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Five Tree Christmas

By Ade Olayinka
5 minute cheesy Christmas movie reviews (and some bonus content too!).
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Episode 213: Valentine's 2021 Picks
I couldn't help myself - here are 21 (yes 21!) things that I'm watching this Valentine's Day. There's a little bit of everything - something old, something new, something upbeat, and something blue. You're sure to find what you're looking for I'm on my list of things to watch this Valentine's Day.
23:34
February 12, 2021
Episode 212: All About Bridgerton
Join me for a conversation with two of my favorite people about the 2020 Christmas Day Netflix hit - Bridgerton! We talk about sex, race, costumes, and much, much more. 
01:18:36
February 7, 2021
Episode 211: Christmas Finale: 2020 Roundup & Superlatives!
The highs and lows of the Christmas 2020 Movie Season. I talk about the worst and most disappointing Christmas movies of 2020, and the best movies and actors that we got to see on our screens this year!
32:48
January 25, 2021
Episode 210: Adoption, Foster Care, and Film with Stephie Predmore
Join me for this conversation with Stephie Predmore. We have a fascinating, funny, and deep conversation about Adoption and Foster Care on TV and in the movies. You'll learn a lot, and you laugh out loud along the way. 
01:15:02
December 24, 2020
Triple Review: Love, Lights, Hanukkah!, Project Christmas Wish, A Christmas Princess
Love, Lights, Hanukkah! (Hallmark Channel): As Christina prepares her restaurant for Christmas, a DNA test reveals that she's Jewish! The discovery leads her to a new family and a new, unlikely romance over eight crazy nights. Stars Mia Kirshner, Ben Savage, and Marilu Henner.  Project Christmas Wish (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries): For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town's community. As she grants a little girl's wish for a "Christmas like it used to be," she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true. Stars Amanda Schull and Travis Van Winkle. A Christmas Princess (Amazon Prime): A prince from a small European country arrives in New York City to plan his family's annual Christmas charity dinner.
14:42
December 23, 2020
Triple Review: Inn love by Christmas, The Christmas Setup, and Christmas in Glenbrooke
Inn love by Christmas (Lifetime): Mandy Leeds (Jonna Walsh), a successful young woman living in Miami, is climbing her way up the corporate ladder in the hotel industry. Though she doesn’t get back to her small northern hometown much, this year her Gram (Jayne Eastwood) is able to finally convince her to come home for Christmas. Mandy has another reason too – the quaint local inn is for sale, and she wants to acquire it for her company. With her eyes on the prize, Mandy travels back home but on her way there, she runs into Lucas Menzino (Jesse Hutch) — her high school rival — who also has his eye on the inn as well. The Christmas Setup (Lifetime): The Christmas Setup follows the story of New York lawyer Hugo (Ben Lewis) who heads to Milwaukee with his best friend Madelyn (Ellen Wong) to spend the holidays with his brother Aiden (Chad Connell) and his mom Kate (Fran Drescher), who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick (Blake Lee), Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him. Christmas in Glenbrooke (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries): Longing to be accepted for herself and not just her wealth, an heiress heads to the small town of Glenbrooke, where she discovers the joys of a simple Christmas, community, and maybe even love. Starring Autumn Reeser and Antonio Cupo
14:48
December 22, 2020
Episode 209: Christmas in the City
Join me for a conversation with Megan and Jasmine. You know how Minnesota and New York City often show up in Christmas movies? Well, Megan tells us all about the magic of Christmas in New York City,  and Jasmine tells us with us what Christmas in Minnesota is like. You might think you know what Christmas in Minnesota New York City is like, but in this episode, Megan and Jasmine reveal their lived experiences of Christmas in "The City."
40:48
December 19, 2020
Triple Review: "A Little Christmas Charm," "The Santa Squad," and "Christmas She Wrote"
Reviews of "A Little Christmas Charm," "The Santa Squad," and "Christmas She Wrote." Synopses:  A Little Christmas Charm (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries): Holly, a jewelry designer finds a lost charm bracelet and teams up with investigative reporter Greg in hopes of finding the owner and returning it by Christmas Eve. Starring Ashley Greene and Brendan Penny. The Santa Squad (Lifetime): Allie (Rebecca Dalton), an out of work art teacher, has to accept a job with the Santa Squad to help wealthy widower Gordon (Aaron Ashmore) and his two precious daughters rediscover the magic of Christmas. As Allie is lifting the holiday spirits of the family with Christmas decorations, cookies and shopping, her kindness is rewarded with the most unexpected of gifts: love! Christmas She Wrote (Hallmark Channel): When writer Kayleigh has her column cancelled before Christmas, she heads home to reconnect with family. Sparks fly when she gets an unexpected visit from the man who cancelled her column. Stars Danica McKellar and Dylan Neal.
13:55
December 17, 2020
Triple Review: Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas, Let's Meet Again on Christmas Eve, Christmas Ever After
Reviews of Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas, Let's Meet Again on Christmas Eve, Christmas Ever After. Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries): Five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben, Sarah discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever. Starring Lacey Chabert, Stephen Huszar. Let's Meet Again on Christmas Eve (Lifetime): When college sweethearts, Corinne (Kyla Pratt) and Rob (Brooks Darnell), get opportunities on opposite sides of the world, they decide to part ways and meet again in two years on Christmas Eve to see if they are really meant to be. However, when one shows up and the other doesn’t, the fate of their romance seems to have reached the end. Many years later the two end up bumping into one another when they are both hired to help bring together a Christmas Eve wedding. With many questions left unanswered, they are about to embark on a journey filled with romance and magic, just in time for Christmas Eve. Christmas Ever After (Lifetime): Popular romance novelist Izzi Simmons (Tony® winner Ali Stroker) spends every Christmas at her favorite snowy bed & breakfast, but this year, she’s faced with an impending deadline and a severe case of writer’s block. Luckily, inspiration strikes in the unlikely form of the B&B’s new owner Matt (Daniel di Tomasso), who bears an uncanny resemblance to the handsome hero from Izzi’s novels. As both partake in the lodge’s annual itinerary of Christmas activities, Izzi’s writer’s block is cured and the first pages of her and Matt’s own love story may just be beginning.
14:18
December 12, 2020
Episode 208: The Wide World of Plastic Surgery with Dr. Evyn
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Evyn about all things plastic surgery. We discuss common done procedures that might be misunderstood, the often forgotten reconstructive side of plastic surgery, and what it's like to be a plastic surgery resident. Our conversation is a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy it!
36:44
December 11, 2020
Triple Review: The Christmas Listing, Midnight at the Magnolia, Too Close for Christmas
Synopses: The Christmas Listing (Lifetime): Julia Rogers (Lexi Giovagnoli) is an uptight, hardworking realty owner who has lost her Christmas spirit. She will have to spend five days at a Christmas Inn with her business competitor, Chad Everest (Travis Burns), in order to win over the badly needed listing of the Erickson Farmstead. While competing to win the listing, Julia and Chad discover that they have more in common than they thought. Midnight at the Magnolia (Netflix): Longtime friends and local radio hosts Maggie and Jack fake it as a couple for their families and listeners in hopes of getting their show nationally syndicated. Too Close for Christmas (Lifetime): When Hayley (Jessica Lowndes) accepts an invitation to spend Christmas with her sister’s new in-laws, her seemingly perfect holiday takes a turn when Paul (Chad Michael Murray), Hayley’s brother-in-law’s brother, unexpectedly shows up. Still harboring a grudge against Paul for ending her last relationship, Hayley reluctantly spends time with Paul and slowly realizes she may have been too quick a judge on him.
12:02
December 9, 2020
Episode 207: Podcasting and Opinions with Megan and Stephie of IRSI Podcast
Join me for this fun and funny conversation with Megan and Stephie of I'd Rather Stay In Podcast (https://idratherstayinpodcast.com/). If you’ve ever been interested in starting a podcast, then this is the episode for you! In the first half we discuss how we started our podcasts, and the tools that we use to make the magic happen every week. Then we transition into what podcasters do best– sharing our opinions! @stetted, @stephiepredmore, and I also share our opinions on Christmas movies, including extended reviews of Deliver By Christmas and Holly & Ivy (both from Hallmark Movies and Mysteries). Our conversation filled with laughs, and I hope you enjoy it!
01:04:31
December 4, 2020
Double Review: "If I Only Had Christmas" and "USS Christmas"
Synopses:  If I Only Had Christmas (Hallmark Channel): Kansas City publicist Darcy ventures to the Emerald Educational Trust for the job of a lifetime, helping VP Glen Goodman and his team find the know how, courage, and heart to help a charity in need for Christmas. Darcy and Glen begin to realize they have everything in common. However, Glen's surprise revelation at the big Christmas gala just may put an end to their promising romance before it has really gotten started. Starring Candace Cameron Bure and Warren Christie. USS Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries): Maddie, a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship's archive room. Starring Jen Lilley, Trevor Donovan, Barbara Niven.
11:22
December 3, 2020
Double Review: "The Christmas Waltz" and "Once Upon a Mainstreet"
Synopses: The Christmas Waltz (Hallmark Channel): After Avery's storybook Christmas wedding is canceled, a dance instructor helps her face her fears in life and fulfill her dream of learning to dance. Stars Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp. Once Upon a Mainstreet (Lifetime): Amelia Lewis (Vanessa Lachey) is super excited when she buys an available storefront, planning to open a year-round Christmas shop. But her celebration comes to a screeching halt when she discovers that Vic Manning (Ryan McPartlin) has also bid on the property. Amelia and Vic have the same idea, get to the seller—Elder Dubois (Patrick Duffy) in the next town—and convince him to sell his space to them. Despite the holidays, Elder is down in the dumps. It’s the first Christmas without his wife, and he’s in no mood to chair the decoration committee for the “Battle of the Main Street” yearly holiday competition with the neighboring town. Hoping to win favor with Elder, Amelia and Vic volunteer to take over his duties. After continually bickering and trying to one-up each other, the two combatants learn to work together and even get the merchants on Main Street to put aside their differences for the greater good. Everyone, including Amelia and Vic, realize that compromise is the key that leads to a happy—and romantic—ending.
11:02
December 1, 2020
Double Review: "Dear Christmas" and "Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding"
Reviews of Dear Christmas and Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding, both from Lifetime. Some special guests join me for the Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding review! Synopses:  Dear Christmas (Lifetime): Natalie Morgan (Melissa Joan Hart) is the host of a popular podcast, Holiday Love, which shares true stories of holiday romance with its listeners. While the outside world and her listeners everywhere see Natalie is an expert on romance, she’s never truly experienced a romance of her own. As Natalie prepares to embark on a promotional tour for her new book, she stops back home to spend Christmas with her family where she unexpectedly begins to experience her own holiday romance as sparks ignite with local firefighter, Chris (Jason Priestley). Dear Christmas also stars Robin Givens, Ed Begley Jr. & Faith Prince and includes cameos by Jamie and Doug Hehner (Married at First Sight: Couples Cam) and Hilarie Burton and Antwon Tanner (One Tree Hill). Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding (Lifetime): Lifetime’s first-ever Christmas sequel to last year’s hit movie, Merry Liddle Christmas, Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding once again follows Jacquie Liddle (Kelly Rowland), as she and Tyler (Thomas Cadrot) try to plan their perfect destination Christmas wedding. Naturally, Jacquie’s plans go awry when her boisterous family intervenes in her planning and her snooty wedding planner quits in protest. While nothing goes as initially planned, Jacquie and Tyler get a Christmas wedding more memorable than they could have ever dreamed.
15:32
November 29, 2020
Double Review: "Christmas by Starlight" and "Five Star Christmas"
Reviews of Christmas by Starlight (Hallmark Channel) and Five Star Christmas (Hallmark Channel). Synopses: Christmas by Starlight: A lawyer makes a deal with the heir to a development firm to spare her family's restaurant from demolition. However, she must spend the week posing as the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some costly mistakes. Stars Paul Campbell and Kimberley Sustad. Five Star Christmas: When a travel writer shows up unexpectedly at their dad's B&B, the Ralston family all pretend to be guests in hopes of a good review. Lucy falls for guest Jake but can't share her secret. Stars Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.
08:08
November 28, 2020
Double Review: "Homemade Christmas" and "A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado"
Synopses: Homemade Christmas (Lifetime): Every year, Megan (Michelle Argyris), an ambitious young woman uses the weeks leading up to Christmas to become the ultimate holiday freelance assistant for hire, helping with any Christmas-related tasks for extra income. But when the opportunity arrives to save a Christmas party and dazzle her crush, she must choose between the man of her aspirations and Mr. Right. A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado (Hallmark Channel): Erin is planning the town’s Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration. Starring Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor.
05:32
November 28, 2020
Episode 206: Hallmark Live vs. Real Life with Omega
Today I'm chatting with Omega, a nursing student and small-business owner. Omega and her husband Brandon have lived many of the storylines we see on TV and in Hallmark movies - owning an hotel, living in a festive and picturesque town, growing up as a pastor’s kid, and getting engaged after 5 months. Omega shares the real life truths of living out these movie storylines. Omega also shares some of her holiday traditions with us, like making tamales with her family. This episode is seriously a blast, so stick around and enjoy our conversation. Her husband Brandon also runs this great Instagram account called @flippingadollar where he’s using his entrepreneurial spirit in an innovative to pay off debt, and teach others to do the same.
58:49
November 27, 2020
Double Review: "Good Morning Christmas" and "Happiest Season"
Reviews of Good Morning Christmas (Hallmark Channel), Happiest Season (Hulu). Synopses: Good Morning Christmas: Two squabbling TV hosts are sent to a festive small town over Christmas. While pretending to get along for the sake of appearance, they discover that there's more to each other than they thought. Starring Alison Sweeney and Marc Blucas. Happiest Season: A young woman with a plan to propose to her girlfriend while at her family's annual holiday party discovers her partner hasn't yet come out to her conservative parents.
18:27
November 26, 2020
Triple Review: The Angel Tree, The Christmas House, A Godwink Christmas: Second Chances, First Love
Reviews of The Angel Tree (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries), The Christmas House (Hallmark Channel), A Godwink Christmas: Second Chances, First Love (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) The Angel Tree: A writer seeks the identity of the person who helps grant wishes that are placed upon The Angel Tree, and in the process, reconnects with her childhood friend. Starring Jill Wagner and Lucas Bryant. The Christmas House: Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis and patriarch Bill, have summoned their two grown sons – TV star, Mike Mitchell and Brandon Mitchell – home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi, his high school sweetheart.  A Godwink Christmas: Second Chances, First Love: After 15 years, Pat moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and through a series of coincidences, or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie at Christmas. Starring Brooke D’Orsay and Sam Page.
18:43
November 25, 2020
Triple Review: "A Taste of Christmas," "Feliz NaviDAD," & "A Nashville Christmas Carol"
Reviews of A Taste of Christmas (Lifetime), Feliz NaviDAD (Lifetime), and A Nashville Christmas Carol (Hallmark Channel).  Synopses: A Taste of Christmas: When Natalie (Anni Krueger) learns her cousin Francesca (Nia Vardalos) must cancel the Christmas Eve opening of her new Italian restaurant, Natalie’s heart goes out to all of the guests who were planning on attending. Since no one should be alone on Christmas, Natalie decides to make the opening happen any way she can. However, the attractive but pessimistic Chef Stefano (Gilles Marini) believes it’s impossible — there are only three days until Christmas! But Natalie insists that problems are just opportunities in disguise and soon she convinces Stefano that they can do it. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves working side-by-side. With Stefano’s help Natalie learns that cooking, like Christmas, isn’t about perfection… it’s about sharing it with the ones you love. Feliz NaviDAD: David Morales (Mario Lopez), an Arizona high school principal and single dad, has lost the holiday spirit after also losing his wife a few years ago during the Christmas season. Now, David will do anything to avoid Christmas so he moonlights as a delivery driver during the holidays. But this year David’s 14-year-old daughter, Noel (Paulina Chavez), and his live-in sister, Marissa (Marycarmen Lopez), are determined to bring the yuletide spirit back to the family and, with a little luck, also help David find love again via online dating. So when Sophie (AnnaLynne McCord), a witty musician and customer on David’s delivery route, swipes right on him, something magical happens between them. A Nashville Christmas Carol: A television producer is forced to work with the man who broke her heart on a country music Christmas special while being interrupted by Christmas spirits determined for her to revisit her past. Starring Jessy Schram and Wes Brown.
14:24
November 23, 2020
Double Review: "Dash & Lily" and "The Princess Switch 2"
Reviews of Netflix's "Dash & Lily" and "The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again." Synopses: Dash & Lily: A whirlwind Christmas romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations around New York City. The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again: When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it's up to her double, Princess Stacy, to get these star-crossed lovers back together.
16:12
November 20, 2020
Episode 205: That Librarian Life with Maddie Rudawski
In this episode I chat with Maddie Rudawski about her life as a public librarian for a mid-size public library system. Maddie shares all sorts of insights about library life, including the different kinds of librarians that exist, the diversity of work that librarians do, the institutional dynamics that affect libraries, and all sorts of other interesting tidbits. And of course we also talk stories and Christmas! In fact, Maddie runs a silly, very snarky blog where she reviews made-for-TV Christmas movies: thehallmarkproject.weebly.com, and you can find her on Twitter at @hey_librarygirl. 
41:15
November 20, 2020
Double Review: Meet Me At Christmas & A Timeless Christmas
Reviews of Meet Me At Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) & A Timeless Christmas (Hallmark Channel).  Synopses: Meet Me At Christmas: When her son's wedding planner quits, Joan must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau, the bride's uncle. They realize their fates and pasts are intertwined. Stars Catherine Bell and Mark Deklin. A Timeless Christmas: Charles Whitley travels from 1903 to 2020 where he meets Megan Turner and experiences a 21st Century Christmas. Starring Erin Cahill and Ryan Paevey.
11:44
November 18, 2020
Double Review: The Christmas Doctor & The Christmas Edition
Reviews of The Christmas Doctor (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) and The Christmas Edition (Lifetime). Synopses: The Christmas Doctor: Zoey is a traveling doctor who prefers short assignments to staying put, so when she is assigned to a small town clinic for the holidays, she is surprised when she starts to feel at home. The Christmas Edition:It’s Christmas time and Jackie, an up-and- coming journalist, finds that her life is at a crossroads until she finds an unexpected opportunity – to run a small-town newspaper in Alaska. Jackie decides to give it a try and relocates to the small picture-perfect small town. Using a series of Christmas articles, she’s able to quickly return the newspaper to profitability, and soon falls in love… both with her new home and the handsome son of the paper’s former owner. However, when her old boss announces plans to take over the paper for herself, Jackie will need a Christmas miracle to save it.
07:08
November 17, 2020
Triple Review: Christmas Wheels, Christmas in Vienna, & Christmas Wheels
Reviews of Christmas on the Vine (Lifetime), Christmas in Vienna (Hallmark Channel), and Christmas Wheels (Lifetime). Synopses:  Christmas on the Vine: Brooke (Julianna Guill), a young marketing executive, goes back to her hometown excited to relive her Christmas memories, while helping a struggling family-owned winery. Her marketing assignment involves an unlikely partnership with Tyler (Jon Corr), the charismatic, yet stubborn owner of the winery. Brooke quickly learns that the town’s Christmas spirit has disappeared due to a wine conglomerate buying out all of the local wineries. Determined to bring Christmas back to the town, Brooke and Tyler work together and discover they share more than a love for wine. Christmas in Vienna: Jess, a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love. Starring Sarah Drew and Brennan Elliott. Christmas Wheels: Blaire Fowler, who has recently lost some of her Christmas spirit, travels back to her hometown for the holidays at the request of her uncle who every season delivers toys in his vintage Cadillac to all the local shelters and foster homes in town. Not only is Blaire reunited with her uncle but also Hunter, her former high school flame now a lawyer and a town hero in his own right, who decides to help Blaire bring gifts to all the children and also help remind her of the joys of the holiday season in their town. (Stars Tiya Sircar & Michael Xavier)
14:24
November 16, 2020
Extended Review: Jingle Jangle
Review of Jingle Jangle (Netflix). Synopsis: In the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle's (Forest Whitaker) fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it's up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (Madalen Mills) - and a long-forgotten invention - to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within.
34:54
November 15, 2020
Episode 204: Magical Mask Chains & Holiday Headbands with Kathleen & Kristin
In this episode, I discuss accessories  and style with Kathleen & Kristin of Wish Upon a Shop (wishuponashop.co). We talk about items like mask chains & headbands, what it's like to work with a friend, running multiple small businesses, and iconic style on TV and in the movies. 
53:40
November 13, 2020
Triple Review: "Christmas with the Darlings," "A Very Charming Christmas Town," & "The Christmas Bow"
Reviews of Christmas with the Darlings (Hallmark Channel), A Very Charming Christmas Town (Lifetime), & The Christmas Bow (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) Synopses:  Christmas with the Darlings: When an assistant gives her final notice, she is drawn into helping the charming, younger brother of her wealthy boss as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew through Christmas. Stars Katrina Law, Carlo Marks and Steve Bacic. A Very Charming Christmas Town: City girl and travel and lifestyle blogger, Aubrey Lang, goes to the little town of Solvang for her next holiday vlog piece after it’s voted Most Christmassy Town in the USA. She soon meets Sawyer Larsen, a local community coordinator and chocolate shop owner assigned to show her around the small town. At first, the unlikely pairing is at odds but soon start to fall for each other amidst the twinkling lights of the romantic little Danish village. Natalie Hall, Jon Prescott, Kelley Jakle, Jo Marie Payton, Tracey E. Bregman star. (2020) The Christmas Bow: Kate is a promising musician whose lifelong dream of playing in the Rocky Mountain Philharmonic is put on hold by an accident. Reconnecting with Patrick, an old family friend, and his young cousin Gavin (Kenneth Cummins, “The Road Home for Christmas”), while recovering at home during the Christmas holiday, she finds love in someone who believes in her. Starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady.
13:10
November 11, 2020
Double Review: "The Christmas Ring" & "A Welcome Home Christmas"
Reviews of "A Welcome Home Christmas" (Lifetime) and "The Christmas Ring" (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries). Synopses:  The Christmas Ring: A reporter searches for the love story behind an antique engagement ring. With the help of the ring's owner's grandson, they learn the legacy his grandparent's left behind.   A Welcome Home Christmas: Chloe has always supported various military organizations, including the town’s Army toy drive for Christmas. This year, she is paired up with Michael, a vet who recently returned home, and together they recruit other veterans and active military personnel to help in the cause. As the community gears up for the Officer’s Christmas Ball, where all the kids will meet Santa Claus and receive their gifts, Michael and Chloe begin to realize the greatest gift this season has been each other’s company. 
10:34
November 9, 2020
Triple Review: Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater, Operation Christmas Drop, & Christmas Yule Blog
Reviews of Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater (Hallmark Channel), Operation Christmas Drop (Netflix), and Christmas Yule Blog (Lifetime)  Synopses:  Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater: Social media travel writer Caroline Williams is sent to Carte De Amor, New Mexico on an assignment where she meets high school teacher Oscar Ortiz, who introduces her to another side of Christmas. Operation Christmas Drop: Congressional aide Erica forgoes family Christmas to travel at her boss's behest. At a beachside Air Force base, she clashes with Capt. Andrew Jantz, who knows her assignment is finding reasons to defund the facility. Christmas Yule Blog: Social media travel writer Caroline Williams is sent to Carte De Amor, New Mexico on an assignment where she meets high school teacher Oscar Ortiz, who introduces her to another side of Christmas.
13:43
November 8, 2020
Review: The Christmas Aunt
Review of The Christmas Aunt (Lifetime).  Synopsis: Two weeks before Christmas, Rebecca Miller returns home to Tennessee to take care of her niece and nephew and ends up reconnecting with her childhood best friend.
05:37
November 6, 2020
Episode 203: Siblings Sharing Stories
In this episode, I chat with my siblings about everything related to stories. We discuss why we love stories, why we love talking about stories, and why stories are important. We talk about some of our favorite stories from books, movies, and TV, and of course we discuss our picks for the very best Christmas stories out there.
54:43
November 6, 2020
Review: On the 12th Date of Christmas
Review of On the 12th Date of Christmas (Hallmark Channel). Synopsis: Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic city-wide scavenger hunt with the theme of the "12 Days of Christmas."
04:35
November 5, 2020
Double Review: "Cranberry Christmas" and "Holly & Ivy"
Reviews of Cranberry Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) and Holly & Ivy (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries). Synopses:  Cranberry Christmas: A separated couple feign marital bliss on national television to help their town's Christmas festival and their business, but rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities. Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres Holly and Ivy: When Melody’s neighbor, Nina, learns that her illness has returned, Melody promises to keep Nina’s kids, Holly & Ivy, together. To adopt the children, she must renovate her new fixer-upper, which she does with the help of contractor, Adam. Starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols.
11:55
November 4, 2020
Double Review: Candy Cane Christmas & One Royal Holiday
Reviews of Candy Cane Christmas (Lifetime) & One Royal Holiday (Hallmark Channel) Candy Cane Christmas: Since childhood, Candy Cane Lane has been Phoebe’s favorite Christmas tradition. This Christmas, however, the neighborhood decides to skip the decoration, crushing Phoebe’s spirits. As Phoebe is searching for a new tradition to lift her holiday spirits, she realizes that it’s not the traditions we cherish, but the people we spend them with. And, while preparing for her new tradition, Phoebe stumbles upon the final thing her Christmas was missing: love!  One Royal Holiday: When Anna offers a stranded mother and son shelter from a blizzard, she learns that they are the royal family of Galwick and that they are both in need of a little Christmas magic
12:26
November 3, 2020
Review: A Crafty Christmas Romance
Review of "A Crafty Christmas Romance" (Lifetime). Synopsis: Mandy, the owner of a craft and hobby store, discovers an old copy of “A Christmas Carol” among donations for a book and toy donation drive. In the book is a letter to Santa from 70 years ago and a valuable coin. Mandy sets out to find the owner of the book, letter and coin with the help of Jonah, a contractor who first came upon and donated the book. Along the way, they find clues that lead them closer to the author, and to each other, but can Mandy return everything to the book owner in time for Christmas and make her own Christmas wish come true?
06:16
October 31, 2020
Review: Holidate
Review of Holidate (Netflix).  Synopsis: Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other's platonic plus-ones all year long, only to catch real feelings along the way.
13:04
October 30, 2020
Episode 202: Spooky Movies, Science, & Skincare with Sharana
Join me in this conversation with Sharana Darcel, forensic scientist and skincare enthusiast. Sharana shares her thoughts about women in science, science in the media, and annoying skincare things that always show up in the movies. Plus, she shares her picks for some spooky Halloween movies. 
43:59
October 30, 2020
Double Review: Forever Christmas & Chateau Christmas
Reviews of Forever Christmas & Chateau Christmas (Hallmark Channel). Forever Christmas: When workaholic TV producer Sophie starts working on a holiday reality show about Will, a handsome man who celebrates Christmas every day of the year, she finds herself falling for her mysterious new star. Chateau Christmas: A world-renowned pianist rediscovers her passion for music after reuniting with her ex during the holidays.
05:44
October 28, 2020
Review: Deliver by Christmas
Review of Deliver by Christmas (Hallmark). Synopsis: Bakery owner Molly meets Josh, a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man (Starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey).
03:32
October 27, 2020
Triple Review: Christmas Unwrapped, Jingle Belle Bride, & Christmas Tree Lane
This episode features a triple review of Christmas Unwrapped (Lifetime), Jingle Belle Bride (Hallmark Channel), and Christmas Tree Lane (Lifetime Movies & Mysteries).
07:29
October 25, 2020
Review: Christmas on Ice
Review of Christmas on Ice (Lifetime).
02:49
October 24, 2020
Episode 201: Welcome Back to Christmas
A review of the plot types, the rating system, and what's in store for Season 2.
10:31
October 24, 2020
Episode 110: Spreading Love While in Isolation
Social distancing has many of us under our roofs, feeling a bit isolated, and wondering what to do with ourselves. Hallmark to the rescue… at least for the weekend! I’m here with some suggestions of things to catch during this weekend’s surprise Hallmark marathon! I also share other suggestions for streaming and sending love beyond the weekend!
13:41
March 20, 2020
Episode 109: Christmas Movies for Valentine's Day
Are you looking for some Christmas love to fill your Valentine’s Day movie void? Well, worry not! In this episode I recap some of the interesting statistics from Christmas 2019, and I share some picks for what to catch this Valentine’s Day!
12:14
February 14, 2020
Triple Review: Sense, Sensibility, & Snowmen - A Christmas Wish - A Christmas Love Story
Reviews of Sense, Sensibility, & Snowmen (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries), A Christmas Wish (Lifetime), A Christmas Love Story (Hallmark).
07:35
December 21, 2019
Triple Review: Twinkle All the Way, Mistletoe & Menorahs, and Holiday Date
Reviews for Twinkle All the Way (Lifetime), Mistletoe & Menorahs (Lifetime), and Holiday Date (Hallmark Channel).
12:18
December 15, 2019
Episode 108: The Very Best of Christmas?
Is Lifetime the best Christmas network in 2019? In this episode I discuss five reasons why I think Lifetime might be producing the most innovative, invested, and interesting content in 2019.
16:18
December 11, 2019
Extended Review: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby and ACP Greatness
Review of the Netflix movie A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby, plus a conversation about why ACP movies are capture the true spirit of the cheesy Christmas movie genre.
13:17
December 8, 2019
Triple Review: A Christmas Duet, Christmas at Graceland 2, & A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas
This episode’s reviews feature 2x the teen stars, including Adam Brenner and Rachel Leigh cook. Check out my reviews for A Christmas Duet (Hallmark), Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays (Hallmark), & A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
07:25
December 5, 2019
Episode 107: Christmas Cooking with Stephie of StephieCooks
This episode is all about Christmas cooking! I’ve got Stephie Predmore of the cooking blog StephieCooks with me. She is also one of the two voices behind I’d Rather Stay in Podcast. SHe’s joining us today to chat about our holiday kitchen time. If you’d like to know how to successfully make Christmas dinner, make sure you’re ready to take notes.   We also chat a bit about her work with brands and bloggers, product placement,  and how to be better than the cooks in the movies.
33:09
December 4, 2019
Triple Review: Write Before Christmas, A Godwink Christmas II, & Christmas in Louisiana
Reviews of Write Before Christmas (Hallmark Channel), A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries), Christmas in Louisiana (Lifetime). It’s a long one, but there’s a gem in there.
11:02
December 3, 2019
Double Review: Knight Before Christmas & Klaus
Reviews of the new Netflix movies Knight Before Christmas & Klaus.
07:19
December 1, 2019
Episode 106: Curating a Cozy Christmas with Kathleen Curto Photography
Put on your coziest PJ pants and settle in to listen to this podcast episode with Kathleen of Kathleen Curto Photography! In this episode we chat about photography and small businesses in Christmas movies, and Kathleen leaves us with some solid tips about how to make our Christmases homey, our photographs better, and up the amount of cozy in our lives.
33:08
November 27, 2019
Episode 105: Christmas Cookies and Christmas Candy with Baking Off Script
Baking often plays a big part in Christmas season, both in the movies and in our real lives. In this episode I talked to Nicole Vavalle of the baking blog Baking Off Script about baking at the holidays. She gives us tips for a successful baking season, tells us how to make our baking look pretty, and talks about what she finds believable and unbelievable about baking in cheesy Christmas movies.
26:04
November 20, 2019
Review: Noelle
Review of the Christmas movie Noelle, from Disney+.
05:04
November 18, 2019
Review: Last Christmas
Review of the movie Last Christmas from Universal Studios.
05:59
November 17, 2019
Episode 104: Small Town Christmas
This episode is all about Christmas in small towns! Many of the cheesy Christmas movies that we love feature idealized, small town Christmases. How does this compare to real life? I have two guests - Jacqueline and Ana - joining me to share their experiences growing up in small towns.
20:22
November 13, 2019
Review: Let It Snow
Review of Let It Snow from Netflix.
06:45
November 9, 2019
Double Review: "Merry & Bright" and. "A Merry Christmas Match"
Reviews of Merry & Bright (Hallmark) and A Merry Christmas Match (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
05:54
November 8, 2019
Review: Christmas Reservations
Review of the 2019 Lifetime Christmas movie, Christmas Reservations.
04:46
November 6, 2019
Review: Holiday in the Wild
Review of Holiday in the Wild, from Netflix
06:32
November 3, 2019
Review: Two Turtle Doves
A review of the movie Two Turtle Doves from Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
05:22
November 2, 2019
Review: No Time Like Christmas
Review of the cheesy Christmas movie "No Time Like Christmas" from Lifetime
04:12
October 29, 2019
Review: Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses
Review of Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses.
02:36
October 28, 2019
Episode 103: Plotting the Christmas Plots
You might think the plots of these cheesy Christmas movies are pretty formulaic. I thought so too! In this episode I lay out my way of categorizing the different plots that are common in the cheesy Christmas movie genre.
08:57
October 28, 2019
Episode 102: The Five Tree System
I described the meanings of each rating. In short, they are: < 1: Waste of time 1: Nope. Not good. Never rewatch. 2: Bad. Some redeeming qualities. 3: Fine, but there are better ways to use my time 4: Good movie. Rewatch encouraged 5: Great movie! Yearly Holidays tradition territory >5: AMAZING movie.. I'd rewatch this at non-Holiday times DNF/TBD: Did not finish/To be determined "
08:42
October 21, 2019
Episode 101: Welcome to Five Tree Christmas
A brief overview of the podcast, it's goals, and it's format.
02:02
August 8, 2019