Teacher Gift Ideas While Watching Tonight’s Hallmark Movie

8f40b4905494129abfaf10341f8cdaccTeacher Gift Ideas to Come Up with While Watching Tonight’s Hallmark Movie

Tonight’s Hallmark movie is… It’s Christmas, Eve.  It’ about a school superintendent with a knack for turning around schools meets a single father who works as the head of the school’s bankrupt music department. As she rediscovers her passion for music, she works to save the dreams of the kids who love music.

Since this movie deals with a school setting, I can’t help but be reminded to start making my gift list for teachers. Now way back in the day I used to get all creative with my cupcakes and packaging.

But then my kids got older … Now don’t get me wrong… I still give Teacher Gifts but usually it comes in the form of gift card in an envelope with a holiday hand-sanitizer attached to it and a lil’ something else.  DSCN2181best-bus-driver-gift-idea

There are some cute labels here at Darling Doodles.

 

 

Now that I’m raising five boys (Yes five. …1 senior, 2 sophomores, and 2 eighth graders) I have to get a little creative with what I can do. Being a baker helps. I like to pair up a $10 gift card (to like a Starbucks or a fast food place where they can pick up breakfast or run out and get lunch) with a plate of goodies.

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And because I’ve most of my kids have some of the same teachers over the years, I’ve learned what they like. I have I also like to get to know kids’ teachers. I know for a fact there are at least 6 teachers that will receive a batch of my delicious chocolate chip pecan cookies, 3 will get a pan of lasagna, 4 will get a loaf of banana bread. For the teachers just getting a $10 gift card, I sometimes put the cards on top of a plate of homemade ugly sweater cookies. That’s always a fun thing to have your kids do over the weekend.

So you’re not a baker? That’s fine. There are lots of ways to show your teachers you care.

-Go to their web page at the school and pick up their wish-list supplies.

-Gift cards to the local grocery store.

-Volunteer your time in the classroom.

-Join PTO

-Join SAC

-Gift cards to the movies.

 

And if you really know your teachers and you’re not a baker…here’s a cute thing to do for the ones you know… but …. you must know them and only you have to give this to them when you guys head off for happy hour after school! Adult lunchable.jpg

Cute wine labels… again… just for the teachers you know.

Holiday Romance Book Countdown

Christmas book treeAs much as I love my Christmas movies, I know they all had to start somewhere–usually as a book. And oh how I love to read. Romance books are my stay-cation…. they take me to exotic places, small towns, royal families, and even big cities. Sprinkle on a little Christmas …even better. So I did my countdown of Christmas movies.

Movies only last 2 hours. What are you going to do for the rest of the time? Read, of course!

Ready to read now…

51cSQVqOWkL First up, my #DestinDiva Vanessa Riley has her adorable Regency The Butterfly Bride 

Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide. Or else her father will set her up with one of his friends. The bonbon-loving illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, with threats against her life, leads her to enlist the help of her very handsome, dear friend Jasper Fitzwilliam, Lord Hartwell.
A father and widower, Jasper is not only tasked with keeping Frederica safe but also with helping his vibrant friend choose a suitable husband. The more he tries to keep the ever-surprising woman alive and find her a good match, the more Jasper realizes he cares for her. The two friends risk their lives for each other, so they should be able to risk their feelings for a chance at a deep and true love together. But he’s not looking for marriage and she’s not looking for convenience.

41UMiwOUIzLDiamonds for the Holidays by my #KimaniSister Nicki Night

From rivals to romance…

Tall, dark and incredibly handsome, Nixon Gaines has a reputation for mixing business with pleasure. Especially with someone as captivating and intelligent as Jade Chandler. Jade is determined to stop the self-made millionaire from stealing her family’s company…but his mind-blowing kisses test her resolve. Can the beautiful executive risk opening her heart for the holidays? Or will she be another conquest on Nixon’s Christmas list?

51DhPZO599LThe Maverick’s Christmas to Remember by my friend, Christy Jeffries

All She Wants for Christmas is a Cowboy! 

Rust Creek Ramblings

A few weeks ago, local wedding planner Caroline Ruth took a tumble off a ladder, and when she came to, she believed Thunder Canyon cowboy Craig Clifton was her boyfriend. Trouble was, they’d never met before. What was an upstanding rancher to do? Now, until Caroline’s memory returns, Craig is acting as reluctant faux fiancé. But with Christmas around the corner, dear readers, we’re hoping for a real-life happy ending for this unexpected couple!

51guRwWotTL._SY346_Her Festive Flirtation  by the romantic Therese Beharrie

The bridesmaid, the best man…

A Christmas wedding they’ll never forget!

A year after being jilted, Ava Keller finds herself forced back up the aisle — as bridesmaid at a beautiful Cape Town wedding. Best man — and Ava’s first crush — Noah Giles is the perfect distraction from her painful memories. But their flirtation turns serious when Ava’s feelings for him resurface! Hurt when Noah left after their kiss years before, will Ava give their chemistry a second chance?

51Q8v8qjXqL Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates…. cool fact.. I danced next to her at a Harlequin Party a year ago. And this one time.. on her live chat…she answered my question about her playlists when writing.  Yes, I am aware I am a #NerdyGirl

Her rancher boss is looking for the perfect wife…

and she wants the job!

Poppy Sinclair kept her feelings for Isaiah Grayson secret for a decade. When her infuriatingly gorgeous Stetson-wearing boss enlists her help in finding him a convenient wife, she threatens to quit. Until Isaiah counters with an interesting proposal: Why doesn’t she marry him? Can she say yes to sharing his life and his bed, but not his heart?

 

41Hf7bjnjcLAn Enchanted Holiday Box Set Check out The White Lady by Beth Trissel, my fellow blogger at Smart Girls Read Romance
It’s just two weeks before Christmas, and Avery Dunham cannot change Ignus Burke’s mind. They must travel back in time to rescue the White Lady in the portrait above his fireplace. The magic-wielding wizard is obsessed with her. Avery was right: this adventure is not going to be like any other.

 

Coming November 19th

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A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie … damn girl! Look at you!

Of all the weddings in all the world, Angie Roux had to be mistaken for a bridesmaid in this one.

Caledon, South Africa, is supposed to be just a stop on the way to Christmas in Cape Town, part of Angie’s long-avoided homecoming. She never expected to star in a bizarre comedy of errors, but here she is: convincing a handsome stranger to be her fake boyfriend for the day.

Ezra Johnson, the handsome stranger in question, turns out to be a pleasant distraction from both the wedding and thoughts of her first family Christmas without her father. And he seems to loathe weddings just as much as she does. He’s the perfect temporary companion.
But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours. Including a connection so strong it tempts them both into thinking of something more permanent…

 

November 20th

41S71JjjMkL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_ A Los Angeles Rendezvous by Pamela Yaye… little fact.. I’ll be paired with her for my next book.. I am so honored but I feel bad for her having to carry me on the ticket.

The woman he’s never considered…

Might be the only one he’ll ever need

Jada Allen’s Christmas wishlist is simple: her gorgeous boss. A-list talent agent Max Moore counts on Jada to handle his life—and help him get through to his tween daughter. Yet workaholic Max never really notices her until a makeover reveals the vibrant woman he’s taken for granted. Will one hot night shatter their working relationship or lead to something far sweeter?

 

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Christy Jeffries is back with The Firefighter’s Christmas Reunion

Can a chance reunion spark a Yuletide proposal?

Anything can happen in Sugar Falls!

Home for the holidays with her adopted son from Ghana, Hannah Gregson runs straight into her former flame—fire chief Isaac Jones. Though the pair are determined to keep their distance, the local matchmakers throw them together at every holiday event, and Hannah’s son worships the brave ex-soldier. If Isaac isn’t careful, he just may go from hero to family man by Christmas!

 

 

So that’s my list for you now. I welcome any upcoming books you have if you’re an author or reader with recommendations.

 

Got a favorite Romance Trope? Let me know.

 

 

While you’re reading your holiday romances, here’s something to sip on!

 

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The pretty one on the left is by the Nicole Harris at Wonky Wonderful. The ehhh okay-ish one is the batch I made. It was yummy though!

Oreo Hot Chocolate
Servings: 4
Author: WonkyWonderful
Ingredients
Instructions
4 Cups Whole Milk – divided
1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
8 Regular Oreos
3 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch optional
1. Blend 1 cup milk, sweetened condensed milk, Oreos, cocoa and cornstarch until smooth.
2. In 3 quart saucepan over medium/low. heat remaining 3 cups milk until just barely steaming. (8-10 minutes)
Whisking occasionally.
3. Add chocolate Oreo mixture and continue to heat while whisking for 5-10 more minutes. Do not allow mixture
to boil.
4. Remove from heat. Serve topped with whipped cream and Oreo Cookie crumbles

read christmas

 

PS …there are 45 days left until Christmas

 

Christmas Movies II (you know… just checking it twice)

keepcalmchristmasmoviesThis list may be a little redundant but if you look closely, you’ll find some updates. Don’t forget to set your DVR! Of course I’ll send out reminders… I’m just #ChristmasGeeky like that!

Saturday November 3rd

 *8:00 pm            Christmas Joy     Festive. I give it 3 candy canes Christmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.png

 Sunday November 4th

            7:00 pm            The Christmas Switch                            Up

*8:00 pm  Road to Christmas     Cute movie and a decent amount of diversity. Christmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.pngChristmas_Candy_Cane_Transparent_PNG_Clipart.png

            9:00 pm           Marrying Father Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

           

Saturday November 10th

 8:00 pm               It’s Christmas, Eve                                          Hallmark Channel

 

Sunday November 11th

7:00 pm               Chandler Christmas Getaway                      Up

8:00 pm               Christmas in Love                                        Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                 A Soldier’s Christmas                                Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

(A Veteran’s Christmas)

 

Saturday November 17th

8:00 pm                 Christmas at Graceland                                 Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm               A Godwink Christmas                                     Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Sunday November 18th

7:00 pm               Christmas on the Coast                                  Up

8:00 pm               Christmas in Evergreen (Letters to Santa)        Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm               Return to Christmas Creek                           Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Monday November 19th

9:00 pm                 Last Vermont Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Tuesday November 20th

9:00 pm               Hope at Christmas                                Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Wednesday November 21st

Christmas bells8:00 pm               My Christmas Inn                                            Lifetime

                              Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid, Erin Gray

8:00 pm               Christmas at Grand Valley                            Hallmark Channel

10:00 pm             A Christmas Arrangement                            Lifetime

 

Thursday November 22nd

8:00 pm               Christmas at the Palace                                 Hallmark Channel

8:00 pm               The Christmas Contract                                 Lifetime

10:00 pm             ‘Tis the Season:  One Tree Hill                     Lifetime

 

Friday November 23rd

8:00 pm               Poinsettias for Christmas                              Lifetime

8:00 pm               Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe                  Hallmark Channel

10:00 pm             Every Other Holiday                                        Lifetime

 

Saturday November 24th

Christmas bells8:00 pm               Christmas Everlasting                                    Hallmark Channel

                              Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield

Christmas bells8:00 pm               Every Day is Christmas                                  Lifetime

                              Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton, Michael Jai White

9:00 pm               Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

10:00 pm              Christmas Harmony                                        Lifetime

Sunday November 25th

8:00 pm                       A Shoe Addict’s Christmas                Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells8:00 pm                               Jingle Belle                                Lifetime

                                              Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr., Loretta Devine

                                              Valarie Pettiford, Obba Babatunde,

                                              Keshia Knight Pulliam & Tempestt Bledsoe

9:00 pm                       Welcome to Christmas                       Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Christmas bells9:00 pm                      The Truth About Christmas                 Freeform

Kali Hawk

 

9:00 pm                       Christmas Cupid’s Arrow                   ION

10:00 pm                     Christmas Perfection                           Lifetime

 

Friday November 30th

8:00 pm                               A Very Nutty Christmas                                 Lifetime

 

Saturday December 1st

8:00 pm                               Mingle All the Way                          Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells8:00 pm                   A Twist of Christmas                       Lifetime

                                              Vanessa Lachey

10:00 pm                             Love for Christmas                           Lifetime

Sunday December 2nd

Christmas bells7:00pm                      Christmas Catch                               Up

                                                Yanic Truesdale

Christmas bells8:00 pm              A Majestic Christmas                     Hallmark

                                                Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent

Christmas bells8:00 pm              The Christmas Pact                         Lifetime

                                               Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

9:00 pm              Northern Christmas Lights            Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm           Life Size 2                                           Freeform

Christmas bells9:00 pm           A Wedding for Christmas                   Ion

Vivica Fox

 

10:00 pm            A Star for Christmas                           Lifetime

 

Friday December 7th

Christmas bells8:00 pm             Christmas Lost and Found                Lifetime

                                             Tiya Sircar

Saturday December 8th

8:00 pm                         Santa’s Boots                                     Lifetime

8:00 pm                         Homegrown Christmas                      Hallmark Channel

Christmas bells9:00 pm           Memories of Christmas              Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

                                              Christina Milian, Mark Taylor

Christmas bells9:00               Rent-an-Elf                                       Ion

                                    Sean Patrick Thomas, Debbie Morgan

 

 

Sunday December 9th

7:00 pm                       Christmas with a Prince                      Up

8:00 pm                       Once Upon a Christmas Miracle        Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

8:00 pm                       A Christmas in Tennessee                  Lifetime

8:00 pm                       Christmas Wonderland                       Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                       A Snow White Christmas                   Ion

Monday December 10th

9:00 pm                       No Sleep Til Christmas                       Ion

Friday December 14th

8:00 pm                       Christmas Around the Corner             Lifetime

 

Saturday December 15th

Christmas bells8:00 pm                    A Gingerbread Romance               Hallmark Channel

                                              Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry

8:00 pm                      Christmas Pen Pals                              Lifetime

9:00 pm                       Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas   Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm                      A Country Christmas Album             Ion

Sunday December 16th

7:00 pm                       Christmas on Holly Lane                    Up

8:00 pm                       Hometown Christmas                         Lifetime

8:00 pm                       Entertaining Christmas                       Hallmark Channel

9:00 pm                       Reunited at Christmas                        Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:00 pm                       A Christmas in Royal Fashion            Ion

Friday December 21st    

8:00 pm                               A Christmas Kiss                                Lifetime

 Saturday December 22nd

8:00 pm                               Christmas Copy                                 Hallmark Channel

(Jingle Around the Clock)

8:00 pm                               A Golden Christmas                        Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Small Town Christmas                    Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

 

Sunday December 23rd

7:00 pm                               Hometown Holiday                         Up

8:00 pm                               Christmas Made to Order             Hallmark Channel

8:00 pm                               3 Holiday Tails                                    Lifetime

9:00 pm                               Christmas Bells are Ringing          Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Tuesday December 25th

8:00 pm                               When Calls the Heart Christmas Hallmark Channel

Saturday December 29th

Christmas bells8:00 pm                    Focus on Love                                    Hallmark Channel

                                             (A Midnight Kiss)

 

 

No Dates or Times for

Christmas bellsCoins for Christmas                         TV One

Stephen Bishop, Essence Atkins

 

Christmas bellsA Holiday Calendar      Netflix

Kat Graham, Quincy Brown

 

A Christmas Prince (The Royal Wedding) Netflix

The Christmas Switch                     Netflix

Christmas in the Wind                    Netflix

 

For all things Christmas Movies

Cool Link for all things TV Christmas Movies

http://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2014/09/christmas-movie-tv-schedule-hallmark-up.html

Lifetime Movies

https://deadline.com/2018/09/lifetime-decks-its-halls-with-23-holiday-themed-movies-more-cheer-1202469310/

Hallmark Channel

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas/new-movies-countdown-to-christmas-2018

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/miracles-of-christmas/new-movies-2018

Up TV

https://www.uptv.com/featured/christmas/page/2/

Freeform

Ion Television

https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a22515811/freeform-25-days-of-christmas-2018/

 

 

XOXO

Carolyn

 

DVR, Watch, or Pop Between the Shows?

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Sunday November 4th

Let the Christmas Movie Games Begin! I think all of these movies are going to have to be DVR’d…. Why? Tonight is Rick Grimes’ last episode on The Walking Dead. Real Housewives of Atlanta returns. Outlander starts back up and of course there’s Ray Donovan. Fortunately for these cable shows, they’ll re-air at another time… And since I’m off work tomorrow I’ll be able to catch up on EVERYTHING! Let the popcorn popping begin!

            7:00 pm            The Christmas Switch                            Up

            8:00 pm            Road to Christmas                                 Hallmark Channel

            9:00 pm           Marrying Father Christmas                 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries         

Would you eat the Reindeer Popcorn? Do you prefer a Nachos Navidad ? Or a Christmas mix?

Christmas snacks

UP’s version of A Christmas Switch 2018 kinda shares the title as a 2014 movie starring Robert Krause and Natasha Henstridge and the 2018 Netflix, The Christmas Switch,  movie that may or may not be changed. These are not to be confused with TV One’s 2016 The Christmas Swap  or Hallmark’s 2017 Switched for Christmas.

Hot Cocoa and Christmas Joy

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Today is November 3rd. Tonight’s movie is a book-to-TV. It reminds me of the cute gift idea with a spin on a classic, Hot Cocoa.,… don’t ask me why. There’s something about taking a classic idea (hot cocoa) and adding some simple ideas to make a decadent treat.

Here are a few cool recipes to follow. While you put these gifts together, you can watch tonight’s movie.

Hot cocoa with candy canes

White hot chocolate

Hot chocolate w/M&Ms 

Peanut Butter hot chocolate

On deck for the Christmas movie tonight is Christmas Joy, starring in the movie is Danielle Panabaker… aka Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost if you’re a Flash fan. Of course I’ll watch this movie. As an author… at least for me, it has/is always a dream to have a book of mine turned into a TV Movie. I have Lace, Sidney Sheldon’s series, If Tomorrow Comes , and a ton of Sandra Brown and Danielle Steel to thank.

Christmas Joy…..the book is written by Nancy Naigle.

(From Amazon)

A heartwarming Christmas story about family, friendship and finding love in unexpected places.

Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but that changes when her Aunt Ruby takes a fall that lands her in a rehabilitation center before the holidays. Joy takes a leave of absence from her job as a market researcher to run the family farm, even though the timing may hinder her chance at garnering the promotion of her dreams.

Ben Andrews isn’t your average accountant. He also happens to be the handiest man in Crystal Falls. He’s helped his elderly neighbor, Ruby Johnson, decorate for the annual Christmas Home Tour—and win—the last several years. He’s not about to let some drop-in niece break their winning streak.

Ruby seems overly concerned about Joy being able to handle Molly. Under the impression she’s referring Molly the bunny that is one of the menagerie of animals, Joy’s not worried at all until the next morning when a little girl named Molly shows up. For the sake of her aunt, Joy is forced to partner with Ben while Ruby is on the mend to help with preparation for the Christmas tour and, in the process finds her career-focused heart dreaming of a family.

Will the magic of Christmas help her to open her heart and find her everlasting joy?

 

From the IMDB Summary

She’s a corporate market researcher, gunning for a promotion within her firm. Just as her company’s CEO is taking notice, Joy finds out her Aunt Ruby has broken her ankle and will be undergoing surgery. Despite the less than opportune timing, Joy makes her way back home to Crystal Falls, NC to be with her Aunt. Stars seem to be aligned as Joy sees her former crush, Ben Andrews, while at the hospital. At first, Joy is focused solely on helping her Aunt heal; even taking over her position as chair of the local Cookie Crawl competition. Eventually, she begins to let Ben in and remembers there’s no place like home for the holidays. The pair work together on the Cookie Crawl to make the event a success.

 

Let’s see how #Hallmark makes this classic book into a visually cheerful TV movie.

Happy Gift Making & Merry Watching

XOXO

Your #ChristmasGeek, Carolyn

PS…. There are 51 days left until Christmas!