Holiday Movies

Last week did a quick post on my favorite show to watch during the holidays and I also wanted to do a post on holiday movies. There are so many! Here I include several classics and several newer movies that make for a great holiday night with loved ones (or by yourself!). I have actually watched quite a few Hallmark Christmas romances, however here I am choosing my favorite holiday movies overall so I am not really going into those. Instead I chose three holiday romance movies at the end.

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Classics

Its a Wonderful Life: A true Christmas classic. This is one of my dad’s favorite movies so I had to include it. I won’t go to into detail but make sure you watch all the way through. There are some sad parts but the end is uplifting!

Home Alone: Such a classic, you really can’t go wrong with a night of ice skating, cookie baking and watching Home Alone. Although I was kind of terrified of these movies when I was younger, now they are so fun to watch at this time of year.

Elf: I don’t know why but this movie quickly became the go to in our house around Christmas. We watched it every year for at least 10 years (and probably more than once every year).

Santa Claus is Coming to Town: I highly enjoy the animations and the songs in this movie. It is a great Christmas classic, and good for kids!

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas: I have not actually watched the new one yet but I really looking forward to it. I have heard such great things. They older version is good but I always thought it was a little creepy.

Romance

Four Christmases: This romantic comedy is the perfect movie for some holiday laughs. There is family, romance and Reese Witherspoon. I highly recommend!

Love Actually: I really loved this movie. It is very heartwarming and beautiful but not naive about love. I just feel like the relationships are more realistic!

A Christmas Prince: Pretty much the definition of a cheesy christmas romance and I do have to say it is significantly better than other Netflix Christmas romance movies I’ve seen. The sequel is actually the most recent Christmas movie I watched and it was very cheesy but decent if you are looking for a feel good romance.

The Princess Switch: This movie is also very cheesy but I did end up thinking it was pretty cute. Its about a baker and a duchess who are related (and look the same) and everything that ensues when they find each other. There are some great nods to The Parent Trap which was fun.

As a side note I am really looking forward to watching The Christmas Chronicles (on Netflix) this year.

I hope you are enjoying the holidays!

Erin

Life Update No. 2

Time is flying by, as it always seems to do. February is almost over already which is blowing my mind. We have had some crazy warm days lately which has been a sort of spring tease.

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I am currently working for the college I went to and really loving it. The work is just so interesting and I love the professors I work with/for. We are doing some really interesting research that has made me so much more passionate about climate and our place as humans in relation to other species that inhabit the world. As much as I love the work and the people I still am struggling quite a bit with the environment since I did graduate and I am very ready to move on. In general I also am not crazy about Indiana and miss the mountains! The Olympics really having me itching to ski. Alpine skiing used to be such a big part of my life and I miss that a lot, especially right now.

A great thing about being in this area though is that I have a couple college friends who are still in the area and it has been really great to see them often. My friend Dörte had the genius idea of going to IKEA in Cincinnati last weekend and it was super fun. I love just wondering around and getting ideas for future home design/decor. We also did a little shopping and got to talk a lot. I also have watched a ton of Olympic events with another friends which has been so fun. I have been able to see lots of people in the past month and talk to even more which has been so great for me.

I am on a serious reading train right now. I mentioned a while back how I was re-reading Harry Potter and I am now almost done with The Goblet of Fire. I decided to listen to the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text which I mentioned on my podcast favorites. I am finally caught up to the current episode which is so exciting for me! Here are the other things that have filled my time/thoughts lately:

Reading: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, I actually just finished this book and it really put the human experience in a much broader perspective for me. It was a little depressing for a while because I thought so much of how small we are but Neil De Grass Tyson talks about this in the end so it is definitely worth it. I love his interpretation of things.

Watching: Grace and Frankie, I started this maybe last week and am only six episodes in but it is a super funny and interesting show. The perspective just feels so different. I also bing watched The Good Place at the end of January and realized I never talked about it on the blog. It is probably my favorite show of all time though.

Movie: Aiden convinced me to watch The Shawshank Redemption. I don’t love dark movies so I was skeptical but I actually really liked it, especially the ending.

Eating healthy: I am really committed to eating healthier. For breakfast I try to have an egg and sausage (maybe on a piece of toast), grapefruit or yogurt/oatmeal. At lunch I will eat toast with avocado, a salad or go to the café for a sandwich. Dinner has varied quite a bit but some of my favorites have been veggie pasta with red sauce, a salad with protein and spring rolls with peanut sauce.

New skin care routine: I usually just use a Bioré acne cream and wash my face with soap. Now I am doing a Pond’s cleanser and make-up remover at night with a Neutrogena moisturizer/sunscreen in the morning (on top of the acne cleanser). I don’t have a confident verdict on it yet but I am really liking trying something new and I have such a new found respect for my skin.

Wearing: Pink… you probably noticed as so many of my February posts have been pink-filled. I am seriously loving the statement booties from my last post (from Zara), I have been wearing them a lot and am going to include them in my up coming capsule wardrobe. I also found the heels (pictured above) at Aldo when shopping with a friend the other day. They are something I have been looking for for a while.

Have a great rest of your week!

Erin

Around the Web

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it is already Thanksgiving week. This year has gone by so fast. I have lots of ideas for the holidays so I am very excited about the next few months but I just can’t believe how fast the past few months have gone. I rounded up my picks for the last several weeks. Here are the ten things that I have been into lately or found to be exciting/interesting:

Thanksgiving Checklist: The Everygirl did a checklist for Thanksgiving and I was surprised at how helpful it is for me. Our family does a lot of the planning early but all the cooking, cleaning and setting up is done on Wednesday and Thursday. This checklist has made me rethink that last minute preparation and look at a new perspective.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: I am re-reading Harry Potter right now from the very beginning and in order for probably the second time since I first read them. The things I have noticed and seen differently are amazing. This podcast has also really helped me look at the world of Harry Potter in a very different way. I feel like I have started to read differently in general and I love it. The podcast goes through every chapter looking through the lens of a different theme (eg. fear, generosity etc…). It is definitely time consuming but I am learning so much, especially about the minor characters, and it is very worth it.

The Post Movie: This is a trailer about the movie The Post which is about the Washington Post and their journey in uncovering a great government cover-up. My friend posted this trailer to Facebook and it seems about time for this movie. I am really optimistic especially since it has Meryl Streep who just makes everything better.

Teaser Trailers of the Past: I saw The Incredibles Teaser on YouTube the other day. It seems like most of what I have been looking at over the past several weeks are movie trailers. The Incredibles 2 is coming next summer and it is about time. This is one of those classic childhood movies and this teaser got me super psyched about the upcoming film. It is a little strange since The Incredibles was always one of the few stand alone kids movies out there. A Wrinkle in Time is another trailer I just saw that is exciting. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I am not really sure how I feel about it being made into a movie. The cast seems pretty amazing though!

Pink ASOS Coat: This is my favorite coat on the market right now. It is a blush pink, has pearls and a great shape. It is also so affordable. I highly recommend checking out some of ASOS’s jackets and coats right now because I really love the selection. Another favorite is this navy coat which has a great faux fur collar and is even more affordable.

Canada Goose Jackets: For some reason I had never really heard of Canada Goose jackets before last week. All of a sudden tons of bloggers started posting about how great they are and I had to check it out. They are very expensive so it is not something I would just go out and buy; but I am adding one to my list to save up for in the future. It seems like the last a long time and are the warmest coats out there.

Create & Cultivate LA Conference: I personally will likely not be attending the Create & Cultivate Conference this year due to expenses but I did want to link it since I have been thinking a lot about it lately. The line up is fantastic and there is so much I feel like I could learn from attending. I would check it out no matter your profession. It is such a great way to bring out your creative self and talk to other like-minded people. I also just love the Create & Cultivate philosophy.

Trello: This is by no means something new. I have actually heard about it several times before but never made an account. After a meeting last week I decided to give it a try as an organizational tool for my blog posts and I am loving it. It is such a great tool! I do recommend having a specific goal in mind for how you are going to use it or else I could see it getting pretty hectic.

The Golden Girl and Fate: I really loved this post that Jess Keys did on how she met her husband. It just really touched me. Ever since I read it I have been thinking a lot about fate and how/why certain things happen to us. It is crazy to think that some of my best friends are people I met due to circumstance I would consider to be fate. Kudos to her for such a well-written and inspiring post.

Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2017: This one is actually not really from the web but I wanted to share since it opened my eyes and has really inspired me to follow my dreams. The link I shared is to the Porter magazine subscription but the actual article is found in the current issue of Porter (Winter 2017). It is a compilation of incredible women and it is the article which has brought back my drive to be creative and pursue my dreams. It highlights everyone from the women’s march organizers to Meryl Streep to Misty Copeland. The person that particularly caught my eye is Barbara Jatta’s who has been appointed the director of the Vatican Museums. It is the first time a women has ever held such a pivotal role in the Catholic church. I am not exactly sure why it caught my eye but her strength and ability to get to where she is has really inspired me.

Thanks for reading!

Erin

10 Halloween Movies

I am going to just go ahead and admit to the fact that I am pretty much a baby when it comes to watching movies. I can’t do too much scary in one movie or even an episode, creepy or weird are a little better but I can only take it to a degree. I watched The Adams Family this month and I actually really liked it but any more and it would have been too much for me. This is a list of my favorite, non-horror, halloween movies.

Halloweentown: I have been watching all of the Halloweentown movies since I was probably ten and they are still not getting old. For me watching Halloweentown is how I start my fall. It christens the season. Yes it is definitely cheesy and get more cheesy with Halloweentown 2 and Halloweentown High.

Practical Magic: While movies like Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus are classically ‘Halloween’, Practical Magic is my favorite witch movie. It is a little darker than other films and not for kids but I really like it. It follows the women in a family of witches who were first persecuted in Salem and are now cursed in love. The story revolves around two sisters and their struggles to find love and break that curse.

The Adams Family: This was a new one for me this year. I have always heard it references but never got around to watching it. At first I was very creeped out. It is about a very strange and twisted family whose lives take a turn when Fester returns home.

The Craft: I thought I would really like this on since I am a big Charmed fan and I love Practical Magic. I found that the characters thought we just really not very likeable. The whole plot was kind of strange. The good thing was that I didn’t really expect anything that happened and I did actually like the main character by the end of the movie.

Hocus Pocus: This is iconic halloween. The month of October is not complete without watching Bette Midler and her witchy sisters at least three times. Strangely enough this season I have seen the first half probably five times but have yet to finish it.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: I was kind of reluctant to watch this one because for some reason I remember really not liking it. It must have been because I was young and terrified of all the creepy dolls but I loved it this time. It is so good! It is also just perfect in general since Christmas is also not too far away. For me its not really a kids movie but its definitely a classic.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: By this I mean the movie although the show is pretty good too. This one is probably the most relatable since it follows Sabrina on a journey through high school. The big difference is that she discovers that she is a witch.

Beetlejuice: Beetlejuice is the comedy movie of this list. It is funny and involves lots of ghosts making it the perfect watch for some halloween laughs.

Hotel Transylvania: This movie is the most kid friendly of this list. It is an animated movie about Count Dracula, his daughter and a human boy. It is a great one for halloween fun with kids, be warned though there are many monsters involved.

Casper: There are so many Casper movies and shows to fill your halloween TV needs! Casper (the original movie) is my favorite. It is about the adorable ghost Casper and the adventure that ensues when some people come to find some treasure in the manor he lives in.

Happy Halloween!

Erin