The Bookie Trials Royal Weekender | March 2020

Last weekend I participated in The Bookie Trials Royal Weekender, 48 hours of reading to take everyone’s mind off the Coronavirus pandemic currently affecting most of the world. It was also a contest to find out which team gets a 2-day lead during The Bookie Trials in July. I’m on Team Mage; the other 3 teams are the Bards, Outlaws, & Scribes. Start scrolling to see how I did. 🧙🏻‍♀️

🗓   Wednesday, March 25, 2020   🗓

1:50pm – I declared my TBR on Twitter & earned my Oath Maker badge.

Source: https://twitter.com/LaurenMichele93/status/1242916815132483584

🗓   Friday, March 27, 2020   🗓

4pm – I earned my Power Surge badge by watching the Starting Ceremony Live Show & participating in the reading sprints. I started “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacquie Winspear & “The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE5oyp45vfk&t=5s

6pm – I posted my TBR & played This or That on my Instagram story.

6:30pm – I earned my Tournament Ready badge by participating in the Scavenger Hunt.

Source: https://twitter.com/TheBookieTrials/status/1243705603060641797

🎭   –   M A S K   –   🎭

🥇   –   G O L D   –   🥇

*Note: My photo came out a little blurry so I’m using one from the internet.

💦   –   W A T E R   –    🌊 

🔑    –   K E Y   –   🔑 

📖   –   B O O K   –   📚 

➡️   –   A R R O W   –   ⬅️

⛵️   –   B O A T   –   ⛵️ 

🐉   –   M Y T H I C A L   A N I M A L   –   🐉 

🕊   –   F E A T H E R   –   🕊

🍋   –   F R U I T   –   🍋

👠    –   S H O E   –   👠 

👑   –   C R O W N   –   👑 

🚪   –   D O O R   –   🚪 

🪑   –   T H R O N E   –   🪑 

🗡   –   S W O R D   –   🗡 

🌟 Wrap-Up: I finished the day with 24 pages read in “Maisie Dobbs” & 38 pages in “The ABC Murders,  a total of 62 pages.

🗓   Saturday, March 28, 2020   🗓

Noon: Things did not go as planned. Despite trying to get my mind off current events, I received news that the store I work at is closed until further notice & was encouraged to apply for Unemployment Insurance. My reading time turned into a long afternoon & evening spent crunching numbers for an application. I didn’t open a book until 11pm. 😴 💤

🌟 Wrap-Up: I stayed up until 3am & read 116 pages in “The ABC Murders.

🗓   Sunday, March 29, 2020   🗓

9am – Running on 6 hours of sleep, I was determined to finish 1 book. A few hours later, I reached my goal & earned 3 badges: Clairvoyance, Magi Might, & Tome Champion.

Noon – 4pm: I wanted to attempt to finish a 2nd book, but the application process I started on Saturday got in the way. I turned into the Hulk & had a meltdown so it was for the best that I stepped away from reading. I did, however, earn my Master Your Craft badge by watching one of my favorite YouTubers: BooksAndLala.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFdJ0tSlDdA

4pm48 hours later, the readathon was over. 🎉

🌟 Wrap-Up: I read 24 pages in “Maisie Dobbs” & finished “The ABC Murders. I read 247 pages total & finished 1 book, earning 7 out of 8 badges.

✔️ Oathmaker – Share Your TBR – I declared my TBR on Twitter.

✔️ Tournament Ready – Join a Competition – Scavenger Hunt

✔️ Power Surge – Complete a 2-Hour Sprint – Starting Ceremony

✔️ Tome Champion – Finish One Book – “The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie

❌ Expansive Lore – Discover a New World – “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear

✔️ Master Your Craft – Watch a Favorite YouTuber – BooksAndLala

✔️ Clairvoyance – Read a 5-Star Prediction – “The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie

✔️ Magi Might – Read a Book With Purple on the Cover – “The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie

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The Results:

4th PlaceTeam ScribeAverage score of 6.99 & an average page count of 537

3rd Place: Team Bard | Average score of 7.14 & an average page count of 537

2nd Place: Team Mage | Average score of 7.16 & an average page count of 543

1st Place: Team Outlaw | Average score of 7.20 & an average page count of 632

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This weekend didn’t go as planned, & my team didn’t win, but after a horrible reading slump dating back to 2019, I was happy to finish at least one book. I can’t wait for the big event this summer.  I vlogged last year so I think I’m going to blog this year. See you in July! ☀️

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Most of us have a lot of home time ahead of us so I thought I would share some recommendations to get you through the coming days. I work a lot on the computer with freedom to listen to music or watch a show. If that sounds like your current situation, this list is for you. If you’re not able to work right now, hopefully these recommendations will be a welcome distraction from all the chaos. 💕

*Note: This is a lot of information to keep track of so please inform me of any mistakes so I can fix them. Please & thank you!

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💻   A M A Z O N   P R I M E   🍿 

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Dancers & dance enthusiasts, drop everything & watch Dance Academy. As a former dancer, I’ve never related to something more on a “teen struggling in the dance world” level. If you don’t have Prime, visit the Dance Academy YouTube channel & check out their playlists. The movie Dance Academy: The Comeback is on Netflix. 🩰  For a period show centered on royalty, look no further than Victoria; I’ve only seen season 1, but it’s amazing so far. Four seasons of Luther & all 7 seasons of The Mentalist are available for a dose of crime. I myself am planning a rewatch in the near future. Speaking of crime, there are three miniseries based on stories by Agatha Christie: Ordeal by Innocence, The ABC Murders, & The Pale Horse. I have yet to watch any of them, but if the Queen of Crime is your source, how could you go wrong?? If you need some fashion to boost your spirits, Clinton & Stacy are on hand to present the  12th & final season of What Not To Wear.

I’m Watching: I’m currently making my way through Gavin & Stacey and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Season 1. After taking a break, I’m planning on getting back to Downton Abbey & Grimm.

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🦦   A N I M A L S   🦍

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Animal lovers rejoice! You can admire the wildest of God’s creation while quarantined indoors thanks to live webcams. I’m providing links to two aquariums & two zoos in California, my home state. 🇺🇸 Additionally, you can watch live safaris in South Africa thanks to SafariLIVE. 🇿🇦

🐧   Aquarium of the Pacific   🦈

🐠   Monterey Bay Aquarium   🐢 

🐨   San Diego Zoo   🐼

🦍   San Diego Zoo Safari Park   🐅 

🐊   Wild Earth   🦁

You can sit back & watch these live cameras like a TV show or play music & get work done with help from your new critter companions. No matter what you choose, this is educational, relaxing, & great for both kids & adults. 🦉

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📚   B O O K S   📚 

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Mount, Jane. Ideal Bookshelf 822: Agatha Christie. https://www.idealbookshelf.com/products/ideal-bookshelf-822-agatha-christie.

This is a good time for lighthearted reading so I would recommend a trip down memory lane with nostalgic books such as The Baby-Sitters Club series or the Little House on the Prairie series. It might be a bit grim for this particular moment in time, but if you’re feeling brave, pick up the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. If you read the books & still want more from the ASOUE world, watch the amazing show on Netflix. I didn’t read this series until I was an adult, but it is nonetheless an essential comfort read: Harry PotterMy brand new illustrated editions look very tempting right now!

If you’re a bit of a weirdo like me & can read crime/mystery books at any time, I recommend classics like Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew, & Sherlock Holmes. British Library Crime Classics are also fantastic; my favorite so far is “Antidote to Venom” by Freeman Wills Crofts. If you’d prefer modern small town mysteries with a dose of baking, look no further than the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke; you can read one of the books & then use the included cookbook to bake recipes from the story. If you like the TV show Criminal Minds, The Patrick Bowers Files series by Steven James is fantastic.

For something a little more out of this world, I implore you to pick up the Illuminae Files trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I guarantee you will fly through all three books at the speed of light. If you have access, I’ve heard the audiobooks are also incredible. Buckle up & prepare for an edge-of-your-seat journey! 🌙

I’m Reading: I’ve been in a horrible reading slump since the end of 2019 so I’m still making my way through “Capturing the Devil” by Kerri Maniscalso.

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💻   D I S N E Y   P L U S   🍿 

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When I did my 30-day Disney Plus marathon last November, it was fun to plan out themed days so that’s what I recommend you do now. For example, Emperor’s New Groove & Emperor’s New School or Go Figure & Ice Princess or both versions of The Parent Trap1961 & 1998 ). Show some love to specific actors: Aly MichalkaCow Belles, Now You See ItPhil of the Future, & Pixel Perfect ), Brenda SongGet A Clue, Stuck in the SuburbsThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody, & Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior ), Christy Carlson RomanoCadet Kelly, Even Stevens, & Kim Possible ), etc. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention absolute classics like High School Musical & The Cheetah Girls. For more recommendations, use the search bar on the right side of the screen & type “Disney Plus” to see every single movie & TV show I watched during my marathon.

These are my personal favorite movies & shows. My favorite animated movie is Tarzan, followed by Aladdin & Hercules. My favorite princess movies are Mulan, Aladdin, & Pocahontas. My favorite Pixar movies are Monsters, Inc. & Monsters University. My favorite live action movies are Into the Woods, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, & The Moon-SpinnersMy favorite shows are Lizzie McGuire & Kim Possible.

I’m Watching: I’m in the middle of several shows started during my marathon, but the priorities are Lizzie McGuire & the new Disney movies I have yet to watch: Aladdin, Cars 3, Frozen 2, Incredibles 2 ( currently on Netflix ), Mary Poppins Returns ( currently on Netflix ), Ralph Breaks the Internet ( currently on Netflix ), & Toy Story 4.

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🏋🏻‍♀️   F I T N E S S   🤸🏻‍♀️

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I’m not personally in a good relationship with exercise at the moment, but I know that some of you will be wanting ways to be active while staying inside. I can recommend some fantastic people on YouTube who will have you sweating in no time.

Tip: If you or your child owns a hula hoop, use that for a workout. Turn on your favorite movie or TV show & move those hips for 30 minutes or more.

•   Dance Fitness with Jessica   •

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•   Fitness Marshall   •

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•   R E F I T R E V  

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLUwvOffXfo

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRSSv6ZqEfs

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cznYdI77WJ4

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD_l3fDTFyg

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🧩   G A M E S   🎲

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If you already have a stash of board games in your home, allow me to recommend my family’s favorites: Clue (available as an app, not free), Logo, & Trivial Pursuit (available as an app, free). We don’t own any right now, but my mom & I also love puzzles. Probably should’ve stocked up before the apocalypse happened! 🙈

*NOTE: After a round or two of the game, check out the film Clue (1985) for free on Crackle. It has a cult following for a reason!

If you have coloring books laying around the house, that’s a great way to relax & destress. There’s also free, printable coloring pages online such as this Golden Girls picture. If you don’t have any coloring tools at home, there are free digital options such as Coloring Book For Adults (Apple only), ColorMe (Apple only), Color Therapy (Apple only), & Happy Color ( Android & Apple ).

I haven’t played games on my laptop in a very long time, but I have to recommend the Papa Louie cooking games from Flipline Studios. They’re addicting & perfect for playing while catching up on audiobooks, music, shows, or podcasts. You can work with any kind of food imaginable: Burgeria ( Android & Apple ), Bakeria ( Android & Apple ), Cheeseria ( Android & Apple ), Cupcakeria Android & Apple ), Donuteria ( Android & Apple ), Freezeria ( Android & Apple ), Hot DoggeriaAndroid & Apple ), Pancakeria ( Android & Apple ), Pastaria, Pizzeria ( Android & Apple ), Scooperia ( Android & Apple ), Sushiria, Taco Mia ( Android & Apple ), & Wingeria Android & Apple ).

*Note: The computer games are free, but the app versions are not. 💰

Speaking of apps, my favorite free phone & tablet games are Angry Birds, Babel Word Game, Candy Crush, Fruit Ninja, Mario Kart Tour, Room Escape: 50 Rooms 1 ( Android & Apple ), Scrabble GO ( Android & Apple ), Two Dots, Word Life, Wordscapes ( same concept as Word Life, Android & Apple ), & Word Stacks ( Android & Apple ). I haven’t played this in awhile, but I used to be obsessed with Diner Dash ( Android & Apple ). If you love music, I recently discovered Dot n Beat ( Android & Apple ) & Tiles Hop ( Android & Apple ).

What I’m Playing: I’ve recently become obsessed with the Crossword app ( Android & Apple ). It’s a great way to start or end my day & keep my mind sharp. I’m also considering a Nancy Drew computer game, which I’ve never completed on my own.

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📀   M O V I E S   🍿 

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Obviously everyone’s movie collection looks different so I’m going to provide links to digital stores & streaming services. For romantic comfort films, I immediately turn to:

Anne of Green Gables trilogy ( available for digital purchase on Gazebo )

Jane Austen movies: Northanger Abbey 2007 ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, & PBS Passport )

Persuasion 2007Apple TV $ )

Pride & Prejudice 2005 ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, Google Play $, Hulu, & STARZ )

Sense & Sensibility 1995 & 2008 | 1985 is on Amazon $Apple TV $Google Play $Hulu,  & Showtime2008 is on Apple TV $, Google Play $Hulu & Prime.

North and South 2004 ( Netflix )

Another classic I can’t say no to is Little Women. I haven’t seen the new adaptation yet, but I personally recommend 1949 & 1994. Surprisingly I don’t own either so I have to wait for TV airings.

1949Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

1994Amazon $, Apple TV $Crackle, Google Play $, & Showtime

Speaking of classics & romance, set aside an Audrey Hepburn day for Breakfast at Tiffany’s ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, Google Play $, Hulu, & STARZ ), Funny Face ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $ ), & Roman Holiday ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, Crackle, Google Play $, & Tubi ). Audrey always makes everything seem brighter & better! ☀️

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If you love musical theater, these are some of my favorite musical films (not including animated Disney movies):

ChicagoAmazon $, Apple TV $, Google Play $, & Hulu 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c2bKZMxEQg

Fiddler on the RoofApple TV $Google Play $, & Prime (leaving on 3/31)

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVGNdB6iEeA

Grease Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS9SXH3DfT8

Into the WoodsApple TV $Amazon $, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6t79Nw_6YA

Once Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8mtXwtapX4

Singin’ in the Rain – Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0asbGJbLKc

The Greatest ShowmanAmazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW61RQZojMQ

The Prince of EgyptAmazon $, Apple TV $Google Play $, & Hulu

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NieC8KA0EvI

The Sound of Music Amazon $Apple TV $Disney Plus, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drnBMAEA3AM

Thoroughly Modern Millie – DVD

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSCz9LgvClw

Here are a few more that I love but don’t own yet:

Hairspray 2007 Amazon $, Apple TV $, Netflix, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm2iTP1NaB4

Mary PoppinsAmazon $, Apple TV $, Disney Plus, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbGrIMQuX_Q

The Music Man 1962 Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2ySBtVLCYA

Since you have so much time on your hands, dive into a favorite franchise:

Harry Potter Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

Indiana Jones – Amazon $, Apple TV $, Google Play $, & Netflix

Lord of the Rings Amazon $, Apple TV, & Google Play $ | Movies 2 & 3 are on Netflix

The Hobbit Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $ | Movies 1 & 3 are on Hulu

Star WarsAmazon $, Apple TV $Disney Plus, & Google Play $ | Rogue One & episodes 2, 3, & 4 are also on Hulu. Solo: A Star Wars Story is also on Netflix.

The Hunger Games Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

If you’re wondering where the superheroes are, I have one name for you: Batman. Do me a favor & go watch the Dark Knight trilogy ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $  ). For an extra dose of bat, you can’t go wrong with Batman: The Animated Series ( Apple $, DC Universe, & Google Play $ ). That’s all you need! 🖤🦇🖤

*Note: Batman Begins & The Dark Knight are also on Netflix.

We’ve now come to the end of this long list which could definitely be longer. I suggest we throw caution to the wind & get a little dangerous. 🔥 Here are some crime thrillers that my brother & I are obsessed with: Gone Baby Gone ( Amazon $, Apple $, Google Play $, Hulu, & Starz ), Gone Girl ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $ ), Insomnia ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $ ), Nightcrawler ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $ ), Prisoners ( Amazon $, Apple $, Google Play $, & Hulu ), Se7en ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $ ), & Zodiac ( Amazon $, Apple $, Crackle, & Google Play $ ). I probably missed one or two, but that’s enough to get you started. 🚔

I’m Watching: I’m seriously considering a Jane Austen marathon. I need some dashing men in my life right about now! 💘

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🎵   M U S I C   🎶 

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I speak fluent Disney so this list could get quite lengthy. I’ll keep it short with just a few favorites. For soundtracks, look no further than Phil Collins ( Apple & Google Play ). Tarzan ( Apple & Google Play ) & Brother Bear ( not available for digital purchase ) are masterpieces, and it’s an absolute travesty if you haven’t listened yet. My number one song is “If I Never Knew You” from PocahontasApple & Google Play ), which was cut from the movie because it didn’t perform well with kids during test screenings. Thankfully it’s now available as a single & extended scene on DVD. Other favorites include “A Whole New World” from Aladdin ( Apple & Google Play ), “God Bless the Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame ( Apple & Google Play ), “Go the Distance” from HerculesApple & Google Play ), “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from Lilo & Stitch ( Apple & Google Play ),“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan ( Apple & Google Play ), “I Wont Say I’m in Love” from Hercules ( Apple & Google Play ), & “Life is a Highway” from Cars ( Apple & Google Play ).

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALY-NdKexs0

I’ve been into metal, especially metalcore, since middle school. A lot of bands had to cancel tours due to Coronavirus, & many may not recover from this loss of income. If you have some extra money to give, I suggest seeking out your favorite singers & bands that don’t have a Beyoncé-level following; they’re the artists to support during this time of inactivity. I would personally like to introduce you to my favorite metalcore band Oh Sleeper, based out of Fort Worth, TX. Buy merch & music. Follow their social media accounts & stream their songs. Show them some love! 🖤

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If you love to blast show tunes, my favorite musical albums from broadway & film are Fiddler on the Roof ( Apple & Google Play ), Into the Woods ( Apple & Google Play ), Once ( Apple & Google Play ), The Greatest Showman ( Apple & Google Play ), The Prince of Egypt ( Apple & Google Play ), The Hunchback of Notre Dame ( Apple & Google Play ), Waitress ( Apple & Google Play ), & Wicked ( Apple & Google Play ). I recommend you throw in Once Upon A December” from Anastasia ( Apple & Google ), Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s ( Apple & Google Play ), & “The Trolley Song” from Meet Me in St. Louis ( Apple & Google Play ).

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I find no greater comfort than that of nostalgia. It’s like picking up a favorite blanket from childhood & snuggling with it. My throwback playlist on Spotify is a personal favorite of mine. Allow me to throw out a choice group of jams: “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton ( Apple & Google Play ), “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney ( Apple & Google Play ), “Be Good To Me” by Ashley Tisdale ( Apple & Google Play ), “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne ( Apple & Google Play ), “Everywhere” by Michelle Branch ( Apple & Google Play ), “I Could Get Used To This” by Everlife ( Apple & Google Play ), “Leave (Get Out)” by JoJo ( Apple & Google Play ), “Rush” by Aly & AJ ( Apple & Google Play ), “Spinnin’ Around” by Jump5 ( Apple & Google Play ), & “There’s Gotta Be More To Life” by Stacie Orrico ( Apple & Google Play ).

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Amidst the chaos, take time to be still, close your eyes, & seek God. There are so many songs I could recommend, but I’ll stick with a choice few that always put my heart at ease:

“Cry Out To Jesus” by Third Day ( Apple & Google Play )

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary, and love for the broken heart. And there is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing. He’ll meet you wherever you are. Cry out to Jesus!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmVxRl5bc4Y

“How He Loves” by David Crowder Band ( Apple & Google Play )

He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy. When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory. And I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCunuL58odQ

“Living Hope” by Phil Wickham ( Apple & Google Play )

Then came the morning that sealed the promise. Your buried body began to breathe. Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion declared the grave has no claim on me. Jesus, Yours is the victory!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-1fwZtKJSM

“Lord I Need You” by Matt Maher ( Apple & Google Play )

Lord I come, I confess. Bowing here I find my rest. Without You I fall apart. You’re the One that guides my heart. Lord I need You, oh I need You. Every hour I need You.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuvfMDhTyMA

“Simplicity” by Rend Collective ( Apple & Google Play )

I come with my broken song to You the Perfect One, to worship You in spirit and truth. Only You. Give me a childlike heart. Lead me to where You are ’cause I’m coming back to my first love. Only You.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrusZ-MkTn4

“When Loves Sees You” by Mac Powell ( Google Play ) | This song isn’t available anywhere else for digital purchase, but you can still support Mac on Apple Music.

I see what I made in your mother’s womb, and I see the day I fell in love with you. I see your tomorrows, nothing left to chance. I see My Father’s fingerprints. I see your story. I see My name written on every beautiful page. You see the struggle. You see the shame. I see the reason I came.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4DK7arkztw

“You Can Have Me” by Sidewalk Prophets ( Apple & Google Play )

When did love become unmoving? When did love become unconsuming? Forgetting what the world has told me, Father of love You can have me.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzniohIV7ZE

I’m Listening To: According to Spotify, the last song I listened to was “Two Ships” by Oh Sleeper.

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Time for yet another long list! I will probably miss a show or two, but there should be something for everybody. The ✔️ indicates that I’ve either finished the show all the way through or just the portion that’s available on Netflix. FYI, I mostly stuck to TV shows because a movie recommendations list would take the rest of my life to curate. Take what you can get! 😉

🇬🇧 British Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Sherlock, The Great British Baking Show ✔️, & The Stranger ✔️

*Note: Sadly Happy Valley & Shetland are no longer available. 😭 I would also recommend Rosemary & Thyme if you can find it. I think all 3 shows are  on BritBox but don’t know if what’s available in the UK is different from the US.

Cartoon Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island ✔️, & What’s New Scooby-Doo? ✔️

Classic The Andy Griffith Show ✔️ & Twin Peaks ✔️ ( season 3 is on Showtime )

Comedy – I recommend comedians John MulaneyKevin Hart, & Sebastian Maniscalco. I promise you’ll be in pain from all the laughter! 😂

🇫🇷 French Black Spot ✔️ & La Mante ✔️

Binge & Then Binge Again Breaking Bad + El Camino ✔️, Gilmore Girls + Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life ✔️, Parks & Recreation, & The Office ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️

Netflix Originals Stranger Things, The Witcher ✔️, Unbelievable ✔️, & You ✔️

🇪🇸 Spanish Cable Girls, El Barco ✔️, Gran Hotel ✔️, High Seas ✔️, Morocco: Love in Times of War, The Invisible Guest ✔️, & Velvet + Velvet Colección

*Note: I also like Isabel, Los Hombres de Paco,  The Time in Between, & Un Paso Adelante, all shows I have yet to complete. Sadly I can’t recommend any place to watch them because they’ve all moved since I started. If you live in Europe, you might have better luck.

True Crime Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes ✔️, Evil Genius ✔️, The Keepers ✔️, & The Staircase ✔️

I’m Watching: I’m taking a brief break from Criminal Minds & making my way, once again, through Heartland. I read the books in middle school & have been a fan of the show for basically the same amount of time. 🐴 💕

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Instead of listing a bunch of YouTubers, I’m going to share what I turn to when I’m feeling sad: Laughter! My go-to sources are bloopers from Friends, The Office, & Whose Line Is It AnywayMark Ferris & Zoe Sugg‘s funniest moments, Holly & Phillip on This Morning, & The Carol Burnett Show.

There are so many bloopers I could share, but it wouldn’t feel right not focusing on Lisa Kudrow‘s laugh. If you make it all the way through this video without smiling, you’re dead inside. 💀

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcVvllNmu4Y

Dinner Party is one of my favorite episodes, & the bloopers might be even funnier, specifically the TV scene at 4:56. ⬇️

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I swear Drew Carey’s laugh clears acne! Chip & Colin & Drew & Jeff & Ryan & Wayne . . . I love all of them! 💕

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These two are a force to be reckoned with. Every time they spend time together, I count the seconds until their vlogs are uploaded. It’s hard to pick a favorite moment, but 35:29 is definitely at the top.

*Note: The best two channels for Ferris/Sugg content, aside from their own channels of course, are Funny Montages & YouTuber Moments.

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I only recently discovered the hilarious duo that is Holly Willoughby & Phillip Schofield on This Morning. It is impossible to choose one favorite moment so I chose a classic:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHuLy0DT_84&t=49s

It doesn’t get much better than Harvey Korman & Tim Conway. This sketch is a classic! Harvey’s accent when he says “Daffy Duck” never fails to makes me laugh out loud. 😂

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3rCOwLwb5s

I’m Watching: It should come as no surprise that I’ve been watching Mark & Zoe‘s funniest moments while working on my laptop. Can’t stop, won’t stop!

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If you’ve made it all the way to the end, you deserve a medal for your treacherous journey. 🏅 Even though that was a lot of information to process, I hope you’ve gained some ideas to make social distancing a little easier to bear. Stay inside, & stay safe everybody! 💕

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I haven’t written a personal note to all of you in awhile. Coronavirus, specifically COVID-19, has everybody on edge so now seems like a good time. I love living like a hermit & barely leaving the house so let me know if you need any tips. 😂 Jokes aside, this situation shouldn’t be taken lightly. The spread of the virus is serious cause for concern. The first thing you can do is not panic. Think logically! Don’t buy a warehouse of supplies that could be shared with your entire city or maybe even state. Buy things you’ll actually need for your household & be on your merry way. Treat this like the flu season. Wash your hands with soap for 20-30 seconds. If you have to make a necessary trip out of the house, touch as few public surfaces as possible & sanitize your hands. Cough & sneeze into the crook of your arm. Drink water & take your vitamins. Get a good night’s sleep (hard for us Night Owls, I know!). Going back to the beginning, the immediate thing to do is NOT panic. That will affect how you react to the situation, & now is not the time to be reckless. Panic will also cause stress which will affect your immune system. I know it feels overwhelming because the whole world is going into quarantine, but focus on the little corner you call home. Evaluate with a clear mind & go from there. I think we could all use a break from the apocalypse so I’m going to end with a hilarious video from Trey Kennedy about germaphobes. Get cozy & laugh as loud as you want to! 💕

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Riposi in Pace

It’s been one month since you left this earth, & I still can’t believe what’s happened. It was only four years ago that I was bidding farewell to you as a professional basketball player. Now I’m saying “Rest in Peace,” & the words don’t feel right coming out of my mouth. I know I’m not alone because every day I see social media posts about the shock & deep sadness that is still being felt around the world. You inspired actors, announcers, artists, authors, baseball players, basketball players, chefs, coaches, comedians, commentators, dancers, directors, fashion designers, figure skaters, football players, golfers, gymnasts, hockey players, hosts, influencers, journalists & reporters, MMA fighters, music artists, soccer players, tennis players, volleyball players, wrestlers, youtubers, etc. Mamba Mentality transcended a team, a sport, a city, a state, a country. That is a rarity, a feat that deserves every bit of recognition it receives.

I truly cannot put into words what you’ve meant to me. I was two years old when Charlotte drafted you in 1996, six years old when you won your first ring with the Lakers in 2000, and sixteen for your fifth & final championship in 2010. I cheered you on until my voice gave out. I went toe to toe with grown men, fighting on your behalf. You weren’t perfect, & I never defended you as such. That’s what made you human! Watching you take responsibility & right your wrongs further solidified my respect for you.

It breaks my heart that in the weeks leading up to the helicopter crash, I told my brother that I thought Gianna was going to be a huge asset to women’s basketball. She would’ve carried the Mamba torch with strength & grace, fire & ice. I know how much your girls meant to you & you to them. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about your family & what they’re enduring. I’m feeling pain & emptiness as a fan, but that’s nothing compared to the loss felt by your wife, daughters, parents, & sisters. From my heart to theirs, I’m sending love & all the prayers I can muster.

💜 Purple & gold is forever. Our family loyalty runs deep & lasts to the very end. We will continue the Mamba legacy & leave absolutely everything on the court wherever we go. Let’s get out there with Mamba Mentality and make Gigi & Kobe proud! 💛

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🏀   M A M B A   O U T   B U T   N E V E R   F O R G O T T E N   🏀

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🍃 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  Psalm 23:4 🌿

⛅️ Rest in Peace:

🌟 Ara Zobayan 🌟

🌟 Gianna & Kobe Bryant 🌟

🌟 Alyssa, John, & Keri Altobelli 🌟

🌟 Payton & Sarah Chester 🌟

🌟 Christina Mauser 🌟

• Fund supporting the Altobelli, Chester, Mauser, & Zorbayan families – Mamba on Three 

• Fund supporting the Mamba Sports Academy – Mamba Sports Foundation

Collage:

Bereswill, Paul. 2019. https://www.newsweek.com/jimmy-fallon-tribute-kobe-bryant-tearful-1484313. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Top Left )

Bryant, Kobe. 2019. https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/pictures/kobe-bryants-close-bond-with-daughter-gianna-photos/common-interests/. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Top Middle )

Berezovsky, Allen. 2019. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/pictures-these-are-the-victims-in-the-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash/2299204/. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Top Right )

Martinez, Ronald. 2009. https://www.vcstar.com/story/sports/nba/lakers/2020/01/29/vanessa-bryant-changes-instagram-profile-photo-kobe-gianna/4612863002/. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Middle Left )

Elsa. 2016. https://people.com/sports/vanessa-bryant-changes-profile-photo-kobe-and-gianna-hugging/. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Middle )

Berezovsky, Allen. 2019. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8549617/vanessa-bryant-social-media-post-kobe-gigi. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Middle Right )

Getty. 2018. https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2020-01-26/kobe-bryant-daughter-gianna-basketball-crash-death. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Bottom Left )

Bryant, Kobe. 2019. https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/how-gianna-bryant-was-remembered-by-uconn-womens-basketball-team/. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Bottom Middle )

Shutterstock. 2012. https://nypost.com/2020/01/28/kobe-bryants-love-of-being-girl-dad-inspires-fathers-to-share-their-stories/. Accessed 30 January 2020. ( Bottom Right )

Goodbye 2019 | Hello 2020

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Goodbye 2018 | Hello 2019

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Aquaman Art

Aquaman Movie Review

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up

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Best Dressed | Golden Globe Awards 2019

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• Booktube Games Winter 2019 Readathon | Team Hogwarts 🏰 

📚 Books Read: 12

“The King” by Steven James

“Opening Moves” by Steven James

“Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor ( ✔️ Group Book Challenge )

“Checkmate” by Steven James

“The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert

“Muse of Nightmares” by Laini Taylor

“Peach Cobbler Murder” by Joanne Fluke ( ✔️ 24-Hour Readathon Challenge ) 

“The Secret of Red Gate Farm” by Carolyn Keene ( ✔️ 24-Hour Readathon Challenge ) 

✔️ Scavenger Hunt Challenge | Found the castle emoji in Peyton Reads’ vlog

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

“Cascade” by Lisa Tawn Bergren

📖 Pages Read: 4,948 ( 5,784 + bonus pages earned from challenges)

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• I had a Lady Gaga moment in church. 😂 

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Game of Thrones Art

Game of Thrones Rewatch

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• O.W.L.S 2019 Readathon | Ravenclaw 💙🦅💙 

1 Magical Readathon

30 Days

1 Ravenclaw Librarian-in-Training, 1st Year

7 Audiobooks

5 Physical Books ( 2 hardcover, 3 softcover)

3 E-Books

1 Graphic Novel / E-Book

3,776 Pages

12 Ordinary Wizarding Levels

“The Warrior Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson | Ancient Runes exam

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley | History of Magic exam

“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White | Transfiguration exam

“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater | Defense Against the Dark Arts exam

“Wires and Nerve” by Marissa Meyer | Divination exam

“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik | Herbology exam

“Club Dread” by Carolyn Keene & Franklin W. Dixon | Muggle Studies exam

“Cherry Cheesecake Murder” by Joanne Fluke | Potions exam

“The Heather Hills of Stonewycke” by Judith Pella & Michael R. Phillips | Arithmancy exam

“Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty | Charms exam

“Lion in the Valley” by Elizabeth Peters | Care of Magical Creatures exam

“Star Wars: A New Hope” | Astronomy exam

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Super Bowl LIII Commercials

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Best Dressed | 91st Academy Awards ( VERY late! )

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Wishing Riverdance a happy 25th birthday!

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Chewbacca Art

Rest in Peace Chewie

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Best Dressed | Met Gala 2019

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Happy Mother’s Day! Blog Post

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Best Dressed | Festival de Cannes 2019

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• Biblio Games Summer 2019 Readathon | Team Antihero 🦸‍♀️ 

1 Sky High Readathon

30 Days

1 Team Antihero

1 Audiobook

4 E-Books

7 Graphic Novels

7 Physical Books (5 hardcover, 2 softcover)

2 Audiobooks + Hardcover

1 E-Book + Hardcover

5 Challenges

250 Bonus Pages

7,212 Pages (7,462 + bonus pages)

22 Books

“Angel’s Den” by Jamie Carie

“Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet 

“The Sittaford Mystery” by Agatha Christie | Lunch challenge – Book w/ a satisfying ending

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling 

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling

“Thr3e” by Ted Dekker | Alter Ego challenge – Book picked by a member of another team, Adrian from @FullTimeReads

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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K.Rowling 

“Key Lime Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke

“And a Puzzle to Die on” by Parnell Hall

“Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero

“Poseidon: Earth Shaker” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Hades: Lord of the Dead” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Ares: Bringer of War” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Aphrodite: Goddess of Love” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Zeus: Kings of the Gods” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Gold Medal Murder” by Carolyn Keene & Franklin W. Dixon 

“Demon Summer” by G.M. Malliet

“Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between” by Lauren Graham | Witty Banter 101 challenge – Book w/ comedy

“Love, Life, and the List” by Kasie West | Moral Ambiguity challenge – Trashy Young Adult book 

*Note: I don’t like to label things as “trashy” because I consider that insensitive to both author & reader. I did a google search for “trashy YA” after both Twilight & Vampire Academy fell through, & this book popped up. I went with it because it was available to me on Scribd.

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W E E K   T H R E E   V L O G

W E E K   F O U R   V L O G

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• The Book Junkie Trials Summer 2019 Readathon | Team Mage 🧙‍♀️

Team Mage Ability: 3-day head start, June 28th

Team Mage Weakness: Read a book outside your comfort zone, Manga

“In the Shadow of Gotham” by Stefanie Pintoff | Orc Grove ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Queen of the Waves” by Janice Thompson | Ol’ Pirate Road ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Carrot Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke | Empty Barrel Inn ( Optional Challenge )

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee | The Weeping Falls ( Optional Challenge )

“High Moon” by Jennifer Harlow | The Giant Squid ( Optional Challenge )

“The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster | Glimmer ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama | Draconic Isle ( Team Mage Challenge, Manga for Team Mage Weakness )

“The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne | Crimson Peaks ( Optional Challenge )

“4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie | The Great Library ( Optional Challenge )

“The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor | Hallow Isle ( Optional Challenge )

“The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss | Apothecary Towers ( Optional Challenge )

“Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen | Queendom Stone ( Optional Challenge )

“The Deeds of the Disturber” by Elizabeth Peters | The Forgotten Forests ( Optional Challenge )

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman | The Bookie Grail ( Team Mage Challenge )

“The Secret Adversary” by Agatha Christie | The Elven Guard ( Optional Challenge )

“On the Fence” by Kasie West | Dwarf Mount ( Optional Challenge )

“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber | The Drowning Deep ( Optional Challenge )

1 Book Junkie Trials

31 Days

1 Queendom ruled by Queen Rachael – @RachaelMarie_BT

1 Map

1 Team Mage

1 Marquess of Magi: Becca – @theumbramortis

1 Mage Ability

1 Mage Weakness

5 Team Challenges

12 Additional Map Quests

6 Micro Challenges

1 Audiobook

1 E-Book

1 Manga

10 Physical Books (5 hardcover, 5 softcover)

1 Audiobook + E-Book

2 Audiobooks + Softcover Books

1 E-Book + Hardcover Book

17 Books

5,678 Pages

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• I started taking a look back at my art school journey on Instagram, posting a different photo(s) every Throwback Thursday & Flashback Friday.

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#ThrowbackThursday 📸 First up from my college photography time capsule, we have an image from my 1st quarter at @ai_dallas, Summer 2011, Principles of Photography. My photographs (obviously) weren’t great the first few quarters, but this one makes me smile so here it is. 🌞 The model is my beautiful little sister Kyiah “Lulu.” 💕 Note: These are old photographs from my time as a student. I have not touched the editing. I am no longer a photographer. ➡️ #Photo #Photograph #Image #Student #StudentWork #StudentPhotographer #StudentPhotography #Photographer #Photography #Bubble #Bubbles #BubbleBlowing #BlowingBubbles #LifeIsTheBubbles #Summer #Summertime #SummerVibes #TexasSummer #TBT #TBThursday #LittleSister #LittleSis #Sister #TheArtInstitute #ArtInstitute #TheArtInstituteOfDallas #ArtInstituteOfDallas #AIDallas #LaurenMichelePhotography

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#FlashbackFriday 📸 Next up from my college photography time capsule, we have 6 photos from my 1st quarter at @ai_dallas, Summer 2011, Printing. My photographs (obviously) weren’t great the first few quarters, but there’s a special place in my heart for my Carmen Sandiego series. 💋 The model is @gavrielle_. 💃🏻 Note: These are old photographs from my time as a student. I have not touched the editing. I am no longer a photographer. ➡️ #Photo #Photograph #Student #StudentWork #StudentPhotographer #StudentPhotography #Photographer #Photography #Red #Carmen #Sandiego #CarmenSandiego #ACME #VILE #Thief #Criminal #Mastermind #WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego #WhereInTheWorld #WhereOnEarth #WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego #FBF #FBFriday #TheArtInstitute #ArtInstitute #TheArtInstituteOfDallas #ArtInstituteOfDallas #AIDallas #LaurenMichelePhotography

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–   J u l y   2 2 n d   t o   2 8 t h   –

• Reading Rush 2019 ( formerly known as Booktubeathon )

Author’s First Book: “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Book From 2018 TBR: “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Book + TV or Movie Adaption: “4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie

Book With a Purple Cover: “4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie & “Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen

Non-Human Main Character: “Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama, “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne, & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Read in the Same Spot: “Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama & “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor

5+ Words in the Title: “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Read Seven Books: “The Deeds of the Disturber” by Elizabeth Peters

1 Reading Rush

7 Days

1 Audiobook

1 Manga

4 Physical Books (3 hardcover, 1 softcover)

1 Audiobook + Softcover Book

8 Challenges

14 Badges

7 Books

2,442 Pages

R E A D I N G   R U S  H   D A Y   1   V L O G

R E A D I N G   R U S  H   D A Y   2   V L O G

R E A D I N G   R U S  H   D A Y   3   V L O G

R E A D I N G   R U S  H   D A Y   4   V L O G

R E A D I N G   R U S  H   D A Y   5   V L O G

R E A D I N G   R U S  H   D A Y   6   V L O G

R E A D I N G   R U S  H   D A Y   7   V L O G

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• Wink Frozen Desserts 12 Flavors Taste Test & Review

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEyAZB4PaIQ&t=2s

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Bijou Karman | NYFW 2019

Caroline So | NYFW 2019

Dena Cooper | NYFW 2019

Gigi Thanawongrat | NYFW 2019

Jessica Juliet | NYFW 2019

Meagan Morrison, Travel Write Draw | NYFW 2019

Meredith Wing, Moomooi | NYFW 2019

Best Dressed | NYFW 2019 ( Late! )

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A Difficult Life Update

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It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus | Get Ready With Me

Cozy Halloween Night

–   N o v e m b e r   5 t h   –

My 26th Birthday + Mystery Incorporated Art

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Disney+ Dream Job Entry ( Blog Post )

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnVOuvhIM88&t=4s

–   N o v e m b e r   9 t h   –

Quarter Life Crisis

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Fall Get Ready With Me

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Cozy Fall Night

Thanksgiving Get Ready With Me

Cozy Thanksgiving Night

–   N o v e m b e r   1 2 t h   t o   D e c e m b e r   1 1 t h   –

*Note: Even though I didn’t win the Disney Plus Dream Job contest, I decided to continue with my 30-day marathon. You can expect a variety of throwback shows & beloved movies as well as my thoughts on the brand new app.

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 1 | November 12

🎨 Aladdin, Bonkers!, Hercules, & Rescue Rangers Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 2 | November 13

🎨 Doug, DuckTales, Emperor’s New Groove/School, & Goof Troop Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 3 | November 14

🎨 Brother Bear, Hannah Montana, Jonas, & The Hunchback of Notre Dame Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 4 | November 15

🎨 Lizzie McGuire Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 5 | November 16

🎨 Go Figure & Ice Princess Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 6 | November 17

🎨 Cow Belles, Phil of the Future, & Pixel Perfect Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 7 | November 18

🎨 Now You See It, That’s So Raven, & The Princess and the Frog Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 8 | November 19

🎨 The Lion King Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 9 | November 20

🎨 Stuck in the Suburbs, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, & Wendy Wu Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 10 | November 21

🎨 Mulan, Pocahontas, & The Little Mermaid Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 11 | November 22

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 12 | November 23

🎨 Moana Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 13 | November 24

🎨 Wreck-It Ralph Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 14 | November 25

🎨 Home on the Range Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 15 | November 26

🎨 Get a Clue, That Darn Cat, & The Parent Trap Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 16 | November 27

🎨 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 17 | November 28

🎨 Jump In Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 18 | November 29

🎨 Monsters University

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 19 | November 30

🎨 Meet the Robinsons, Treasure Planet, & Wall-E Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 20 | December 1

🎨 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 21 | December 2

🎨 A Goofy Movie Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 22 | December 3

🎨 The Cheetah Girls Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 23 | December 4

🎨 101 Dalmations Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 24 | December 5

🎨 The Cheetah Girls 2 Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 25 | December 6

🎨 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 26 | December 7

🎨 Bambi Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 27 | December 8

🎨 Newsies Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 28 | December 9

🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 29 | December 10

🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 30 | December 11

🎨 High School Musical Art

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–   D e c e m b e r   1 s t   t o   2 5 t h   –

*Note: After my Disney Plus failure, I decided to get back on the horse & try again. I entered the CenturyLink Hallmark Movie Dream Job contest, and . . . I lost again. 😂 I made lemonade out of lemons & did a “25 Days of Hallmark” marathon. Each day I picked one old Christmas movie & one new one from a Kurt Adler advent calendar, amounting to 50 movies total. Enjoy!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDmNcWKoUSk&t=5s

December 1st – 5th, 2019 | 25 Days of Hallmark

December 6th – 10th | 25 Days of Hallmark

December 11th – 15th | 25 Days of Hallmark

December 16th – 20th | 25 Days of Hallmark

December 21st – 25th | 25 Days of Hallmark

–   D e c e m b e r   2 n d   t o   9 t h   –

• The Bookie Trials Winter Quest Readathon

Objective: Read as few books as possible to fulfill 11 challenges.

Book Read: “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon

Challenges:

✔️ Daemonic Residue: One or More Animals/Magical Beasts

✔️ Desolate Ruins: A Book You Already Own or Freely Available to You

✔️ Eastern Escape: Marginalized Author

✔️ Glacial Pass: White on the Cover or Snow/Winter themes

✔️ Graves End: A Book That Contains Death or Death Themes

Orc Eaves: LGBTQIAP+ Character

✔️ Rural Haven: A Book From Your Favorite Genre or An Author You’ve previously Given 5 Stars to – Mystery & Thriller

✔️ Serpentine Allegiance: Recommendation From a Blogger or Booktuber – Katie, ChapterStackss

✔️ The Beacon of Hope: Drink a Warm Drink and/or Light a Candle 

✔️ The Dark Shard: Morally Gray Character or Villainous Main Character

✔️ The Queen’s Armada: Buddy Read

–   D e c e m b e r   1 8 t h   t o   2 5 t h   –

• Artmas 2019: 

🎨 Somewhere Only We Know  🎄

🎨 CSI: North Pole 🎄

🎨 Promise Phan 🎄

🎨 Haleigh DeRocher, Sweet Sequels 🎄

🎨 Yolanda Gampp, How to Cake It 🎄

🎨 Away in a Manger 🎄

📺 Christmas Advertisements 2019 🎄

🎨 Simchu Simchu Immanuel 🎄

–   D e c e m b e r   2 5 t h   –

Gingerbread House Fail | Vlogmas 2019

Merry Harry Potter Christmas To Me! | Nerdy Post Unboxing | Vlogmas 2019

–   D e c e m b e r   2 6 t h   –

Christmas Get Ready With Me | Vlogmas 2019

*Note: I got sick right after Christmas so the rest of my Vlogmas content is SUUUPER late.

–   J a n u a r y   4 t h   –

Cozy Christmas Night | Vlogmas 2019

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• Hanukkah Get Ready With Me

• Cozy Hanukkah Night

• December 1st – 5th, 2019 | 25 Days of Hallmark Vlog

• December 6th – 10th | 25 Days of Hallmark Vlog

• December 11th – 15th | 25 Days of Hallmark Vlog

• December 16th – 20th | 25 Days of Hallmark Vlog

• December 21st – 25th | 25 Days of Hallmark Vlog

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Farewell to Carl Ruiz (chef), Carol Channing (actress & singer), Caroll Spinney (Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch puppeteer), Lee Mendelson (Peanuts producer), Luke Perry (actor), Gabe Khouth (actor), Georgia Engel ( actress), Peggy Lipton (actress), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Rene Auberjonois (actor), Rip Torn (actor), Robert Forster (actor), Russi Taylor (voice of Minnie Mouse), Ron Leibman (actor), Stanley Donen (choreographer & director), Tim Conway (actor & comedian), & Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels pitcher).

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Let’s take a look at some numbers from the past year: I ended 2019 with 486 art blog followers ( up from 431 ), 472 lifestyle blog followers ( up from 420 ), & 274 subscribers + 121,601 views ( up from 244 & 88,153 ). To be honest, those numbers are disheartening. I didn’t see significant growth in 2019, & that is a knife to my heart. That being said, I accept partial blame. Even though some rough patches were out of my control, others fall on me. I felt unmotivated for most of the year which led to getting behind on work & producing content months after production. It was a quarter life crisis that really got to me, & I’m determined to be much better this year. This is a new decade, a new chapter in my life, a chance to refocus & reap more fruit from my labor. 2020s, I’m about to kick butt & take names. Watch out! 💥

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– Lauren Michele ❤

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December 21st – December 25th | 25 Days of Hallmark

⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️   P O T E N T I A L   S P O I L E R S   ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️

D E C E M B E R   2 1 S T

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

C h r i s t m a s   W i s h e s   &   M i s t l e t o e   K i s s e s   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: I admit that I was in a MAJOR Grinch mood after a long day at work. That being said, this movie wasn’t for me. There was not even one redeeming factor that would motivate me to give it a second chance. I felt zero chemistry between the lead actors, & the story never gave me the warm, fuzzy Christmas feelings I expect from Hallmark. I’m acknowledging I watched this movie once & walking away with no intention of looking back. Onward & upward!

Rating: 1 Mistletoe

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❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

M o o n l i g h t   &   M i s t l e t o e   |   2 0 0 8

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: This is classic Hallmark so I own a DVD copy. It isn’t at the very top of my favorites list, but it is on the list. Christopher & Candace are adorable as an onscreen couple, & the story has lots of festive cheer to warm your heart on a cold December evening. Tom Arnold is always quirky & a little cringey in his Hallmark roles; it can be annoying at times, but in this case it doesn’t affect my rating too much. A solid, above average Christmas movie to turn on every holiday season!

Rating: 4 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   2 2 N D

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

A   C h e e r f u l   C h r i s t m a s   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: Chad & Erica had some chemistry, but even though there were a handful of cute moments, I wasn’t blown away by them as a pair. Erica’s personality as Lauren was bubbly; I could see how it would annoy some, but honestly that was the least of my concerns. Canadian actor Chad Connell played a British character. I’m definitely not an expert, but I was able to notice the accent wasn’t authentic. It was fine at times, albeit a bit generic, but at its worst it morphed into a caricature of the posh upper-class. The side character Maryam also had an interesting accent that left me scratching my head; I wasn’t sure if she was meant to be American or British because the accent was a strange blend of the two that often sounded like a bad Katherine Hepburn impression. Overall this isn’t the worst that I’ve seen, but it isn’t the best either, falling just short of average.

Rating: 2.75 Mistletoe

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A   B r i d e   f o r   C h r i s t m a s   |   2 0 1 2

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: This is another film I try to watch annually. It’s not creme of the crop, but it is a good one. Andrew & Arielle work well as an onscreen pair. Arielle’s character Jessie is annoying throughout film due to her inability to commit, but not enough to stop me from rewatching. The storyline about a bet to marry a girl in order to win a better office is offensive so I’m acknowledging the issue & taking it into consideration with my rating. I’ve also considered that Andrew’s character Aiden realizes his error before the film ends.

Rating: 3.75 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   2 3 R D

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P r i d e,   P r e j u d i c e,   &   M i s t l e t o e   |   2 0 1 8

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: There’s nothing outright bad about this film. Brendan & Lacey have good chemistry, & the story is fine. The main issue I have is the title which references Jane Austen’s famous novel “Pride & Prejudice.” There are expectations that come with such a reference, & this movie is only a subtle nod to the story of Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennet. In fact, the use of names is the main connection between the source & the Hallmark version. One of my favorite movies is the 2005 Focus Features adaptation so this was never going to live up to my standards. Basically this movie let itself down by referencing a classic romance & falling short.

Rating: 3.5 Mistletoe

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❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

S e n s e,   S e n s i b i l i t y,   &   S n o w m e n   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: The leads had some chemistry, but I never reached a point when I was rooting for them as a couple. The side romance also felt lukewarm. My love for Erin Krakow & her stunning wardrobe wasn’t enough to overcome a missing puzzle piece or two or three. I need to mention that the teddy bear Edward gives Ella is one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. Still trying to shake that image from my brain! I really wanted to like this movie, but it just didn’t blow me away so Pride, Prejudice, & Mistletoe is still my favorite Hallmark movie loosely inspired by Jane Austen.

Rating: 2.75 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   2 4 T H

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A   S o n g   f o r   C h r i s t m a s   |   2 0 1 7

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: Becca & Kevin were adorable as an onscreen couple, & the story was sweet. It was good, just not great. I have yet to be blown away by a Hallmark Christmas movie about a singer/songwriter. That being said, I’m willing to rewatch this because it’s one of the better Hallmark offerings centered around music.

Rating: 3.25 Mistletoe

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H o l i d a y   H e a r t s   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: Keep in mind my family made jokes during the entire movie so I was definitely distracted. Ashley’s character was fine, but I didn’t feel any chemistry between her & Paul. Because most of these Christmas movies are centered around romance, zero chemistry guarantees a low rating. I didn’t feel much of anything, & that is why I seriously considered a 1 mistletoe rating. I raised my rating slightly because I, as a viewer, was not fully focused. I would consider giving it a second chance at a later date.

Rating: 2 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   2 5 T H

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T h e   M i s t l e t o e   P r o m i s e   |   2 0 1 6

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: This is another movie that’s earned a spot on my watchlist. It’s not perfect but does enough to get the job done when I’m in the mood for some Hallmark. The leads have good chemistry, & I’m a sucker for the “fake dating” trope. I want to note that the moment when Elise breaks down in the parking lot during her business Christmas party is cringey; the stilted dialogue & acting feel forced. The ending is also cringey but not as bad. Just want to be transparent about both the pros & the cons.

Rating: 3.25 Mistletoe

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D o u b l e   H o l i d a y   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: After the Holiday Date fiasco, I was extremely cautious going into Hallmark’s second Hanukkah 2019 offering. WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT! It wasn’t perfect, but it had much, much more heart. I was not expecting the leads to have such great chemistry so that was a pleasant surprise. I was also not expecting to cry, but I did! At a business Christmas party (SPOILER), Chris put Rebecca & her family center stage, asking that they share the Hanukkah prayer with the other guests. It may sound like he put them on display like a museum or zoo exhibit, but it came straight from his heart, wanting to make up for taking them away from their intimate family celebration for a business function. This movie restored my faith that Hanukkah has a place on Hallmark.

Rating: 3.75 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   1 S T   –   5 T H

D E C E M B E R   6 T H   –   1 0 T H

D E C E M B E R   1 1 T H   –   1 5 T H

D E C E M B E R   1 6 T H   –   2 5 T H

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

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December 16th – 20th | 25 Days of Hallmark

⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️   P O T E N T I A L   S P O I L E R S   ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️

D E C E M B E R   1 6 T H

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T i m e   f o r   y o u   t o   C o m e   H o m e   f o r   C h r i s t m a s   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: Based on the marketing I saw beforehand, I wasn’t sure this pairing would be convincing as a couple. I was pleasantly surprised by great acting & sweet chemistry between Alison & Lucas. The final kiss was a bit awkward, but that didn’t spoil the whole movie. It wasn’t perfect but good enough to be labeled “above average.”

Rating: 4 Mistletoe

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C h r i s t m a s   I n c o r p o r a t e d   |   2 0 1 5

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: Shenae & Steve were so stinkin’ adorable together! One glance at the poster makes me squeal all over again. Obviously the chemistry was great, but that’s not all. The acting was good, & so was the story. Not only is this “above average” but also a candidate for receiving a higher rating in the future. Only time will tell!

Rating: 4 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   1 7 T H

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S l e i g h   B e l l s   R i n g   |   2 0 1 6

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: At first I was convinced that the leads had no chemistry, but in a positive turn of events I was converted to a believer. Actually, they ended up being great together! I also loved their dynamic with Laurel’s daughter Scarlett. When a child is involved in the plot, trio chemistry is just as important to me as the romance. There was some focus on a side story so I’ll give it a quick mention. One or two parts felt a bit too awkward for interactions between a married couple, but I think Wade was meant to be a bit quirky as well as anxious about keeping his surprise hidden from Betty. Their scene together at the end was sweet so all’s well that ends well. Overall, I’m pleased to say I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. What a pleasant surprise!

Rating: 4.25 Mistletoe

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A n g e l   F a l l s   A   N o v e l   H o l i d a y   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: After an unconvincing start, the chemistry between the leads & the warmth of the story did improve. However, it wasn’t enough to convince me this movie deserves a spot on my annual watchlist. I didn’t connect enough to care about the main romance. In fact, my favorite part was the side story about author Tina Finnegan learning to love Christmas again after a painful loss.

Rating: 2.75 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   1 8 T H

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C h r i s t m a s   B e l l s   a r e   R i n g i n g   |   2 0 1 8

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: To be fair, this movie was better than I expected. The Cape Cod setting was pretty; the story was interesting enough to keep me entertained; & the leads had decent chemistry. It wasn’t amazing enough to be a new favorite but good enough to earn a middle of the road rating.

Rating: 3 Mistletoe

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A   C h r i s t m a s   M i r a c l e   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: First of all, I want to mention how great it was to see Tamera in her own Hallmark Christmas movie after watching Tia in A Gingerbread Romance. Seriously, I LOVED them growing up. Still do! ♥️ Back to A Christmas Miracle. Brooks & Tamera did have chemistry, but it took me some time to warm up to Marcus as a character. I know there was supposed to be tension in the beginning for the sake of drama, but he just didn’t come across as likeable until later on. Tamera’s radiant smile & sweet personality were perfect for a plot centered around positive, heartwarming stories. This movie isn’t perfect, but it did put me in a good mood & pour some much needed holiday cheer into my life.

Rating: 3.75 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   1 9 T H

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

C h r i s t m a s   i n   M o n t a n a   |   2 0 1 9

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: Kellie Martin has been my girl since her Christy days. Because I’m such a big fan, I’m picky. Based on the trailer, I wasn’t sure if I liked her paired with Colin. I’m so glad I gave it a chance because I was w-r-o-n-g. Their chemistry hit me out of nowhere! Some of the “saying the same thing at the same time” moments felt forced, but that didn’t spoil the entire movie . Not only did Sara & Travis have chemistry with each other but also with Sara’s daughter Chloe; their dynamic as a trio worked well onscreen. I also loved the cozy Montana setting & all the side characters. Definitely a new favorite & an addition to my annual watchlist.

Rating: 4.5 Mistletoe

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C h r i s t m a s   M a d e   t o   O r d e r   |   2 0 1 8

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: I was nervous going into this movie; it was highly anticipated because of the leads, & I didn’t want to be disappointed. Good news: I wasn’t! The story was very festive; Alexa & Jonathan had great chemistry; & I loved all the side characters. As Steven’s guard came down, he got a little goofy at times, but as a dedicated Food Network viewer, I know that’s part of Jonathan’s personality in real life. On a serious note, he surprised me with some tender, well-acted moments. Alexa, as always, was fantastic & a joy to watch. Another new favorite!

Rating: 4.5 Mistletoe

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D E C E M B E R   2 0 T H

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

A   V e t e r a n ’ s   C h r i s t m a s   |   2 0 1 8

❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄 🎅🏻 💘 🤶🏻 ❄️ ⛄️ 🦌 🎁 🎄

Thoughts: I love Eloise & Sean as an onscreen couple in Christmas With Holly, but this movie doesn’t compare. The chemistry was there, but it wasn’t on the same level for reasons that I can’t place my finger on. All I can say is that it just wasn’t the same. The character Joe felt overacted at times, not very natural. Actually, that goes for some of the side characters as well, specifically Joe’s Aunt Nellie. Because there were some truly heartwarming moments, like Grace’s reunion with her dog Christmas, my rating is less severe.

Rating: 3 Mistletoe

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A   G o d w i n k   C h r i s t m a s   M e a n t   f o r   L o v e   |   2 0 1 9

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Thoughts: I didn’t feel much chemistry between Benjamin & Cindy. Actually, I didn’t feel much of anything during the entire movie. To my surprise, the ending had quite a bit of chemistry & feeling. It wasn’t enough to make me like the film, but it did make me question why I didn’t feel anything sooner. Even though she had very little screen time, I enjoyed Kathie Lee Gifford’s performance; she put a smile on my face which goes a long way in my book. Those two redeeming qualities saved this movie from a worse rating.

Rating: 2.5 Mistletoe

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