Thursday, December 22, 2016

Favorite Christmas movies Part Deux

Christmas is in full swing at our house! Decor is up (Christmas and tree and stockings), Christmas music playing (when the husband and big kid will let me), my favorite candle is burning (who doesn't love vanilla?), and thanks to my hot chocolate corner in the kitchen, we are knocking it out of the park in the calorie category of the season as well! Another thing that goes hand in hand at our house is movie nights filled with our favorite Christmas movies. And sometimes movie afternoons and even some movies mornings.

Let's dive into the list!!!

What Christmas without the classics? I love these movies and I watch them every year!  Some cartoons just never get old. I am not ashamed to admit that I watch these movies with or with out my kids.

My daughter loves these two movies! I think we watch both of them two or three time a week starting on Thanksgiving until New Years.

The Hubby and I love these three movies! Our Christmas isn't complete until we have watched these cuddled on the couch under a nice warm blanket and drinking hot chocolate. It't the ultimate winter date night in my opinion.

There's nothing like a fun Christmas movie to put you in the mood for the holidays!

Do you and your family have a favorite Christmas movie that did not make onto my list?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Blogmas 2016 Fail

Hi Lovelies!

I knew this would happen, because it always happens, every single year. I get on roll and then suddenly something comes up and I forget all about it. This time it was my oldest and then my baby coming down with the same cold and then about  week later my oldest coming down with a tummy bug. Thankfully everyone is healthy now.

I thought about trying to play catch up but I have just missed way too many days. I think I will just come up with some fun Christmas posts for the rest of the week and just leave it at that.

Yeah, for me, Blogmas 2016 was a big fat fail (again).

Monday, December 19, 2016

Top 10 Christmas Facts You May Not Know

After a quick search on the interwebs, I found some interesting facts that you may or may not know about Christmas. 

1. The Germans made the first artifical Christmas tree out of dyed goose feathers .

2.  Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the US alone.

3.  All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.

4.  In AD 350, Pope Julius1, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

5.  Christmas trees have been sold in the US since 1850.

6.  Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.

7.  Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.

8.  Christmas wasn't declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.

9.  Oklahoma was the last U.S. state to to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.

10. During the Christmas season, nearly 28 million sets of Legos are sold every second.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Blogmas Day #11 (catch up) - Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Welcome to Blogmas Day #11 and today it's all about stocking stuffer ideas. I have always been bad about finding just the right things to put in the stockings. Hopefully this year I will do better that I did last year.

For the hubsy:

Hot wheels ( he collects them)

For the 6 year old:

Shopkins blind bags
Hot wheels
My Little Pony blind bags
Fuzzy socks

For the 1 year old:

I have no idea! Suggestions are greatly appreciated though!

Blogmas Day #10 (catch up) - Real tree or artificial tree

Hi Lovelies!

Today's post is all about artificial trees versus real trees. Now, growing up it was always a real tree. I always had a love/hate relationship with our tree mainly because the cats likes to climb it at night and it always wind up knock over onto the floor.

Now that I have a family, we have always had an artificial tree.

What type of tree do you have?

Blogmas Day #9 (catch up) - How do you decorate

Hi Lovelies!

Let's talk decorating for Chirstmas, as in how do you decorate? We keep our decorations very low key...we put up the tree and we hang our stockings on the wall by the tree. I also put our christmasy table cloth and our place mats on the table. And that's pretty much it for the decorating.

How do you decorate?

Blogmas Day #8 (catch up) - Favorite Family Christmas recipe

Hi Lovelies!

Today's post is all about a favorite family Christmas recipe. This is an easy one for me!  Our all time favorite Christmas recipe is a Nutella cheesecake that I make every year.


2 cups (264g) Oreo crumbs (leave filling in Oreos)
4 tbsp (56g) butter, melted
24 oz (678g) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (104g) sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (470g) Nutella
3 tbsp (21g) cocoa powder
8 oz Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream)
Nutella Ganache
1/2 cup (157g) Nutella
1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream
6 Ferrero Rocher, chopped


1. Combine Oreo crumbs with melted butter.
2. Press crumbs into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Set in refrigerator to firm.
3. Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, Nutella and cocoa powder together in a large bowl until smooth and well combined.
4. Gently stir in the Cool Whip (or homemade whipped cream).
5. Pour filling into crust and smooth the top.
6. Refrigerate for about 4-6 hours or until firm.
7. Remove cheesecake from springform pan and place on cake plate.
8. To make the ganache, place the nutella into a medium bowl. Bring the cream to a boil in the microwave, then pour over the nutella. Whisk until smooth.
9. Let the ganache to cool slightly and thicken before pouring over cheesecake.
10. Sprinkle chopped Ferrero Rocher over the top of the cheesecake.
11. Refrigerate until serving.

Blogmas Day #7 (catch up)- Cookies to be baked

Hello Lovelies!

Today's post is all about Christmas cookies, the tried and true recipes that you make every year and the ones you want to try. I always make the same cookies every year, chocolate chip, sugar, and peanut butter. This year I want to make something different, something that I have never made before... this is where the internet comes in real handy.

This afternoon I did a quick search and found a few recipes that I would like to try.

Chocolate Cherry Snowballs

Snickers Chocolate Cookie Cups

Russian Tea Cakes

What are some of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Blogmas Day #6 (catch up)- Pot simmer recipes

Hi Lovelies!

Today's catch up post is all about pot simmer recipes. Let's be honest, this is a foreign concept to me because I had never heard of them before until now. From what I understand, you begin by bringing water to a boil  and then adding your favorite ingredients and letting is simmer all day. As the water simmers away, you add more water. This not only leaves a pleasant fragrence throughout your house and also puts some moisture in the air.

So here is a recipe that I have found and that I would like to try:

Recipe #1
Cinnamon sticks
Apple peels
Orange rinds
Whole cloves

Recipe #2
Apple juice
Cinnamon sticks
Whole cloves

Recipe #3
Vanilla (a few drops)
Orange peels

Recipe #4 – Christmas Potpourri Simmering Pot
3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles
2 cinnamon sticks
2 TBS whole cloves
2 bay leaves
2 pieces orange rind
2 pieces lemon rind

What is your favorite recipe?

Blogmas Day #5 (catch up)- Pictures and/or memories of Christmases Past

Hello again Lovelies!

Today's post is all about memories from past Christmases. The only happy memories that I have from my childhood center around Christmas. Growing up, we had two Christmas celebrations, one on Christmas eve and then on Christmas day. The Christmas eve celebration was always my favorite because we celebrated with German traditions. I loved the food (bratwurst and spetzula, and strawberry cake) , the presents, and just being with my Grandparents. We always went to midnight mass afterwards. It has always been my favorite way to celebrate Christmas. 

What are some of your memories from past Christmases?

Blogmas Day #4 (catch up)- Christmas play list

Hello Lovelies!

Here I am on day #4 of Blogmas 2016. Today's catch up post has to do with your Christmas playlist. Now, we don't listen to Christmas music every day, we do listen to one christmas song over and over and over throughout the month of December. It also happens to be my 6 year old's favorite song:

Feliz Navidad

Another one is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

What's on your Christmas playlist?

Blogmas Day #3 (catch up)- Christmas wish list

Hi Lovelies!

I am so sorry that I have fallen behind on the blogmas posts. My kids have been sick all week and I have been up most nights with my youngest (she doesn't sleep through the night).  So, I will be playing catch up through out the day, please bear with me while I try to accomplish this. Anyways, the prompt for this day was your Christmas wish list.

So here is my Christmas Wish List:

Instant pot- fully functional electric pressure cooker

Google Home

Fitbit Flex activity tracker

Hamilton Beach bread machine

So, what's on your wish list?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hi Lovelies!

Well, December is upon us and if you're like me you are pinning all things cozy and festive for the holidays. I had so much fun celebrate Thanksgiving last week, and now that Turkey Day is behind us, I am offically ready to get into the full swing of Christmas and that is brings.

So, let's start this list, shall we?

Favorite holiday decor:  (because every girl needs a pink faux fur stocking hanging on their mantal)

Favorite Christmas DIY decorations:

This Christmas picture frame wreath is gorgeous!

Favorite cold weather staple:

This sweater looks so cozy!!

What favorites have you found recently?

Blogmas 2016 Day 2- Christmas movies on the must watch list

Good evening Lovelies!!

I know this post is going up late but I thought I would attempt Blogmas 2016 this year . Now I know I am a day late, but I think I'm going to just dive with day 2 and I will make up day 1 tomorrow.

So, anyway Blogmas 2016 where bloggers make a commitment to post every single day for 25 days on how they are preparing for the Christmas season.

Here are the prompts for Blogmas 2016 which can also be found at Sandra's blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom:


Day 1 - The Christmas Tag
Day 2 - Christmas Movies on the Must Watch List
Day 3 - Christmas Wishlist
Day 4 - Christmas Playlist
Day 5 - Pictures and Memories of Christmas Past
Day 6 - Pot Simmer Recipes
Day 7 - Cookies to be Baked (can be a recipe you make every year, or some you want to try)
Day 8 - Favorite Family Christmas Recipe
Day 9 - How do you decorate?
Day 10 - Real Tree or Artificial Tree
Day 11 - Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Day 12 - Quiet Christmas or Family Filled Loud Party Christmas?
Day 13 - Christmas Cards (do you send them, show us your favorites this year, or tells your favorite cards to send whether vintage, or bright and colorful)
Day 14 - Advent Calendar
Day 15 - Christmas Party Food Ideas
Day 16 - Winter Tag
Day 17 - Christmas Wishes
Day 18 - Homemade or Store Bought (What are you giving this year)
Day 19 - Recap of Christmas 2015 in pictures
Day 20 -  Christmas Decorations Reveal (show us your tree, your home decor, your mantle, anything you want)
Day 21 - Holiday Family Traditions
Day 22 - Preparing for the big day (show us your wrapping skills, are you making lists, getting the house ready for guests?)
Day 23 - Post whatever you wish
Day 24 - Christmas Eve (Are you opening presents tonight, is this your big celebration, what are you doing)
Day 25 - Christmas Day

So, I will be starting with day #2....

Christmas movies on the must watch list

Now, this doesn't make up my entire list, but these are the movies that I have watch every single year.

What's on your must watch movie list?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Hi Lovelies!! Here's what I'm up to this Wednesday

What I'm eating this week:  I have a meal plan full of slow cooker meals that include roast with potatoes and carrots, beans and ham, beef stew, and chicken noodle soup.

What I'm working on this week: I'm still working on planner bands, planner clips, and planner inserts. I hope to have these listed soon in my shop.

What I'm watching/reading: Right now I am watching Gilmore Girls: A year in the life, Gilmore Girls (yes, again).

What I'm listening to: Dan Carvey's stand up.

What I'm loving: Everything Fall!! Bring on the sweaters and hot chocolate and football (GO COWBOYS!!)

What are you up to this Wednesday?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meal Plan Monday 11/28/2016

Hi Lovelies!

Here is this week's menu!


Monday- leftovers from dinner and grilled cheese for the others
Tuesday- roast, potatoes, carrots
Wednesday- beans, cornbread (dinner) burritos (supper)
Thursday- Beef stew, homemade bread
Friday- beans, fried potatoes, cornbread (dinner) leftovers (supper)
Saturday- Pizza, breadsticks, salad
Sunday- Beans (lunch) Burritos/Frito Pies (Dinner)

Now to plan next week's menu!

Have a great night!



Happy Homemaker Monday- 11/28/2016

Hi Lovelies and Hello Monday! 

It's Monday (it comes around way to fast), so that means it's time for a Happy Homemaker Monday link up! I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at home Mom. So, put your feet up, grab your favorite drink, and let's get this party started!!

As I look outside my window:

Since I am writing this post at 11pm, it's dark and cold outside. And it's only going to get colder.

On my bedside table:

Nothing since I don't have a bedside table.

On my TV:

Just the usual, Gilmore Girls, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother. And now I am watching the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I just finished Winter and I have an about half way through Spring.

Thinking and pondering:

Still thing about opening a second etsy shop and wondering how I am going to do it. Working on the newspaper with the Husband and working on articles for the paper. I am also thinking about selling cookies and cheesecakes as well.

Listening to:

The TV (watching In Time on FXM)

Favorite Youtube video last week:

Cleaning videos, morning routine and evening routine videos, and plan with me videos.

On the menu this week:

Monday-  leftovers from lunch for me and Grilled cheese for the others
Tuesday- roast, potatoes, carrots
Wednesday- Beans, cornbread (dinner), burritos (supper)
Thursday- Beef Stew, homemade bread
Friday- Beans, fried potatoes, cornbread (dinner), burritos or frito pies (supper)

On my To do list:

Setting up this week in my planner
Working on our newspaper

Looking forward to:

Decorating the house for Christmas this week.

What I plan on doing for myself this week:

Reading, reading, and more reading.

Devotionals, scripture reading, and key verses:

I know it does not fit the context of the question, but since I have been watching Gilmore Girls for the last few weeks I thought it was appropriate. Also, it's one of my favorite quotes from the show

Have a nice Monday Lovelies!!


Monday, November 21, 2016

November Intentions and a Recap of October

I have been writing my monthly goals down for a while now because I want to focus on what is important. Many of the things that i have listed are daily habits that I am seeking to maintain or grow in. The goal is not obtain perfection, but to make steady progress.

Recap of goals in October:

1.  Organize the kid's closets
2.  Create office space in the corner of the family room
3.  Book at least 3 Facebook parties for Jamberry
4.  Begin a new (slightly scary) venture with the Husby
5.  Make at least 2 freezer meals a week
6.  Read 2 books
7.  Blog at least 3 times per week
8.  Menu plan consistently
9.  Use my planner consistently (my days would be less hectic if I would do this)
10. Eat more fruits and veggies

As you can see I accomplished half of the goals that I set for myself last month.

Top three things I was grateful for in October:

1.  spending time with my family
2.  creating office space so that the husband and I have a place to work
3.  being able to work from home with the husband

November Intentions:

These will be broken up into five categories; spritiual goals, personal goals, household goals, writing and blogging goals, and work goals.

Spiritual goals:

1.  daily bible study using the website
2.  pray for my husband, children, and loved ones using the scripture God has given me
3.  silent prayer and mediation

Personal goals:

1.  exercise 3x per week, with walking every day
2.  sleep at least 6 hours a night
3.  write down at least one thing that I am grateful for each evening

Household goals:

1.  meal plan for the month
2.  create a morning and evening routine and then follow them consistently
3.  keep up with the laundry

Writing and blogging goals:

1,  create a blogging editorial calendar
2.  post at least 3x per week on my blog for November
3.  work on first article for newspaper
4.  complete article and then have husband proof read
5.  see if I can become a Yahoo contributor

Monthly goals:

1.  at home date nights with husband
2.  one on one time with each daughter

What are some goals you have for November?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Getting to know me

Hi Lovelies!!

I found this survey floating around Facebook and I thought it be a good way for my lovely readers to get know me.  Feel free to copy and paste and share in the comments. I would love to get to know you as well!

Enjoy and have fun!

1. Are you named after someone? 

Yes..... which means I have two middle names and I was named after both of my grandmothers

2. When is the last time you cried? 


3. Do you like your handwriting?

Most of the time

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?


5. How many children do you have?

Two girls

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? 


7. Do you use sarcasm?

Never! See what I did there?

8. Do you still have your tonsils? 


9. Would you bungee jump? 

Nope and I won't zipline either

10. What is your favorite kind of cereal?

Cookie Crisp right of the box with a glass of milk

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take off? 


12. Do you think you're strong?

I would like to think that I am

13. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate chip cookie dough

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?

Their eyes

15. Red or pink? 


16. What is the least favorite physical thing you like about yourself?

My weight

17. What color pants and shoes are you wearing?

Gray short and no shoes

18. What was the last thing you ate? 

A brownie and  glass of milk

19. What are you listening to right now?

Johnny Cash singing "Tennessee Flat Top Box" on you tube

20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? 


21. Favorite smells?

Freshly mowed grass and freshly brewed coffee

22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? 

My husband

23. Favorite sport to watch? 

Football (NFL), The Dallas Cowboys

24. Hair color? 


25. Eye color?


26. Do you wear contacts? 

Nope and I will never wear them

27. Favorite food to eat? 


28. Scary movies or happy endings?

Depends on the mood I am in.

29. Last movie you watched?

Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked

30. What color shirt are you wearing? 


31. Summer or Winter?


32. Hugs or kisses? 


33. What book are you reading right now? 

Where are the children by Mary Higgins Clark

34. Who do you miss right now? 

My grandparents

35. What is on your mouse pad? 

A picture of my husband and daughter

36. What is the last TV program you Watched?

Friends on Netflix

37. What is the best sounding noise? 

My daughters laughing together

38. Rolling Stones or The Beatles? 

The Beatles

39. What is the furthest you have ever traveled? 


40. Do you have a special talent?


41. Where were you born?


Monday, November 14, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday- 11/14/16

Hi Lovelies and Hello Monday!

It's Monday, so that means it's time for a Happy Homemaker Monday link up! I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at home Mom. So, put your feet up, grab your favorite drink, and let's get this party started!!

On the weather front:

I love this time of year! Look at those temps!! Can you believe that we are half way through November and it's still warn and sunny?

On my bedside table:

Nothing since I don't have a bedside table.

On my TV:

Just the usual, Gilmore Girls, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother. Now I have added Stranger Things,the Gilmore Girls revival movies (these premier November 25th) and Fuller House (premiers December 9th).

Thinking and pondering:

Opening a second etsy shop and wondering how I am going to do it. Working on the newspaper with the Husband and working on articles for the paper.

Listening to:

The TV

Favorite Youtube video last week:

Cleaning videos, morning routine and evening routine videos, and plan with me videos.

On the menu this week:

I will come back to this question later, because I am still working on it.

On my To do list:

Setting up this week in my planner
Reorganizing C's clothes

Looking forward to:

Thanksgiving with family and friends

What I plan on doing for myself this week:

Reading, reading, and more reading.

Devotionals, scripture reading, and key versers:

Have a nice Monday Lovelies!!


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Show and Tell Sunday

Hi Lovelies!!!

It's been awhile! Sorry I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks, but life has been busy with Girl Scouts and the paper that the hubster and I have been working on. Anyways, I am bringing back Show and Tell Sunday and this week's questions are all about Thanksgiving. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next Thursday?

Anyways, let's get to the questions!!

(1) Favorite Thanksgiving memory:  The first Thanksgiving that I made all by myself. It turned out better than I thought it would and last year's Thanksgiving that we spent with some very dear friends of ours.

(2) Favorite Thanksgiving food: Granny cornbread dressing. I love making this and I have been told that it comes very close to the original.

(3) What is a Thanksgiving tradition you and your family have? watching the Cowboys play!! They are 8-1 this season and we are so excited to see how they can go with Dak Prescott as their quarterback. GO COWBOYS!!!

(4) What are you most looking forward to this Thanksgiving? Spending time with my family and friends.

Next Weeks Questions:

1. Name 4 jobs you’ve had in your life.
2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over.
3. Name 4 places you have lived.
4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.
5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.
6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.

Happy Show and Tell Sunday everyone!!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Oy with the poodles already!

Hi Lovelies!

The Gilmore Girls revivals is getting closer and closer!!! I am so excited and I thought it would be fun to share some of favorite memes from the series.


What are some of your favorite Gilmore Girl memes?


Monday, October 31, 2016

Fun Facts About Halloween

Hi Lovelies!!

Happy Halloween!!!!! I thought since today is Halloween I would share some fun facts about Halloween with you. So, sit back, relax, grab your favorite Halloween candy, and enjoy some fun little factoids about Halloween.

Fun Facts about Halloween

Halloween Fun Fact #1: Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn't know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.

Halloween Fun Fact #2: The first Jack-O-Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

 Halloween Fun Fact #3: The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

Halloween Fun Fact #4: Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

Halloween Fun Fact #5: 9.The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

Halloween Fun Fact #6: Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

 Halloween Fun Fact #7: "Halloween" is short for "Hallows' Eve" or "Hallows' Evening," which was the evening before All Hallows' (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.

Halloween Fun Fact #8: Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

Halloween Fun Fact #9: With their link to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a precursor to Halloween) and later to witches, cats have a permanent place in Halloween folklore. During the ancient celebration of Samhain, Druids were said to throw cats into a fire, often in wicker cages, as part of divination proceedings.

Halloween Fun Fact #10: Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!!


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Our Fall Bucket List 2016

Hi Lovelies!!

It's time share my family's Fall Bucket List!! It's so hard to believe that we are at the beginning of fall and that the Holidays are just around the corner. 

Well, here it is in all of it's glory!!

 via Crafthub
 Have a great day!!


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Favorite Hororr Movies

Hi Lovelies!

With Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite horror movies. Now, I have always been a fan of horror movies and I understand that some of you might not be, but that's okay. If you are not a fan of horror movies then you might just want to skip this post altogether. For those who love horror movies get your popcorn and your big fuzzy blankets ready!!!

1. The Scream series (1996). I love this series!! It's nineties nostalgia in a slasher film. What's not to love?

2. Friday the 13th 1, 2 , and 3. That's it...just those three!! I love all three of these. The third movie I still have a hard time watching because it freaks me out that much.

3. Halloween. Jamie Lee Curtis is the best! Need I say more?

4. Rosemary's baby (1968). Just the right of freaky to scare the crap out of me.

5. The Exorcist (1973). Probably the most disturbing movie on this list and probably the most offensive movie I have ever seen.

6. The Shining (1980). One of the most visually beautiful horror films in my opinion. Jack Nicholson is super creepy in this one!!

7. It. This needs to be on this list. That damn clown gave nightmares for months!! It was worth it thought because I loved the story and the movie!

8. Identity. This is another favorite of mine and John Cusack was awesome in it!  I loved that multiple personality disorder was the focus of the story.

9. A Nightmare of Elm Street. This is another favorite of mine. After seeing the moving I would not take baths for months, which brings me to the last movie on the list.

10. Psycho. I would not take showers after seeing this movie, yet it us one of my favorites!

What are your favorite horror movies?


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

9 Things You Didn't Know About the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Hi Lovelies!!! 

In honor of the remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" that premiered on October 20th, I decided to scour the interwebs to find some interesting tid bits about the original. It took a day or two (with interrupts and there were so many websites) to find what I was looking for, but I was able to find a website that was pretty interesting. So, without further adeau here are some interesting facts about The Rocky Horror Picture Show courtesy of 10 Things you did not know about the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

Enjoy and Let's do the time warp again!!!!!!!

1.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show was not a successful musical

 Richard O’Brien wrote the book, lyrics, and music for The Rocky Horror Show, which originated in an experimental theater space in London (and featured O’Brien, Curry, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell in the roles they’re recreate on screen — plus Julie Covington, best known as having been the first to sing “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” as Eva Peron on the original concept album of Evita). It was a big hit when it opened in 1973, and Curry traveled with the show to the Roxy in Los Angeles, where it had a nine-month run 1974-1975. The show transferred to Broadway (with Curry, O’Brien, and Meat Loaf, who starred in the LA cast in tow) in 1975, and despite three Tony nominations (including one for Curry), it was a flop, closing after 45 performances. The show returned to Broadway decades later, however, and ran for two years. Luke Perry, Joan Jett, Ana Gasteyer, and Orange Is the New Black‘s Lea DeLaria all appeared in the musical.

2.  Meat Loaf nearly walked out during his first production of the stage show

Meat Loaf didn’t know what he had signed up for when he joined the cast of the Los Angeles production. The rehearsal process started with the actors singing the songs out of costume, but once dress rehearsal came around — and he spotted the full-blown version of Tim Curry in “Sweet Transvestite” — Meat Loaf got cold feet and nearly walked out of the production when he realized he’d have to wear a pair of fishnets himself. But, as he says in the interview above, he got over it, thankfully, and stuck around with the show long enough to be cast as Eddie in the film.

3.  Horror movie legend Vincent Price was almost cast in the film

In addition than the notoriously queer subject matter, Rocky Horror is a musical love-letter of sorts to old Hollywood, particularly B-grade horror movies and creature-features. It’s why O’Brien fondly recalls Vincent Price’s presence in the opening night audience of The Rocky Horror Show‘s London premiere to be a good omen. Years later, when O’Brien and Jim Sharman were working on the film, they caught Price’s interest in the role of the Narrator — but ultimately Price couldn’t commit to the shooting schedule.

4.  That's Magenta's mouth in the opening credit sequence

 Patricia Quinn, who played the raccoon-eyed Magenta in the film (and in the original London stage show), offered up her lips and teeth for that iconic opening number — although she lip-synced to Rocky Horror creator (and Riff Raff’s alter ego) Richard O’Brien, sings “Science Fiction Double Feature” in pitch-perfect falsetto.

5.  The actor that played Rocky did not sing or speak his lines

 Peter Hinwood, who played Frank-N-Furter’s gorgeous (if dim-witted) creation, couldn’t sing, but that’s no big deal for a movie musical — you just have someone else sing for him. The trouble was, the muscled adonis also couldn’t act, so even his speaking lines were dubbed by another actor. Hinwood admitted to People in 2000 that he doesn’t consider the film a great moment in his career, and explained why he didn’t continue acting: “One, I can’t act. Two, I cringe with embarrassment every time I see myself on film. Three, I relish a quiet, peaceful life.”

6.  Many of the Transylvanians are in the wedding scene

 Recognize any of those wedding attendants? Many of them show up as Frank-N-Furter’s party guests — and if you look closely, you’ll recognize that Tim Curry is the preacher, while Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn are dressed up as characters in an homage to Grant Wood’s famous painting American Gothic.

7.  The final song and scene was cut from some versions of the film

 While it turns up on the soundtrack, “Super Heroes” was cut from the home video release of the film. As the official Rocky Horror fan club website explains, “In completing the stereo portion of the movie, certain deadlines were imposed and it wasn’t possible from the production end to include ‘Super Heroes.’ When the video was re-released at a lower price, it was decided not to include ‘Super Heroes’ because it wouldn’t be fair to those who paid $89.95 for the original release.” The scene, seen above, was digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray editions of the movie.

8.  You can visit Dr. Frank-n-Ferter castle in real life

The imposing castle that hosts Frank-N-Furter’s deadly shenanigans is a real place in England called Oakley Court, which overlooks the Thames in the village of Bray. It had appeared in many movies before, including several horror films produced by the famed Hammer Films and the 1976 mystery Murder by Death. Nowadays it’s a hotel, so go ahead and book a room. (I wouldn’t expect a Rocky Horror-style floor show, though.)

9.  There is a sequel

 Years after Rocky Horror became a cult hit, Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien wrote a sequel-of-sorts, the equally campy horror musical Shock Treatment, which sees Brad and Janet Majors (now played by Cliff De Young and Jessica Harper) as contestants on a devious game show. O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell were the only Rocky Horror stars to return for this sequel, which was a critical and commercial flop and never quite achieved its predecessor’s cult status. (Sadly, it’s not available to stream online.)