countdown to christmas, Seasonal Checklist

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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Hallmark Tackles Grief at the Holidays… Two Turtle Doves In Real Life

It’s not often that Hallmark surprises me. Delights me, sure! But not surprises me. This is a first, and I’m delighted by the surprise. It came by way of this year’s premier of Two Turtle Doves, staring Nikki DeLoach and Michael Rady and written by Sarah Montana. In all the years I’ve been watching, I… Continue reading Hallmark Tackles Grief at the Holidays… Two Turtle Doves In Real Life

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The Ladies of Hallmark Channels’ Bubbly Sesh Get Into the Holiday Spirit… At The Plaza

Full disclosure, when I began this Hallmark journey, in no way, shape, or form did I envision a hangout with the ladies of Hallmark Channels’ Bubbly Sesh podcast. However, we live in New York City, where the impossible is possible. As I mentioned last week in my post about the Bundle Game, Jacklyn Collier, a.k.a… Continue reading The Ladies of Hallmark Channels’ Bubbly Sesh Get Into the Holiday Spirit… At The Plaza

countdown to christmas

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

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

Fashion

Getting “Hallmark Ready”

If I’m going to do this, I might as well go all in and do this right! Which means I need to be Hallmark-movie-moment ready, including dressing the part. So what is Hallmark attire, anyway? I think of it as timeless and classic. I also picture Hallmark movie moments: a Hallmark leading lady always has… Continue reading Getting “Hallmark Ready”

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Bottled with Love… In Real Life

Life really is better with girlfriends. Good girlfriends. The supportive, honest ones, who know you so well that they call you out when you lose your way, cheer you along as you begin to live out Hallmark movies in real life, and will meet you at 7:30 a.m. in the morning to throw bottles into… Continue reading Bottled with Love… In Real Life

Fan Mail

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