10 Must-See Holiday Romances | Girlfriend Advice from author Susan Mallery

10 Must-See Holiday Romances | Girlfriend Advice from author Susan Mallery

What’s YOUR favorite holiday movie? Is it a romance? Silly Santa or sentimental oldie? What movie(s) do you watch every Christmas?Holiday movies Romances Susan Mallery

Holiday traditions, girlfriend traditions … combine the two and you’ve got the making of memories and sharing the holidays together. Why not invite a friend or three over to share in watching some of the great holiday romances recommended by romance author (and great girlfriend to Girlfriendology!) SUSAN MALLERY … why not?!

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10 Must-See Holiday Romances

by Susan Mallery, Bestselling Author

The holiday season can be stressful, especially for women. We’re the nurturers, and whether it’s reasonable or not, many of us feel that it’s our responsibility to make the season magical for the people we love. If we can’t afford the latest gotta-have-it toys for our kids, we feel guilty. If we’re too busy to cook everything from scratch, we feel like we’re not doing it “right.” We do the majority of the shopping for husbands, boyfriends, parents, kids, friends… and we do it while working a full-time job. And yet, we feel guilty if we don’t find a few spare minutes to decorate eight dozen sugar cookies.

De-Stress Your Life during the Holiday Season

Hit the brakes, girlfriend! Let go of all that guilt and remember that what makes the holiday season truly joyful is love.

My favorite way to relax, decompress, and get into the holiday spirit is to read holiday-themed romance novels. (You might have guessed that, seeing as I’m a romance writer.) But running a close second is watching holiday-themed romantic movies. When I’m watching holiday romance movies, I don’t want any harshness – no Bad Santa cynicism for me. No, what I’m looking for is wide eyed, unvarnished optimism. Sentimental is good. My heart is open, and I’m ready to be moved.

A Romance Writer’s Top 10 Romantic Holiday Movies (in no particular order)

10. It’s a Wonderful Life – The scene with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed on the phone, trying desperately not to let on that they were overwhelmed by each other remains one of the most romantic movies in movie history. The screen burned with sexual tension in a day when “sex” was a four-letter word.

9. Mrs. Miracle – Debbie Macomber writes wonderful Christmas romances, and this 2009 Hallmark TV movie starring Doris Roberts as a nanny who just may be magic, is a lovely screen adaptation.

8. While You Were Sleeping – The chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman felt so true that their scenes alone felt almost like eavesdropping on a real-life first date. Was I the only one who kept hoping the brother would stay in his coma?

7. Moonstruck – Cher and Nicolas Cage made for a weird pairing, but somehow it worked. Gets to me every time.

6. The Shop Around the Corner – Like many modern day moviegoers, I discovered this gem after it was remade as “You’ve Got Mail” starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. The original is better, though both are good. Jimmy Stewart may be kind of scrawny, but the man knew how to make his woman – and the audience – feel the strength of his love.

5. Elf – I admit it’s stupid, but it’s funny, too, and heartwarming. Buddy the Elf feels every emotion to the extreme, including (maybe especially) love, and it makes for a fun holiday tradition.

4. Miracle on 34th Street – Cynical single mom and her disbelieving daughter get the best gift ever from Santa – a husband and a father who will love them forever!

3. The Holiday – Two romances for the price of one. I never would’ve guessed I’d fall for Jack Black, but I did, right along with the lovely and sad Kate Winslet. Jude Law and Cameron Diaz’s story was compelling, too, and the ending was perfect.

2. Anything on Fa-La-La-La Lifetime – I love the Lifetime channel so much that it’s mentioned in almost all of my Fool’s Gold romance novels. (Fool’s Gold has a man shortage, so the local bar caters to women by playing Lifetime and HGTV on the big screen TVs instead of sports.) If I do happen to get around to baking cookies in December, you can bet I’ll have my TV tuned to Lifetime’s Christmas movie marathons. I can always count on Fa-La-La-La Lifetime for a heartwarming, romantic holiday movie.

1. Love, Actually – I don’t think I’m giving away any surprises by sharing one of the last lines of the movie: “Love actually is all around,” said by Hugh Grant’s character as though the fact were a revelation. There’s a lot of cynicism about love in the world, but when you let go of your so called sophistication and really look at the people around you, you’ll realize something I have always known to be true: Love exists, and it can last forever.

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery knows romance! Susan is the author of the popular Fool’s Gold romance novels (http://www.foolsgoldca.com), including her latest, ONLY US: A FOOL’S GOLD HOLIDAY NOVELLA, an ebook exclusive available for the Kindle, Nook, and wherever ebooks are sold. Read Chapter 1 for free by joining the Members Only area at www.susanmallery.com. www.facebook.com/susanmallery, www.twitter.com/susanmallery

What movie(s) do you watch every year? What’s your favorite holiday romance?

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Thanksgiving Inspired – 5 Friday Favorite Videos – on Gratitude

Thanksgiving Inspired – 5 Friday Favorite Videos – on Gratitude

 Gratitude Thanksgiving Quote WilderWe can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

Happy Thanksgiving Girlfriend! Hope your day was fun and friend-filled!

We’re thankful for our friends and family, for this season of gratitude (or, as Thornton says above, being ‘conscious of our treasures’) and for the blessings we experience all year ’round. So, this week we’re celebrating GRATITUDE on our weekly Favorite Videos.

Enjoy these segments of wisdom and inspiration. Share them with your friends. And let them resonate with your celebration of Thanksgiving.

(And check out last week’s Favorite Friendship Videos!)

The Science of Happiness – a study in Gratitude. Who would you call? What’s stopping you?

Today is a gift. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness. Celebrate gratitude. And share this with a friend who could use that message.

Wanna feel grateful? You can’t help but be once you meet Nick Vujicic. I promise.

Want more JOY in your life? Be GRATEFUL. Active ways to be more grateful from ‘vulnerability expert’ Brene Brown. (Listen to this intelligent, grateful woman!)

Calling to say THANK YOU. You weren’t expecting this message … but you’ve influenced my life, you’ve made me happy and a better person. Hear what happened after the first of our gratitude videos above.

Gratitude Video GRATITUDE VIDEOSWho’s day can you make by sharing these favorite videos on GRATITUDE? Share! And have a friend-filled day girlfriend!

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Favorite Thanksgiving Quotes, 2 – Show Your Girlfriend Gratitude!

Stop to thank JFK quote, Thankful ThursdayWe must find time to stop & thank the people who make a difference in our lives. John F. Kennedy / Thanksgiving Quote

Happy Thanksgiving Girlfriend!

Sometimes we just can’t find the right words, ya know? Like when you know how much you love and appreciate a dear friend but you just don’t express it the way you wish you could.

Well, like the JFK quote above, we all need to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. So, we’ve ‘prettied up’ a few Thanksgiving quotes to show your girlfriend gratitude (tweet them, post on their Facebook wall, send an email!) – just make sure you share them with the people who give you lots to be thankful for on Thanksgiving and all year round!

Share these Thanksgiving Quotes with Friends and have ‘an attitude of gratitude!’

Because … Feeling gratitude & not expressing it is like wrapping a present & not giving it.
– William Arthur WardThanksgiving Quote Feeling Gratitude

Celebrate Thanksgiving by telling your FRIENDS how grateful you are for them! Here’re some Thanksgiving quotes to share with a girlfriend.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust / Thanksgiving QuoteThanksgiving quote let us be grateful

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand & to be understood.
Lucius Annaeus SenecaThanksgiving quote true friendship

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…
– Philippians 1:3

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Time spent on gratitude is never wasted. Take a moment to send a quote/image from above to a friend and let her know how thankful you are for her friendship. Show your girlfriend gratitude. You’ll be blessed as well! Happy Thanksgiving Girlfriend!
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Fall Shoe & Boot Forecast | What Shoes are YOU wearing for Fall?

Fall Shoe & Boot Forecast | What Shoes are YOU wearing for Fall?

Friendship fall boots and shoesThere’s just something fabulous about the cooler weather arriving and bringing back out my fall shoes and boots! (And sweaters and tights!)

Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your whole life (:

Maybe it the comfort of being snuggly with my cool textured tights and my comfy Target boots. Maybe it’s the layers that make me a little less self-conscious of my ‘already looks like I may have layers on’ kind of body. (: (That I’m fine with, by the way! It is what it is!) Maybe it’s the cool nights that make sleeping wonderful and dreams of brilliant colors come true on trees. It’s Fall and, for this girlfriend, it’s fabulous. (And, yes. I am in total denial of what season follows Fall!)

Back to the shoes … I did a little research to see the new 2011 Fashions and what new Fall shoes and boots I should check out on my next visit to DSW, Macy’s or online. Thought you might want to know to (hence this sharing of girlfriend advice – on shoes and boots!) so here are some shoes and boots that fit the trends I’ve researched online. (Girlfriends don’t let girlfriends wear bad boots!)

KNEE-HIGHS – Love em. Like the Michael Antonio Bailey Knee-High Boot in the photo above. A slouchy upper offers nonchalant sex appeal to Michael Antonio’s Bailey knee-high boot. A stacked platform lends stability to the 4.75-inch heel, while a side zipper offers easy dressing. Sorry, I want these – even if I couldn’t walk in them! (Available in tan, gray and black.)

SUEDE BOOTS – like these: Aerosoles Acappella Taupe Suede ankle boots. This stylish women’s high-heel boot is crafted with a supple suede upper featuring a foldover cuff adorned with a feminine bow detail; a side zipper allows easy on/off. A smooth fabric lining combines with a faux suede-covered, cushioned footbed for all-day comfort. Mmmm suede (:

Girlfriendology funny that a pair of shoes,friendshipBUCKLES are IN – Check out the Calvin Klein Felisha Ankle Boots (in black) in the photo above. Its smooth nappa or glossy mosaic leather upper, rounded toe, and towering heel create a look that’s sleek enough for the office and saucy enough for a night on the town. A cushioned insole offers comfort, while its rubber sole provides traction and a bold finish to the look.

PATENT LEATHER – Chinese Laundry Join Up Patent Leather platform heels actually fit three different Fall Fashion 2011 Trends: Patent Leather, Platform and a buckle. You’ll be sporting some sass with them too. Just saying!

CHUNKY HEELS – Like the ones in the photo above (brown pumps). Love these by Steve Madden – Pummp Platforms. Come in brown or black leather. Definitely a ‘look out world, here I come!’ statement shoe!

SSSSSSERIOUSLY … SNAKE – This reptile (even though faux) is in style. Check out these Chinese Laundry Wink Wink Snake pumps.This fun, flirty pump  sky-high heel and classic silhouette take a walk on the wild side with its leather covered snakeskin. You will be sure to turn heads whether you are wearing them with a pair of slacks to the office or out at night with your favorite cocktail dress.

SOCKS – Love these Boot Liner Socks! (Nothing bulky to make boots tighter!) But socks and shoes or socks and boots seem to be back in fashion! Baabaazuzu Boot Liner Neutral is designed to slip over your socks and turns any pair of boots into something extraordinary. A stretchy micro-fleece stirrup is topped with a vintage sweater cuff that the brand upcycles to make this beautiful creation.

So the Fall Fashion and shoe trends we’re seeing/reading about for Fall are: Knee-high boots, suede shoes and boots, lots of buckles, patent leather, chunky heels, snakeskin shoes and socks with your boots or shoes.

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Happy Fall and Halloween Girlfriends! 10 Ways to Celebrate Falloween

A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween. ~Erma Bombeck

Halloween Erma Bombeck quoteWe love Erma Bombeck. She had such a gift for women’s wisdom. Like:

When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.

A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.

It takes a lot of courage to share your dreams with someone else.

LOVE Erma! So glad she shared girlfriend advice with all of us!

We’re celebrating FALLOWEEN this week on Girlfriendology. It’s that special collision of Halloween and Fall that has us shopping for pumpkins and decorative ghords, candy and candied yams, costumes and elastic-waist pants!

As we love to do on Girlfriendology, we try to share women’s wisdom and insights on life that hopefully can help you create moments and memories with friends and family. So, here’s our Falloween celebration ideas … (SHARE YOURS in the comments below!)

1. Don’t fret over having Left-over Halloween Candy! We’ve got some ideas on how to get rid of it!

2. Enjoy Halloween Treats without Guilt – because a girlfriend would never make you feel guilty about some candy!

3. Invite the Girls over for some ‘scary-good’ wines! Our review of Elk Creek Wines. What’s your favorite fall wine?

4. Get together and make some fun Falloween craft projects, like this Jack-o-Lantern bucket (fill with the candy you’re handing out or a fall floral arrangement). I’m using some Thanksgiving kitchen towels from Target right now as fabric to cover some pillows for the season. What fun creative projects are you doing?

5.  Get dressed up for Halloween WITH your Girlfriends! The shopper-girls of Sex and the City? Movie BFFs Thelma and Louise? Dress up together – it’s much more fun!

6. How about some ‘Retail Therapy’ with your Shopping BFFs? Get the girls together and go Fall Fashion shopping. What’s your Fall Fashion fave outfit? (Me? Give me some boots and jeans or tights/dress, I’m a happy girl!)

7. Celebrate Fall Girlfriend Birthdays! Give her a thoughtful gift and get creative in making her feel special on her special day.

8. Invite the Girls over for a Football Party! Who says that boys should have all the Football fun?! Not us! The NFL says that 44% of their fans are definitely female. Watch ‘the game’ with the girls – and enjoy treats like the recipe for Crockpot Buffalo Chicken! (or this Crockpot Pumpkin Bread!)

9. The cold weather makes it perfect to throw a Girlfriend Soup Party! What’s your favorite fall soup? Why not share it with your friends?

 10. Help yourself and your friends prepare for the coming ‘hectic holidays.’ Giving your friends support in the crazy-busy seasonal days. Doesn’t require special gift wrapping!

The most important thing about celebrating Fall and Halloween (or Falloween), is just planning time with your friends. DO IT! Have a great Fall Girlfriends!

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Olympics-inspired Best Videos to share with a Girlfriend! | Friday Favorite Videos

Olympics-inspired Best Videos to share with a Girlfriend! | Friday Favorite Videos

dorothy hamill quote olympicsThe OLYMPICS … when the world comes together to compete and hopefully to make some friends!

Friday favorite Videos Banner, videos for women“I was passionate. I found something that I loved. I could be all alone in a big old skating rink and nobody could get near me and I didn’t have to talk to anybody because of my shyness. It was great. I was in my fantasy world.” – Dorothy Hamill

There is something magical about the Olympics … the coming together of opposing countries, the challenge of competing against the best of the best, the highs and lows, the stories of passionate athletes and their supportive family and friends. Magical.

Each Friday we post our favorite videos – the kind we would share with our girlfriends. In honor of the Olympics, we’re celebrating this amazing athletic event that makes countries into FRIENDS.

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To get us started, an epic Olympian that I had the honor of meeting last year – Dorothy Hamill … in the 1976 Olympics

Quite possibly the most-loved Olympic athlete (or at least in the top five!) – MARY LOU RETTON

Girlfriend Carla recommended this amazing performance by Torville and Dean, Bolero in the 1984 Olympics

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Did you know that this is the first year for ‘women to fly’ at the Winter Olympics? YES! Debut of Women’s Ski Jumping at Sochi 2014. Here’s what you need to know!

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Enjoy the Olympics with a friend and share these videos with a girlfriend!

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