Throwback Thursday: Movie edition

Throwback Thursday

Hello everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday! Can you believe it’s already just about October? We are heading deep into the fall season. The leaves are starting to change, the apples are fresh for picking, and everyone’s beverages seem to be pumpkin flavored.

We have been bouncing all over with topics for one of our favorite features to do, and this week we have come up with a good one….movies. Now I know, you are probably thinking we are going to share those cookie cutter Disney movies that everyone loves (WE LOVE THEM TOO WE SWEAR). We thought we would take it to a different area. Though the movies may be made by Disney, they are a bit darker than we had imagined.


My family was pretty particular about what we were allowed to watch. My dad nixed movies like Alice in Wonderland even though I definitely watched them in secret at my Grandma’s (because when does grandma ever say no?). When I think back to my childhood it is mostly Disney movies, but there are a few odd movies that stick out. One in particular is way darker than I had realized and I am honestly shocked I was able to watch it. Here are a few trailers of some favorites from my childhood…


My siblings and I loved to watch movies just like my parents. Whether it was comedy, cartoon or drama, there was always a good movie to watch at our house. And now years later, I still love to watch movies and occasionally I see these classic movies on Netflix or even playing on TV. It is fun to stop and watch them and remember how we used to wish we were these kids in the movie. Looking back now, there was really an assortment of movies that we loved to watch and I can’t even just pick one category that would describe them other than they were awesome 90’s movies. (And you will definitely nod your head in agreement when you see the movies I am talking about!) Here are a few of my random/odd but awesome favorites…

Question: What were some of your favorite movies while growing up?


Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Happy Valentine’s Day guys! This holiday is always approached differently by people. Some people adore this day, others hate it. But we can all agree on one thing…it’s important to celebrate those that you love. Significant others, friends, family…there is always someone in your life that you  can show love to on this day. Heck, you can show your pets love too. Or, spend the day taking care of yourself (because self care is important). No matter your feelings on this day we can all probably agree on the importance of love. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post was supposed to be about our favorite kinds of romantic troupes, but really…it’s hard for us to pick on. We both kind of bounce around as far as those go, and not one single troupe sticks out. So instead we are going give you our Top Ten romantic movies. These movies can go anywhere from a Romantic Comedy to a drama. They are those movies that you could watch over and over again because they just make your heart melt. These are our favorite romantic movies (and some you should definitely watch today).



QUESTION: What are some of your favorite romantic movies?

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Movie Edition


It’s Friday and we are back with one more post to spread some Holiday cheer! We have talked books, food, and music that really gets us in the spirit of Christmas. This week as we bring our December Friday Feature to a close we will be talking about the movies that get us amped up for the Holidays. There are so many amazing Christmas movies to choose from, ranging from the very serious to the completely hilarious. These are a few of our favorites (notice, we said A FEW! This doesn’t mean that because we didn’t say some that we didn’t love them).


I don’t think it’s possible to only have a few favorites, so here is a chosen few that I know I am not alone in thinking are GREAT! But in all seriousness, there are too many to choose from and this would be the longest post ever if I had to tell you all my favorites…so I will limit it to 3:

I can’t go through a Christmas season without watching The Santa Clause with Tim Allen…it’s a classic that will live on forever in my mind!

One of the classic Rankin/Bass stop motion films that were made back when my parents were young. This is one of my sister’s and my favorites to watch together. Good to sing along too.

If you think of Minnesota during winter/Christmas… at some point Charlie Brown will pop into your head. I love Charlie Brown and the Christmas special is one of my favorites 🙂

I think this is the best classic out there…Nothing beats White Christmas during the holidays! And Bing Crosby’s voice is AMAZING. Anytime I hear that song I think of Christmastime and all things good with Christmas 🙂

Arika is also loves watching It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, etc….


I honestly am struggling to select just a few favorites. There are so many to pick from, and I don’t even know where to start. So here are 3 trailers or clips from my MANY favorite Christmas movies.

This is a movie I have grown up watching. My grandma owned it and every Christmas season we would watching it multiple times while eating sugar cookies and laughing along. I still absolutely love this movie.

The singing, the dancing, the costumes…another movie I have grown up watching and have grown to love so much. I need to watch this one soon!

A classic favorite from my childhood. Slightly creepy now that I look back on it, but I always LOVED to watch this movie.

Emily is also a big fan of movies like Elf, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas, etc…

QUESTION: What are some of your favorite Holiday movies?

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotable Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week for Top Ten Tuesday we are all about movies, which is totally ok by me. We watch a lot of movies in my house, which also means that we quote a lot of movies. I swear, half of the conversations that go on between my husband and I involve a lot of movie quotes. So today I am listing the top ten movies that are quoted in my house.

The Princess Bride – Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Mean Girls – Anchorman – Forrest Gump – The Sandlot – Zoolander – Napoleon Dynamite – She’s the Man – Elf

What are some movies that you find yourself quoting a lot?

Let Me Plan your Valentine’s Day!

My exact feelings towards the month of February!

It’s no secret that I do not like Valentine’s Day. If you celebrate it that’s totally cool and I have nothing against you at all. Each person is entitled to their own feelings, but these are just mine. I do not like the idea of using this one day to show people that you love them when you could be showing it EVERY day. I am not a fan of the idea of HAVING to make a plan or else it seems like you don’t care for your significant other. I also do not like the color pink, so there is that. My basic thoughts are why can’t you send someone flowers on other days when it’s not an expectation. Why is it expected that we show our love on this particular day? That being said, I have no issues if you want to celebrate that day and do all the stuff that people like to do. It’s just not something I will participate in. Would I say no to flowers or chocolate or other feelings of people caring for me on that day? No. Would I try to return the favor? Yes. I’m not heartless. I just feel like my feelings can be shown ANY day.

So, since I am not a fan of Valentines day what do I think you should do for this particular day. If you are me (or if you have so wonderfully volunteered your assistance) you would be moving to your new apartment. Not everyone is so lucky to have plans like this. So I am here to plan your Valentine’s day, because why not? There are some things you should definitely take advantage of.


Seriously, how often are there such fabulous deals on chocolate. Hardly ever. Stock up! Or plan out your February 15th shopping with where to get the best deals for chocolate in mind. You could also probably stock up on some wine and other fantastic things, because why not?

Just don’t do this. This is not why you should take advantage of all the deals

You should probably send cards like this:

Because this one just had to be number one, obviously. You know that when you get this one from me that I mean it, from the bottom of my heart 🙂 
My love for Winston Bishop is off the charts. And if you haven’t watched New Girl you should, because Winston is the best (though I do love them all).
Walking Dead Valentines FTW!
Walking Dead Valentines FTW!
Walking Dead Valentines FTW!
Walking Dead Valentines FTW!

Yeaaaa, if you can find some good Walking Dead Valentines we could be friends.

Nothing shows how much you love someone more than a Ben and Leslie card.
Nothing shows how much you love someone more than a Ben and Leslie card.
LOTR Valentines are nice too.

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You should probably watch movies like this:


Warm Bodies has become one of my favorite movies, and I talked about it on my old blog and my extreme love or it. A zombie love story? Yes please! It’s full of some cheesiness, yes, but I love it. The main character is the zombie, and his inner monologue is PERFECT! Why not watch zombies connect with humans and see where it leads? Plus, Nicholas Hoult is perfection.



500 Days of Summer is one of those ALL TIME FAVORITE movies. It’s not your stereotypical love story, and it’s more about the journeys you might have to go through and the people you meet throughout life. The writing is awesome, the cast is great (Joseph Gordon Levitt for the win guys! Seriously), and it makes you feel all the feels!

Lovely soundtrack, and…a moment of breaking out into random song and dance.

This movie is filled with excellent shots, great writing, and so many moments that honestly make you think about things. It’s a movie I bought kind of on a whim. I had heard good things but had never watched it prior to purchasing it. Man am I glad I did. If you don’t make time for this movie on Valentine’s Day I guess it’s ok, but seriously…make time for this movie! Now I’m all amped up. I may just have to do a post on this particular movie.

So there you have it. Your plans for this Saturday are set. Movies, wine, chocolate (and any other deals you can snag). Seriously, you can thank me later.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in any way? What do you do? Or do you try hard to not celebrate it? Also…can you answer this question for me…


I Just Have to Mention Some Last 2014 Things.

I know, you’ve seen a lot of 2014 recaps…but I promise you, this is the last one you will ever see from me. I realize I have talked about the books I’ve read (if you’ve read my previous blog you would see my Top Ten of 2014) but I haven’t really talked about anything else about 2014. I must say 2014 was a tough year, but there is still some good from it. So here’s some more highlights:

Musically, 2014 was the year for:


First Aid Kit became a new favorite for me (uhm, have you heard My Silver Lining? It’s such an amazing song). Mighty Oaks won my heart with the song Just One Day. Andrew McMahon…we have such a history and I cannot let go of you yet (check out Cecilia and the Satellite or Canyon Moon). Ben Howard…you just seem to get me. Keep Your Head Up is probably one of my favorites. Only Love is good too.


Now, I also do love a little bit of rap. This year Doomtree has been pretty big for me (I listen to Bangarang a lot). Childish Gambino…he’s good. I miss him dearly as Troy on Community, but he is talented. I think Shadows is my favorite by him (but warning, it is a bit explicit. I don’t agree with the language, but he has talent). Lecrae. I wish I had listened to Lecrae earlier. He is amazing. I love Nuthin but Say I Won’t is pretty good too. I love that he uses his talent in a positive way. Foxes is not rap. She sings Clarity (you know…Zedd did the mix). I love Let Go For Tonight so much. She is talented and more people should pay attention to her and less to other pop musicians.


NEEDTOBREATHE has become an all time favorite. Seriously, their songs make me smile, make me sob. They speak to me. This year Brother has been on repeat as well as Feet Don’t Fail Me Now. The Lone Bellow…can’t remember how I found them, but I am so glad I did. You Never Need Nobody and Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold…fantastic songs! Noah Gundersen…his songs give me chills. He did a song for Sons of Anarchy called Day is Gone and it is so good (that show had great music. I’ll catch up on that one day). I also love Poor Man’s Son. And then…Vance Joy. I’ve been a bit obsessed with him. I love Riptide but I also love Emmylou and Mess is Mine. Glad he’s getting some recognition this year.

I am not going to add honorable mentions. I was in a bit of a musical funk minus a lot of these guys. That happens sometimes, and I seemed to fill that funk with really bad pop music. Hence my new love for Ed Sheeran.

Movie-wise, 2014 had some good ones:

Ok, I must say I watch WAY more TV shows than movies these days. I dunno why, but I do. But there are two I watched on Netflix that I loved, a lot. I mean I loved all the other movies I’ve seen this past year. Mockingjay, The Hobbit, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars, etc. But I think more people need to watch these movies!

How I Live Now was actually really good. I really like Saoirse Ronan and I thought this movie was interesting. Synopsis: An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her. It’s on Netflix last I checked, and you should watch it now! Here’s the trailer:

Stuck in Love is one I honestly did not think that I would like. But to this day it has stuck with me and I keep thinking about it and how I should watch it again. Synopsis: An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year. I just think that this particular movie puts it together in a cool way. It was definitely worth watching. Trailer:

In the department of TV, 2014 involved some binge watching:

The 100 is one of my new shoes for this year. I honestly can’t explain my love for it. It’s a somewhat cheesy CW show that I love so much. Synopsis: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. I think everyone should watch it. It takes a few episodes but then stuff happens. Jake and I have actually yelled at the TV during this one. It’s filled the void that Jericho left in my life last year.

Once Upon a Time is another favorite. You all know my love for fairy tales, and this just puts it all in one place. I love the twists and turns this show takes and how all these fairy tale characters end up being connected to each other and so involved in the lives of each other. It’s all on Netflix (minus the current season) so it’s pretty easy for you to get in on the action.

Now, this is kind of new for me…but Jake and I have been super into New Girl. I watched it before, but watching it with him is so much better. It may be the fact that he and Nick Miller are essentially the same person, or that we can compare other characters in this to people we know in real life but who knows. We love it.

A few others I’ve been super into are Scandal, The Walking Dead, Gotham, Parks and Recreation, and Gilmore Girls (I WILL FOREVER REWATCH!).

Some other highlights from 2014:

I went to my very first Minnesota Wild game. My friends bought me the tickets for my birthday and I had the best time even if they didn’t win. I do miss my MN teams over here in WI.
I moved to Wisconsin. To the heart of Packer country, which is rough since I have a strong dislike for the Packers. This is me and my sister recreating family memories when she visited in the spring. When we were kids we drove through on our way to Michigan and my little brother stood in front of the sign and chanted “I HATE THE PACKERS” and we got many dirty looks.
I went fishing. Was it my favorite thing in the world to do? No. I hate fishing. But I had fun being out on the water and showing my family that I could kick their butt at any fishing contest even if I refused to touch the fish or any of the bait. I was the founder of the feast.
Went to Lake Michigan for the first time in years! I love the sandy beaches and the water that doesn’t hurt to go in (I’m talking about YOU Lake Superior). Plus, I got to take two of my best friends who had never been over there before. We had such a fun day out there, minus all the bug bits when we attempted to go hiking.
Reunited with some of my best friends in high school! Gotta love going home for the 4th of July. I miss them dearly!
More reunions at Mazeppa Daze. These two got me through my senior year of high school and I was so excited to hang out with them.
I ran a 5k, well kinda. I walked a lot of it. But this is the 2nd year that Jake and I have done the Ugly Sweater Run (and Cherise too). Its such a fun way to start off the holiday season. Next year we dress even tackier!
Last, but not least, there’s this guy. It’s been a tough year but he has been there for me no matter what. I honestly can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate him and all that he has done for me. We’ve stuck together through all the crap of 2014, and I sure hope that 2015 brings us something exciting. Something good that makes us both smile. Can’t wait to experience it all with him.

Well, that about does my 2014 recap. I am looking forward to all that 2015 has to bring. I have my goals, but I know that even if I crash and burn I have some awesome people by my side and a faith to keep me going. Wishing you all the best and I hope your new year has started off right.