Movie to watch on Netflix this week: To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird via IMDB
It’s that time of the month again, when we talk about what you NEED to be watching on Netflix right this very second. So far in this series we’ve talked about Tina Fey’s most recent T.V. project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, the BBC’s Luther and now To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird just popped up as newly added to Netflix, and if you haven’t ever watched it, or it’s been a long time, go watch it right now. If you haven’t read the book, get on that business and then start on the new Harper Lee novel, Go Set A Watchman, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
There couldn’t be a more currently politically relevant movie than To Kill A Mockingbird, which is set in the South in the 1930’s, in the heat of racial segregation. Right now the world is a hotbed of racism and boiling racial tensions, the United States in particular, and no matter where you stand on the issue, To Kill A Mockingbird is full … >> find out more...
Summertime is definitely on my perpetual list of favorite things. I cling to it as long as possible. Deep inside, though, I can feel the gears of Summertime gradually winding down, just little by little, so that the end will sneak up and pass me by without notice. I hate it when that happens. I’ll enjoy the next season when it arrives, to be sure, but I’m just not quite ready to trade my sandals for rain boots or to shove my sun-kissed little guys onto the school bus. Well, most of the time I’m not ready. There are moments…
Anyway, I’m still feeling the vibes of swimming pools, snow cones, and camp outs. Of cut-offs, barbecues, and bike rides. So to stave off the end-of-summer-blues I’m making some lists. Lists make me happy. Especially lists of happy things. Lists like 5 of my favorite things right this minute, things that are making me happy in spite of the impending change of seasons.
1. This book. It’s geared toward young adolescents, but I found it thought provoking and meaningful even as an adult, and even if things wrap up rather tidily. More than one of my highly well-read friends has termed it “life changing.” … >> find out more...
Today’s DIY: how to make a recycled t-shirt bag.
Have you ever wondered how to recycle an old t-shirt into something more awesome? A bag, perhaps? I’ll be honest, it might be weird, but I’ve actually wondered that very specific thing. In fact, I wondered about it so much that I decided to play around with some t-shirts I was about to send off to donation. And as it turns out, making a DIY recycled t-shirt bag is one of the easiest DIY’s, crafts, how-to’s, and/or sewing projects you can possibly think of.
So let’s get started.
- old t-shirt
- straight pins
- sewing machine
Find an old t-shirt you don’t wear anymore. An old sports t-shirt, your favorite college tee, that hideous thing your mother-in-law got you for Christmas, you name it. Just grab it, wash it, dry it, and lay it out on a solid surface to do some cutting.
Cut the sleeves off. Dukes of Hazzard style. Make sure to cut the seams off entirely, and make the cut as smooth as possible. It’s okay to shave off a few extra centimeters if you don’t get it straight … >> find out more...
Month by month I’m bringing you news of my favorite things to watch on Netflix. First we talked about the adorable Ellie Kemper in the Netflix Original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Tina Fey can do no wrong. Don’t argue with me, it’s true. Then, we talked about Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, which I really liked, a lot, despite all the critics. This month we need to talk about Luther.
You guys. LUTHER. I’ll be honest, I genuinely hesitated for a while about whether or not to recommend Luther. It’s violent, and scary, and very TV-14. And it’s also brilliant, fascinating, and so, SO well done.
It’s no secret I’m obsessed with all things BBC. In fact, if a show has BBC in the top corner, it’s practically a guarantee I’ll give it 5 stars. But I’ve really hesitated with Luther because I hate scary shows. I end up scared and shivering deep into the night, convinced there’s a serial killer in my closet every single time I watch one, so I waited. Luther has been around since 2010 and the reviews have been amazing from day 1, so I was willing to look past the … >> find out more...
It’s been the Summer of Swim Meets at my house. Let’s be honest, it’s always the Summer of Swim Meets, but this summer has been pretty back-to-back. Swim practice every day, and a swim meet every weekend, all over the state. We’ve been out in the sun nonstop.
We’re vigilant with sunscreen, always, but sometimes when we get a little too much sun, and our skin is a little extra dry, I like using a nice moisturizer to give everyone’s skin a little therapy in-between sunny days at the pool.
Because let’s be honest, the dry Utah mountain air + sunshine = thirsty / needy skin. And the occasional sunburn on top of that makes for misery.
We’re currently loving this Vaseline Aloe spray. It smells tasty, yummy and feels so cool and refreshing on ouchy burned skin. We tried some after a pretty intense all-day swim meet on the red skin of my little swimmer and the overall consensus was:
- 1) it’s easier to use spray aloe on burned skin than to rub it in
- 2) it smells good
- 3) we’re packing this in the car for every remaining summer swim meet
We give an overall … >> find out more...
My Auntie Nan is famous around my hometown for her homemade sweet pickles. She makes and bottles them every year, and delivers them at Christmas time to her friends. My family happily has been on the receiving end of Auntie Nan’s sweet pickles for 3 decades. They are delicious, and always make an appearance on our holiday relish plates. I had wicked cravings for them when I was pregnant–and that dear lady who isn’t really my Aunt at all–mailed me 3 quarts of them. Enough to see me through an entire pregnancy of cravings. Her recipe is closely guarded, and the procedure is tedious and time consuming to be sure. Each little pickle is just bottled right up with love and kindness, and I’m pretty sure lots of sugar and plenty of spice.
This recipe is not hers. Not even close. But it’s a pretty tasty one, nonetheless, and ridiculously easy. It takes only minutes to put together, and they are ready for serving up at lunch the next day, right alongside your potato salad and hot dogs, or with your favorite sandwich. The flavor is tangy and spicy and even a bit zesty, and a refreshing change of pace … >> find out more...
Most everyone loves a nice sunset picture, and though some may tire of seeing them clog an Instagram feed on a summer night, I do not. The sky is an ever-changing and ever-commanding force of life and presence. I never tire of that. I think if you get bored of a bright orange sky, then you need to re-assess your excitement scale.
I was in Northern California recently, and the first night I was there, the sky was quite welcoming. I ran to the nearest hill and took pictures of the clouds until it got dark out. Here are some tips when capturing a sunset:
1. Underexpose the sunset. When you underexpose the picture, it will make the colors look more intense; the photo will be more dramatic overall. You can do this by using manual mode on your camera, and then selecting a fast shutter speed – or you can shoot with the camera in “aperture priority.”
2. The horizon line does not belong in the middle. A good general rule in photography, is to put the horizon on the bottom third of the photo if the sunset is the point of interest, and on the top third of the photo if … >> find out more...
Look no further for the perfect dessert to share with your favorite people this Fourth of July weekend. This Mixed Berry Trifle is no-bake, festive, and of course, totally delicious. It’s always one of the first to disappear at summer barbecues and parties. I’m using the term “trifle” a bit loosely, since traditionally trifle involves fancy lady finger cookies, but it’s close enough and sounds legit.
You can make this in a large clear glass dish, or as individual servings in small glasses or goblets. If you are taking your dish elsewhere, assembling it in clear plastic party cups make for easy transport and fun presentation. Either way, clear serving dishes show off the colorful layers and textures.
Strawberries, rinsed, hulled and patted dry
Blueberries, rinsed and mostly dry
Raspberries, rinsed and mostly dry
2 Pound cake loaves from the bakery
*Vanilla Custard or Pudding, prepared ahead
*Homemade or from a box–either will work just fine. I often opt for the box, despite my preference for the real thing, because my kitchen is crazy hot in the summer and I try to avoid my stove and oven whenever possible. Also, I like to add a dash of almond … >> find out more...
What to watch this month: Rosewater.
As part of my gig as a member of the Netflix Stream Team, every month I’ll share with you what’s worth watching on Netflix. Last month I shared my affinity for the Netflix Original, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which is still one of my favorites, (how is Ellie Kemper so darling 24/7?!). This month I’m sharing a new-to-Netflix movie I’ve been anxiously waiting for: Rosewater.
Do you remember hearing about Rosewater last year? It’s written and directed by Jon Stewart, of Comedy Central‘s The Daily Show, one of my favorite smart humans on the planet, and it’s wonderful. I read some of the negative press about the movie (movie reviewers can be pretty jaded and cynical), but I found the story intriguing, and Jon Stewart can do no wrong in my eyes so I gave it a go. I’m so glad I did.
The story is fascinating; the terrifying true story of Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Bahari went to Iran in 2009 to report on the country’s presidential elections for Newsweek Magazine. Shortly after Bahari films, (and shares with international media) state violence against protestors in the streets of Iran … >> find out more...