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Hallmark Movies 2020: Quarantine Edition

Another Wednesday, another Hallmark chat here.  🙂

Man, it’s been hard to catch up on my Hallmark movies!  I didn’t get to see all the Spring Fling offerings, and since I have to wait until they become available on Sling TV again, I’ve had to resort to re-watching a few movies from the past.  I’ve even come across a couple I haven’t seen yet….which has been a very pleasant surprise, indeed.

What I’m here to talk about though, is the FUTURE of Hallmark Movies….

Have you seen the meme traveling around Facebook?

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Many people shared or tagged me in it….my husband even shared it to my wall.  So, obviously, word is getting around that I’m “into” Hallmark, I guess?  OH BOY!  I snickered when I read this…but then, I seriously considered it.  What if they can’t film Hallmark Christmas movies this year?!?!?  What will I EVER DO?!?!

As with many of these “What Ifs” we’ve been faced with this year….I’m going to not think about it.  It’s out of my control….I must soldier on.

But Maybe….just Maybe….some movies would look a bit like this…..

Flip that Marriage

Not only are they both working from home together, but Rachel and Hank decided to tackle a few home DIY projects during the pandemic.  Will their marriage fall apart like their homemade furniture?  Will they learn to love again while they put the pieces back together?  

 

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Becky was beside herself when restaurants were ordered to close.  She had just opened her dream bakery, and now a pandemic shut those dreams down.  While trying to stay afloat, her curbside to-go business had one mysterious repeat customer.  She may not have been able to see his face…but those eyes were unforgettable!  What was this handsome stranger doing with thousands of dollars of baked goods a day?  Was he sweet on more than just her cupcakes?

 

Delivering Love

Mary never did like Christmas.  It always reminded her of what she lost.  The “Safer at Home” order was exactly what she needed to lock out Christmas this year.  Gabriel, everyone’s favorite delivery man, noticed there was only house on his route that wasn’t decorated with Christmas lights.  After asking around, Gabriel made it his Christmas Messenger duty to deliver some Christmas cheer to this house….but would that be all he delivered?  After 12 days of Surprise Christmas Deliveries…Gabriel and Mary just might find themselves more than just presents under the tree this year…

No Sustitution for love

Maggie was so tired of Grocery Store Pick-Up always leaving things off her order.  It seemed she was missing items or needed substitutions with every single trip.  One day she got so frustrated, she demanded to speak to a manager….which only made it worse!  Mr. Manager didn’t take her seriously at all!  He thought he was so charming and cute…(I mean, maybe he was…but that’s not the point)  Her next Grocery Pick-up…and every one after, Mr. Manager personally delivered to her car….and when she got home: No Missing items, no substitutions, and a single rose.  Her weekly Grocery Pick-Up became less maddening…..turns out, Mr. Manager has a name…and an ulterior motive for “No Substitutions”

 

Oh my goodness, I need to stop.  This was too much fun!  Don’t judge my photoshop skills…I was going for perfection, and I ain’t got time for more.

I have NO affiliations to Hallmark (Officially), unless, of course, they want to use these Plot Lines for a new series for 2020.  If that’s the case, call me!

Tell me!  Do YOU have any Pandemic Plot Lines?  I’d love to hear them!

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Hallmark Movie Review: You’re Bacon Me Crazy

I am getting BACK into my blog groove.

I think one of the biggest reasons I hit a wall this week was it finally got to me that I have put most of the “me” things on hold.  While I realize that this is totally and completely necessary in order to try and accomplish all the “distance learning” for 4 dependent children….

it also has finally lead me to a bit of burnout this week.

Well, let’s get back at it!

SO it’s Wednesday. And on Wednesday’s we HALLMARK here!

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I almost fell off my chair when this movie was announced.  Anything with BACON in the title has GOT to be good, right?

Also, these two leads are usually very good…..the test?  Are they good together?

Well, my initial quick review:  BACON + HALLMARK = 100% WIN!

I’m going to jump into my 5 point review in a second, but I wasn’t exactly sure where this point would fit…so I’m putting it here.  I could hardly contain myself that I got a personal shout out in this film.  I mean, they NAMED THE MAIN SANDWICH AFTER ME!

THE BLP!

(sure, it’s my maiden name initials…but still.  It’s ME!)

I feel so seen.

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So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each

CHEMISTRY ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️
ON POINT!  The WHOLE MOVIE.  I just love it when the actors start off the movie NOT hating on each other or annoying each other.  It really makes the process of them getting together a lot more believable for me.  They were both so cute about it.
STORYLINE ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️
LOVED THIS!  It was such a cool concept…Food Trucks!  Maybe part of my love for it was the fact that we can DO NONE OF THESE things right now:  Farmer’s Markets, Food Trucks, Competitions, Being in Public….it really made me realize just how much I miss all of it, but I am excited to do it again soon! (God-willing)
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️ ❤️❤️
I liked Gabe & his brother’s relationship a lot, but my favorite was Cleo’s niece, Tessa!  How fun was she?!?!  Helping her technology-impaired auntie with her business 🙂 Makes me sad that I’m in the “old” crowd now…but I can still manage a few social media accounts, so I guess I’m not a dinosaur yet 😉
FEELS ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️
UGH! The hard part about having the feels begin at the start of the movie…when the conflict parts come, they really hurt.  They made me feel them all., What a roller coaster!
HALLMARK SURPRISE❤️❤️❤️❤️
I Just Really LOVED these two leads together!  Gabe & Cleo ALL DAY! Could you tell?  The surprise for me was how they were almost like real adults when conflicts came up.  When I thought they would Hallmark-zig….they would ZAG!  All the little misunderstandings were resolved quickly.  And the big conflict was believable!

21/25 ❤️. Would  HIGHLY recommend…and would probably watch again….as long as I had a BIG BLP to eat while I watched!

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Fill the Truck: Fabric Daffodils

Today I am struggling.  I’m struggling with patience.  I’m struggling with negativity.

I’m basically driving the whole Struggle Bus.

In short: I’ve got a bad attitude.

So, I thought I’d make something pretty.   (that didn’t involve masks)

Do you remember my Hallmark Inspired Truck that I keep out all year long?  Well, it needed something SPRINGY!

I meant to have at least two other Fill the Truck posts in between my Shamrocks and this one, but….well, quarantine life.

Alright, enough ho-hum…let’s get to some pretties, shall we?

I found a really cute, easy tutorial for fabric daffodils HERE from Crafty Staci  She gives you three ways to make them.  I followed one tutorial for the first one I made, and then just sort of wings the other two.  Remember, my attitude today.  I ran out of patience with that too, apparently.

 

Anywhoodle, I used some wooden skewers and wrapped them up with fabric for the stems….

HOT glue those bad boys on the back

Then, I just happened to have this cute little Terracotta pot Georgia painted for me back in 2018.  (says so on the bottom)

And for the dirt?  A rolled up brown sock that is one of a million without a match that I have piled in our guest room.

 

See, Who needs to run to the craft store to create something new?

Well, I might not NEED to…..but I REALLY REALLY REALLY cannot wait to anyway.

Also, I need to catch up on my Spring Fling Hallmark movies! (Perhaps that will lift my spirits?)

Have you been watching???

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Just My Type: Hallmark Movie Review

SPRING FLING arrived this past Saturday on Hallmark!

Did you get to watch?

I’m not sure the last time I actually watched a Hallmark movie on it’s premiere date, but I certainly intended to on Saturday….but life with a family of 6 all quarantined to a one TV house decided otherwise.

I did, however, get to watch this on Sunday night….and it was a bit of a different experience, as my lovely husband willing sat down and watched it with me…he wasn’t even too judgy 😉

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Overall, both my opinon and my hubby’s was the same  “It wasn’t that bad”  Not a raving review….but for me, it got off to such a sllloooooowwww and awkward start, that once it it finally got better, it was hard to get into.

Maybe it was the Obvious FAKE Spring “Blossoms” everywhere….please tell me I wasn’t the only one distracted by the puffy, pastel, plastic flowers in the background…foreground….EVERYWHERE!

Now I hope with all this negativity you don’t start think that I didn’t like this one!  I totally did! The turning point of Vanessa actually telling Martin the real reason she wanted to write a story on him….well, it was “feels” moment that changed the whole movie for me.  It made me start rooting for them all!

There were also some great one-liners in this one…even made the hubs and I laugh out loud a few times!

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So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each

CHEMISTRY ❤️ ❤️❤️
Vanessa, Vanessa, Vanessa…it took her awhile, but once she opened up, I was IN IT!  You could tell Martin was game from that point too!  I really did love their chemistry…but Hallmark!  Please stop cutting the ending SO FAST.  I actually remarked, “That was abrupt”  You make us wait the whole movie for a kiss….then boom and done.  😦
STORYLINE ❤️ ❤️
This was just Okay.  There wasn’t a whole lot of substance to it.  He didn’t like fame.  She wants to write a story….GASP, they live in different cities……not a big heart string tugger….(I mean, it’s not like they are in a lockdown situation, amiright?!?!)
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️ ❤️❤️
I’m laughing while typing this because my DH had LOADS to say about Vanessa’s friend, Amber.  Apparently she reminded him of a character from a different movie (it isn’t flattering, so I’m not saying)  But everytime she was on the screen he commented on it.  That being said, I actually loved she insight and interaction.  The comments from her parents/friend when Martin cooked her a meal is the part that made us giggle.  Delivery was flawless.
FEELS ❤️ ❤️❤️
They made me care.  I was sad at the “conflict” part…so I’ll give them 3 hearts.
HALLMARK SURPRISE❤️
I would say the big surprise for me was how honest they were with each other about their feelings…but then it DIDN’T MATTER ANYWAY…so that sucked.  But obviously, it ended happy…and that’s why we watch, right?
12/25 ❤️. Would recommend…But I wouldn’t re-watch this one

 

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2019 Hallmark’s Christmas Movies: Which one’s are worth Watching?

It turns out, you might need a little guidance this weekend…

As you may or may not know, my love for Hallmark Movies got very real this past Countdown to Christmas when I reached out to the friends in my Facebook universe.  I posed the question: Who loves Hallmark Christmas movies…and who would love to play a game with me?

Out of the handful of people that shared my love/obsession… 21 people (including myself) decided to jump on board with my crazy idea of hosting a

Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Bracket.

Basically, I took 24 of the NEW movie premieres and paired them up against each other in a Bracket.  We watched them.  We voted.  People either donated $$ to participate or a prize to be given away.  It turned out WAY more amazing then I thought it would!  It was not only fun to play, but it was fun to discuss the movies and get to know some awesome people that I didn’t typically interact with before.

I DO have plans on hosting again this 2020 Christmas Season (God-willing), but for now…

If you haven’t heard, Hallmark is airing their Countdown to Christmas Movies this weekend as a Marathon!  Now, I know you might be game to just sit down and watch them all.  And, to that I say, “GOOD ON YA!”  They’ll bring you happiness and joy!

If, however, you are thinking…“Geez, I wish I knew which one(s) are actually good…”

I AM HERE FOR YOU!

(to be fair, our Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Group is here for you) Because thanks to our hours of dedication and sacrifice from October 2019-December 2019.

We WATCHED THEM ALL!  

and BETTER YET….we discussed, voted, and ranked them all!

I won’t reveal all of our secrets, because I didn’t ask if I could share identities…but I will share our FINAL vote.

In order to determine the “REAL” Hallmark Christmas Movie Winner, we voted on the TOUGH, hard-hitting question:

Would You Watch It Again?

Below is the  Final List:

Out of 21 voting Members, the number Listed is the Percentage of Participants that would, in fact, RE-WATCH the movie.  (and with all the options out there, that’s some High Praise for a Hallmark flick, if you ask me)

  • 71% Merry & Bright
  • 71% Christmas Scavenger Hunt
  • 62% A Christmas Love Story
  • 57%  Christmas in Evergreen; Tidings of Joy
  • 52% Christmas Under the Stars
  • 48% A Gift to Remember 2
  • 48% Christmas Town
  • 43% Write Before Christmas
  • 38% Check Inn to Christmas
  • 33% Double Holiday
  • 33% The Christmas Club
  • 29% Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
  • 29% Picture a Perfect Christmas
  • 29% Mistletoe Secret
  • 19% Christmas at Dollwood
  • 19% It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • 14% Our Christmas Love Song
  • 14% Christmas at the Plaza
  • 10% A Christmas Duet
  • 10% Christmas in Rome
  • 10% Holiday Date
  • 5% Nostalgic Christmas
  • 0% Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays
  • 0% A Cheerful Christmas

 

There you have it folks!

My personal opinion…I would watch ALL of the movies on the above list that scored 33% or more.  This is the VERY HIGHLY regarded opinion of the Hallmark Movie experts I gathered.  Do with it what you will!

Also. This is only our opinion of whether or not we’d watch it again…if you’d like further clarification on a specific movie…or pros/cons to this/that.  I am happy to help!  I understand what pressure we are under to choose wisely in a home that shares limited screens 😉  Feel free to ask away!

Hope They Spread some JOY to you this Weekend.

Happy Social Distancing &  MERRY CHRISTMAS!