The Unoriginal Awesomeness of Stranger Things

The Unoriginal Awesomeness of Stranger Things

We're the sort of unpleasant people who assume that because everyone else likes something, we probably won’t. (We sound charming, don't we?) Anyhow, it it took us a little while to try out Stranger Things. At first I fell in love with the aesthetic, but we were surprised that it just didn't seem very original. The cop battling his inner demons, the nerdy middle schooler outcasts, the good girl … [Read more...]

Tim Burton’s Big Fish, Me Before You, and the Terrible Power of Story

Big Fish (2003)
Directed by Tim Burton
Shown: Alison Lohman (as young Sandra), Ewan McGregor (as young Edward Bloom)

Tim Burton’s film Big Fish, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace, is one of my top ten favorites of all time. I recently shared it with my kids who love everything Burton. Their favorite Christmas movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas which means I’m either really rocking this parenting thing or I’m raising warped little cynics. But I love Big Fish above all others. It has all the quirky, … [Read more...]

Do You Miss Downton Abbey? Watch Poldark. Just Trust Me.

Miss Downton Abbey? Just watch Poldark.

Downton Abbey is wrapped up with a bow (perhaps a little too perfectly, but I’m not going to complain about how happy the series finale made me). Obviously we all need SOMETHING British with fancy gowns and drama to watch, yes? Let me assure you that Poldark is that something. Here's why it's worth watching: 1. The costuming. I am convinced that this is the era for me. Sure, there’s no … [Read more...]

Don Draper’s First Confession

Don Draper's First Confession

**Spoilers ahead, folks. If you don't want any of the plot of Mad Men ruined for you, don't continue.** “The young man ringing the bell at a brothel is unconsciously looking for God.”-Bruce Marshall source: Justina Mintz/AMC Before I started watching Mad Men, I thought it was a show about an attractive guy name Don Draper with supporting characters Sex, Cocktails, and Cigarettes. And … [Read more...]

Charity Has Power and How Disney Didn’t Ruin Cinderella

Charity Has Power: How Disney Didn't Ruin Cinderella

  Image source: Disney “Where there is kindness, there is goodness. Where there is goodness, there is magic.” I took my daughter to her first real movie last weekend to see Disney’s new live action Cinderella starring Lily James. I was intrigued by the trailer, but once I heard that Kenneth Branagh was directing, I had very high hopes. Any review will tell you that the film is … [Read more...]

The Best Comfort Movies for a Sick Day

The Best Comfort Movies for a Sick Day // Carrots for Michaelmas

There seems to be a magnetic attraction between December and illness in the house. Thankfully, so far it's just been mild colds for the kids, but I don't think we're alone in this phenomenon. And sick days often merit some snuggle time with a good movie. Tis the season of comfort movies, amirite?! Which made me wonder....what movies are comfort movies for other families? So I asked the Carrots … [Read more...]

The Vulnerable Victory of True Love: The Sacred Heart, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, C.S. Lewis and The Princess Bride


True confessions: every so often (AKA when I have a newborn) I binge watch a show on Netflix. I’ve watched plenty of embarrassing shows during 3am nursing sessions but I’ll only name one today: ABC’s Once Upon a Time fairy tale drama. Written by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis of LOST, it’s similar to everyone’s favorite stuck-on-an-island-with-polar-bears series in that it has an ensemble cast … [Read more...]

Les Misérables Review and DVD Giveaway!

Going to the movies is something that happens once in a blue moon for us. Due to the outrageous prices and having to find childcare for the little ones, we’ve gone to the movies once in the past 18 months and we went to see the new Les Misérables. I simply couldn’t miss it because I’ve been a huge fan of the musical since I was a little girl. To be honest, I was anxious that the new film wouldn’t … [Read more...]

Les Miserables: A Revolution of Grace

Have you seen the new film adaption of the musical version of Les Miserables? Les Mis has been a part of my life since I was a little girl and my family would listen to the musical on long car trips. My sweet mother (who hates big cities) actually took me to NYC so that we could see it performed on Broadway, and I read Victor Hugo’s novel when I was still far too young to grasp more than the … [Read more...]

My Edwardian Obsession

I truly never write about fashion. However, since Season 2 has done nothing but deepen my obsession with Downton Abbey, I've been trying to figure out how to dress Edwardian without embarrassing my family and friends. Because seriously...these dresses.   I've been trying to find Edwardianesque additions to my wardrobe. I bought these heels the other day:  And I found this awesome … [Read more...]