It’s Christmas Movie Time!

I am fully aware that it is only the middle of October, but I cannot contain my excitement because it is Christmas movie time!!!! That’s right! This month marks the start of Hallmark Christmas movies, which are my all-time favorites! Yes, I know that they basically all have the same plot, and I can pretty much predict how they all will end.   I have even seen most of them several times already.  I don’t care! I love them so much. They get me every single time.  I spend my weekends binge watching with tears in my eyes.  I don’t know why I get teary when I know how it is going to go, but I do every single time.   I cannot wait to watch all of my old favorites and the brand new ones released this year.  I fill my DVR with all the new ones, so I don’t miss a single one.  I even re-watch them all when they come back on in the summer for Christmas in July.  They are just that good. 

My husband can’t stand them and rolls his eyes every time he walks in the room and sees me watching another one.   My children think I am crazy, but I know that one day they too will love them as much as I do.  They do occasionally watch one or two with me, and I can tell that they love it and don’t want to admit it.  Seriously, almost every female that I know loves Hallmark Christmas movies. My mom, sister, and I have to watch at least one together when we are all home for Christmas.  It is tradition.  People even make shirts about it, so I know I am not alone in my obsession with them.  

I so have to admit that the Lifetime channel has upped their game, and they are putting out some great Christmas movies too.  Some are even right up there with Hallmark’s.  I added the Lifetime ones to my repertoire last year, and they are sure to be on my DVR this year as well.  I do know that their movies start this month as well, but I couldn’t find a complete schedule all nicely compiled into one graphic like Hallmark has, but you can find the full schedule here. Their Christmas movies start on October 23.

I know that Hallmark Christmas movies are corny, predictable, and a little sappy, but I love them anyway.  There is nothing like a good Hallmark movie to really get the spirit of Christmas flowing through your body. It makes me want to decorate the house already.  I am so ready! This year they have 23 brand new movies for your entertainment pleasure. Check out the schedule below for all of the new releases and get your DVRs ready! It all starts next week.

Anchored in the Spirit of Christmas,


I think I might be an addict. I’m serious. I think I have a major addictive personality.  When I find something that I like, I can’t seem to let it go.  I become obsessed, and it’s like I can’t get enough.  It’s a problem, or at least can be.  It is probably a good thing that I have never had a drink or smoked anything in my life because I could totally see myself becoming addicted.  Right now, though, I am addicted to Christmas movies. It’s bad! I started watching them mid-October, and I can’t stop.  I’m not kidding.  They are keeping me from going to bed at night and from getting things done. I know how every single one of them will end and can probably tell you the whole plot just from the title, but I still get all the feels every time I watch one.  Usually I get a little teary eyed too.  It is really insane.  I know I am not the only one that gets sucked into them, though, which makes me feel slightly better. I’ve seen all the shirts that say, “This is my Christmas movie watching shirt.” or “All I want to do is chill and watch Christmas movies.” They wouldn’t make those if others weren’t addicted too, right? 

I am also a shopping addict in case you haven’t figured that out by now.  You have all seen my closet.  Shoes, clothes, and jewelry…you name it. I love it all.   Shopping makes me happy.  I mean my favorite place to be is at Target after all.  I feel like I have withdrawals if I haven’t been in a while.  I especially get addicted to shopping with direct sales companies because I like supporting my friends and fellow small business owners. Plus, the products are always so cute or useful that it is hard to resist.  I have an obscene amount of Thirty-One bags, Lularoe clothes, and Pampered Chef.  What can I say? When I see something I like, I am all in.  That is part of why I love working with Trades of Hope.  At least my shopping addiction with them is impacting other women’s lives in a positive way.   I feel like I am making a difference when I purchase our artisan’s beautiful work.  

Another thing that I have an addictive personality with is food.  I find something I like and that is all I want to eat.  You would think that eating the same thing over and over again would make me grow tired of it, but that rarely happens.  I am pretty picky when it comes to food, which is part of the reason for eating the same things over and over.  When I find something I really like, it just makes sense to eat it all the time.  It is a good thing that I haven’t found a cupcake store near me or I would be as big as a house.  I cannot resist a good cupcake.  I seriously have a problem. 

I might need an intervention to break me of all my addictions.  My husband has tried and failed.  I think he has pretty much given up by now and has just resigned himself to the fact that is just who I am.  I doubt that I will ever give up my shopping addiction, but I guess I can work on the rest of them. Maybe?  I am trying hard not to turn on the TV today because I have a lot to do.  We shall see how long it lasts.  <insert gritted teeth emoji>

Anchored and Addicted,

Friday Favorites: Top 5

Sometimes it is difficult for me to come up with just one of my favorite things to share with you. It is hard to narrow it down because I love so many things, so occasionally you get to see more than one of my favorites. Here are five things that I love right now.

1. Real Simple Magazine

Yes, I know that most people don’t read magazines anymore. If you do, you likely read it online and not in the print version.  However, I love a good magazine.  Reading it online just isn’t the same. I have shared before that one of my favorites is the HGTV Magazine, but my all time favorite is the Real Simple Magazine.  I have been reading it for many years.  I love the cool ideas they have for decorating, organizing, and so much more.  It really has a little bit of everything in it.  I just love when the new one comes in the mail.  

2. Bic Gel-ocity Pens

These Gel-ocity pens are a new discovery for me, and I am obsessed.  I love the range of colors and how they write.  I am a bit of a snob when it comes to pens, so you know they are good if I say that I love them.  They dry quickly and don’t smear which is a problem with some gel pens.  I absolutely love these.  

3. HallmarkLifetime Christmas Movies

You guys! Hallmark and Lifetime have been playing Christmas movies since the beginning of October and I am in love.  I used to only watch the ones on Hallmark, but Lifetime is really upping their game, and they have some really good ones too.  It doesn’t matter to me that every plot is nearly identical either.  I can sit and watch them one after another and never get tired.  My kids think it’s crazy that I have been watching them already, but I just can’t help it. They are so good! 

4. Binder Clips

Ok, I know that this one is a strange one, but hear me out.  I prefer binder clips to paper clips.  I know…I’m weird.  It goes to my love for organizing.  I don’t love paper clips for a couple of reasons.  One is that they can sometimes fall off easily causing your papers to get jumbled.  The other is that they can often cause holes in your papers.  I just think that binder clips are neater and cleaner looking. Plus you can get some really cute ones like these Emoji faces from Amazon.  They just make me smile.

5. Ritz Toasted Chips (Sour Cream & Onion)

If you have not tried these Ritz Chips, you need to! They are sooooo good! They have several flavors, but the Sour Cream & Onion ones are the best.  Of course you will need to brush your teeth after eating them, but it is totally worth it. I literally could sit and eat the whole bag.  They are that yummy! 


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