Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Movie Trailer Tuesday - Like Sunday, Like Rain

Welcome to "Movie Trailer Tuesday - my weekly blog feature where I share movie/dvd recommendations by posting a quick blurb and movie trailer for you to check out. 

What good movies have you recently watched? Feel free to share in the comments below...


Eleanor is a down-on-her-luck struggling musician who has come to a crossroads in her life. Reggie is a wealthy, child prodigy who lives a lonely life. When they meet, their lives are both changed forever.

This is not a fast-paced or action packed film so it requires a little work to stick with it. If you do, you will find a sweet but melancholy tale that is quite touching. Leighton Meester and Julian Shatkin both play their roles really well and you can't help but root for them to find some happiness. My only negative comment is the casting of Billie Jo Armstrong as the loser ex-boyfriend -- he just didn't fit well for me. Still, Like Sunday, Like Rain is definitely worth watching.

Rated R


8 Fun Mugs on Etsy

I'm a big fan of coffee and hot tea. I literally can't wait to wake up each morning because I know I get coffee; it helps me get my day going (I take mine black and extra extra hot!). If I start to feel like I'm dragging or wanting a snack throughout the day or I'm feeling a little under the weather, a cup of hot tea always helps.

There's nothing better than enjoying my coffee or tea in a cute and fun mug. I also think mugs make great gifts. Pick a mug, add a bag of coffee or tea and a pretty coaster or spoon (or book or socks or whatever that individual might like) and WAH-LAH...the perfect, easy gift for just about anyone.

Etsy has lots of cool mugs to choose from and I really love supporting the handmade artisan community. I was browsing around recently and thought I would share a few of my favorites...

1. Matte black but first coffee - Printable Wisdom $24.00 (this could be my mantra and matte black is so in)

2. Coffee Books & Rain - Eva Design Studio (duh! 3 of my fave things; love the large bold text)

3. Tea-Rex - Lenny Mud $16.00 (seriously, how funny is this!)
* Lenny Mud is generously offering a discount to her Etsy shop thru Oct. 31 - simply use coupon code ALAS3LADS at checkout *

4. Rise and Shine - FoxyMug $15.00 (the gold text really pops & gives it a touch of glam)

5. Messy Hair Don't Care - Love & Lace Blvd $15.00 (the metallic pattern is so unique & pretty)

6. Drink Coffee Take Naps - Southern Spruce $18.00 (so sweet & that REALLY is all I want to do)

7. Oh For Fox Sake - BrieCreate $15.00 (so, so clever)

8. Be Merry - Mugsleys $13.00 (had to pick a Christmas mug; love that you can customize handle color)

Aren't they all so much fun! Which is your favorite? 

photos c/o the above mentioned Etsy sellers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Home Alone: Ultimate Collector's Edition - #HomeAloneInsiders Activity Sheets & Giveaway

I am sharing this information as a member of the Fox Home ENT Insiders Blogging Program. In exchange for my participation in this campaign, I received the free product mentioned below.. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

Available on Blu-ray and DVD Now 
Home Alone: Ultimate Collector's Edition

Can you believe that this beloved holiday film is 25 years old?! To celebrate this anniversary, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has put together the ultimate collector's edition. This must have gift set features all five films packaged together for the first time in a collectible paint can full of limited edition movie memorabilia that will keep the whole family laughing including a McCallister Christmas ornament, Kevin’s battle plan for the Wet Bandits, his tarantula and a wanted poster of the thieves – Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) – and more.
This classic family favorite is perfect for the upcoming holidays -- pick up a set to enjoy with your own family and another to share as a gift with someone special. The Home Alone Ultimate Collector's Edition is sure to be a hit with all!

I'm happy to announce that I have one Home Alone Ultimate Collector's Edition prize to give away here on my blog. Keep reading for the giveaway details, but first, I also have some free activity sheets to share. These are really cute and should be a lot of fun.

One lucky Alas 3 Lads reader is going to win a Home Alone: Ultimate Collector's Edition set

*This giveaway is open to U.S. residents who are 18 or older. One random winner will be selected from all eligible entries. Please make sure I have valid contact information for you in case you are the winner. Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

*Giveaway ends on 10-16-15

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Movie Trailer Tuesday - St. Vincent

Welcome to "Movie Trailer Tuesday - my weekly blog feature where I share movie/dvd recommendations by posting a quick blurb and movie trailer for you to check out. 

What good movies have you recently watched? Feel free to share in the comments below...


With his parents going through an ugly divorce, 12-year-old Oliver has to move to a new home and start a new school. Feeling a little lonely, Oliver begins spending time with his next door neighbor, Vincent - a grumpy old guy who doesn't like anyone, drinks too much and likes to gamble. Although theirs seems like an unlikely friendship, Oliver and Vincent soon find themselves greatly affected by one another.

I like this movie and have, in fact, watched it several times. While the story line may seem a little cliche, it really turned out to be original and heart-warming. Bill Murray does an excellent job playing a cantankerous old grump. And, as a big fan of Melissa McCarthy, it was nice to see her in a somewhat more serious role than her usual comedic characters. Definitely worth the watch!

Rated PG-13 - Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.