Christmas in July, Countdown to Christmas, Hallmark Movies... In Real Life

Let It Snow…The Feast of Saint Thomas In Real Life

Let It Snow, starring Candace Cameron Bure as Stephanie Beck, is a staple from the 2013 Hallmark movie vault and is widely shown during the Countdown to Christmas. Maybe, like me, you watched it a few times this holiday season. For those who haven’t yet watched Let It Snow, here’s a quick summary: The movie… Continue reading Let It Snow…The Feast of Saint Thomas In Real Life

Countdown to Christmas, Fan Mail, Interviews, Uncategorized

Remember that time I hung out with Ruth Hill and met Paul Greene?

I got you there with that title right? Let’s just say these real life Hallmark adventures continue to surprise me. As I worked my way through my Christmas Getaway Best Christmas Ever To-Do List (see previous post here), things started out according to plan. I had success setting up a real Christmas tree (see previous… Continue reading Remember that time I hung out with Ruth Hill and met Paul Greene?

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Love is Love… Going Off Script

The Hallmark Channel has always been my happy place. Its endless stream of movies with happy endings has been a retreat at the end of many hard days. Over the past several months, I’ve had a blast taking elements of Hallmark movies and living them out In Real Life. Still, ultimately, this blog is a… Continue reading Love is Love… Going Off Script

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

Countdown to Christmas, Hallmark Movies... In Real Life

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

Countdown to Christmas, Hallmark Movies... In Real Life

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

Fall Harvest, Seasonal Checklist

Savoring the Fall Season with Pumpkin Pie

As was reflected in my post about a Hallmark-inspired Fall Harvest To-Do list, autumn is upon us, and a staple on the fall Hallmark movie list is Pumpkin Pie Wars starring Julie Gonzalo and Rico Aragon. It’s definitely one of my tried-and-trues. Who doesn’t enjoy watching two attractive people fall in love over baking pumpkin… Continue reading Savoring the Fall Season with Pumpkin Pie

Fashion

Behind the Scenes with Hallmark Costume Designer Jaralin Detienne

One of the biggest surprises since beginning this Hallmark In Real Life journey is how supportive everyone has been. As I shared my journey about Getting “Hallmark Ready” (see previous posts here and here) to create my very own Hallmark wardrobe, Jaralin Detienne, costume designer and personal stylist on over 30 Hallmark films, was kind… Continue reading Behind the Scenes with Hallmark Costume Designer Jaralin Detienne

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