Tis the season for movies.

Tis the season for movies.

One of the best parts of this holiday season are the new release movies. Now I’ve only seen one of these, but the rest are on my short list for the next few weeks.


Disney and the Rock? This is a no brainer. Sure to be fun. A 95% from Rotten Tomatoes.

La La Land

This one looks so good. And 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.


From the makers of Despicable Me? Oh yeah, front row please. 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rogue One


This is the one I’ve seen, and can highly recommend to any fan of the original Star Wars series. So good! 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Pop me some popcorn!




‘Tis the Season to Sparkle!

‘Tis the Season to Sparkle!



Red and green may dominate this time of year, but the holiday season also encourages one other element.

Whether subtle shimmering like the sun shining off fresh snow, or a sea of sequins that screams party, now is definitely the time to pull your sparkly pieces out of your closet.

It’s all about celebrating. Think about your holiday party or ringing in the new year. A sprinkling of sparkles makes it even more festive.


And let’s not forget that plenty of makeup and nail polishes come in glittery shades too!



If you’re worried that you might be overdoing it, take comfort in the words of fashion icon Iris Apfel:

“More is more, and less is a bore.” 😀

May your days be Merry and Bright (and Sparkly),
Let’s get our Christmas Sweaters on

Let’s get our Christmas Sweaters on

By Carrie Elks

Well folks, it’s that time of year.

December 1st has finally arrived, which means there’s no escaping the holiday madness. Trees are up, lights are flashing, and the Christmas sweaters are being taken out of mothballs and pulled over our heads.

I confess, I do have a Christmas sweater. Here in the UK it’s a staple part of many people’s wardrobes. There’s even a ‘wear a Christmas Sweater for Charity day’, so only the meanest Scrooges among us refuse to look stupid in wool.

Here’s me. Cool huh?


One of my favourite things is seeing families wearing Christmas Sweaters. Especially if they send you a card with them wearing it. Something like this would work. See how happy those kids are?

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Now this is a blog about romance, so you may be wondering how looking stupid fits in with falling in love. Well, I have two words for you. Mark Darcy. Phwoar. (Okay, that’s three. But who’s counting?)


The first time he meets Bridget Jones, he’s wearing a ridiculous sweater, but somehow she falls for him anyway. And isn’t that what romance is all about? Loving the guy whether he’s wearing a silly sweater or a fabulous six pack (sigh). Because really, it’s what’s inside that counts.

And in case, like me, you really want to see the scene again, here’s Bridget and Mark’s first meeting.


Whatever you’re wearing this December, I hope you rock it.

Carrie Pink

Christmastime in the City

Christmastime in the City

I love my hometown, especially during the holiday season. Welcome to Philadelphia. I’m taking you on a tour of not-to-be-missed local traditions.
First up, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show.
The Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s is a Philadelphia holiday tradition that dates back more than half a century. The store, in Center City (downtown Philly) — housed in the historic Wanamaker Building — in the Grand Court atrium. You can do your shopping and when your spirits sag, stop and watch snowflakes, ballerinas, snowmen, and angels light up the screen along with the giant Christmas Tree. The finale of the four-story-high light show is accompanied by festive music from the Wanamaker Grand Organ. We visited the light show every year when I was growing up.
Up next, for the history buffs, we have Deck the Alley — Elfreth’s Alley
America’s oldest street, Elfreth’s Alley, decks the halls for the holiday season. Residents of the historic street open their homes to the public on December 5 as carolers and colonial reenactors create a festive mood. It’s a cool place to visit at any time of year, but especially when it’s all dressed up for the holidays.
Food-wise, Philly has more to offer than just cheesesteaks. So let’s go to Reading Terminal Market.
The Reading Terminal Market, at 12th and Arch Streets, (established in 1892) is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Cool, no? Here, you can find virtually every type of cuisine, (yes, even those cheesesteaks). During the holiday season, the market sets up a very cool holiday railroad. It has fourteen working train lines and miniature scenery of Center City and the countryside, surrounding almost one-third of a mile of track.
Let’s get physical! I’m talking ice skating, of course.  I have two awesome locations for you:
The first is the Blue Cross RiverRink, an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River. During Winterfest, they also have a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden, a heated tent, holiday trees, and fire pits. 
Option two is in the heart of the city at the ice rink at Dilworth Park, right next to City Hall. You’ll skate under great views of the city skyline.
If you’ll be in the city through New Year’s, then a tradition that’s a MUST is the Mummer’s parade on New Year’s Day. 
The Mummers Parade dates back to 1901. Men, women and children dressed in colorful, lavish costumes dance, perform, and strut down the one of biggest streets in the city. Mummers belong to more than 40 organized clubs. The clubs split into five divisions: the Comics and Wench Brigades satirize issues; the Fancies wear glamorous outfits; the String Bands play banjoes, saxophones, percussion and other reed and string instruments; and the Fancy Brigades are known for fantastic choreographed performances. The clubs are in it to win it – local bragging rights.
You have to see it to truly appreciate and understand: 

This is only a sampling of all the city has to offer for the holidays. Come for a visit!

Happy Holidays,
Musical Multiple Personalities

Musical Multiple Personalities

Let me start out by wishing you the very best this holiday season, however you celebrate. We do a traditional Christmas at our home. Festivities generally begin with getting the tree. This normally involves at least 3 family feuds, one on which tree, another on securing/removing it from the vehicle, and a third on installation.

This year, it was an honest to God Christmas miracle. Tree selection was unanimous and took about ten minutes, vehicle loading and unloading happened without a hitch, and the tree was installed in the house with nary a cross word. Then, my husband broke out the Christmas music, and all hell broke loose.



You have to understand, I have teens, and as you read this, bear in mind that they are a subset of humanity. People assure me they will emerge from their hormone fug in a few more years and will once more take their place amongst the rest of us.

Back to Christmas music and tree decorating. Bing Crosby was banned as ‘not this stupid thing again.’ ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’, was disclaimed as that ‘date rape’ song. Frank Sinatra was greeted with growls, and the St. Martins-in-the-Field choir ended in a charge for the sound system.

Husband was gutted. Being husband, he entrenched himself in the “It’s bloody Christmas!” argument, which lit a fuse under teens, and our happy, family gathering evening teetered on the edge of disaster.

Mum to the rescue. COMPROMISE!!!

So, this year, we decorated the tree to “White Christmas” giving way to “Hit the Quan”, followed by Ed Sheeran, who relinquished the mic to Louis Armstrong (who was the only Christmas crooner to escape scorn). Louis was followed by that other Christmas classic by Dillon Francis, and DJ Shake “Get Low”.

Hey! We all mark the occasion differently. And in case you want to Hit the Quan – here we go. Just spreading the love this Christmas.