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Week 11 Sewing Challenge: Act of Craftivism

This week’s prompt “Act of Craftivism” was something I had to look up. Depending on who you ask or where you look…the definition of CRAFTIVISM varies.

The simplest one I found is this: using hand-made art to express opinions or to support a movement, a combination of craft and activism.

As an added bonus this week, three of our kiddos were on spring break…so I wanted involve them in this challenge.

It was only a year ago that our children came home from school for Spring Break….and they remained home for the rest of the year. I know, join the club, right? What it does mean, though, is: the majority of the country (and the world) started to relate to the struggles of each other.

This past year was hard. It’s been a lesson in patience……in perspective…..in compassion….in resilience…. These things are what our family tried to focus on.

However, these are not new concepts for our family. In fact, since our oldest daughter was born we’ve been learning this daily.

Our other 3 younger children have grown up in a house where they’ve known nothing else. We include everyone. We love everyone. We acknowledge differences, yet embrace and celebrate them.

As they all grow older, it becomes more obvious. The gap is more pronounced. It also is very apparent that they all have hearts full of love and understanding.

So, the “cause” we chose to act for in this week’s challenge:

Inclusion. Love. Anti-Bullying. Encouragement.

“Be Kind“

We planned out what we wanted to say…..

Chose our fabric and cut out pennants to make our banners.

“You are Cool“

A couple of the kids even got behind the sewing machine

(Bonus: you can totally do this with HOT GLUE if you’re not a sewist)

“U R L❤️VED“

Then, we went out around our city and hung our messages.

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We Pray our Small Acts touch some Hearts in a BIG way!

“Be the GOOD“

P.S. Last night we sat down for a Family Movie Night and watched one of the Hallmark Movies that have been recommended to us for awhile now….

What a powerful message!

Many questions and conversation starters for you and your family if you are looking for a way to talk about friends with Special Needs. Our kids loved it! (even if some parts were really hard to watch…)

We’d love to hear of you’ve seen one of our banners!

Or even better….if you make some of your own!

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Hallmark Movie Review: It Was Always You

Countdown to Christmas 2020 really burnt me out. Out of the 40 new movies, I only chose 32 to be in my Hallmark Showdown Bracket, and it still felt like a bit much.

Then Winterfest ❄️ 2021 came….and albeit from a few good moments, none of them hit the mark for me.

Love Ever After 2021 ❤️? I thought, for sure, this will get me back in the spirit……nope. Nothing….

Until this. Until Them.

Apparently, my good friends, Tyler Hynes & Erin Krakow….

You two were just what I needed to get my Hallmark Mojo back……and I thank you. 😍

Well, yeah, and you know, love and stuff 😉

AHH! Tyler, staahhpppp being so dang lovable!

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

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ David. (Well, Tyler…let’s be honest) Perfect blend of sarcasm, wit, timing…..and then hits you up with some of the most romantic monologues in Hallmark history. If you think I’m exaggerating, you haven’t watched this one yet. Elizabeth and David together were end game from childhood. It was so fun watching her realize it!

STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ loved 🥰 all of it. They did such a great job of portraying childhood friends to romantic love in adulthood. I love that a huge part of the story was Elizabeth finding herself again… I love that the secondary character wasn’t thrown under the bus, I even 95% love how they ended it coming full circle.

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Here’s where this one could’ve use some work. I was so wrapped up in the main characters, that I cared very little about anyone else…..Which doesn’t bother me really, but since it’s a rating system that I’ve made… I have to talk about it. I did love grandma! She always knew what was up 😉

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ so SO SO MANY! The Dancing…the tv watching…the wedding registry!!! The hidden letters. So many swoon-worthy moments with these two! I’m not going to wreck it by trying to explain them….

HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The patience of this man! Normally Hallmark banks on the whirlwind romance. I was shocked by this change….especially the ending. My only wish was that the ending would have been set in Italy. I mean, missed opportunity, don’t you think?

24/25 absolutely Watching again! This one is going to be one that I come back to time and time again. 💕

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Hallmark Movie Review: Project Christmas Wish

Friends.

THIS IS HALLMARK GOLD RIGHT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I took a bit of a break from my reviews the last couple weeks because, well, Christmas gets a little crazy the closer it gets, ya know. In my house, I add to that by making many of my gifts….trying to maintain a bit of normalcy for my fam in 2020…..on-and-off virtual schooling 3/4 of the kiddos…..finsihing up custom Christmas orders for LadyBeez Designs…..oh, and working night shift at the hospital……….so, there you have it.

I continued to watch Hallmark Christmas movies, but let my blog reviews fall to the wayside.

I COULD NOT. LET. THIS. ONE. PASS. Though……

It’s movies like this that restore my love for Hallmark and re-energize my Christmas Spirit….and I watched this on December 29th, so that’s just how powerful this one is!

Hello, Mr. Van Winkle! so, honestly, I googled this guy, and I HAVE seen him before….but this is OBVIOUSLY his best Hallmark performance.

Averie Peters……Sweet MAX! This little sweetheart is GOING PLACES! You’ve seen it here first! I just want to squeeze her!

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

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Lucas & Lucy. LUCAS AND LUCY!!!!!!! Where in the world do I even start?!?!? I loved every single second of these two. I laughed, I cried sobbed like a baby, the butterflies crept up from my stomach to my throat, I blushed like a preteen in front of my children. The funny banter at the beginning….the reluctant pairing….the DANCE…..the Fire pit scene….THE END. I’m a puddle, can you tell?!?!?!?
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ YES!!!!!! This is how you make a WISH movie! 1000% to the whole thing. I loved the REAL-NESS of it all. Lucy is BUBBLY OVER THE TOP…(but even those CHRISTMAS LOVERS have their limits) Max’s wishes changing….so good! Lucas’ healing journey. Man, THE TEARS that I shed!!!! The explanation of grief….it reminded me of “Two Turtle Doves” from last year. I don’t want to spoil a SINGLE second, because you MUST watch!

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Everyone and EVERYBODY was so good…..MAX is just the cutest little girl on the planet! That smile! I can’t believe this is the only film on her IMDB! I loved Lucas’ parents—great support and one-liners. Lucy’s mom with the MAD sewing skills making some amazing dresses! I wonder if she sews anything but Velvet? (sorry….sewist nerd observation) I LOL-ed at her reaction to the first dress…I may have done that to my own mother once or twice 😉 Lucy’s friends Cullen & Joan’s story was also adorable……it’s all GREAT, ya hear?!?!?!?

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ PLEASE SEE ALL THE ABOVE. At the end after sobbing into my 8yo’s arms….we were bouncing up and down on the couch. Things I haven’t mentioned yet: The bracelets. The GINGERBREAD HOUSE (and every scene and revolved around it) The scene with Lucas and his Dad toward the end is when I lost it…….and then basically, Travis Van Winkle speaking anything throughout this whole movie. And Also, maybe when he wasn’t speaking too.

HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I wasn’t prepared for how much I LOVED this whole thing. I was actually SHOOK at the ending. The whole ending surprised me…and Cullen’s extra line…and just…………EVERYTHING. WATCH IT!

25/25 I feel like this was the movie of the YEAR. I’m not even joking. I loved it so much. I will watch it many times. Max, I CANNOT wait for your wish next year!!!!! (PLEASE MAKE A SEQUEL)

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Hallmark Movie Review: Love, Lights, Hanukkah!

I’m always amazed with how hallmark incorporates Hanukkah into their Christmas movie countdown…

This movie, by far, has been their best one yet!

Somehow, they intertwine Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations/traditions in a way that makes them both so magical and important (very smart in appealing to a larger market….which seems to be the Hallmark way this year)

Christina’s entire journey had me captivated from the start. I was so invested that I cried multiple times in the first 30 minutes…..and normally that would make my walls go up, but the sweet moments kept coming and goofball, Fred Savage, kept reeling me back in!

*******Now, because this is my personal blog…and I get to voice my personal feelings and beliefs…if Hallmark is listening(reading)..here’s food for thought. You’ve gone above and beyond to show that your channel is “all inclusive” this year. I’m not going to spell it out, because anyone who has been a Hallmark fan for any length of time can see the many different directions you’ve taken this year. Do you know what hasn’t been represented? Jesus’ birth: The Christian Christmas story. Sure, you’ve played Silent Night and Joy to the World a few times….but this movie in particular really was heavy on the explanation/celebration/reason of Hanukkah, and we have yet to have a story that features my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the fun stuff of Santa/Rudolph/Frosty/Gingerbread/etc. but they all pale in comparison to the Reason Christmas is so special to me: the Gift of Jesus. *******

And now that I’ve said my piece, I really did love this movie! Mia Kirschner, you, my friend, are lovely!

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

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️ David & Christina. Fun to watch….I really enjoyed this pairing manily due to the fact that they were more of a “slow moving” coupling then we’ve seen so far this year. Let’s face it, Christina was hit with so much emotionally in her personal life, I really agreed with her assessment that she just wasn’t ready to pursue a romantic relationship. That played out very well….and then not so much. The end of the movie got jumbled up with these two. It was fun and cute….then over before it started…then serious all so fast. Kind of made my head spin…but loved it anyway!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Probably the first movie this season I would need more hearts for the storyline rating. From the loss of Christina’s mom, the ancestry.com research(very timely), adoption, finding new family to all the implies and entails throughout. Learning a whole new religion? or was it just tradition/celebration? (still confused on that) Either way, I cried, I laughed, I cried 4 more times….the story was amazing.

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ ALL THE HEARTS for EVERYBODY! Parents, siblings, kids, and friends…they ALL NAILED IT! Marilu Henner, my heart couldn’t take it. I just wanted to hug her and Mia in every darn scene. These women, AHHH! Loved them. And don’t even get me started on Georgio.

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Was there a moment I wasn’t feeling???? I can’t even remember one. If I wasn’t crying, I was visibly smiling. There were too many scenes to even name! Each reveal: I was a puddle. Even Happy tears during the gift opening toward the end……and can we talk about the scene with Christina on the phone, Ruth over her shoulder…the angel statue over Ruth’s shoulder???? Come on.

HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I was shocked at just how much I loved every minute. I don’t want to spoil anything, so go watch. Have you tissues at the ready!

23/25 Heart.Warming. would highly recommend….not a re-watcher for me…but it’s a must see at least once!

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Hallmark Movie Review: Christmas She Wrote

oh boy.

I’ve got a lot to unpack with this one….

Danica McKeller is often a Hallmark guarantee as a leading lady….and I have been known to enjoy Dylan Neal in the Cedar Cove & Gourmet Detective series on occassion…..so I really expected to love this one….

I didn’t.

In fact, the writing/acting was so awkward for me that there were moments I had to check to see if I was watching Hallmark and not Lifetime…..

Tripp Wyndym. Can we just pause here and acknowledge the ridiculousness of this name? (I laughed the first 15 minutes of the movie for this alone.)

What bothered me the most though: Tripp. The character is horrible. He’s tasked with firing everyone…but never actually feels bad about it…..Then, he flies across the country pursuing Kayleigh to return to the job, but also romantically pursuing her…..over stepping is the understatement of the century here. Oof!

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

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️ Tripp & Kayleigh. Shouldn’t happen. This romance is inappropriate in so many ways…..even if I could get past the employer/employee (which I’m sure I could since it’s Hallmark and I’m sure it’s been done before…and I probably loved it) These two weren’t genuine. Tripp could drive a Hallmark Truck COVERED in RED FLAGS with the creep vibes he gave off. TOO MUCH. Did not like. Was it the age difference? Not sure. Just didn’t sit right with me.
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️ OK, I liked the different ideas Kayleigh wrote about in her column to inspire the town to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m 100% on board with the Christmas Cocktail Party!……aside from that…..none of the rest of it really connected with me

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️ DR.DAN! Now, this is the man for you, Kayleigh! How was I more invested in the “wrong guy” then the supposed “right guy”?!?!? Ultimately, that can’t just be chemistry, right????….that has to be the writer’s job, no? The little bit of Tripp vs. Dan dueling for her affections was cute. Glad Kayleigh has a great best friend in Stephen and an awesome sister….(still think Stephen knows what’s up with Tripp, and, girl should listen to him!)

FEELS ❤️❤️I think I’ve made most of my “feels” clear so far….if we need to point out some others…I could mention all the excitement feels I got about thinking about having that cocktail party….with drinks on Tripp and Dan for the first 1 1/2 hours 🙂 …….on a serious note, Danika hit it out of the park with her reaction to Tripp’s overstep with her novel. She could have been a bit harsher, though, if you ask me. 😉

HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️THIS whole movie. I am shocked this made it past the editor’s desk. Tripp should’ve fired them.

9/25 and that’s all She Wrote!