Countdown to Christmas with the Hallmark Channel (giveaway ends 11/30/16)



It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just days away. We haven’t even finished shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner yet. We haven’t even started shopping for Christmas gifts either. The holiday season crept up on us way too quickly.

The holiday season is my most favorite time of the year. From Halloween all the way through New Year’s Eve has always been my favorite time of the year – even as a child.

I am looking forward to driving around town with my family, checking out the holiday decorations. It’s something we do every year. Many years ago we even started to “award” homes with special titles such as “Most Creative,” “Most Beautiful,” “Tackiest,” and so forth. We usually do that on Christmas Eve, right after dinner. The past few years it hasn’t worked out on that day, so we are planning on doing that in the next couple of weeks.

I am also looking forward to my favorite holiday tunes. There is a radio station locally that plays ONLY Christmas music 24/7 up until midnight on Christmas day. My car radio is already set to that channel.

Family Christmas

Christmas with my cousins and great-grandfather (circa mid-70’s)

I am also anxious to put up our Christmas tree and reminisce about the ornaments for our tree. Each and every one of them has a special story behind them. It’s fun to hang up the ornaments with my husband and children, drink hot cocoa, suck on candy canes and enjoy each others company as we talk about our favorite ornaments and memories of Christmas over the years.

Another thing I love about the Christmas season is watching all the wonderful holiday specials and movies that air through the season. I enjoy the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas and so forth. I also enjoy all the new holiday movies that come out each year on the Hallmark Channel.


Hallmark Channel is bringing back some delightful movies from past seasons, as well as debuting many new films. One such film airs this Friday (November 25, 2016) at 8:00 PM (EST)/ 7:00 PM (CST) called Christmas List.

Check out the film’s trailer.


Christmas List stars: Alicia Witt (“Nashville,” “Justified”), Gabriel Hogan (“Heartland”).

Isobel Gray (Witt) plans a storybook Christmas with her boyfriend (Hogan), including a snow-covered cottage in the Northwest, and a carefully composed bucket list of classic holiday traditions. But when the boyfriend goes AWOL, the list proves challenging and a tempting new romance turns her life upside down. Will Isobel have a White Christmas ending under the mistletoe? 

This looks like a sweet movie – perfect for the holiday season. I am looking forward to watching this on Friday, all while snuggled up under a fuzzy blanket, drinking hot chocolate and most likely enjoying the twinkling holiday lights on our tree (we put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving).

Make sure to tune in to Christmas List, this Friday at 8:00 PM (EST) / 7:00 PM (CST) on the Hallmark Channel. Check your local television listings guide for the channel.


If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit it’s official page on the Hallmark Channel website.


This is just one of many original holiday themed movies airing on the channel. If you would like to check out the channel’s holiday line up visit HallmarkChannel.com/Christmas.

You can also learn more by checking out @HallmarkChannel on social media as well as the hashtag #CountdowntoChristmas.

Hallmark Channel is also hosting a fun online app called “Season Your Selfie” where you can add festive touches to your selfie. To learn more visit HallmarkChannel.com/Christmas/Season-Your-Selfie.

I did one for myself.



Hallmark Channel would like to give a lucky reader a wonderful prize package. The prize package consists of;

  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • Hallmark Channel Holiday Prize Package

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 30, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

PLEASE NOTE – When sharing this giveaway/post on social media please use the hashtag #CountdowntoChristmas. Thank you!

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about what the holidays mean to YOU – AND – let me know if you plan on tuning in to Christmas List on the Hallmark Channel November 25th.

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‘Tis the season… to watch heartwarming television and movies



The weather outside is “frightful” (it truly is!), and our artificial fireplace is so delightful. And since we are not fans of snow and cold, my family and I will be spending a lot more time indoors the next few months while we ride out yet another winter.

My father and stepmother recently moved to Florida from New York (where we live). I bet they are happy with their decision to move (we’re not… but that is another story).

Being stuck inside can be boring. Thanks goodness for television, books and board games.

Admittedly we watch a bit more television during the winter months than we do the rest of the year. We simply do not want to be outside too long in the cold, and where we live there is really nothing else to do except go to the mall and we’ve done that more times than we care to count.

Thank goodness for Netflix! Netflix offers all of my family members something enjoyable to watch – either together or on our own. Our daughter especially can’t live without Netflix. She’s a big fan of shows like One Tree Hill and Gilmore Girls. In fact, a new Gilmore Girls series is premiering this week – Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. 


The new series is set a decade after the original series ended. The new series features original cast members Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore. It depicts their lives now and follows them through an entire year (all four seasons).

I now my daughter is especially psyched about this and is already planning to tune in on Friday when it debuts.

FYI…, Netflix released today that 62% of mothers and daughters say sharing TV shows helps build a stronger relationship.

It’s great to watch movies and shows about the different types of families. After all, families come in all different “shapes and sizes,” so to speak. You have mixed families consisting of step parents and step siblings. You also have single parent families with just a father or a mother. You also have families with same sex parents.

In my family I was raised by my paternal grandparents, as well as with my biological father. My biological aunt and uncle are, in my eyes, my sister and brother because that is how I was raised.

Not all families are the same. There are plenty of examples of that on Netflix.


You have prehistoric families, like the Croods and not necessarily a family friendly family like that on Family Guy.

The series The Fosters prove that you don’t have to be blood related to be a family.

In The Secret Life of the American Teenager, you have someone who was a bit too young to start a family.

The Bluths of Arrested Development overshare a bit too much and the Fullers of Fuller House are squeaky clean and love to hug a lot.

Some families are full of drama, like Switched at Birth and some totally redefine what makes a family like in Baby Daddy


Other shows and movies about unique families – those that redefine what a family is – worth checking out on Netflix include;

And my personal favorite – the Byer family from my favorite Netflix series Stranger Things (I cannot wait for season two!).

So grab your favorite fuzzy blankets, whip up some hot cocoa and enjoy some quality family time together checking out how other families live and spend time together on Netflix.

You may also want to check out what’s new on Netflix.


For more information visit Netflix.com. You can also find them on social media.

Do you have a favorite television or movie family? Feel free to comment and tell me about them and why they are your favorite? I always love to hear from readers.



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Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season, is now available



AMC is known for churning out popular series such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Mad Men. The newest addition to their line up, Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

To be honest, I’m not a fan of martial arts films. I used to watch Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan films in my youth, but the older I got the less interest I had in them.

Since AMC is known for innovative and entertaining series, I thought I would give it a try. I did catch a few episodes of season one here and there, but I was a bit lost at times since I didn’t see the show in sequence. Still, I found the show to be interesting and entertaining.

Here is the official synopsis of the complete first season.

AMC’s hit martial arts series Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD and DVD on November 8, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Into the Badlands was created by showrunners/executive producers/writers Alfred Gough (Spider-Man 2) and Miles Millar (Spider-Man 2) and executive produced by Oscar®-nominated producers Stacey Sher (The Hateful Eight) and Michael Shamberg (Django Unchained), director David Dobkin (The Judge) fight directors Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and Daniel Wu (Warcraft).

Set in a world centuries from now, Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season focused on the spiritual journey of Sunny (Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight), a teenage boy who harbors a unique ability, and their growing relationship as teacher and student. Both discover their true purpose and decide to explore what lies beyond the borders of the Badlands, but as their Baron Quinn continues to battle against his own family as well as his rival Baron The Widow, Sunny and M.K.’s journey to a more peaceful existence seems further out of reach.

In addition to Wu and Knight, Into the Badlands stars Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as Quinn, Oliver Stark (Luther) as Ryder; Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later) as Widow, Orla Brady (Dr. Who, Fringe) as Lydia, Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time, The Tudors) as Jade, Ally Ioannides (Parenthood) as Tilda, and Madeleine Mantock (Edge of Tomorrow) as Veil.

The Blu-ray/DVD sets also include bonus features.

  • Inside Into the Badlands
  • Anatomy of a Fight
  • Building the World of Into the Badlands
  • The Characters Of Into the Badlands: The Barons
  • The Characters Of Into the Badlands: The Clippers
  • The Master: Into the Badlands Fight Camp Episode 1
  • Creating Real Kung Fu: Into the Badlands Fight Camp Episode 2
  • Bringing It All Together: Into the Badlands Fight Camp Episode 3
  • Into the Badlands Digital Comic



I found it very useful to watch the bonus features FIRST. I think it gave me a better understanding of the characters and story line. I know it’s not a typical thing to do to watch bonus features first, but there have been times that I have found it helpful to do so, especially if you are dealing with a complex story line or a lot of characters.

The collection has a run time of 255 minutes and it’s not rated. Due to the violence and intense scenes, I would not consider this a “family friendly” series. I’d let my teenagers watch it, but not young children.

If you are into martial arts and enjoy movies like Kill Bill and the Matrix, then you’ll enjoy this series. It has all these elements (and more) wrapped up together in one series.

The martial arts action is spectacular. It reminds me a a lot of the Bruce Lee/Jackie Chan movies I watched in my youth, but with a modern twist with a lot of cool special effects (like in Matrix).

I haven’t had a chance to complete the entire first season (I have two episodes left) but I am enjoying it so far. I’m still not a fan of martial arts, but, this series is more than just that (even though that is the bulk of it), so it keeps my interest. I full intend on finishing the last two episodes and I will look for the new season (season two) on AMC.

I like the characters too. They are a bit “gritty” and intense, but interesting none the less.

Look for Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season where ever Blu-rays and DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the series? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.




*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Halloween with FandangoNOW (giveaway ends 11/12/16)


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Are you familiar with the website Fandango? If you are an avid movie goer, chances are you have heard of it. Fandango is a go-to destination for movie information, show times, trailers and best of all, to purchase tickets.

My family always buys our movie tickets from Fandango. I love the convenience of being able to pick out our seats (depending on the theater), purchase tickets and print them out at home. That way we can just walk right into the theater. There is no waiting on long lines to purchase tickets.

Fandango has a “sister site” called FandangoNOW that offers even more movie fun.

On FandangoNOW you can buy or rent over 40,000 movies and television shows. Best of all there is no monthly subscription required.

You can view movies and television shows on FandangoNOW on Roku, Google Play and various other devices (LG, Samsung, Vizio) and providers (Comcast).

FandangoNOW even offers Free TV episodes from current and past seasons, plus all-new sneak peeks. They are available for a limited time so you should check the site often.

Did you miss last week’s episode of The Walking Dead where Negan’s victims are revealed? No worries, you can purchase the episode on FandangoNOW.

Did your family enjoy Finding Dory and you want to see it again? You can on FandangoNOW. You can rent the movie or purchase it.


In honor of Halloween, FandangoNOW is offering Halloween classics the whole family can enjoy like Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Beetlejuice for only $1.99.

Part of the fun of Halloween is watching Halloween movies and specials. We love scary movie, but we also appreciate family friendly titles too.

I can’t think of a more fun way to complete a night of trick or treating than settling down to watch a fun Halloween movie together as a family.

Are you still in need of a Halloween costume? FandangoNOW has several great ideas to inspire you. Check out 25+ Halloween Costume Ideas for Families. In addition, FandangoNOW has yummy Halloween recipes from the movies and more – check out the links below!



Who knew that FandangoNOW had so much to offer.

You can even sign up for a FREE VIP account and earn points with every purchase.You can redeem your points to get FREE stuff and discounts.

For more information visit FandangoNOW.com.


FandangoNOW would like to give a lucky reader a $25.00 FandangoNOW e-gift card which can be used to purchase or rent movies from the FandangoNOW website. Thank you FandangoNOW.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 12,  2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell what movie/movies and/or TV show/shows you would like to rent/purchase from FandangoNow?

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Have a haunting good time with Netflix



Halloween season is one of my favorite times of the year (Christmas is my favorite season). I LOVE to decorate for the holidays, and Halloween is certainly a fun time to decorate.

Our home is decorated from top to bottom with Halloween decorations.

When our kids were younger I kept the decorations “G” rated (meaning they were not scary). Once my kids were older I replaced the cute and colorful decorations with more creepy ones.

The photo (above) was our dining room just prior to putting the zombie (seated at the table) and one of the mummies (in the corner) outside. The skeleton is still seated at our table, as are the plush Alien monsters (“face hugger” and “chest buster”). One of the mummies is still in the corner too (one was broken, so we kept him inside).

I can’t forget “Chucky” from Child’s Play either. LOL!


Needless to say, I have a “thing” for horror movies. I love horror movies!

I can watch a zombie rip the guts out of a victim and eat them, but I can’t clean up hairballs that our cats puke up. Go figure.

I enjoy doing movie reviews, most especially for horror movies. Sadly, they don’t make horror movies like they used to. It’s been a long time since a horror movie actually creeped me out. Movies like Amityville Horror (the pig eyes in the window), Salem’s Lot (the little boy floating outside the window), and Prophecy (1979 movie that stars Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire and Armand Assante) with the “inside out” bear are rare these days. Still, I enjoy watching horror movies, even if I find them more laughable than scary.

Often there is nothing to watch on television – most especially during the summer months and when shows go on their winter hiatus. Instead of watching repeat after repeat, my husband and I will opt for “Scary Movie Night.” Scary movie night is when we hop on to Netflix, go to their horror movie genre section, and select a movie from one of the different categories. Their categories include:

  • B-Horror Movies
  • Creature Features
  • Cult Horror Movies
  • Deep Sea Horror Movies
  • Horror Comedy
  • Monster Movies
  • Satanic Movies
  • Slasher and Serial Killer Movies
  • Supernatural Horror Movies
  • Teen Screams
  • Vampire Horror Movies
  • Zombie Horror Movies

We’ve watched movies from all of the categories. I always check to see what is new first and foremost, since we’ve watched A LOT of horror movies already on Netflix. There are some I’ll watch over and over again like World War Z, Stitches, Children of the Corn (the original), Hellraiser and Nightbreed. Those are ones I find entertaining.

Netflix offers a variety of horror movies, from films that appeared in the big screen (and did very well), to independent films that no one has ever heard of before. Sometimes the lesser known ones are really good. Take for example the film Stitches about an evil clown. If you are afraid of clowns you WON’T want to watch the film. If clowns don’t bother you it’s worth checking out. It’s a gross film (a lot of blood and guts) but it’s also funny (yes… funny!).

Some movies are just really awful (Firestarter 2: Rekindled), where as others will surprise you like 12 Days of Terror, The Hoard, The Legend of Hell House, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead and The Hallows. 

Some channels offer horror movies in honor of Halloween, but it’s only a handful. One channel only shows family friendly Halloween themed movies. And most horror movies have to be censored to make them suitable for regular television (meaning less blood and guts). Netflix offers movies in their un-censored versions so you don’t miss any of the gory action.

Best of all… these movies are available to you year round, not just for a month or few days around Halloween. In fact, all of their holiday related films are available year round. So if you are in the mood for Christmas movies like Christmas with the Kranks, White Christmas and Disney’s Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, you can watch them right now on Netflix.

Of course Netflix is more than just a “go-to” source for horror or holiday movies. They also offer so much more from original movie and series to children’s programming and more.

Stranger Thing is one of my favorite original Netflix series. I cannot wait for season two!

Check out what’s new to Netflix.


To learn more about what Netflix has to offer, visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media.

Netflix offers subscriptions for steaming and for DVDs. Their DVD subscription service gets you access to recent movie released such as The Shallows, Me Before You and Jungle Book.

Are you a fan of the horror movie genre? What is your most favorite horror movie of all time? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



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Review: American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson



I can’t believe it’s been over 20+ years since Nicole Brown Simpson, former wife of football great O.J. Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. I still remember the infamous car chase being plastered all over the news. I also remember how this case was a major discussion at water coolers and among friends. Did he do it? Did O.J. Simpson brutally murder Nicole and Ron? Will the jury find him guilty – or innocent.

Personally, I always thought he was guilty. He literally got away with murder. I just felt like all the evidence pointed to him.

This is a case that will always be talked about. No one really knows what happened that faithful night of June 12, 1994. The only people who know the true identity of the killer are Nicole and Rob. Neither of them are able to speak up and tell the rest of the world.

I found it interesting that there was plans to do a series based on the events of that night. The series was entitled American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

The series had a very impressive celebrity cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, Sarah Paulson and David Schwimmer.

The series focused on the events of that day up to O.J.’s time in court. It gave viewers a different perspective than what we saw on television or read in the newspapers.

With a phenomenal cast, The People vs. O.J. Simpson is a critically acclaimed account of the explosive and utterly captivating O.J. Simpson murder trial. Told  from the perspective of the lawyers, it explores the chaotic dealings behind closed doors and how prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness and shocking courtroom twists led to one of the most earth-shattering verdicts of all time.

Based on the best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, this must-see TV event shows you the trial that riveted the world as you’ve never seen it before.

Nominated for 22 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Series, this groundbreaking television event is Executive Produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, D.V. DeVincentis and Brad Falchuk.

I did catch a few episodes when it aired on television but I missed most of them. Thankfully the series is now available for home viewing. The entire series is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

I was sent the series to review. I’m glad I had the opportunity to catch up on the episodes that I missed when it was airing on television.

I think they did a fantastic job casting this series, with the exception of Cuba Gooding Jr. Don’t get me wrong – he did a magnificent job, it’s just that I see Cuba Gooding Jr. in more comedic roles. I had a hard time seeing him as O.J. Simpson. I kept wanting to watch Snow Dogs or Radio every time I saw him. I had a hard time seeing him (Cuba) as a killer.

David Schwimmer was the perfect choice to play Robert Kardashian. WOW! The resemblance was uncanny!


John Travolta was also a great choice for Robert Shapiro, but it was difficult to see how “hard” and “harsh” looking Travolta was for this role. He’s certainly a far cry from Danny Zucco (Grease) or Tony Manero (Saturday Night Live).

It’s truly a phenomenal cast. It made if feel like you were right there with them as things were unfolding in the case back in 94′ – 95′.

Watching this series I learned a lot more about the case than I remember reading about or hearing on the nightly news. Even with the new facts in the case, I still believe that O.J. Simpson was responsible for the deaths of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. If only there were security cameras there to capture what really happened and to put this case to rest once and for all.

There are some bonus features;

  • Past Imperfect: The Trial of the Century
  • Facts of the Case: An Interactive Timeline – I do recommend this one if you have a chance to watch it. It’s very interesting.

Look for American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson where ever movies are sold.

Did you watch the series? If so, what did you think about it? I’d love to hear other’s perspective on the series. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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