Friday, November 28, 2014

Top Ten Musical Movies of All Time For Princesses

This will be my last post on movie reviews but I have had so much fun finding this information out from my kids. I have been honestly surprised by their answers and what shows have ended up on top. So, for our last post on top tens, we will be doing musicals. This can be actual Musicals filmed, Movies, Disney animated etc. There used to be so many musicals but now it isn't as common unless it is a Disney movie.


I am guessing that High School Musical will be on all five girls lists when I get them back but they have surprised me before.....When the results were in, I was surprised. Just one list.

I had a funny reply as many of the kids said they "reserve the right to change their list at any point." I loved that. They aren't "stuck" in any position.

Prince One:
Paint Your Wagon
Little Shop of Horrors
Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserables
Sound of Music
Mary Poppins
Newsies
Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Fiddler on the Roof

Princess One:
Sound of Music
Les Miserable
Phantom of the Opera
Wizard of Oz
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Singing in the Rain
Fiddler on the Roof
South Pacific
Music Man
Little Shop of Horrors
Newsies



Princess Two:

Next to Normal
The Addams Family
Calvin Burges
Les Miserable
7 brides for 7 brothers
Evita
Bye Bye Birdie
Godspell
Little Women
Anything goes


Princess Three:


Phantom of the Opera
High School Musical ;)
Les Miserable
Sound of Music
Annie
Oliver
Hairspray
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Newsies
Bye Bye Birdie
 

Princess Four:
Grease
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Bye Bye Birdie
Wizard of Oz
Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserable
Teen Beach Movie
Annie
Hairspray
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Princess Five:


Newsies Anastasia Bye Bye Birdie Les Miserable
High School Musical
Teen beach movie
Annie
Mary Poppins
Hercules
 

 
My Top Ten all time favorite Musicals:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Mary Poppins
Les Miserable (Loved Hugh Jackman and Anna Hathaway but hated Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried)
Phantom of the Opera
Bye Bye Birdie (How can you not love anything Dick Van Dyke is performing in?)
Evita
Sound of Music
Cinderella
The Wizard of Oz
West Side Story


The Cross Over Movies are:
Les Miserable (7)
Phantom of the Opera (5)
Bye Bye Birdie (5)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (5)
The Sound of Music (4) 
Newsies (4)
Mary Poppins (3)
The Wizard of Oz (3)
Evita (2)
Annie (2)
Teen Beach Movie (2)
Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat (2)
Hairspray (2)
Annie (2)
Teen Beach Movie (2)
Fiddler on the Roof (2)
Little Shop of Horrors (2)

Eight of the cross overs have three or more people. It shows that everyone has a few of the same favorites and then the list has 9 that crosses with two people so there are some standard loved movies and then

Grease didn't make the top ten as I HATE the storyline but LOVE the music. 
Interesting that Dick Van Dyke is in three of my top ten. Very Talented Man!

I have to add that I am looking forward to the "Into the Woods" movie as we were in that musical a few years ago and enjoyed it. I am also looking forward hoping they make a "Wicked" movie. Both would be great. 

Worst all time Musical in my book is Carousel. Who wants to watch a woman marry and chase an abusive man? 

The Bunko Women listed:
#1
South Pacific
Seven brides For Seven Brothers
Sound of Music

#2
Phantom of the Opera
The Sound of Music
Les Miserable

#3
Pitch Perfect
Bye Bye Birdie
The Sound of  Music

The cross overs for all are:
Les Miserable (8)
Sound of Music (7)
Seven Brides  (6)
Phantom (6)
Bye Bye Birdie (6)

The Winners are..... Les Miserable and The Sound of Music. I have really enjoyed learning more about my girls and what are our favorite shows.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Top Ten All Time Favorites for Princesses

Still interested in the movie choices of the girls, I asked them for their top ten all time movie classics. Interested once again in what will be the cross overs if any.

Princes One:
Lord of the Rings Series
Star Wars Series
Dances With Wolves
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Nightmare before xmas
Legend of Bagger Vance
Indiana Jones
Back to the Future Series
Pirates of the Caribbean
Forrest Gump

Princess One:
Star Trek series
Lord of the Rings
Raising Arizona
Italian Job
Finding Never Land
Elf
That Thing You Do
Anastasia
Avengers Group
Austinland

Princess Two
Miss Congeniality
Austinland
Little Women
Return to Me
X-Men Series
What Happens in Vegas
Steel Magnolias
Arthur (Newer One)
Nicolas Sparks Movies
Wedding Planner


Princess Three:


(Possibly lots more could easily be added, I just can't think of many now):
She's the Man
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Princess Bride
Pirates of the Caribbean
Lion King
Meet the Robinsons
X-Men
Warm Bodies
World War Z
Nemo
 

Princess Four:
Pitch Perfect
Anything with Sandra Bullock - Blind Side, Miss Congeniality, The Proposal
Chronicles of Narnia Series
Forest Gump
Life is Beautiful
The Princess Bride
The Help
Captain America - Avengers
Hunger Games - Catching Fire
Stand Strong

Princess Five:

Maze Runner
Chronicles of Narnia
She's the man
Time Travelers Wife
Peter pan (not the Disney one)
A Little Princess
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Iron Man
City of Ember
August Rush

 

My Top all time favorites:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Star Wars
Rocky
Pirates of the Caribbean Series
Hunger Games (Click here for my post of the series over all story line)Click for my review of movie one.
Life is Beautiful
Lord of the Rings (reminds me of New Zealand)
Stand Strong
Pay it Forward
Dances With Wolves



Cross Over Movies are:
Lord of the Rings (3)
Star Wars Series (2)
X-Men (2)
Chronicles of Narnia (2)
Life is Beautiful (2)
Stand Strong (2)
Pirates of The Caribbean(2)
Dances with Wolves (2)
She's the Man (2)
Hunger Games (2)

The Princess Bride (2)
Austinland (2)
Miss Congeniality (2)
Avengers (2)

14 Cross overs but the only movie with three votes is Lord of the Rings Series. I have to say that I found it interesting that my girls who are similar in personality liked similar movies and had many of the same titles in their top ten. Thought that was something. I never thought I would get so much out of asking these questions but it has been really interesting.

I asked my bunko friends and got a one reply to this question as well, here is what her kids said as she texted and asked them. They said:

Baby Mama
Pitch Perfect
Tangled
The only cross over here is "Pitch Perfect" with one of the girls. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Top Ten Disney Movies for Princesses

Since I found the reviews of top ten chick flicks so interesting, I wanted to find out about other movies and if we would have the same cross overs on those lists as well. So, I asked everyone for their top ten Disney Movies of all time. Not just animated. The winner is.......

Prince One:
Nightmare Before Christmas
Emperors New Groove
Toy Story
Lion King
Aladdin
Treasure Island
Who Framed Rodger Rabbit
Sword in the Stone
Beauty and the Beast
Mickey's Christmas Carol

Princess One:
Beauty and the Beast
Enchanted
Goofy Movie
Hercules
Emperors new Groove
Incredibles
Narnia Collection
Cars
Mulan
Meet the Robinsons
Pirates Movies


Princess Two:


Aladdin
Tarzan
Frozen
Oliver and Company
Aristocrat
Mulan
Flubber
Pocahontas
Toy story
Pete's dragon




Little Mermaid 


Princess Three:
Lion King


Aladdin
Mulan
Pirates of the Caribbean
Beauty of the Beast
Prince of Persia
Sorcerers Apprentice
Peter Pan
Meet the Robinsons
 


Princess Four:

Little Mermaid
Tangled
Peter Pan (Live One)
Wreck it Ralph
Pirates of the Caribbean
National Treasure
Peter Pan
Beauty and the Beast
Up
Bedtime Stories


Princess Five

Meet the Robinsons
Monsters Inc
Incredibles
The Game Plan
Enchanted
Aladdin
Beauty and the beast
Pirates of the Caribbean
Oliver and Company
Toy Story

 

My top ten:
Snow White
Alice in Wonderland
Dumbo
Narnia Collection
Flubber - the original
Mary Poppins
Beauty and the Beast
Pinocchio
Peter Pan
Escape to Witch Mountain - the original

The Cross Over Movies are:

Beauty and the Beast (5)
Aladdin (4)
Pirates Of the Caribbean Set (4)
Mulan (3)
Peter Pan (3) One is animated and 2 are not
Meet the Robinsons (3)
Toy Story (3)

Emperors New Grove (2)

Lion King (2)
Narnia Collection (2)

Flubber (2) I think hers was the new and mine was the old
Incredibles (2)
Enchanted (2)

7 of the cross over movies have three or more of the girls on them.


I asked a few at Bunko as well and will include them in the tally at the bottom after the girls final numbers as I don't have enough to do a post on it.

#1 (my age)
Emperors New Groove
Tangled
Beauty and the Beast

#2 (she asked her kids through text for help. Her daughters whipped of these in a second.)
Frozen
Wreck it Ralph
Maleficent

The only cross over with our top three list is Beauty and the Beast. It must be an all time favorite as five of the seven of us have it in our top ten.

I have to thank everyone for playing this game. Perhaps I will get rid of all my movies when the girls are all gone and just keep the top ten lists in each category as most of us have at least one or two on the top ten lists crossovers.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Three Chick Flicks for My Bunko Group

Since I was so surprised about the outcome of the girls top ten chick flicks, I thought I would ask my bunko friends to give me their top three all time chick flicks. 

Here is how that went. 
#1
17 Again
The Proposal
She's the Man

#2
How to lose a Guy in Ten Days
(I don't watch many movies as my husband watches news)

#3
While You Were Sleeping
Ever After 
Sabrina

#4
How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
Pretty Woman
Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version)

#5
Devil Wears Prada 
Just Like Heaven
Princess Bride

#6
Sweet Home Alabama
Pretty Woman

#7
Lady Hawk
Return to Me
Ever After

#8
Sweet Home Alabama
27 Dresses
Serendipity
Failure to Launch

#9
Fault in the Stars
Pride and Prejudice
Romeo and Juliet

There were a couple that said they don't watch movies. 

Top Five Cross Over Movies for the Bunko Group:

How to lose a Guy in Ten Days (2)
Ever After (2)
Pretty Woman (2)
Pride and Prejudice (2)
Sweet Home Alabama (2)

I found it interesting that most of the titles were on at least one of the girls lists. I have never watched "Lady Hawk" but as I was writing this, I found it in my VHS collection of movies I haven't watched. I think I need to as that is the only one on the list I haven't heard seen before. 

I haven't seen "Fault in the Stars" yet either but it is on my "list" to watch at some point.

Funny but true story. Pretty Woman just came out. I got a call from my best friend. "You have to watch this movie. The main actress is just like you." I posted about this situation in another post and you can click here to read about it. When the topic came up at Bunko tonight, I was reminded again about that. Every night at work as a nurse for years I would get "You look just like Julia Roberts." I've never seen it but with this list, I did have a flash back to that.

The only show that made it into the top list on both my girls and my bunko group is....... EVER AFTER! Guess we will have to watch that one again this weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Top Ten Chick Flicks for Princesses

I am not sure when I had the inspiration to write this post. It kinds just came and I had the idea that I wanted to do it but it is weird as I can usually recall when an idea comes to me. 

I was talking to someone about my favorite "Chick Flix" and I was sharing that some aren't probably the most romantic but the humor between the couples has me laughing hard sometimes... That conversation probably was the start of this but I texted the girls and asked them to each give me their top ten chick flicks or romance films and I didn't want them to talk with each other before hand so they wouldn't all give me the same answers. 

I wanted to see how many of their answers were the same and I wrote my list before looking at their replies so here are their replies. 

I think I may put Prince number 1's answers in as if I did a post about men's top ten, he would be the only guy. lol I will ask but don't want to put him on the spot so if you see his list here, he was a good sport. If not, he was probably busy bringing home the bacon and not thinking about silly things like top ten lists.

Prince Number One did reply through it beautiful wife and here is his reply through her:
"Return to me
Two weeks notice
The proposal
My Big fat Greek wedding
Father of the bride? I don't know what else."

Princess One said:




"Uh, off the top of my head, I really like 
pride and prejudice ( Kiera knightly version)
return to me
the proposal
life is beautiful (not really a chick flick).
I like these too:
Big fat Greek wedding
raising Helen
notting hill
a walk to remember
princess bride
13 going on 30
ever after. 

I probably forgot a few and the list was excluding Disney movies and musicals ;)"

Princess Two took it very seriously and told me she would have to get back to me. It took about 24 hours. This is interesting since I thought she would be the first to reply and whip them off. Not what I would have expected for her list either but it has been interesting seeing what things the girls have picked. Here is her reply.


"My Top Ten Chick Flicks:
1. Miss Congeniality
2. Austenland
3. Steel Magnolias
4. While You Were Sleeping
5. Wedding Planner
6. My Best Friends Wedding
7. Return To Me
8. The Proposal
9. She's the Man
10. Music and Lyrics
(Later she wrote) - Exchange She's the man with "Win a Date With Tad Hamaltin."

Princess Three took only minutes and texted me quickly. Her text: I quote, "Let the record show that I prefer action movies, and this list doesn't include Disney favorites. Not in any particular order. 
Princess Bride
Warm Bodies
The loves Long Journey series
13 going on 30
Prince of Persia
She's the man
How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
Flipped
A walk to remember
and... the one where the girl gets a heart transplant or Just like Heaven. (Return to Me is the first one there)
Not: The Notebook. Ha" end quote


Princess Four's Favorite:
A Cinderella Story
Austenland
The Proposal
The Back-up Plan
Beauty and the Briefcase
Just Like Heaven
Bride Wars
P.S. I Love You
Bounty Hunter
The Lake House
Divergent and Holes (She wasn't sure they counted as chick flicks)

 
Princess Five ripped off her top five in seconds but then had to go look at the movies to think of the others. 
Everything you want
27 Dresses
When in Rome
Ever After
A Walk to Remember
The Proposal
50 First Dates (We only have this edited)
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Devil Wears Parada
Hitch


My Top Ten:

Life is Beautiful (with subtitles as I have the Dubbed English version as well)
Powder
Return to Me
A Walk to Remember
What Happens in Vegas (first and only comedy on the list) 
Charlie
Time Travelers Wife
The Saint with Val Kilmer
Les Miserable / Phantom (since they are musicals I counted them as a twofer)
Princess Bride
Ever After and A Knight's Tale are neck and neck here

Where there were cross overs: Turned into Top 10 overall
Return to me (5)
The Proposal (5)
A Walk to Remember (4)
Ever After (3)

Just Like Heaven (3)
Princess Bride (3)
Life is Beautiful (2)
13 Going on 30 (2)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2)
Austenland (2)

Interesting that with seven peoples input, there was only a top ten with multiples. Funny. 

With the holiday weekend coming, I figured I would post this earlier in the week so if you want to go rent or find some of our favorites to watch with your family, you can have time to find them as some of my favorites may be hard to find. I am hoping at some point to be able to find "A Beautiful Life" on DVD. Powder is a bit obscure so I doubt it will ever make it to DVD but one can always hope.


Just thought of "Sweet Home Alabama" and Patrick Dempsey is priceless in this... Watched it last week with Princess Five. Its also a good one. Can I just say, "Joint Checking!!!"

I wonder if "Somewhere in Time" would make the list of any if they had seen it since it is "Timeless" ha ha. Actually, that movie always disturbed me in that I couldn't figure out who originally bought the watch.

Now, I think you should all send me your top ten list. If Chick Flicks aren't your thing, perhaps favorite comedies would be a good list to send! Maybe I will do a few more posts this week of our top tens...... Could be interesting...

I just looked at the winners again and found it interesting that half have someone die or are in a coma for part of the movie. Four of those five are in the top five! I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever write a screen play. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Light Swapping - New Bathroom Lights for Cheap

With the holiday coming, I have to get ahead on posts for a few days as I have family coming to town. I have a few posts that are short that I can do in a few minutes but still are good information. 

If I ever sell my home, I don't think it will be a hard sell. Everything that I have done to the house has been posted on here at some point. All the rooms being decorated, any flooding, all upgrades and all the yard work or sprinkler fixes are on here in some form. 

So, I found two lights that will match the lights I have been upgrading around my home. They were $5 each and match the other lights and are defiantly an upgrade when you see the old style I had in the large bathroom downstairs so the new one's match all the others I have upgraded and I was thrilled to find them as most of the time at second hand stores, you find one here and one there so I was glad to find a matching pair.

I at first bought them for use in the downstairs hallway but they are a lot longer than I thought so I am still searching for a pair for the hall that match. I actually like these better in the bathroom and have enjoyed them since I put them in.

I wouldn't hesitate to purchase my house again and I think I will post links on here to all the items I listed above so if I ever do decide to sell my house, I can just send them a link to this post.

Upgrades: New Water Heater,  
Home Energy Audit upgrades Part 1.  
Home Energy Audit Part 2 
New Furnace Stuff - The things we did worked as the Furnace was new during the energy audit on this.
New Toilet
Fixing Rain Gutters
Pipe Bibs - Outside faucets and dripping faucet inside
Pipe Bib #2 - Fixing a washer on outside faucets.
Pipe Bib #3 - Inside Cutting holes covering with air vent - Insulation.
Tub Faucet - Moen Cartridge lifetime parts on all house faucets.
Washer Flood - Quick Clean up
Basement floods - Shows repairing everything with new
Sprinkler Fix - main out
Sprinkler fix drains
Sprinkler fix valve
Sprinkler Timer fix
No Mice Problems
New Sidewalk
New Lights in upstairs hall
New light living room and entry
Garage door gear replacement
Washing the Garage Door
Polishing the Garage Door
New tile in the master bath
New Tile in Downstairs Shower
Pruning the big tree
Pruning the big tree 2
Pruning the fruit trees

I am a bit surprised that I don't have more posts about fixing the main water line to my house, or fixing the pressure to the sprinklers by the house and putting in a drip system, or adding new sprinkler heads in the front and back. I guess I figure no one wants to read about those. Also, I did get a new garage door opener just a few months before starting to blog and have replaced springs on the doors several times in the past few years. 

I don't have anything about replacing all the carpet in the basement and the ten pound memory foam carpet pad I paid extra to put down there. I don't have a post about putting in the new kitchen flooring or re-plumbing the dish washer to not be under the floor boards. Nothing about the new disposal I put in or fixing the pipe bib in the back and finding out why it kept freezing and fixing that.

No mention of the new roof I had put on after I started blogged so I am realizing, I don't always post much about what is going on that way in my life. New locks on the front door with a lifetime guarantee. Somehow I think I am missing something but at least this will give a buyer an idea of how I do keep up on things. 

I know insurance companies charge single women extra to insure thinking they don't maintain their homes well but I have to say, I do keep up on things that way. Now if they went on the amount of crap I have stored and how disorganized some of my  less used rooms are... I think they may have an argument. ;-)