End Of The Month & Introducing March

The month has been all about love and the different types that we find. I didn’t get too personal here but I hope that my recommendations are helpful to you! I’ll talk more about March and what all to expect tomorrow. But I just wanted to share some of my ideas here now. March has a whole week of spring break which I’ll talk about a lot in my posts. The main theme is just going to be education. Some important things to learn, guides, lists, all that sort of stuff. There will also be a lot of recommendations that I find helpful and hopefully you will enjoy.

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Cutest Movie Couples

These are some of my favorite movie couples.

Baby and Johnny from Dirty Dancing

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How can you not love them? They both have extremely obvious chemistry. I think it’s funny and pretty much a major testament to their acting abilities that the pair didn’t get along in real life. They were able to sell it on screen in the most convincing way possible.

Sam and Molly from Ghost

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Even though Sam dies in the movie and becomes a Ghost, it’s obvious the love that Sam and Molly had. We get to see that in the Unchained Melody scene especially. I just really love how much the two cared for each other.

Princess Buttercup and Wesley from The Princess Bride

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By far my favorite movie and couple. Wesley was her farmboy but we all know that “As You Wish” is one of the best lines in movie history. All of the lines the two share about love makes even the hardest heart crumble just a little bit. I mean, even death couldn’t keep the two from reuniting which is rather romantic if you ask me.

Latika and Jamal from Slumdog Millionare

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This is a really tragic movie but the ending is beautiful. This couple endures horrible circumstances together. Jamal gets separated from Latika but he never forgets her and he always dreams of finding her. “This is our destiny” is one of my favorite lines. I just absolutely adore Jamal’s endless dedication to Latika.

Pat and Tiffany from Silver Linings Playbook

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Two people that suffer from mental illness and who feel as if no one really understands them. After Pat comes to his friend Ronnie’s house for dinner, things change for him. That’s where he meets Ronnie’s wife Veronica’s sister Tiffany. Tiffany is a widow who also understands mental illness. Her and Pat bond instantly over the medication that they’ve both taken in a heartwarming and hilarious scene. Yeah, the two definitely fight the romance to the point where you doubt the relationship is going to happen entirely. But it’s not a cliché type relationship, it’s real and that’s why I love it.

Allie and Noah from The Notebook

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Obviously, I have to mention the book. But I’d feel weird leaving the movie couple off of this list. In my mind, they are one of the best simply due to the chemistry these two bring to the screen. They make the couple seem very much alive. The love story itself is so touching and you can’t help but love it.

Ellie and Carl from Up

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Yes, this is an animated Pixar film. But it’s also one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever watched unfold that’s under about 30 minutes. We watch the pair age together and more importantly, dream together. This is the only Pixar movie besides Toy Story 3 that’s ever made me cry and this movie just really touched me.

Quotes About Change

Here are some of my favorite quotes about change.

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” – Perks of Being A Wallflower

“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” – The Catcher in the Rye

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.” – Andy Warhol
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”  – Anatole France
“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.” – Joan Didion
 “A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.” – Albert Einstein
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” – Anthony Robbins
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

Books About Change

These are some of my favorite books that explore change that happens within our lives and the world around us.

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

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This book starts out about an average life of a married woman in the suburbs who’s raising her three kids. I’m not going to spoil anything but let’s just say that the book isn’t boring the entire time. It’s turning point is one you won’t see coming but basically the book is essentially about change and how to deal with and accepting things in our life that we have no control over.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

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This is one of my favorite John Green books. It follows a boy named Miles who leaves behind his home in Florida to attend a prep school in Alabama. In his words, he makes the move, “In order to seek a great perhaps.” He meets a girl named Alaska who teaches him about life, love, and sadness. Miles becomes a new person there and he sees a different side of the world that he didn’t see in his own safe world back in Florida.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

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The small Henry Skrimshander, a 17 year old playing on an American Legion team in South Dakota, uses a manual with the same name as the book title to learn more about being a shortstop. A college baseball player named Mike Schwartz discovers Henry and recruits him to a liberal arts school in Wisconsin. The college is Westish College and his team calls themselves the Harpooners. The novel follows Henry as he meets several different characters throughout his time at the college. It’s also a grapple with setting high standards on yourself and accepting who you are. Henry is a perfect shortstop for his entire career but the magic ends and he’s forced to deal with reality.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This book takes place over the course of three years (1933-35) and focuses on the subject of racial injustice in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout is only six-years-old at the start of the novel and her older brother Jem is 10-years-old. The two kids watch their father Atticus, a defense attorney defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. Both kids change their opinions on what it means to be a hero. They learn more about fairness and justice than they could have ever imagined.

This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald

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Taking place in the late 1910’s, This Side of Paradise follows Amory Blaine, a smart and charming Midwesterner attending boarding school and later Princeton University. He’s a rather pretentious character who’s fully aware of his intelligence. He undergoes change throughout the course of the novel as he encounters extreme love and loss throughout his life.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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During the summer before her freshman year of high school, Melinda Sordino meets an older boy named Andy Evans at a senior party. He then rapes her outside and Melinda calls the cops but gets scared and hangs up. The police comes to break up the party with a few students getting arrested. When school starts, Melinda is cut off by her peers for calling the cops. Melinda finds herself changing, she was once popular with friends she could count on, but due to this horrible thing that happened she winds up friendless. Her depression continues to get worse and change has a major impact on this novel as we learn what it means to speak.

 

Best Of Disney Channel Original Movies

One of the many highlights of growing up in the ’90s-’00s was the amazing Disney Channel Original movies. These are some of the most memorable ones and some classic highlights from them.

Gotta kick it up!

This DCOM focused on Hispanic middle schoolers who came from a variety of different backgrounds and the teacher who helped them by adding a dance team. This movie features a young America Ferrera. This clip shows her audition for the dance team.

Smart House

Ben Cooper enters his family into a contest to win a computerized house. Once they win it, Ben begins to program Pat to help him become a substitute mother for himself and his little sister Angie. Pat soon becomes crazy and overbearing over Nick- Ben’s single father. This particular scene shows Ben and his friends attempting to be cool and dancing along to a song Pat plays.

Johnny Tsunmani

Super gnarly movie about a Hawaiian surfer who is forced to move to Vermont with his family. In Vermont, there are two private schools. One school is for skiers and the other is for snowboarders. Johnny attends the skiers but rebels and learns how to snowboard. This scene is cool mostly because of Jett Jackson (Actually Lee Thompson, R.I.P) and the hat that he gives Johnny. 


Stuck In The Suburbs

Danielle Panabaker and Brenda Song live a normal suburban middle school life until Brittany (Panabaker) accidentally exchanges phones with her pop star crush. Can we just note that the pop star is now in Saturday Night Live? Please keep that in mind as you watch this. 

Cheetah Girls

Who doesn’t love the Cheetah Girls? The music is incredible and so is Raven, This revolves around four best friends who are more like sisters and become united by music but drama constantly threatens to destroy it. This song was where it all began. 


Pixel Perfect

Words cannot describe how much I love this highly underrated DCOM. Phil from Phil Of The Future stars in it as a computer geek. His friend Samantha who writes songs for the band isn’t the best performer, so he creates a computer who is perfect. The only problem is she isn’t real. This is by far the most memorable song from the movie.

High School Musical
This was basically one of the final decent DCOMS of the bunch. There are many memorable moments but my personal favorite it Ryan and Sharpay’s audition.

Camp Rock
Even though she was in Barney, this was Demi Lovato’s big break. The Jonas Brothers are another added plus and the music as a whole is extremely catchy. The natural highlight is “This Is Me.”

Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century
This is Disney Channel at its prime right here. Zenon is a beyond retro girl with an uber cool 21st century life and she also has Raven as her best friend which is a natural win. The highlight of the movie is clearly this catchy song everyone should recognize right away.

Brink!
This movie about Andy Brink who is a soul skater is definitely one of the most important DCOM movies. It has every epic element plus they make roller skating seriously cool. It was impossible to find just one clip that showcases its greatness so the first one is my personal favorite insult. The second one is long and not really awesome but it shows how evil and unattractive the villain Val is. Team Pup N Suds forever!


 

What’s That Tune: TV Theme Songs

This isn’t necessarily a countdown or a list in any order, but a rundown of the most famous and memorable theme songs. These vary from classic, nick cartoons, to recent. 

Rugrats

Even though it has no lyrics, it’s still memorable and goes along perfectly with the show. It’s a great introduction to Tommy and his pals. 

Catdog

I never really liked this show but the theme song was my favorite. 

Hey Arnold!

MOVE IT FOOTBALL HEAD.

As Told By Ginger

Macy Gray sang the theme song, enough said. 

Spongebob Squarepants

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Golden Girls

I’ve never watched the show and I really have no interest in it. However, I can’t help but love this classic theme song. 

The Brady Bunch

This is about as classic as they come.

Happy Days

It’s catchy and sums up the series in less than a minute. What could be better? 

Gilmore Girls

Even though I love Carole King, I didn’t know this song until it was on the show. It’s heartwarming, catchy, and memorable all at once. 

One Tree Hill

This is one of the few theme songs I know that have become popular after being featured in a series. Anytime I hear it, I automatically associate it with One Tree Hill. 

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

I’d definitely have to say this is one of the most recognized theme songs of all time. It’s basically a rule that you can’t trust anyone who doesn’t know every word to this song.

Saved By The Bell

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One of my all time favorites partly because it was one of the first shows I ever watched and partly because it’s just so catchy.
 

Friends

I dare you to not get this stuck in your head. 

The OC 

California here we come, right back where we started from.
 

The Jefferson’s

I’ve heard this theme featured in both The Voice and American Idol. This only shows that it’s influenced various different generations which says a lot. 

Full House

I feel like every theme I’ve posted has been crazy sappy but I couldn’t just leave it off.
 

Punky Brewster

There are few shows that have such a heartwarming and corny theme song.

The Sopranos

Is there anything to say? It basically speaks for itself.

That’s So Raven

You can’t tell me this isn’t one of the most epic and memorable of all theme songs.
Lizzie McGuire

Epic.
Unfabulous

Young Emma Roberts starred in this Nickelodeon TV show. I loved this show and I also love how music is used throughout the series.
Degrassi: The Next Generation

The theme song changes a lot over the years but nothing beats this one.
Drake & Josh

It’s feel good and Drake Bell doesn’t have a terrible voice either.
iCarly

Follows the same feel good theme of Drake and Josh but is awesome in it’s own right.

Fictional Characters Part 1

I love fictional characters. I decided to break down my favorites into the appropriate categories. These will include: cartoon, TV with real people, movies, and books. First up is lessons I’ve learned from my favorite cartoon characters.

Arnold from Hey Arnold!
Arnold taught me how to be a good person in general. I mean I really can’t think of any other characters with a heart as pure as football heads. Like the dude does favors for his weird neighbors and puts up with crazy Helga’s antics. Arnold always sees the best in people and even though I don’t, when I watch Arnold I just get this urge to be a better person.

Chuckie from Rugrats
Okay the obvious choice from Rugrats is Tommy but I just LOVE Chuckie. I learned from him that it’s okay to be scared. Even though he’s afraid of literally everything, he still has the coolest and weirdest friends that accept him for who he is. Despite his issues, he’s a great friend who has such a pure heart. I always liked Chuckie the best because I’m a total pansy and far from a leader but he was the first character to show me that playing it safe isn’t bad.

Ginger from As Told by Ginger
Ginger was always cool because she was an older animated character and Nick didn’t really have shows like that. Ginger dealt with REAL problems. She was basically the animated version of Lizzie McGuire. She taught me that being average is okay. Ginger was just a regular girl who had extremely dorky friends. I was never meant to being popular but I’d never seen any cartoons where being average is actually pretty awesome.

The Powerpuff Girls
This is my only choice that isn’t from Nick but I had to include it. I couldn’t pick just one Powerpuff Girl, even though each girl has a different personality, all three of them have to work together to defeat the bad guys. They taught me that all girls can be BA. Having three different personalities on the show just shows us that being hardcore isn’t just for tomboys or leaders, the blonde little bit ditzy one can fight crime too.

Doug Funnie from Doug
I learned from Doug that all kids deserve a dog like Porkchop. I also learned that writing and having an active imagination is acceptable. This show was so different from any other Nick show. I mean, every character besides Doug was every color of the rainbow: green, blue, orange. Doug taught me that being weird and having a dog for a best friend is it’s own kind of normal.

Eliza Thornberry from The Wild Thornberry’s
I’m not going to lie, I’m not an animal person and I probably never will be. Still, Eliza taught me that I don’t have the weirdest family or life. Eliza had a monkey best friend, an animal boy who was apart of the family, and a dad with an accent that didn’t belong. It can’t get any weirder than that.

Kim Possible from Kim Possible
What didn’t I learn from her? She was basically the coolest animated character ever. Plus she taught me that red heads can save the world and that made me want to be a red head.

Penny Proud from The Proud Family
Penny was perfect. She taught me that it’s okay to like your parents. Most show focus on teens rebeling from their parents the entire series but even though she rebels too, at the end of the episode she knows they care.