Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about a character from the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise that we went on a real roller coaster of feels with. As soon as we saw Professor Snape, we felt anger, dislike, perhaps hate towards him, but over the years this character grew in unsuspected ways, and became many fan’s favorite character in the franchise. In the wake of Alan Rickman’s tragic passing, I decided that it would be a great idea to countdown Mr. Rickman’s ‘Top 5 Greatest Snape Moments’. Now I know that he did a lot of other amazing movies and plays, and that there are way more than 5 great Snape moments in the ‘Harry Potter’ films and books. However, for the purpose of this post, I limited the countdown to one scene per film (even though I didn’t include 2 films in order to keep the list shorter), and we’re only discussing scenes that are found in the films. So now let’s get to the fun. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
5) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone:
Ok now technically some of this scene was cut in the final movie but it’s included on the DVD release so we’ll count it. I love how this is the first scene that we get to see Snape interact with Harry, and he completely terrifies/enrages us all at the same time. Alan Rickman did an amazing job of making Snape an instant villain, and we also got the birth of sassy Harry so this is definitely a scene you’ll want to watch again and again.
4) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
Honestly I think that this is really an underrated scene. By this point you either love or hate Snape (depending on your opinion of villian characters), however whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit that Snape is really cool in this scene. This was the first of many amazing dueling scenes that we would see Alan Rickman in, and this really adds a cool vibe to Snape’s character.
3) Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban:
Personally this scene between Snape, Sirius, and Professor Lupin is probably one of my favorite scenes in the franchise, because it’s funny and revealing. We get a chance to not only meet Sirius and get to know more about Professor Lupin, but we also get to see the dynamic that the three characters must have shared when they were in school (siriusly when is that marauders movie coming out…ok I know that this pun was cheesy but I couldn’t help it).
2) Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince:
I think that we can all agree that one of the saddest moments in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise was when Dumbledore died. At that moment I’m sure everyone hated Snape, and we were all convinced that he had betrayed the man who put so much faith in him. Honestly Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gabon, and everyone else in that scene did such an amazing job that we really felt the anguish and loss of everyone’s favorite Headmaster. This was truly one of Alan Rickman’s greatest ‘Harry Potter’ moments and shows just how talented of an actor he was, from his facial expressions, to the way his voice shakes when he says that final spell, truly a magical performance.
1) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2:
Ok and now we’ve reached the scene that EVERY ‘Harry Potter’ fan knows and gets the feels over. Yes we’ve reached the ‘Always’ scene, now prepare to cry. In this scene we learned so much about Snape that it literally changed how we looked at all of his scenes up to this point. This is a moment that all Harry Potter fans truly treasure because it not only showed what a great author J.K. Rowling is, but also how Alan Rickman was able to take such a complex character and change him from a villain into a hero in a single scene. A truly breathtaking performance that we will remember, always. RIP Alan Rickman, we raise our wands up to you!
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about a new invention that I’m sure you’ve all heard of by now. In 2013 T.J. Evarts, his sisters, and his friends (aka possibly the smartest group of teens on the planet) premiered their invention the ‘SMARTwheel’ on ABC’s show ‘Shark Tank’ and thus introduced us to the future of safe driving. In 2010 T.J. (then 14 years old) decided to try to find a solution to the texting and driving problems that kids (and really everybody) faces. Over the next 6 years T.J. and his group would develop a product that will not only save lives, but will change the way we drive. There have only been a few people who you can say have truly changed an industry and I think that it’s safe to say that T.J. and his group will soon join this exclusive group. So now that you know a little bit about the history of the ‘SMARTwheel’ I’m sure you’re wondering what this product actually does right? Well keep reading to find out! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
The ‘SMARTwheel’ has a sensor that produces a buzzing sound and flashing lights when you take both or one of your hands off of the wheel. When you put your hands back on the proper position then the flashing lights and buzzing sound stops. The ‘SMARTwheel’ also has sensors that allow you answer your phone (through the use of a Bluetooth headset), and adjust your windshield wiper speed without taking your hands off of the wheel. Also, when you purchase the wheel, you can get a free app that records how often you take your hands off of the wheel, forms charts & graphs to track how your driving habits change over time, and gives you a grade based off of your progression. The wheel is scheduled to go on sale on smartwheelusa.com in the next few months, and will be priced at $199 (but besides the fact that this product could save your life, you can also get free mp3 songs and gas cards if you buy this product and keep your hands on the wheel). With everyone from MIT, President Obama, and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood endorsing this product, it definitely seems like something worth checking out.
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about the 1st ‘Fuller House’ teaser that was recently released. We previously discussed the ‘6 Things We Want To See in Fuller House’ (you can check out that blog post here: Monday Memos: 6 things we want to see in Fuller House), and I know that we were all super excited to see this teaser (you may now fangirl/fanboy scream…ok that’s enough…seriously please stop freaking out everyone). We didn’t get any new information from this teaser, but it definitely hit you right in the feels. So let’s hop on the nostalgia train and discuss this amazing new teaser & the other information we have on the return of one of TV’s favorite families! Ready? Ok let’s go!!!
The video is beautifully shot and features parts of the iconic Tanner house such as the kitchen and living room. It also featured the song ‘The House That Built Me’ by Miranda Lambert throughout the trailer, which really adds to the nostalgic feeling you get from the teaser. Although we don’t get to see any of the Tanner/Fuller family, we do get to hear their voices at the end of the teaser, and we even get some classic ‘Full House’ jokes thrown in there such as uncle Jesse’s obsession regarding his hair, and Joey’s iconic “cut it out” line. So needless to say this teaser will definitely hit fans of ‘Full House’ in the nostalgia, and will get you excited for what ‘Fuller House’ will bring when it premieres on February 26th, 2016.
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about the official color (or should I say colors) of 2016. If you love pink and blue then get ready to be very happy because the official colors of 2016 are Rose Quartz (which is a hue of pink), and Serenity (which is a blue). According to the Pantone website, this is the 1st time that 2 colors have been choose as the official color of the year. So if you want to learn why these really cute colors were chosen then keep reading. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
According to the Pantone website, “Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace”. The website goes on to describe the colors as the following: “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.” I’m really excited to see what beauty and fashion trends will be inspired by these colors! Pantone’s website also says that it chose these colors in order to show how fashion is blurring gender lines by not stereotyping one color as more appropriate for a specific gender (which basically means blue is no longer “only” for boys, and pink is no longer “only” for girls). I think that this is a very cool idea because the fashion and beauty industry is increasingly becoming more and more diverse so it seems only right that the color(s) of the year reflect that. Needless to say 2016 is off to a great start, and will definitely give us so much to look forward to and even more to put on Instagram and Pinterest. I can’t wait! What do you think people of the internet? Let me know in the comments below!
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to discuss an event that we all experience every year. This is something that we all grow up with, and no matter how old or young you are, it still has the same affect. What am I talking about you may ask? A little movie that we all love known as ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’! In 1965 ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ first aired on CBS, and thus started a Christmas tradition that would continue to enchant families for decades. The movie was commissioned by ‘The Coca-Cola Company’, which asked ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles M. Schulz and his team to create the special in 6 months, after they viewed an unaired documentary staring Schultz called ‘A Boy Named Charlie Brown’. This year ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ turned 50 so let’s discuss why this amazing movie has become engraved as a part of our Christmas tradition. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
Although there are so many things about this movie that we love, I think that the 3 main things that you can pinpoint that makes ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ different than other Christmas specials is: the characters, the music, and the risks that this movie takes. One of the most important aspects of a great story is for it to have amazing, memorable characters that we can relate to. The Peanuts universe has brought us a lot of beloved characters from Lucy (the girl we all love to hate), Linus (the intelligent and practical one), Sally (the little sister we all wish we had), Snoopy (the cool one we all wish we were), and of course the wonderfully hilarious and fun Charlie Brown who we can all relate to on some level. Of course ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas wouldn’t be nearly as memorable without it’s amazing music. Whether you love more traditional sounding Christmas music such as ‘Christmas Time is Here’ and ‘Hark the Harold Angels Sing’, or music that brings a fresh feel to the season such as the unforgettable piano jazz number ‘Linus and Lucy’ (which you can check out in the video below), this movie will have you humming along to its’ diverse soundtrack long after Christmas is over. Finally, we need to discuss the incredible risks this movie takes. One of these risks is not using music in the style of what was popular at the time. A lot of times movies use catchy, modern sounds in order to easily win over an audience. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ uses the opposite (and often risker approach) of using genres that weren’t necessarily in the forefront of the American public’s mind in the 60s, and thus makes very unique music that instantly mesmerizes you because it’s so different. Another risk that this movie takes is that it used actual child actors to voice the characters, and because of this adds a larger sense of authenticity to the roles. Shows/movies are notorious for using adults to portray teens and children, (because of legal, financial, and other reasons), so to use a cast that was primarily made up of children was very groundbreaking at the time (and is still VERY uncommon today). Using children actors also added a sincerity and innocence to the roles that really brought these characters to life on screen, and has set a bar that all Charlie Brown specials have had to try to live up to ever since. Because of all of these reasons, we can see why we love Charlie Brown so much, and why we’ll continue to sing, dance, and laugh along to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ for the next 50 + years.
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about an AMAZING new product that y’all will be obsessed with this holiday season. Once the holiday season begins we are bombarded with delicious food, but after a while you might feel that you’re growing tired of the same types of food. I was recently given the incredible opportunity to review a new spice subscription service called RawSpiceBar. RawSpiceBar is a service that sends you 3 regional species every month, includes recipes of dishes (which feed 4-6 people) that you can use each of the spices in, and tells you a brief history of the region that the spices originate from, all for a mere $6 per month (you can also get a prepaid subscription for 6 months for $36 or 1 year for $66 which means that with this option you get 1 month free, gotta love that!). The spices are all really awesome and the dishes that you can make with them are super delicious. If you love to cook new and exotic dishes, or if you just want to spice up your holiday menu this year then you NEED to subscribe to RawSpiceBar. Now I know that you want to hurry up and subscribe to Raw Spice Bar, but if you want to learn even more about these awesome spices then please keep reading! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
The spices that I will be reviewing today were from the features spices for the month of November, and were for Ethiopian dishes. The three spices that I received were Berbere, Ethiopian Mitmita, and Pumpkin Pie Spice. Berbere is spicy and smoky addition that really gives the food a rich flavor. Personally I am a huge fan of spicy food, so this is now one of my favorite spices. You can use this spice with various soups, meats, poultry, as a rub on roast chicken or vegetables, and stirred into oil and vinegar as an awesome new dip, so the possibilities for delicious new dishes with these spice are endless. Don’t worry if you’re not a big fan of spicy food, because Berbere is a little spicy, but not unbearable, and definitely brings out the flavor of the dish in a new and exciting way. Next up we have the Ethiopian Mitmita spice! Now this is a very hot and spicy addition to any dish, that will definitely require you to have a drink nearby. Although this spice is seriously hot, it really makes a great addition to any meat stews, grilled meats, or as a replacement for hot sauce. Like I’ve previously said, the Ethiopian Mitmita spice is really hot, but I would give it a try because you seriously have never had flavor explode onto your taste buds like this before. Lastly we’re going to talk about the Pumpkin Pie Spice. Now I know what you’re thinking how different can this Pumpkin Pie Spice be from every other Pumpkin Pie Spiced food I’m eating/drinking during this time of the year. well trust me when I say that you have NEVER had Pumpkin Pie Spice that was this good! The cinnamon in it will seriously make you feel like baking dozens of cookies, and the blend is sweet but not overly sweet so it’s perfect for coffee, tea, or any baked good you can think of. If you want to kick off the holiday season right, this is the spice to get you in the perfect mood.
To wrap everything up, all of these spices were seriously great and I give them all 5 smiley faces (because you know smiley faces are more fun than stars). If the spices for November were so amazing, I can’t wait to see what the next featured spices will be! If you want a unique culinary experience every month than this subscription is a must have for you, and it also makes a great gift for any chefs in the family. I never promote any products that I don’t follow believe in so trust me when I say that $6 a month is a small price to pay for these incredible spices. So subscribe to RawSpiceBar today and get ready to have all the bragging rights at any holiday party this year!
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