My Hallmark Obsession

Hallmark Movie Review: Follow Me to Daisy Hills

It’s Fall Harvest Time on the Hallmark Channel!

I was getting kind of restless waiting for new movies to be released on our beloved Hallmark…and I do know there were a few new flicks during the summer, but they just never do capture my heart like Christmas. I vividly remember last year feeling the same way, and I thought I’d be waiting until the end of October to pick back up my viewership…..

But, Fall is my Favorite Season. So, when Fall Harvest was announced, I knew I would get sucked in to all things Pumpkin and Harvest-y Hallmark style.

So, here I am: Reviewing the first of the 2020 Fall Harvest Movies: Follow Me to Daisy Hills.

Ok, I’m first going to start off by saying what it is not. It is not Pumpkin-y/Fall like/Harvest-Fest at all. This movie could be thrown into any season at anytime… Where are my Pumpkins? Where are my Apples?

Also, it is not very good. Sorry, I really try not to be too negative….but I gotta be honest. This took a LOOOONG time to get me to actually care about these characters and their relationship. It starts off with Jo (Cindy Busby) having HORRIBLE business sense. I get it. Some people love their small town feels…but being on social media is kind of old news as far as a business goes (even for a small town store). Also, I get wanting to be kind and generous to friends (I do this too and get yelled at all the time) BUT when something costs you DOUBLE, and then you give it away completely FREE instead of charging your customer…..I can’t. Whatevs. That storyline was rough.

One the bright side, the main couple did get me to care by the 1st kiss, though. (and yes, I said 1st kiss….there are more than 1 😉 so that was delightful) Mostly, though, I did have to pretend that slicked-back hairstyle out of existence the entire movie. Just, no.

Let’s Get into it though. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a review

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

CHEMISTRY ❤️❤️❤️
It started sooooooo sloooooowwwww. The fact that these two high school sweethearts had history, and everyone was telling us they should be together didn’t even make me believe it. Does it make me a horrible person that I was distracted by Blake’s hair so much that I couldn’t concentrate? Probably. Quarantine hair, don’t care? Dude’s a good looking guy….get that man a haircut.
STORYLINE ❤️❤️
Classic smalltown girl….left by a boy in search of the “Big City” (INSERT THE BIGGEST EYE ROLL) I just didn’t like it. I already discussed a lot of that above….but I DO love a good “community store” concept being the small handmade business that I am. I saw that coming a mile away…and still loved it.
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️
I did enjoy a few of the little sister’s one-liners….she actually referenced “making out” in a Hallmark movie, so bonus points there. And, although Bob was quite disheveled most of the movie, which I didn’t understand at all….I’m very interested in trying his BBQ
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️
Not much in the romance department…but I did get a little heart flutter in the essay written by sister Sophie. I wouldn’t say it was amazing, but it was lovely. That family unit sure loves each other and is loyal and wonderful.
HALLMARK SURPRISE ❤️❤️
The surprise for me was that I actually did care a little bit about the couple and the storyline by the end. There were a few lines that Jo and Sophie quipped throughout the movie that made me giggle. (“We were having a moment!”) I don’t know why the dramatic viral post surprised me so much at the end….should have been an obvious “twist” with how anti-social media Jo was…but nonetheless, it got me to smile.

12/25 . Not excited about it. Would pass on by if it was on again.

From the Vault

My Hallmark Wedding Day

A little “Flash Back” to July 4, 2006…. I posted this in 2009 on my first blog. We are celebrating 14 years of marriage today. I stood before God, our family, and friends and married my Marine….after 4 years of his active duty…his 3 tours overseas defending our country….a war that we will never forget….there were no emails….sometimes I waited months for phone calls or letters….

If you knew us then, you know how much we LOVED each other…and our country….I mean, we chose to wed on July 4th…EVEN WHEN IT WAS A TUESDAY! It pains me what our Flag and our Country (which is, in my heart and mind, ALL OF THE PEOPLE that compose this beautiful melting pot) are enduring right now. I pray for us all, everyday. And, on that note….all I really wanted to do was share my Happy Wedding Day (14 years ago) with you….

On July 4th, 2006….I married my best friend…..

Of course, I had to have my best girls get all dolled-up with me…


And keep me sane…


And in case there was a scene….The Men had it all under control……”which one of these is not like the other..” (hint: he’s the love of my life!)


The church was heavenly. We got married at Grace Lutheran where I attended K-8 growing up. We are now members with our own family.


And, here we are…JUST MARRIED


MR. & MRS.


Pictures at the Park



And “I Thought I Loved You Then….”






The Calvin Klein pose


The Wedding Party

The sun set on our day…but our life together was just beginning



Our First Dance as Husband & Wife: “Me & You” by Kenny Chesney
And I leave you with what I’ve dubbed “The Money Shot”


HAPPY 4th of July!!!!!

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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???