New Series: Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas – Favorites


I have been a closeted Hallmark Channel Movie (HCM) watcher for 3 years. I started the same way many begin, through the gateway known as Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. This slippery slope envelopes you in 24 hours of light (and I mean light) and silly romantic movies building up a sense of Christmas festivity in your November and December months. I love snuggling up on the couch to watch a movie that is utterly predictable with recycled plot lines and mediocre acting. I hope you understand that I KNOW what a HCM is and what it isn’t. I am not under the impression that these are high quality movies with exceptional writing and stellar performances. I know they aren’t. In fact, I am sort of charmed by the fact that they aren’t. I have to admit though, since Countdown to Christmas has entered my life, I find myself slipping further into that special feeling of the holiday season.

My sister, knowing my secret love for these cheesy movies, challenged me to watch and rate this year’s HCM Countdown to Christmas movies. This is actually a really big undertaking as the Countdown to Christmas beings this weekend and continues through Christmas. This year, the network is debuting 21 movies over the course of 8ish weeks. 21!!!!! I am going to do my best, but that is like a lot of commitment to the Hallmark Channel. So check in here each week as I share my thoughts (which will likely be snarky) about the latest releases of HCMs for Christmas. To get you started, here is a peek at some of my favorite from years past that will surely be playing again through this year’s Countdown to Christmas: Continue reading

List: 6 Fantastic Audiobooks


Audiobooks can be the ugly-step-sister of the book world. Some people are purists about their literature and only consider reading the words of a book as acceptable. I say, okay whatever, to them. If you want to turn your nose up to audiobooks, that’s fine I guess, but I think audiobooks are a great addition to the literary world. I like to listen to them on my decently long drive to and from work–they keep me happy while I sit in traffic. I like to pop on my headphones when I am doing chores around the house to help make the process a little more enjoyable. I like walking my dog around the neighborhood whilst getting swept away in a story. I love that audiobooks allow me to experience books when I don’t have the time to sit down and read a book. I tend to listen to books that I really want to read, but not enough to pick up the physical book. Sometimes they are books I fear I will have a hard time getting through, so listening to someone read the story to me with the vocal elements and voice inflections helps make it easier to get through. I also like to listen to light reads via audiobook; given how often I am doing something I don’t love (cleaning or driving in traffic), listening to a fun book helps make those moments better. I also like to do re-reads via audiobook. I love snuggling up reading a great book, but I also love listening to a killer audiobook when the story and the narration comes together for an impactful performance. Here are 6 books that I think accomplish all that I love about audiobooks in a fantastic way:

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