Disney+ Marathon Day 15 | November 26

10am – Rise & shine! 🌞

10:45am – Filming + The Parent Trap (1961) 📷 

👁 Spotted: Hayley Mills | She starred in 5 other Disney films: In Search of the Castaways, Pollyanna, Summer Magic, The Moon-Spinners ( a favorite of mine!), & . . .

1pm – Blogging + That Darn Cat! 💻 

🎞 This is it! Hayley Mills’ 6th Disney movie 🎞

👁 Spotted: Dean Jones | His other Disney projects are Blackbeard’s Ghost, Monkeys Go Home!, Snowball Express, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Love Bug franchise, The Million Dollar Duck, The Shaggy D.A., & The Ugly Dachshund

👁 Spotted: Ed Wynn | His other Disney films are Alice in Wonderland, Babes in Toyland, Mary Poppins, Son of Flubber, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Gnome-Mobile, Those Calloways

This was my 1st time watching this movie, & it was really cute. Not a new favorite, but I would watch it again. 😊

3:45pm – Blogging + The Parent Trap (1998) 💻 

👁 Spotted: Lindsay Lohan | She is in 4 other Disney movies: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Freaky Friday, Herbie Fully Loaded, & . . .

Fun Fact: Joanna Barnes played the twins’ dad’s fiancé Vicky in the 1961 version. In the 1998 version, Joanna returned as the fiancé Meredith’s mother; she tells the twins to call her Aunt Vicky. Get it?? 😉

Another Fun Fact: In the 1961 version, the twins do a duet of Let’s Get Together. In the 1998 version, Hallie hums it while walking toward the hotel elevator. 🎶

7:20pm – Filming + Get a Clue 📷 

🎞 This is it! Lindsay Lohan’s 5th Disney movie. 🎞

👁 Spotted: Brenda Song | She’s cameoed & starred in several other Disney projects: American Dragon: Jake Long, Amphibia, College Road Trip, Miles From Tomorrowland, Phil of the Future, Phineas & Ferb, Stuck in the Suburbs, That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, The Suite Life Movie, The Ultimate Christmas Present, & Wendy Wu; Homecoming Warrior.

Final thoughts for the day: If you asked me to pick my favorite version of The Parent Trap, I would have to unfriend you. I love both equally! I seriously can’t pick just one. 😭 It was fun spending the day with Hayley Mills & Lindsay Lohan. See you tomorrow for day 16! 👍

*Note: Yesterday was the end of week 2, but today is the true halfway point. 15 days down, 15 days to go! 📺

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D I S N E Y +   M A R A T H O N   D A Y   F I F T E E N   A R T 

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Out With the New, In With the Old | Throwback Thursday

What does that title even mean??  Patience young padawans.  Let’s look at some of the facts:

🕸️ A certain witchy drama is getting a reboot; yes, I’m talking about Charmed.

🐘 A continuation of the 1995 film Jumanji premieres at the end of 2017.

🌟 All is well with the Force because new Star Wars movies are being produced & released.

💰 DuckTales is coming back to television!  The reboot will premiere on Disney XD this year on a to-be-announced date.

👠 Fashionistas could step back in time & fit right in because many of the current trends were pulled from previous decades.

🎤 Gwen Stefani and JoJo released albums last year, a first for both since 2006.

⌚ If names like Andy Griffith, Buffy, The Cheetah Girls, and The Parent Trap ring any bells, you might want to make space in your schedule for binging sessions because Netflix has what you need.  Two seasons of Fuller House, a Full House sequel show, are also available.

📺 TeenNick airs retro Nickelodeon shows overnight, a programming block known as The Splat.

✨ The classic animated Disney movies are one by one being made into live action films. So far so good!

👾 The demand and availability for retro merchandise is widespread and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

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That is just the tip of the iceberg, but you get the picture.  Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about nostalgia.  I’m not sure of the main cause.  It could be adults missing the carefree days of childhood; you don’t truly appreciate what you have until it’s gone.  It could also be consumer attitudes turning against the present-day options in media and merchandise.  Personally, I think it’s a bit of both.  To clarify, no fault lies with the evolution of technology & entertainment.  There’s something endearing about what we grew up with.  Those memories are ingrained in our minds and hold a special place in our hearts.  Enjoying something from the past is what I imagine time travel to feel like, a transportation of mind, body, & soul; bliss takes over the senses along with admiration for a way of life without the advances of the present.  Here is an example.  Most of us can’t live without a cellphone in our hands, but I think we subconsciously miss a time when they were nonexistent.  Each household had one stationary telephone, and phone calls were special.  There are problems as far back as history goes, but this topic is less about politics & society and more about the ideology of “simpler times.”  When circumstances become overwhelming, we revert back to when life was, in the mind of a child, simple.

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Moving On

Moving On

On Monday I left Texas, my home of 13 years. My family’s 6-bedroom house provided shelter to 26 people, not including me, my parents, and my brother; I always had extended family around me. On Tuesday I arrived in California, my new home; my family currently lives in a one-bedroom apartment above a garage. Quite the adventure we are on!! The picture you see above is my room, an empty room bursting at the seams full of memories. It is amazing to recall all the things that took place in that space: Babysitting, beauty transformations, concerts, counseling, dance practice, dreams, doll shenanigans, dramatic dress up, DVD viewings, emotional breakdowns, exercise sessions, fashion shows, fights, hide-and-seek, 2+ hour phone calls, illness rehabilitation, internet browsing, late night reading, outfit planning, schoolwork, and sleepovers. One last thing: Me and my best friend Gabby officially became friends in that room thanks to “Lord of the Beans.” I moved to Texas when I was 8, and I am now 21. My middle school, junior high, high school, and college years took place in that state. Many different struggles and transitions took place in that house; perhaps now you have a better idea of why it is so special to me. It is bittersweet to move on, but I will always carry the memories with me in my heart.

Treasure each moment readers! You never know when you will be uprooted and replanted.

– Lauren Michele :)

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