Friday Favorites

Since everyone’s at home and some are running out of things to do, I thought I’d share a few of my simple favorite things. I’m aware that some are outdated… okay most (oldies but goodies) and if you’re really bored maybe you’ve already watched/read them, but I’m just sharing in case there might be some you missed 😉

Movies:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Netflix)
  • Murder Mystery (Netflix)
  • Tombstone
  • Giant
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Almost Famous
  • The Martian
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • It’s Complicated
  • Because I Said So

Movies for the Whole Family:

  • Togo (Disney+)
  • Three Men and a Baby
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • The Newsies
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • White Fang
  • Dolittle (the new one!)
  • Turner & Hooch
  • Rookie of the Year
  • The Pacifier
  • The Parent Trap (the original)
  • BIG

TV Shows:

  • The Office (hands down, favorite show)
  • New Girl
  • Seinfeld
  • American Housewife (not a reality show)
  • Fraiser
  • Gossip Girl
  • Younger
  • Downton Abbey
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Cheers

Books: On the more “serious” side

  • A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken (one of my favorite books)
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
  • An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers (a sequel to the above)
  • John by Cynthia Lennon
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldridge
  • The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Books: More on the Lighthearted Side

  • The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews
  • Faking It by Jennifer Crusie
  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz
  • The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Un-Honeymooners by Christina Lauren
  • The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle
  • And it goes without saying…the Harry Potter series ⚡️

Books: For the Little Ones

  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  • And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr.Suess
  • The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Springtime Babies by Dana Smith (Little Golden book)
  • Friends Stick Together by Hannah E. Harrison
  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • The B Book by Stan & Jan Berenstein

Activities with (younger) Kiddos:

  • Chalk
  • Scavenger Hunt (even if it has to be indoors!)
  • I Spy… (this can be absolutely anywhere!)
  • Simple Magic Tricks
  • Make Playdough together
  • Let them help make breakfast/lunch/supper
  • Have them draw something for each letter of the alphabet
  • Have coke floats
  • Build a fort
  • Start a Prayer/Gratitude Journal
  • Make Fossils (using salt dough and nature)
  • Write letters to family and friends

There you have it, a few things maybe you hadn’t thought of lately. Hope this can help at least one person out! 🙂

What are some of your favorites to watch/read?

*ASpottedHeart

Movie Review: Togo

Anyone that knows me well, knows I’ve got a heart for all animals, but I’m particular soft on the K-9 variety. I’m always pretty leery of movies about dogs because my heart can hardly handle any kind of heartbreak over one. Dogs resonate so deeply in my soul that to see harm to one is painful for me. With that said, when I signed up for Disney+, Togo was the first thing I saw when signing on. Growing up I can’t even tell you how many times I watched movies like White Fang, Iron Will, and Balto. When I saw what this movie was about, I knew it was one I was willing to watch, and am I ever glad that I did!

Togo was the real-life, lead sled dog of Leonhard Seppala. The movie is based on a true story about the 1925 diphtheria serum sled-run to Nome, Alaska. Growing up all I ever knew about it was what I’d learned and read about Balto, the sled dog. Though Balto was an incredible dog, Togo was unbelievable. When diphtheria threatened a small Alaskan village, their children especially, Seppala decided to make a sled run for the serum. In -30 temperature. The wind caused for a windchill of -85…I can’t even begin to imagine. They were one of 20 mushers (and over 100 dogs) that were part of the relay for the medicine. Why Togo stands out is he lead his pack for over 250 miles, while the other dogs averaged 30-40 miles. It’s a story of courage, loyalty, and the heart of a dog. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you tear up, and it’ll make you want to hug your furry friends tight. It’s an incredible story! Thank you Disney for putting this story out there, it’s a story worth being told.

The real Togo and Seppala

I definitely give it 5 popcorns!

🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿

*ASpottedHeart

The Finest Hours

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Last night, Riley and I went to see Disney’s new film, The Finest Hours. This movie is based on a true story ( which is always good in my books) about a Coast Guard Rescue, that still to this day, is considered the greatest small boat rescues of all time.

The story takes place in Chatham, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1952. Actor, Chris Pine, plays the story’s main character, Bernie Webber. His performance was incredible, right down to his New England accent. He’s such a captivating actor and really pulls you into his story. Bernie Webber was a Boatswain’s Mate First Class of the Coast Guard in Chatham.

 

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The four rescuers: Bernie Webber, Andy Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey, and Ervin Maske

 

He and three other crew men, which were Engine man Third Class, Andrew Fitzgerald, Seaman Richard Livesey, and Seaman Ervin Maske, were sent out on a rescue mission in hurricane-like winds, risking their lives to get out to 33 men that were stranded on the SS Pendleton, which was a WWII-era oil tanker, that had broken in half in a horrifying nor’eastern storm.

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Casey Affleck also plays an outstanding role in the film. He plays, what I think was the SS Pendleton’s Chief Engineer, Ray Sybert. You can’t help but feel his anguish, and despair as he tries to keep the ship afloat until help arrives.

It’s heart-felt, it’s funny, it’s exciting, and had us both on the edge of our seats more than once! It also didn’t hurt that it was set in my favorite time period. This is a story Riley and I would have never known about had we not gone to see this movie. It’s a story worth telling and learning about. We absolutely loved it and would recommend anyone to go check this movie out!! I promise you will not be disappointed!