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Monday, November 4, 2013

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS! - Fast, Fun Family Craft Projects...


Kids Christmas Crafts with Martha Stewart...



It just wouldn't be the holidays without home-making and entertaining Diva extrordinaire Martha Stewart, would it?

MarthaStewart.com is my go-to craft and decorating resource for tips and ideas for the holidays, with hundreds of recipes, craft projects, festive decorating ideas and more.

Find out all you need to make the adorable little fondant snowmen pictured above and lots of other fun Christmas crafting ideas.  The link will take you directly to the Kids Christmas Crafts Gallery, just click on the frosty little guys!

Get crafting!

x Holly-Anne x

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!


It's coming around again! Yep, you got it - CHRISTMAS!  Woo-hoo!

Want to do a quick check on the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Christmas Day?  Just click below and you'll see exactly that. Add a link to you Favorite Places on your browser bar so you and the kids can check it whenever you want.

Click HERE for Christmas Countdown Clock!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Exclusive Poem : What's in that One Present?

 
 
 
What's in that one present?
The one behind the Christmas tree,
It's big and huge and massive,
And the gift tag says...for me!
 
What's in that one present?
In the gift wrap with holly-clad bells,
The one that doesn't rattle,
And doesn't have a smell.
 
What's in that one present?
It's too big to be something to eat,
It's too huge to be clothes or pajamas,
Or something to wear on my feet.
 
What's in that one present?
I just cannot say,
But I know it's for me, and I'll find out,
When I tear it open on Christmas Day!
 
x Holly-Anne x




Mini Movie Review : Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)

Trudie Chandler's (Melissa Joan Hart) passion in life is art, but right now she's a waitress at Taj's Diner Deluxe. When her boyfriend dumps her two days before Christmas, she just can't face what her over-bearing mother who is expecting to meet her future son-in-law will say. In her desperation, Trudie kidnaps the gorgeous David (Mario Lopez,) a customer in the diner.

Although he spends most of the next day trying to escape from her, he beings to sympathize with her – her parents are both critical of her life and her passion for art and want her to get a real career.Melissa Joan Hart is adorable as the hapless and hopeless Trudie, and Mario Lopez is excellent as kidnap victim, David. Markie Post and Timothy Bottoms are wonderfully infuriating as Trudie's unreasonable parents. Great performances all round.

Holiday in Handcuffs is a really cute movie, funny, poignant in places, and is suitable for all the family. x Holly-Anne x


Mini Movie Review : Snow (2004)

The Snow movies are an absolute must for all the family this Christmas!

A slimy big game hunter is given the task of finding a herd of reindeer for San Ernesto Zoo in California. Unfortunately, one of the reindeer he captures just happens to belong to Santa! It's just a few days before Christmas and Nick Snowden, taking over the job of Santa form his father for the first time, has to find Buddy the Reindeer and teach him how to fly before Christmas Eve; the sleigh just won't fly with just seven of the critters.
 
Nick Snowden can travel between places via mirrors and some magic dust and has landed at the zoo to find Buddy. But it's just not going to be that easy to get Buddy back home; Nick has been seen on the CCTV monitor, climbing into the reindeer pen and is mistaken for a crazy man. How on earth is he going to get Buddy back and win the heart of Sandy who works at the zoo, without her thinking he need locking up?
 
A really funny, romantic wee movie with a rather quirky Santa, the likes of which you're never seen. Great acting, funny script, and good family fun for everybody.
 
Remember to watch the sequel Snow 2 : Brain Freeze as well; it's just as cute and just as funny!

x Holly-Anne x

 




Mini Movie Review : Snowglobe (2007)



First off, I absolutely LOVE this movie!  It has fast become one of my favorites after discovering it in 2012.

Angela's parents think she's never going to settle down and start a family – having a date would be a good start! The have a new tenant, Eddie, in the apartment building they own – and he'd make the perfect son in law, they reckon.
 
But all Angela (Christina Milian) wants to do is to escape from her dysfunctional (but loving) family. Eddie gives her a gift – a snowglobe – which magically transports her to a magical winter wonderland where every single day is Christmas and everything is perfectly calm – and perfectly perfect! She meets Douglas there (played hilariously by Matt Keeslar,) who is truly Mr. Perfect. Well, Mr. Too Perfect, actually.
 
After a mishap with the snowglobe, Angela becomes stuck in the perfect Christmas world and realizes that her own family maybe aren't so bad after all.
 
A really cute family movie, a little bit of romance, and plenty of laughs.
 
x Holly-Anne x


 

 


Mini Movie Review : White Christmas (1954)



I'm only reviewing this because there may be one person left on Planet Earth who hasn't seen it – and they need to!
 
White Christmas follows Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye,) from their meeting whist serving during World War II, right up to their being a smash hit double act and show producers.
 
Circumstances find Wallace and Davis traveling to the Columbia Inn, VT, with the Haynes Sisters (Rosemary Clooney & Vera Ellen,) the siblings of a soldier Bob and Phil served with in the Army. The inn, which is failing, just happens to be owned by their old commanding officer, Major General Waverly.
 
A string of romantic near-misses and misunderstandings ensue. Everything falls apart when the sticky-beaked old housekeeper, Emma, listens in on part of a conversation Wallace is having with a TV show host back in New York City, and gets her wires thoroughly crossed, believing he wants to exploit the old General for TV ratings. Emma relays the part of the conversation she eaves-dropped on to Betty (Rosemary Clooney;) she is outraged and disappointed at what she thinks Davis is cooking up with his TV pal and leaves the inn without a word, taking a lounge singing job back in New York.
 
It's a big mess! Will they ever sort out all these misunderstandings and get themselves together?
White Christmas is one of those movies that is just filled with the magic of Christmas, especially the super-festive finale. Romantic, funny, and with fabulous, timeless songs from Irving Berlin. If you're the one person on the planet who hasn't seen it, you're missing out on something that's an absolute tradition in many a household – including mine – every Christmas. I've been known to watch it in July or even in September, or any old month of the year. Yeah, it's that good!
 
x Holly-Anne x