Monthly Archives: December 2012

My favorite Christmas movie

My favorite movies that I love to watch at Christmastime.

Love Actually (2003)

This is the perfect movie to watch in the run up to Christmas.  It takes place in the 6 weeks before Christmas,  It follows 8 couples or separate stories  which kind of converge at the end and they are somehow connected.  People fall in love, people fall out of love, people confess love, people mourne lost love all with a holiday theme.  I just love this movie, it’s heartwarming and heart breaking with a happy ending.  Great all star cast too.

The Holiday (2006)

Two women swap houses for the holiday season and find themselves and find love.  A feel good film.

White Christmas (1954)

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Old School Christmas.

A must see at Christmas time.

Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney,  and Vera Ellen.

Miracle on 34th Street  (1947)

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.  Natalie Wood plays a young girl who doesn’t believe in Santa and whose mother coordinates the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, meets the man hired to play Santa who says he really is Santa.  She begins to believe. Christmas Magic!

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

A magical movie about a boy with scissor hands. Johney Depp plays an uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful teenage girl (Wynonna Rider).  A movie that harkens back to a time when life was simpler.  Vincent Price’s last performance in a movie.

The Little Princess (1939)

When her father, Captain Crewe, goes off to fight in the Boer War, young Sara Crewe is placed into the care of Amanda Minchin, the head of an exclusive private school for girls. Sara lives a wonderful life of a privileged child and is quite happy in her surroundings. When her father is listed as missing in action however, her life goes from one of plenty to that of a poor house maid. Mrs. Minchin agrees to keep her on at the school, but in the absence of her tuition payments, she has to work for her keep. She is soon cleaning out the fireplace and scrubbing floors and is dubbed the little princess by her former schoolmates. She also refuses to accept that her father is dead and prowls the hospitals in the hope of locating him.

I just love this movie and could watch it over and over.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Not really a Christmas film but one I would always watch as a kid in December.  This film looks really good for having been made in 1939. EmeraldCity is just gorgeous.


Happy/ Sad news

People may or may not know about me that i am a royal watcher.  i watched Diana, i watched william and noW I watch Kate.  i am enamored of them both but am especially fascinated by gate.  She is so beautiful, stylish and married to a cutie.  I  was in a patient room today and I saw on the news that Kate was pregnant!  I am really excited and happy for them!

I suspected this due to recent pictures of her that have been coming to my inbox via the Duchess Kate blog. She did change her hair but her face was looking just  a little bit fuller for several weeks now.

It is estimated that she is a little under 12 weeks and the announcement was made when Kate had to be hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidium. (Extreme morning sickness). She fell ill at her parents house and they took her to the hospital.  She is expected to be there several days with several days of rest at home after discharge. It is thought she may have multiples because Hyperemesis Gravidium happens more frequently in multiples pregnancys due to the increased HCG.

I am so excited for them!  Congratulations William and Kate!!

Because of the  hoax by those stupid austrailian radio personalities…..  the sad news

Hospital Nurse found dead.

William and Catherine are saddened by the news.

Cleaning Makeup brushes

I needed to clean my makeup brushes because they were dirty with a mish mash of make up.  I looked on the internet for ways to clean the brushes without spending a fortune on brush cleaner.


For a spot clean this site recommends using Wet Ones.

  • Take the Wet One and fold in quarters.
  • rub the brush back and forth on the quartered Wet One Until no more make up comes off.

I found a simple solution to deep clean your brushes. It uses dish soap or mild shampoo and olive oil.  Why the olive oil?  The olive oil helps remove the extra makeup and also conditions your natural hair brushes.


  • take a dinner plate place a small amount of Olive Oil.
  • Place a small amount of dish soap or mild shampoo
  • Take each brush and swirl it around in the olive oil / soap mixture
  • Swirl brush on your hand for 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Rinse in warm (not too hot and not too cold) water with the bristles facing DOWN toward the sink.  (you don’t want to get water up in the area where the bristles are held in place by glue.
  • Rinse until the water runs clear.

For drying your brushes

Set up a tea towel folded twice to create an incline for your brushes to lay on.

  • Place a paper towel over the tea towel extending off the tea towel in the direction the brushes will go.
  • Place brush with bristles facing DOWNWARD off the tea towel.

My brushes dried in a couple of hours but I left them over night to be sure.  They came out really nice.