Holiday Favorites

2018 Holiday Favorites

To kickstart year-end reviews, we’ve got a brand new episode of Marvelous Geeks! On this week’s episode, I cover some Trader Joe’s favorites, Disney, beauty, skin care, and some miscellaneous goodies, too. I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the support towards the podcast this year — it’s been so much fun, and I can’t wait for more next year. As promised, here’s a list of everything I could find online that was mentioned in the podcast. Be sure to come back next week for TV/film Best of the Year reviews. 

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Top 10 Christmas Movies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Six years into this blog and I’ve finally got the time to make this list for all our readers to see. Ridiculous isn’t it that it took so long? But I suppose I also needed the time to gather some films that aren’t the classics we know and love in order to add a bit of variety onto this post. If there’s one thing most of our readers know about me, it’s that I’m generally an emotional wreck while writing about TV shows, but there’s absolutely nothing like Christmas movies and the extent to which my emotions rise. And as someone who makes it her absolute goal to watch as many Christmas movies as possible during the month of December, I can sincerely say that I’ve succeeded in at least reaching 100 (I haven’t actually counted, but I’m almost positive.) From old Hollywood classics to Hallmark originals, here’s some of the ones I can always watch over and over again. And a fair warning, this list was extremely hard to choose, especially because it was so easy for all the classics to instantly fill the 10 to which I had to then choose which to substitute.

  1. It’s A Wonderful Life


No movie in the history of movies could ever compare to the gift of It’s A Wonderful Life. As far as Christmas traditions go, one of the constants in my life has always been ending the night with the Baileys. The idea that a human is able to see the profound impact they’ve made on those around them is otherworldly. It doesn’t matter how many times I watch this movie because I’ll cry my eyes out every single time. “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” And in that moment when the camera pans away allowing us to read the note from Clarence, all is right in the world with the potent reminder that failure is nearly impossible in a world where love surrounds a person. There are chances, and there are always more moments that’ll remind us of the fact that it will always get better.

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A Season in Review: Chesapeake Shores

I appreciated Chesapeake Shores in its freshman year, but the show took an incredible turn this season making it that much more unforgettable and inimitable. Normally, while I’m under the belief that TV shows tend to flop in their second season making it the weakest one, Chesapeake Shores did the exact opposite, and I’m thankful for the team of writers who’ve chosen to tell stories through the eyes of the characters. I’ve always said that a TV show is much stronger when episodes are driven by the characters as opposed to the plot and in season two, we were given the chance to love the O’Brien clan even more than before as they told their realistic, encompassing stories through tremendous heart and innate growth.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

March 26-April 1
“My Heart Will Go On” | When Calls the Heart

It’s been a wild yet quiet week with Once Upon A Time’s heartbreaking episode and Madam Secretary’s intriguing hour following on Sunday. The Flash gave us one shocking twist after another. The Americans once again dealt with Philip and Elizabeth’s marriage beautifully. And Chicago P.D. broke our hearts 20-times more than before. But it was When Calls the Heart which left me bawling for an entire hour with a mixture of happy and sad tears.

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