We made it to Friday! And Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend! Seeing sunlight until 6:30 pm makes me so excited! Here is this week’s guide of what to read, taste, and watch. Have an awesome weekend!
Read this …
Emily shared 7 tips for working from home, and I totally agree with needing to put my phone down so that I can get more work done. I have been trying to put it in a drawer so that I can ignore it while I get work done.
Maya has 8 ways to add some self-care to your routine and one of them is wine 🙂
If you have a black tie event coming up, Jenn has found the perfect lace evening dress.
Taste this …
Aimee’s Grasshopper Poke Cake looks incredible! And it’s made with boxed cake mix and pudding mix so it’s an easy recipe.
Audra has a recipe for a Clementine Olive Oil Cake that I can’t wait to try.
Billy’s Shakshuka is a fitting breakfast for a cold winter day.
And if you want to take on a weekend cooking project, I recommend making ribollita, a thick Tuscan soup made with vegetables and thickened with bread.
Watch this …
This week I am sharing my favorite movies about music. These aren’t traditional musicals, they are movies about bands.
Hearts Beat Loud – Nick Offerman stars in this indie flick about a single dad who starts a band with his teenage daughter.
Some of these movies are available to rent for $3.99 which is still a lot cheaper than going to the movies.
Begin Again – Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, and Adam Levine star in a movie about making an album in NYC on a budget. Oh, and James Corden has a small part too.
The Commitments – This movie from 1991 tells the story of a fictional band in Dublin. It has an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and I like how it blends music and comedy.
Once – I’m a huge fan of singer/songwriter Glen Hansard and he wrote the music for the film and starred in it. If you haven’t seen this, you probably know the song Falling Slowly which won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
The History of Future Folk – This quirky movie about aliens who come to destroy earth but stop when they fall in love with music is a gem. It has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s the only action/adventure/sci-fi/musical I can think of. It’s just SO GOOD, please watch it.
That Thing You Do – This 90s movie written by, directed by, and starring Tom Hanks tells the story of a fictional band called the Oneders.
Almost Famous – Did you know that this film is semi-autobiographical? Writer and director Cameron Crowe wrote for Rolling Stone when he was a teen.
Walk the Line – The story of Johnny Cash and June Carter is brilliantly brought to life by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
Young@Heart – This documentary follows a chorus of senior citizens in New England who sing modern rock songs.
The Rocker – A silly movie starring Rainn Wilson as the former drummer from an 80s hair band who joins his nephews band.
Pitch Perfect – There are three films in this series about an acuapella group and they are all delightful.
Country Strong – Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a country star battling addiction.
Dumplin – Netflix really let me down this week! They didn’t have any of the films on my original list available for streaming, and the closest thing that I could find to a movie about music is Dumplin. I’m letting it count because the Dolly Parton music in this movie is basically a character. Plus, I loved the movie.
A Star Is Born – The music in this movie is just so good. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are perfect together, and I loved Sam Elliot too!
Bohemian Rhapsody – I am going to keep recommending this movie because I loved it! It’s fun and uplifting and I gained a lot of respect for the longevity of Queen’s career.