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Saturday, June 29, 2019

On TV this Weekend: HALLMARK's Christmas in July + last June Wedding movie "Sister of the Bride"

Sister of the Bride / Christmas Wonderland / A Joyous Christmas
images: Hallmark Crown Media

Saturday, JUNE 29, 2019:

Christmas in July!

Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas - image: Hallmark Crown Media

It's a full day and night of Gold Crown Christmas Movies today with...

Christmas in Angel Falls
Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow
Finding Christmas
Christmas Encore
Magical Christmas Ornaments
The Christmas Secret
Rocky Mountain Christmas
Christmas Homecoming
Christmas Wonderland
Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas
Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
Last Vermont Christmas

See times airing in the Christmas TV Schedule!


More... Saturday, JUNE 29, 2019:

Many of you have been asking about...

starring one of our Hallmark favorites, Jill Wagner!

*image via: The Legend of 5 Mile Cave and INSP

Storyline via INSP: A mysterious drifter bonds with a boy with tales of the West. Past and present collide when a crooked lawman appears seeking long-lost gold.

INSP will have a Special Encore Presentation of
Saturday, JUNE 29, 2019 at 8pm/7c.


More... Saturday, JUNE 29, 2019:

Will two Sisters say "I do" in...

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: After a six-month romance, Stephanie and Ben announce their engagement and learn Stephanie’s sister Tracy, is also engaged. Both want July 4th weddings, so Stephanie throws herself into helping plan Tracy’s big event. Ben pitches in, and everyone, but Stephanie’s dad, adores him. Also looming is... click here to read more...

See the premiere of Sister of the Bride
Saturday, JUNE 29, 2019
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


Sunday, JUNE 30, 2019:

Christmas in July!

A Song for Christmas - image: Hallmark Crown Media

It's a full day and night of Gold Crown Christmas Movies today with...

A Bramble House Christmas
Christmas in the Air
Christmas with Holly
A Song for Christmas
I'll be Home for Christmas
Small Town Christmas
Return to Christmas Creek
Northern Lights of Christmas
A Joyous Christmas
Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
A Godwink Christmas
Hope at Christmas

See times airing in the Christmas TV Schedule!


I also wanted to add a note here about the movie, In the Key of Love, that was supposed to premiere this upcoming Monday night, July 1st, on the Hallmark Channel. Unfortunately, we have learned In the Key of Love will NOT be airing on the Hallmark Channel after all. Instead, actress Laura Osnes, who stars in the movie, has shared via Instagram - this movie will be seen later this Summer via streaming on Hallmark Movies Now to coincide with the premiere of When Hope Calls, which is a spin-off of When Calls the Heart. Andrea Brooks, who portrays Nurse Faith Carter on When Calls the Heart also stars in the movie, In the Key of Love; therefore, Hallmark's reasoning to air this new movie with this series, according to Laura Osnes' Insta statement - is to help promote When Hope Calls.

We have two Saturday nights coming up in July without the usual new Hallmark Saturday movie premiere. I feel the movie, In the Key of Love, easily could have been moved to one of those nights. How do you feel about this sudden change of plans? Please share in comments below.

In the meantime... I Ho-Ho-Hope You ALL have a nice, relaxing, wonderful weekend! I plan to watch the new June Wedding movie and as many Christmas movies - as possible, but... I will also be getting together with lots of family again this weekend! Oh, I can't wait to see my dear Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins, but rest assured, I'll be recording a "few" (LOL!) Christmas favorites to watch later! :)

Merry Christmas in July -
on this last weekend in June!
Joyous Blessings to You All, Net

Friday, June 28, 2019


Today - during Lifetime's 2019 Treat Every Day Like Christmas Holiday Movie Marathon they've been promoting their upcoming Christmas movie season with some fun Christmas in July commercials!

images: Lifetime

In the commercial they announce...

(drum roll please!)

Christmas is coming to Lifetime

in October ... 24/7!

That's correct, you read that right - 24/7!

With delightful Christmas movies like Snowed-Inn Christmas, Christmas in Tennessee, A Gift Wrapped Christmas, Poinsettia's for Christmas, The Christmas Contract and more... this is, indeed, a very special treat from Lifetime!

Enjoy watching Christmas movies, everyone. It's a one day Christmas Movie Marathon for Lifetime - just today! Visit the Christmas TV Schedule to see what's airing this afternoon & tonight!

Happy Christmas in July!
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An Early 🎁 for YOU! HALLMARK'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY STARTS TODAY - in JUNE! *Download my NEW CALENDAR & Catch ALL your Holiday Favorites - Old and New! πŸŽ„ #ChristmasInJuly πŸŽ„ See Details...

When it comes to Hallmark, we know they fully start celebrating the actual Christmas season in October... so why not start Christmas in July in June?

For most of us, there is no chill in the air this time of year, but seeing a Hallmark Christmas movie gives us all the feels... heart"warm"ing and snowy cool!

I created a Christmas in July calendar for the end of June and all of July - so we can keep track of all the Special movies & shows coming soon. If you like, you can print it out and add in any movie you don't want to miss!

images via: Hallmark Crown Media

CLICK HERE to enlarge
the CHRISTMAS in JULY Calendar

(Note: After calendar image loads in new page -
you may have to click on the image again to enlarge.)

To add in more Christmas movies to the calendar, yourself, be sure to visit the full schedule of Christmas movies - HERE! The Christmas TV Schedule includes Christmas in July movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Hallmark Channel, UP, Lifetime, AMC, TCT, and TCM!

image via: Hallmark Crown Media

When to watch Christmas in July:

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Gold Crown Christmas June 28 - July 14

Hallmark Channel
Christmas Keepsake July 12 - July 28

Christmas Treat June 28

Christmas in July July 13 - July 21

A Veteran's Christmas - image via: Hallmark Crown Media

Are you ready for snowfall scenes, sleigh rides and kisses under the mistletoe? Having this gift of Christmas in July means we'll have something special to unwrap every day - and night too!

I hope you enjoy this wonderful time- with all the classics you love, plus the new Hallmark Christmas movie, Christmas Camp! In the middle of Christmas in July, Lacey Chabert will host a one hour Christmas Preview Special for the 2019 Holiday Season! For all of us Christmas movie watchers - this is a definite must-see! 

So... check the Christmas movie schedule, and like Santa, be sure to check the list twice! Then, add your favorites in the Christmas in July calendar - from morning 'til night!

Merry Christmas to All and to All
a Happy Christmas in June & July!

Joyous Blessings! Net

Hallmark Christmas Movies on DVD:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

πŸŽ„ It's Hallmark Christmas Movie Night & Christmas in July begins Tomorrow!!!πŸŽ„

πŸŽ„It's Christmas ThursdaysπŸŽ„
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries with...

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: Having just moved back to her hometown without her husband but with her young son, Gretchen Daniels finds her life in disarray as Christmas approaches. But she seems to find new purpose when she helps to deliver a message to her new neighbor that makes her an ally in the quest to find the neighbor’s long-missing sibling. The women become bonded not only by the search but by the understanding that being there for each other means they’re no longer alone in the world. And that becomes the greatest Christmas gift of their lives. Based on a bestselling novel by Donna VanLiere.

Re-watch "The Christmas Note" again!
Or... see it for the very first time:
Thursday, June 27, 2019
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries


πŸŽ„It's Christmas FridaysπŸŽ„
on the Hallmark Channel with...

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: Choreographer Katie and skater Jessica are performing in San Senova, when Katie bumps into Alexander unaware he’s Royalty. As sparks between them ignite, Katie and Alexander become close, and Katie helps Christina get over her fears. But Katie has her own fears to face, like skating for an injured Jessica and falling for a King.

or See it for the very first time...
Friday, June 28, 2019
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


Happy Christmas Movie Watching!

This is almost like a preview to the big event! Christmas Thursdays & Fridays are always a special treat each week. I feel like a kid in the candy and toy store each Thursday and Friday with Hallmark's Christmas movies!

So... enjoy Christmas tonight and get ready early tomorrow morning - for Gold Crown Christmas - an avalanche of Christmas movies night and day - on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries starting at 7am/6c.!

Plus, Lifetime is giving viewers a one day sneak peek to Christmas tomorrow too - staring at 8am/7c.!

See the Christmas in July schedule *HERE*!

Wishing You All the Joy of Christmas -
Every Day of the Year! Net

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

πŸ• Love Unleashed - a Hallmark Channel Original Movie starring Jen Lilley & Christopher Russell! πŸ• #LoveUnleashed @hallmarkchannel @jen_lilley πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰


Movie: Love Unleashed

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: July 6, 2019


Jen Lilley ... Hailey Goode
Christopher Russell ... Ryan Hill
Bailey Skodje ... Emmy Hill
Donna Benedicto ... Dana
Lindsay Maxwell ... Kelly
Mark Brandon ... Wade Goode
Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Fred
Chris Shields ... Mayor Betz
Justine Warrington ... Ann
Jayden Rainnie ... Teen #2
David Parent ... Dave
Jill Morrison ... Patricia
Alexandra Staeson ... Mom #3
Madeleine Kelders ... Mom #4
Peter Bundic ... Brad
Lossen Chambers ... Janice
Kwesi Ameyaw ... Police Officer


Storyline via Hallmark: Hailey throws puppy parties and meets Ryan, whose daughter wants a dog and her dad to remarry. Though smitten with each other, Ryan and Hailey are at odds since he’s developing a mall where she wants a dog park. Still, they grow close, and Ryan even helps when Hailey’s neighbor tries to shut down her business. But soon Hailey fears she’s barking up the wrong romantic tree when Ryan grows distant. Refocusing her efforts on a dog sanctuary, Hailey is suddenly asked to throw a puppy party that might result in a forever home for her dogs and her heart.

Movie Review:


See or Skip:


*images via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

πŸŽ…πŸŽ„ HAPPY LEON DAY - June 25th! Let's Countdown to Christmas and "Mark the 25th" with a Christmas Movie pick! πŸŽ…πŸŽ„ πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰

Happy Leon Day, everyone! By the way, Leon is Noel (another name for Christmas) spelled backwards!

As we mark this special day on June 25th, this means we are now 6 MONTHS away from CHRISTMAS DAY!!! YAY!!! We're halfway there! And, even though Leon Day is not an official holiday, yet, you are sure to find people celebrating it! Often on this day, there are some businesses who offer special deals, and there are some individuals who start their Christmas planning- making crafts, presents, and lists!

I decided to get into the spirit, by playing some Christmas music. Some radio stations might also feel festive and play some holiday music - you'll have to check your local dial. And... I will, of course, be watching something Christmassy today - on the 25th!

You can also join along! Here at "It's a Wonderful Movie" we highlight every 25th day of the month - TOGETHER! - as we countdown to Christmas!

For all of you Christmas movie fans who wish to participate, simply pick something Christmassy to watch TODAY - on the 25th! It can be a Christmas movie, cartoon, family sitcom or anything you like. (There's only one stipulation - it must be family friendly.) Then, please share in comments below your Christmas choice for the day!

My pick for this "Mark the 25th" is...

And, guess what? Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa is a new release on DVD today! If you pre-ordered it from Amazon, you should receive yours in the mail today! If not, you can still order your copy!

There will also be two airings of Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa coming up during Hallmark Channel's Christmas in July! You can see it: Monday, July 15th at 12am/11c. and Friday, July 26th at 12am/11c. Note: both times are midnight for east coast viewers!

Why I chose this movie?

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa is like stepping inside a snow globe or perfect winter wonderland greeting card. The basis of the movie series was inspired by Hallmark product designs, including puzzles, games and greeting cards! Set in the idealistic holiday town of Evergreen, Vermont - there is something warm, inspirational, and magical about this place and the people who live there. Plus, there is one very special red truck - that always starts up or stalls at the exact right time!

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Another thing I love about this sequel movie - is the amazing cast! This second Evergreen movie was led by one of my all-time favorite Hallmark actresses, Jill Wagner! She's also the star of the Mystery 101 series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! If, by chance, you missed the latest new movie in that series on Sunday night, I have good news - there's an encore showing of Mystery 101: Playing Dead tonight!

In addition to Jill Wagner starring in Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa, you will also find... Mark Deklin (Switched for Christmas), Barbara Niven and Andrew Francis (Chesapeake Shores), Holly Robison Peete (Christmas in Evergreen), Ashley Williams (Northern Lights of Christmas), Rukiya Bernard (One Winter Proposal) and more!

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: When Lisa (Jill Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Mark Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store’s beloved ‘Mailbox to Santa’ for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Merry "Mark the 25th"
and Leon Day, Everyone!

Plus, we are just days away from...
Hallmark's Christmas in July!
Are you getting excited? See the Full Schedule - *HERE*!

Please share your Christmas choice for today
in comments below!

JOYful Blessings to You all, Net


Monday, June 24, 2019




Los Angeles, CA (June 24, 2019) -- It may be June, but Lifetime is providing a sneak peek at the It's a Wonderful Lifetime holiday programming slate with a movie marathon to celebrate Christmas in the Summer. With back-to-back airings of six Lifetime Original Holiday movies from years' past, the special all-day marathon concludes with the beloved holiday film Elf. Full slate below.

images courtesy: Lifetime

June 28th at 8pm AND 10pm EST/PST

As a baby, Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole and raised among Santa's elves. When he discovers that he is actually human, Buddy travels to New York, to search for his real father - Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. Walter reluctantly begins spending time with the childlike Buddy and hilarious holiday fun results. ELF is directed by Jon Favreau and produced by New Line Cinema.

A Gift Wrapped Christmas
June 28th at 8am EST/PST

Personal shopper Gwen's (Meredith Hagner) newest client, Charlie (Travis Milne), is a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son, Owen, during a package drop, she is saddened to see just how little time Charlie spends with him. Determined to get Charlie to appreciate his family, Gwen makes it her Christmas mission to get him into festive spirit. As she gets closer to Charlie and Owen, she also discovers what she wants for the holidays. A Gift Wrapped Christmas is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment II and Johnson Production Group.

The Christmas Contract
June 28th at 10am EST/PST

It’s Jolie’s (Hilarie Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Danneel Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Robert Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for. The Christmas Contract is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Monika Mitchell serves as director with a script by Cassie Doyle.

Poinsettias for Christmas
June 28th at 12pm EST/PST

It's just weeks before Christmas when Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town's annual parade. The problem is - the poinsettias have yet to turn red! As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local botanist (Marcus Rosner). Poinsettias for Christmas is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment, Inc. Christie Will Wolf directed from a script written by Barbara Kymlicka.

My Christmas Inn
June 28th at 2pm EST/PST

With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for. My Christmas Inn is produced by HYBRID, LLC.

The Flight Before Christmas
June 28th at 4pm EST/PST

When a snowstorm strands their flight in Montana on Christmas Eve, two strangers (Mayim Bialik and Ryan McPartlin) who do not see eye to eye, are forced to share the last available room at a bed-and-breakfast. Also starring Family Matters' veterans Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton, The Flight Before Christmas is produced by Hybrid.

A Christmas in Tennessee
June 28th at 6pm EST/PST

Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor—with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk—comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything. A Christmas in Tennessee is produced by Smokey Mountain Films Inc. and Juliette Hagopian. Howard Braunstein serves as executive producer. Gary Yates directs with a script written by Cassie Doyle.


So... here's the take: Lifetime is getting into the Christmas spirit for this one special day! Our friend, Sabrina, shared this news with us here at It's a Wonderful Movie just the other day when she caught it in the schedule! (You beat the press release, girl!)

This is also the same day - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will begin Gold Crown Christmas with Christmas in July!

You can see the full schedule,
with Hallmark & Lifetime - *HERE*!

Joy to the World! Net

Friday, June 21, 2019

This Weekend on Hallmark - You'll LOVE Rachel Boston & Paul Campbell in #TheLastBridesmaid, plus Follow the Clues with Jill Wagner & Kristoffer Polaha in an all new #Mystery101!

images: Hallmark Crown Media

Saturday, June 22, 2109:

Will Becca find love, at last, in...

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: Having been a part of no less than nine weddings, Becca Foster seems to be living the old adage, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” She’ll soon notch her 10th ceremony as maid of honor to her cousin Lucie, who hopes Becca will hit it off with her fiancΓ©’s good-natured best man, Aidan. But there is another man in the picture... click here to read more...

See the premiere of The Last Bridesmaid
Saturday, June 22, 2109
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

Sunday, June 23, 2019:

How will this all new drama unravel in...

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: Crime Fiction Professor Amy and Detective Travis attend a play where a prop gun fires a real bullet, narrowly missing the star Bella. Declaring the theater a crime scene, Travis interviews suspects galore and... click here to read more...

See the premiere of Mystery 101: Playing Dead
Sunday, June 23, 2019
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

If you enjoy a good rom-com or an intriguing mystery - then this is THE Weekend of new Hallmark movies for you!

With Hallmark regulars, like Rachel Boston (Christmas in Angel Falls), Paul Campbell (A Godwink Christmas), Jill Wagner (Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa) & Kristoffer Polaha (Small Town Christmas)... we already know, even before watching, these movies are going to be good! They are ones not to be missed - especially by any Hallmarkie!

Have a wonderful first weekend of Summer, everyone!

Can you believe? Christmas in July begins next week! See the full schedule *here*!

Sunshine & Blessings to you all! Net

☀ LACEY CHABERT'S "LOVE on SAFARI" WHITE TOP ☀ a Hallmark Movie Fashion Find! #SummerNights @hallmarkchannel @IamLaceyChabert #LoveOnSafari πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰

Happy First Day of Summer!

image: Hallmark Crown Media

I thought today would be a great day to take a look back on the Hallmark Channel Summer Nights movie - Love on Safari, starring Lacey Chabert, Jon Cor, and Brittany Bristow.

image via: Instagram

Much of the story takes place in the amazing animal reserve of South Africa - where the wildlife was incredible - with giraffes, elephants, lions, tigers, and more.... oh my! Viewers instantly fell in love with the beautiful landscape, the animals, and Lacey's lovely tops and dresses!

I wanted to share one of the pretty white tops Lacey wears in the movie and where you can get one too... (Thank you to my sweet Sister for finding this one!)  

images: Hallmark Crown Media
image via: Amazon

This lovely, fresh white summery top is-
PAIGE Women's Polly Blouse.
Ideal for a safari, picnic, day at the beach,
shopping, or any day you wish!
Available from Amazon.com
(It's even PRIME!)

In Love on Safari, Lacey Chabert plays Kira Slater, a young woman who inherits Ukuthula, a beautiful animal reserve in South Africa. Once Kira visits and reminisces on old memories made there, she feels once again connected to this special place and conflicted on whether or not she should sell - or..., maybe, move there permanently!

Be sure to watch an encore airing of Love on Safari-

Saturday June 22, 2019 - 5pm/4c.
or Monday July 29, 2019 - 6pm/5c.

Love on Safari is also available on DVD!

Blessings on your day -
the first day of Summer!
I hope the SUN is shining on You!