paris with Jen Lilley and Dan Jeannotte as they participated in an international wine… Continue reading Hallmark Abroad…Christmas in Rome

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The Countdown to Christmas Bundle Game

Last week we celebrated the kickoff to the Countdown to Christmas with a Hallmark-inspired Christmas drinking game (see post here). This week you will learn about another game that speaks to fans’ love of Hallmark—one that popped on my radar immediately after I launched this blog. The Hallmark In Real Life blog launched on July… Continue reading The Countdown to Christmas Bundle Game

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Kicking Off the Countdown to Christmas with the Hallmark Drinking Game

We have entered Hallmark fans’ favorite season, and I know I am not alone in my enthusiasm. Bring on The Countdown to Christmas…24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with 40 new movies! I have been racking my brain about how on earth I will manage to tackle 40 new Hallmark Christmas movies and… Continue reading Kicking Off the Countdown to Christmas with the Hallmark Drinking Game

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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

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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

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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?