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Movies that make you feel like “spring”

Spring is just around the corner and for most of March, my content will revolve around the theme of making your home (and life) feel like spring. I cannot take credit for this idea, as I’ve taken inspiration from various creators.

For today’s post, I thought I would focus on movies that I like to watch this time of year. It’s still a little too cold for being outside too long – but soon! Spring is just around the corner.

The Secret Garden (1993)

This movie is one of my favorites from the era. It’s a classic movie about an orphan that moves in with her estranged uncle and his son who is disabled and wheelchair bound.

Mary has lived in Africa all her life with her parents and the move to the dreary castle in the countryside is a bit traumatizing for her. When she discovers a secret hidden garden, everything changes and this is where the movie magic begins.

Don’t confuse this with the remake with Colin Firth – nothing holds the magic that this movie has.

Mary Poppins (1964)

Who doesn’t love this Disney classic musical about a British nanny with super powers? Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke are a hard duo to beat in this 1964 film set in London.

Julie Andrews plays a nanny who is hired for a family with two curious children. She takes the children on whimsical adventures, singing songs like Spoonful of Sugar and who doesn’t love Supercalifragilous that are classics now.

“When you’re with Mary Poppins, suddenly you’re in places you never dreamed of!”

The Sound of Music is harder for me to watch now but if you’re a Julie Andrews fan, then it’s obvious to recommend that one too.

Field of Dreams (1989)

If you’re a Kevin Costner or Yellowstone fan, then you must check out this classic movie. It’s one of my favorites with an all-star cast that hit the theatres at the end of the greatest era for movies.

Costner starred in his fair share of baseball related movies but this one really just is one of the best. Starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones and many more big names – the story is about a farmer who receives a message from “God” to built a baseball diamond on his property. And once he does, the magic really happens.

I’m getting goosebumps just watching the trailer, and I think I need to watch this film today.

“When you believe the impossible, the incredible comes true.”

Big Fish (2003)

This delightful and quirky movie stars the late Albert Finney (Annie), and Ewan MacGregor and follows the life of Edward Bloom – a man larger than life in personality and appetites.

His son, William doesn’t believe his father’s tales and stories and asks his father to tell him the truth. I can’t tell you more than that as it would give the ending away, but guaranteed, it will make you tear up!

The tales and scenery throughout this magical movie will make it feel like spring is in the air.

Bambi (1942)

A lot of blogs recommend watching Bambi as there are some beautiful scenes of spring rain and flowers blooming. But honestly, this movie makes me a little sad to watch at times. It is a timeless classic and the music is worth it.

If there is one thing Disney is good at – it’s pulling the heartstrings.

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say nothing at all.”

The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (tv series)

This short film is right up there with Secret Garden and takes me back to a simpler time in life. It is based on the books by Beatrix Potter – books that we read in our family home and that I grew up with.

You can watch the first episode here:

Silly Symphony – Spring

And who can forget this classic short film by Disney – The Goddess of Spring – Silly Symphony from 1934. Sharing just because it’s a classic.

Spring Nostalgia

What movies do you watch that make you get in the spring mood? I love movies and indie films, so stay tuned for more recommendations as I get back into watching some of my favorites from my childhood.

Maybe it’s nostalgia, but I love this list!

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Sex and the City – Re-watch: “Marry someone who loves you more…”

Every couple of years I sit down and re-watch the classic show, Sex and the City which was hugely popular in the late 90’s. Just writing this makes me feel old.

The show was a major hit on HBO at the time and it was a real trend setter. Not only for Sarah Jessica Parker’s wild fashion ensembles but any time the girls went to a real bar or club – that club would be the next biggest thing in New York City.

I always identified with Carrie throughout the series. I bounced from relationship to relationship in my younger years and would obsess over everything – it’s often why my relationships fell apart quickly. My anxiety. I would overthink things and it put too much pressure on the other person.

As you know, I love to write. I even have curly hair (naturally) like Carrie. And mostly, I passed up the opportunity to get married at a young age and dated a Mr. Big for nearly two decades – off and on.

I’ve written about James before in older posts. How he came and went as he pleased. He was almost exactly like Mr Big. – He’d make all kinds of promises and would stick around for a couple of months. But when things started getting “serious” – he’d disappear.

And he had a knack – he’d swoop on in whenever I was happy in other relationships and promise me the world. It was like radar. Either I was really happy in a relationship or really down on life and he’s just swoop right back in.

I didn’t learn until about 2012 – that I was the “other woman”. The woman he hooked up with on the weekends when he was in between relationships. And sometimes – the woman he connected with when he couldn’t see his girlfriends. I am embarassed at how long it took me to discover that this was true. And I found out this by discovering his girlfriend’s Instagram account.

He had texted me from Hawaii where he said he was living for two months. He said he wanted someone to cuddle with and that the person he was there with wasn’t the right person…yeah. Except that she was. He was on vacation for two weeks with his then girlfriend.

And the man who said he would NEVER get married, got married in 2015.

We connected briefly in person to chat about things. He apologized for being such a terrible person. He wanted to remain friends. It was just before his wedding. He said he was getting help for his “lying problem”.

I haven’t seen him since. He even lied about his wedding date. And all I can say, is good riddance. See you later.

Anyway… that’s not the point of this post. This meme is:

Every time I re-watch the series, this episode just pisses me off.

Marriage – or relationships in general are partnerships. They take work from both sides. If one person is doing more work than the other, or making more sacrifices than the other – eventually that person will resent the other.

It isn’t about how much you love someone – it’s about how you treat each other. Relationships should be about respect and equality. Compromise instead of sacrifices.

I’ve learned that you don’t have to share everything with your partner. You can have different interests and different friends – but the best relationships are when both people support each other equally. And unconditionally (within reason – if it’s healthy).

I remember fighting with James by text one day and he asked me what I wanted for him. This was fifteen years into our “casual” relationship. I said things couldn’t stay casual for ever. I was tired of being his dirty secret. I wanted to be more involved in his life – and if he couldn’t do that – we were over.

“What do you want from me? At best, I could be a part-time lover. I’m not the marrying kind.”

We got close after that discussion. Closer than ever. He was at my place on Friday nights. I cooked him dinners. We were making plans for a hiking trip together – you know, when I was in awesome shape. He told me he loved me and couldn’t imagine life without me.

And then as he always did…. he bailed. He pulled a Mr. Big and disappeared from my life.

So, if you take anything from this it’s…. Sex and the City is still an entertaining watch. But some of the ideas about love and marriage are so cringe. Like this one.

This is my sage advice for this week:

Don’t marry someone who loves you more. Marry someone you are madly, deeply in love with – someone you consider your best friend. Someone you can rely on and doesn’t make you cry. Someone who knows you for who you are and you don’t have to pretend with.

And this is why I’m….Mostly Single – and will probably stay that way.

Also, the first movie – is a guilty little pleasure. I watch it whenever I’m feeling a little lonely or need a good laugh. It’s a good movie. The second was just rubbish. I watch it every Christmas just for this scene alone. And this song makes me tear up.

Yes, it’s a cheesy movie – but sometimes you just need that. And a good cry.

I promise – I don’t write this often every day. Sometimes you just gotta write what you feel!

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