Friday Favorites: Netflix Movies, Hallmark Movies, Christmas Drinks, Amazon Commercial & Fall TV

 Happy Friday!  This Friday is especially happy, because I am on PTO!  It's always nice to take a day off, and I have big plans to make the most of this day, that way I can laze around the rest of the weekend.

Here are some favorites from the week...

1.  Netflix Christmas Movies.  In the past, I haven't watched many Netflix Christmas movies...Hallmark pretty much has the monopoly for me, but the past few weekends I was looking for something a little different than the norm, and checked out two Netflix Christmas movies.  

First up, Holidate.  I was intrigued by the cast of this one so I gave it a go and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I was literally laughing out loud at some points.  If you are looking for a sweet movie, this is not it.  But if you are looking for a hilarious movie with a sweet story in there, I would say this is it.  

The second movie I watched was Operation Christmas Drop.  This was more Hallmark-y, but I like those, so it was right up my alley.  And it's based on a true Christmas tradition, which is so darn neat.

I started watching The Christmas Switch, but I when I turned it on, I was pretty darn tired and didn't make it all the way through.  From what I did see, though, it was good!

2.  Hallmark Christmas Movies.  Moving from Netflix to Hallmark, I feel like Hallmark has had some really good ones so far this year.  They offer a nice, feel-good escape from the real world, which we could all use these days. 

3.  Starbucks Christmas Drinks.  One of my very favorite Starbucks drink is the Caramel Brulee Latte, and it is back!  I get one or two a week, as a treat, and I fully intend to have my share of these drinks before the season is over!

4.  Amazon Commercial.  While most of my TV time is spend watching shows on the DVR, I do occasionally watch live TV and catch a commercial, as opposed to fast forwarding right through it.  One that caught my attention recently was the Amazon ballerina commercial.  The commercials takes you through the beginning of COVID to now, and it absolutely heart warming.  I won't lie, it had me tearing up quite a bit, because it's just amazing what people can do when they come together.  And the dancer is absolutely stunning.  I was finding a link to send to someone because I loved it so much, when I read that this commercial is kind of a true story.  A dancer misses her recital because of COVID, and Amazon gives her the stage of TV to dance.  Again, she is just stunning and oh so very talented.

5.  One Chicago.  Two of my favorite shows are Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.  They started back this week, and I am so very happy.  I added in Chicago Med to the mix this season, because they sometimes do crossovers, and I figured it is good to keep up with the sometimes overlapping storylines.  I love the glimpse it gives me at my favorite city, and I am just so very happy that fall TV is back!

On the blog this week...

Weekend Recap: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...a look back at the weekend spent decorating with my mom and dad.

Holiday Book Round Up...the Christmas books I have read in the past few years, plus what I am reading now.

Santa's Bag: The Free App I Use to Organize My Christmas Shopping & Budget...if you are looking for a way to keep yourself on organized with Christmas shopping, this app is it!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.



  1. I watched Holidate this week and it had me laughing out loud, too! Raunchy, but hilarious! Like you, I stick with Hallmark for Christmas movies, but I've watched a new on Netflix and I've liked them! Have a happy weekend!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. We are so happy the Chicago shows are back! The caramel Brulé latte is my favorite from Starbucks the holidays as well. My mom said the Holidate was very crude, LOL! Enjoy your day off sweetheart!

  3. I'm SOOOO glad to hear that you loved Holidate!! I've heard mixed reviews so I've been a little skeptical, but B and I are watching it tonight so this just gets me excited! Enjoy your day off!!

  4. I haven't seen the Holidate yet but I did see it pop up on Netflix. I'll see if I can get Eric to watch it with me lol.

  5. I have yet to watch any of the Chicago shows but I have been intrigued by them! And who doesn't love a good Netflix Christmas movie? I watched the show Happy Merry Whatever on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I will have to try Holidate. Have a great weekend, and enjoy your time off!

  6. I watched Holidate too and thought it was funny. Raunchy but funny. I have the Christmas Operation on my list for Netflix. I haven't heard of this Chicago show. Have a great weekend!