10 Valentine's Day Movies You Need To Watch On Netflix

2.08.2016



If there is a holiday Netflix was made for, it has to be Valentine's Day. It's PACKED with the sappiest, and equally wonderful, romance movies. Here are my top five TEN recommendations. Yes, there are so many good ones, I went and doubled my standard quota for the month. And here is a handy flowchart if you are truly horrible at making decisions. (I was going to share it on here but I couldn't get the image to save properly, but seriously look at it—it's genius.)

1. Pride & Prejudice. THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD! We are all fools in love!



2. Notting Hill. We noticing a British theme? Just go with it. (Hey! That's another great rom-com, but it's not on Netflix. Boooo.)



3. Leap Year. This one is downright awful, which makes it amazing. Nod your head if that makes sense to you like it does me. Predictable, cliche-ridden and delightful!



4. Shakespeare in Love. You guys, this is the epitome of Valentine's Day. Shakespeare? IN LOVE? Don't pay any attention to the fact that Shakespeare's brother is Voldemort (the antithesis of love, AKA Ralph Fiennes. No, Ralph Fiennes is not personally the antithesis of love, at least I don't know that from actual experience or anything. If you do though, I would love to hear your story!).



5. Down to You. Freddie! Julia! Where have you gone? Nevermind, let's just bask in the glory of late 90s and early 2000s romance movies, amirite? Speaking of which...



6. Drive Me Crazy. Oh yes! Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my favorite show in the TGIF lineup, so I am naturally a fan of anything Melissa Joan Hart. Now, where are my butterfly clips?



7. Bewitched. I feel like you should know that I wish I were a witch, witch is why this is my second time mentioning this movie in a roundup. Maybe it's a female/girl power sort of thing, or maybe it's a I was raised in the 90s and grew up in Seattle thing. Either way, I think there's little magic in all of us. And Nicole Kidman is FOR SURE a witch. Two witch movies? She has to be! SHE HAS TO BE! (See what I did there? That's for you, Nora Ephron.)



8. Grease. I would be remiss if I didn't include Danny and Sandy on this list. I mean, we have them to thank for those steamy summer nights, and throwing all of our good sense and morals out the convertible top in the name of bad boys and leather jackets!



9. The English Patient. Personally, I have never watched this movie because I took Elaine Benes's review of it very seriously. BUT! I feel like this is a great opportunity for Ralph to redeem himself from the roles of villains like Heathcliff and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.



10. Roman Holiday. Let's end this list on a high note with Audrey and Gregory. This is cinema at its finest. The silver screen was ripe with romance and beauty in this era, and this movie is a wonderful way to appreciate those ideals.

THE END.

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A Little Home Refresh And $100 Kohl's Gift Card Giveaway

1.27.2016

$100 Kohl's Gift Card Giveaway
Last week I shared tips for picking art and our new gallery wall as part of our little home refresh for the New Year, and this week I want to share a couple of new items we received, which make all the difference! (Especially as a renter with little control over home updates and changes.)

Drum roll, please...

New cookware and bedding! Yes, it's that simple, but it makes a world of difference in feeling more updated.

Let's start with the cookware. We used our non-stick Cuisinart cookware we received for a wedding gift up until the beginning of this month. In May we will be celebrating our 7th anniversary, if that puts it into perspective for you. The stuff was scratched, and peeling, and anytime I made a light colored sauce you could see black flakes in it. Yuck!

$100 Kohl's Gift Card Giveaway

Ever since starting my food blog and deciding it was time to start cooking like an adult, I wanted stainless steel cookware. I was stoked when I found this BergHOFF 10-piece copper clad set from Kohl's. The reviews were sparkling, and I got it on mega super sale! Think $169 mega super sale for something that is worth over $300. I've been using them for a month now, and they cook like a DREAM. Truly, a dream! Smooth, evenly distributed heat. If you are thinking about getting new cookware, just do it already. I have said to Matt, "Why didn't we get these sooner?!" over 10 times. Easily.

$100 Kohl's Gift Card Giveaway


Next up is bedding! The home blogs finally convinced me I need all white bedding. Mostly in the name of bleach, because we have two little boys and dirt smudges are inevitable. Guess what?! They are right! We bought this quilt set, these sheets, and this bed skirt (also on mega sale from Kohl's). I've already bleached those suckers—twice!—and they wash up nicely, still look brand new, and are extra soft. I also love how calm and clean they make our bedroom feel. We still don't have a lot of furniture in the space, so it helps it look more pulled together.

Now it's your turn to go shopping to do your own little home refresh! I am giving away $100 gift card from Kohl's. They are having a huge home sale right now, plus you can stack multiple coupons on top of the sale price! Use the promo code HOME10 for $10 off $50 home purchase on January 29-February 3, and 20% off using promo code FORYOU20 on January 29-30.

Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below. I will select the winner on January 30, and email the gift card code that day so you can get the deals mentioned above. Good luck!

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This post was sponsored by Kohl's. Thanks for reading!

10 Valentine's Day Treats To Make With Your Kids

1.19.2016



I'm 90% sure my favorite holiday after Christmas and Thanksgiving is Valentine's Day. And not for the commercial aspect where it is another lame excuse to spend money and buy cheesy gifts like those horribly awesome stuffed bears that sing Elvis Presley songs. And I definitely don't think we need a specific day to tell others we love them—we should do that every day!

BUT. I do love it for the colors, and fun activities for little kids. Pink and red is a color combination that makes me happy. And who doesn't like to splatter hearts on every surface? Okay, a lot of people, but this lady lives for it.

You know what else is awesome about Valentine's Day? The treats! Now, if you don't agree that it is the best holiday for baked goods, you are definitely off your rocker. Nothing is cuter than heart-shaped cookies. NOTHING.

Naturally, I wrote a blog post roundup of 10 Valentine's Day treats you can actually make with your kids. No overly complicated recipes and instructions in sight. And they are all guaranteed to be delicious. Check out the post here!

Also, add my food blog, The Butter Half, to your reading list for more Valentine's Day goodies ideas this month. I have a heart pie I am posting later today. It's adorable and I think you all should make one.

Bon app├ętit, mes amours!

Image from my Swig sugar cookie recipe on the Butter Half
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