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Movie Night: The Lost Valentine

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Every now and then you just need a good cry… and this little movie delivers! It’s a truly sweet story with a Valentine’s theme woven in. You can help but feel all the feelings for The Lost Valentine.

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It’s a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that goes back and forth between World War 2 and today. The story includes a theme of letters that I incorporated into the tablescape. (This movie does show a little bit of violence so just a warning if you have little ones… not to worry, it’s Hallmark-movie violence… so not too terrible.)


I found the cutest little air mail envelopes and just scattered them around.


The little envelopes were such a simple, inexpensive touch but added so much.


Not pictured: the dinner we ordered in from Maggiano’s and little tiramisu cups from Costco for dessert. Some weeks are just crazy and this was the way to go!


If you love a touching story and have tissues nearby, watch The Lost Valentine and get swept up in sweet romance!

Movie Night: The Shop Around the Corner

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February has our eyes set on romance and romantic comedies are the perfect fare for that kind of mood. Our kids aren’t quite old enough for some of our rom-com favorites, so we went old school. The Shop Around the Corner is from 1940 and You’ve Got Mail is actually its remake. This is a darling movie! (We rented it from iTunes.)


It was all hearts and flowers for the tablescape. I absolutely love all the pink and red this time of year.


I used our dessert as part of the centerpiece. A pretty cake deserves center stage!


The “Hey Valentine” napkins were in the January box from the Sassy Napkin Society.


For dinner we enjoyed steak tips, Brussels sprouts and macaroni and cheese.


Our little chocolate mousse cake from Trader Joe’s was just as delicious as it was pretty. It was a sweet ending to a great meal.


This movie is funny, witty, surprising and charming.  After the kids went to bed my husband and I watched You’ve Got Mail.  It was fun to see what this movie drew from the original.  Meg Ryan’s character’s bookstore is called “The Shop Around the Corner” and a few scenes are taken directly from the 1940 version.


We love old movies because they are cleaner and just refreshing. It’s fun to see the differences from life today that you don’t always think about. Here’s to a weekend full of love!

Movie Night: Groundhog Day

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Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow… movie night is always good news!


Groundhog Day is the perfect example of a silly thing that is fun to make a big deal out of for your kids.  So tonight we are going to watch Groundhog Day (obviously) and I'll tell you how we are handling the content in just a moment.


This movie will forever remind me of my "first date" with my dear friend.  She was new to our school in 9th grade and invited me to go see Groundhog Day at the theater.  That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.  Here we are at age 40 (well, I'm 40, she's almost there) and y'all we talk just about every day!  So this movie, as annoying as it can be, holds a place in my heart.

I made groundhog cupcakes and got the idea here.   


I pretty much followed Bakerella's method, but I used chocolate chips for the noses instead of sunflower seeds.  I think they turning out just darling.


I had this "grass" tablecloth on hand and stuck with black, white and green for everything else.


My kids are stuffed animal hoarders, so I grabbed this little guy and stuck him in a potted plant.  I think he's technically a prairie dog but he today he's playing the role of Punxsutawney Phil.  Personally, I think he's nailing it. 


This plant might look pitiful, but I won it at bunko just days before I had my daughter.  That was many years ago and it's still holding on.


So as you probably know, in the movie Bill Murray is forced to relive the same day over and over.  For dinner I thought it would be fun to have a meal that we just might choose if we had to eat the same thing day after day.  Steaks, baked sweet potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta are on the menu. 

We are trying something new tonight and watching the movie on VidAngel.  Some wise and like-minded friends told me about this.  It's a service you use to filter movies to help keep them family friendly.  How great is that???

Here's hoping you have a fun Friday and that we see an early spring!