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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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