Encanto Review

Disney has done it yet again. Their 60th animated feature has been an absolute hit amongst Disney fans around the world (myself included)! I recently saw this fantastic film and immediately knew that I wanted to write about it. I watched it once for enjoyment and because it was new and then a second time to take notes for this post. I am so excited to share my review on this film with you all. Let’s get into it.

Encanto is a story that follows a multigenerational Colombian family. A family that, on the outside seems perfect, but inside the Madrigal home lies brokenness that is in need of mending (but we’ll get to that later on). The Madrigal family was once blessed with a miracle, and each member of the family is given a gift once they reach a certain age. For example, Luisa is super strong, Dolores can hear from miles away, and little Antonio can understand and speak to animals. Then we have Mirabel, who, as a young girl was so curious and hopeful when her gift ceremony came along. The night ended in confusion and disappointment when her own magical door disappeared as she stood before it. This is ultimately where the story begins.

The cast of this film did such a phenomenal job, and many of them are new to the acting world, which makes this even more impressive! I was familiar with Diane Guerrero and Wilmer Valderrama, however I had never heard of any of the other actors. This film had been in the making for quite some time, and due to COVID-19, the cast did their voice-overs from home, and were coached over zoom! It just shows that despite challenging times, the actors were all optimistic and made the most out of the situation. The film was released on November 24, 2021 in the US, and has seemed to have mostly positive reviews.

This film was very different compared to other animated Disney films. For example, rather than focusing solely on one main character, we were introduced to many different characters and we were able to understand some of them almost as much as Mirabel. I believe that side characters are just as important, and they can even make or break a film. Well, these characters definitely made the film! They all played their roles so well, and their voices fit perfectly with their characters. I like that each character was seen as an important part of the family, especially toward the end of the film. Something else that stood out to me is that this story seems to have a much deeper meaning compared to older and even some recent Disney films. There were meanings and messages that I don’t believe Disney has ever covered before, and this is important because it makes it more relatable and honest.

My favorite part about this film is that is focuses on family. Certain parts of the storyline really resonated with me, and I am sure that many people can find those things to be relatable, even within their own families. I am someone who is very close with my family, and to watch this with them was very fun and enjoyable. This film truly is for everyone, no matter your age. It is a story for everyone to enjoy and learn from. I also love that it focuses on such a vibrant and beautiful culture that deserves to be represented.

Representation in Disney films seemed to be non-existent for a long time. I appreciate and admire Disney for finally telling stories of other wonderful cultures. This is so important in our world today because people want to see people that look like them. Young children need to see and admire people on screen that they can relate to in some way, whether it be their lifestyle, their traditions, or their skin color. It is also important because the world we live in is incredibly diverse, and we all don’t look the same. Although I have never been to Colombia myself, I find the culture and country beautiful, and I think that this film can open new doors for their audience. We can all learn and appreciate those who are different from us. Since the theme of the film is family, I believe that it can be relatable for most people. I am looking forward to Disney working on more projects and stories that represent different people from different countries and cultures.

Disney songs are songs that stick with you for the rest of your life. We all grew up knowing every word to at least one Disney song. In Encanto, we are introduced to 8 original songs written by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and produced by Mike Elizondo. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team actually visited Colombia, where the setting of the film is based, and they studied the music there. This truly shows us just how much they wanted the music to be accurate to the culture. It also shows how dedicated they were to the story and film. Some of my favorite songs from the film include: We Don’t Talk About Bruno, Surface Pressure, Dos Oruguitas, and Colombia, Mi Encanto. The songs in this film are incredibly catchy, fun, and authentic. They will 100% get stuck in your head, but you’ll never get sick of them! Whether you know a lot about music or not, everyone can appreciate the beautiful songs that were created for this film.

Now let’s dive into the characters and plot a bit…

There are a few characters that really stood out to me, and I wanted to write in depth for them. First, Abuela. Early on in the film, we get to learn about her past and how she got to where she is today. Her story is very real, because many people have had to leave their homes and start a new life elsewhere. It is a heartbreaking story, knowing that she lost her husband, was left with three babies, and had to start over completely. Luckily, their miracle found them quite quickly, and the burning candle stayed bright and strong for the Madrigal family. The miracle allowed them to have a home again, and soon after that comes the town of Encanto. Abuela had clearly experienced a lot of trauma in her lifetime, and we see that come out in many ways throughout the film. She lived on edge; terrified that their miracle would somehow be taken away from them. She relied so much on the miracle and her family’s gifts that she eventually lost sight of what’s most important.

Since Mirabel did not receive a gift, it was easy for her grandmother to focus on other family members and even put them on a pedestal. Although Mirabel seemed to be strong and ok with the fact that she did not receive a gift, we quickly come to find that she is still confused and upset many years later. Though she is proud of her family, she dreams of having a gift of her own. She believes that she truly can move mountains, if only she was given the chance. After constantly getting rejected and blamed by her grandmother, she finally stands up for herself and confronts her Abuela. Toward the climax of the film, she tells her grandmother, “I will never be good enough for you”. She even goes on to say that her Abuela is the one who ruined the family, not her. Although she could have worded this a lot better, I think it was something that she needed to say, and her grandmother needed to hear. For too many years, Abuela was living in fear, and she forgot to show as much love and appreciation to Mirabel as the other family members, which wasn’t right. She comes to recognize her mistakes and makes amends with Mirabel, and this was such a beautiful and heart-warming scene. The tears were definitely starting to fall at that point.

We don’t talk about Bruno… but, we HAVE to talk about Bruno! Throughout the entire film, we get a very small glimpse into the life of Bruno, or at least what others thought of him. At first his character was very mysterious, leaving the audience to wonder what happened to Bruno. The issue is, how is anyone supposed to learn from the situation if they aren’t allowed to talk about it? The Madrigal family, particularly Abuela clearly felt a lot of pain from the situation, and she felt it was best to keep it quiet. In reality, they may have been able to make amends sooner had more people known about what truly happened. In some ways, Bruno was very similar to Mirabel. Although he did have a gift (seeing the future), they were both sort of the misfits in the family. They felt a bit misunderstood and at times, left out. Everyone seemed to blame Bruno when his visions were negative or confusing, when he was ultimately just having visions of the future and trying to warn everyone. They made him out to be a not-so-great person, so it was more understandable when he decided to walk away from the family. We come to find that all along, Bruno was living within the walls of the family home! If you were shocked about this, you must not have heard Dolores sing: “I could always hear him sort of muttering and mumbling” and when the family all found out that Bruno was there, she then confesses that she knew it all along. I guess when you can hear everything, there are no secrets! I absolutely loved how Mirabel went to find Bruno and that in many ways, they both helped each other. I also loved that Bruno actually left because he was trying to protect Mirabel. This shows us that although he was frustrated with the family and what they thought of him, he still cared and loved them. The reunion at the end was exactly what I was hoping for, and I love that there weren’t many words exchanged between Bruno and his family, but of course, he did sing his apologies!

Next up, I want to talk about Luisa, AKA the strong one. I really found Luisa’s character to be interesting and entertaining. There are also many layers to her that start to unfold throughout the film. At first, we see her as the strong sister, physically and emotionally. She’s always helping the people of Encanto as well as her family. What we end up realizing is that she actually feels a lot of pressure in her life. When Mirabel finally gets Luisa alone to ask about what is happening to the miracle, Luisa finally breaks (out into song). If you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll hear a cry for help. Luisa is actually terrified of letting her family and Encanto down, and she feels like she constantly has the weight of the world on her shoulders. A few lines from her song that really stood out to me include, “I’m pretty sure I’m worthless if I can’t be of service”, “I hide my nerves, and it worsens, I worry something is gonna hurt us”, and “Give it to your sister, it doesn’t hurt and see if she could handle every family burden”. Sometimes, we can look at certain people and admire them so much for their strength, not realizing that they may be struggling. Strong people, whether the strength is physical, emotional, or both, need a break too. They feel just as much negative emotion as anyone else, and that is what Luisa teaches us.

Mirabel was such a great main character. What I love most about her is that she is relatable, brave, likable, and that she loves her family more than anything. She was fun and entertaining to watch, and I think that she was incredibly strong. Throughout the film, I began to piece together why she did not receive a gift, and what her gift may have actually been. I had a feeling that the house was ultimately her gift. When everyone came together to build the house back together at the end, I got emotional as they handed Mirabel the doorknob that they made for her. In that moment, it was clear to me that I was right, and that the house was her gift. I think it was a moment of realization for the family, and it was so nice to see Mirabel get the love and appreciation that she always deserved.

I briefly wanted to talk about Antonio, because I really loved this character. Although his part was quite small, I think he was just as important as the other characters. We are introduced to Antonio very early on, and we can sense his nervousness and fear about his upcoming gift ceremony. I just adored the relationship between Mirabel and Antonio. It was clear that she really cared about and believed in him. Since Mirabel’s ceremony was the last one before Antonio’s, it was easy for us to understand why he was a bit scared. Not only was Antonio nervous, but I think the entire family and the town of Encanto were nervous too. No one knew what to expect, and they were fearful that Antonio wouldn’t receive a gift like Mirabel (not that this would really be all that terrible). It was so sweet of Mirabel to walk Antonio up the staircase to his door. Everyone is relieved when his door lights up and his gift is revealed; Antonio can speak to and understand animals! Childlike amazement and curiosity cross Mirabel’s face when she sees this happening before her. The family had a new and exciting gift.

The story of Encanto is so inspiring, special, and charming, and I absolutely loved every second of it! There are so many lessons that were placed throughout the film, and anyone at any age can benefit from watching. More than anything, it shows how pain and trauma can be passed on, and if you don’t confront these things at some point, it can put the same pain onto those you love. The family needed to break and have things fall apart so they could come back together stronger than before. Of course, the most positive and uplifting message in the film is that family is everything, and I couldn’t agree with this more! I think my fiancé said it best: “If you wait long enough, you can get the whole house, not just one room.” Essentially, patience is key. If you are patient and you remain grateful, you will always be rewarded in the end. Never give up, hold onto hope, and stay strong in your beliefs.

Thank you so much for reading! I would love to know what you thought of this film, so please leave a comment below so we can connect and talk about it. Until next time!

Spring 2021 Playlist

Hey everyone! While spring is my absolute favorite season and I enjoy the warm and sunny days, I am really excited for summer! I thought now would be the perfect time to share my spring 2021 playlist with you all. If you have read any of my playlist blog posts, you would know that I am a big fan of pop music, so that is mostly what this playlist consists of (however I love so many different genres of music)! I really enjoy creating different playlists for certain events or seasons, and I have always loved music.

  • slower – Tate McRae
  • Beautiful Mistakes – Maroon 5 (ft. Megan Thee Stallion)
  • telepatía – Kali Uchis
  • Frozen – Sabrina Caludio
  • Drown – Boy In Space
  • Mind Over Matter – Young the Giant
  • Ghost – Julia Wolf
  • Higher – Clean Bandit (ft. iann dior)
  • Astronaut In The Ocean – Masked Wolf
  • We’re Good – Dua Lipa
  • Numb – Kiiara (ft. DeathbyRomy & PVRIS)
  • Peaches – Justin Bieber (ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
  • Break My Heart Again – FINNEAS
  • You’re Too Close – Francis Karel
  • MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
  • Mr Loverman – Ricky Montgomery
  • rubberband – Tate McRae
  • Kiss Me More – Doja Cat (ft. SZA)
  • Met Him Last Night – Demi Lovato (ft. Ariana Grande)
  • Love Not War – Jason Derulo x Nuka
  • Take You Dancing – Jason Derulo
  • Staying In Love – Kasbo (ft. Nea)
  • Save Your Tears – The Weeknd (ft. Ariana Grande)
  • You – Regard, Troye Sivan, Tate McRae
  • Bad Child – Tones And I

Thank you so much for checking out today’s blog post! What are some of your current favorite songs? Leave a comment below!

Winter 2020-2021 Playlist

Hey everyone! In today’s blog post, I am simply sharing some of my favorite songs that I have had on repeat this season! For a while, I wasn’t updating my winter playlist because I just wasn’t hearing very many songs that I loved (hence the somewhat shorter playlist). However, recently I’ve discovered quite a few great songs that I’ve added to the list! As always, most of these are pretty new and of course, my lists are often made up of pop music! I love so many different genres of music, but these are some of my most recent favorite songs!

  • I Hope – Gabby Barett
  • You Don’t Know Me – Meghan Trainor
  • Monster – Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber
  • My Reputation – Jeezy (ft. Demi Lovato & Lil Duval)
  • Yes I’m Changing – Tame Impala
  • Prisoner – Miley Cyrus (ft. Dua Lipa)
  • Baby, I’m Jealous – Bebe Rexha (ft. Doja Cat
  • NOW – Olivia O’Brien
  • HEADY – Reaper
  • My Blood – Ellie Goulding
  • WITHOUT YOU – The Kid LAROI
  • r u ok – Tate McRae
  • Del Mar – Ozuna, Sia, & Doja Cat
  • Make You Dance – Meghan Trainor
  • Plastic Hearts – Miley Cyrus
  • Skin – Sabrina Carpenter
  • HOLIDAY – Lil Nas X
  • Bad Girl – Daya
  • Everything I love – Temecula Road
  • Obsessed – Dynoro & Ina Wroldsen
  • 000000 – A.CHAL
  • Diamonds – Sam Smith
  • Villain – Wolf
  • cheers – blackbear & Wiz Khalifa
  • Vibez – ZAYN
  • Streets – Doja Cat
  • My Head & My Heart – Ava Max
  • Your Love (9PM) – ATB, Topic, & A7S
  • Girls Like Us – Zoe Wees
  • Spaceman – Nick Jonas
  • Floating Through Space – Sia & David Guetta
  • this is how you fall in love – Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler

Thank you so much for checking out today’s blog post! Be sure to come back very soon for more pots relating to fashion & beauty, fitness & health, and travel & entertainment! Until next time!

Fall 2020 Playlist

Hey everyone! I am happy to finally share another playlist with you all! I always like to start off by saying that I really love so many different genres of music, so my playlists are often random and all over the place. I mostly listen to pop music, but this list includes a variety of songs. Some of these are very upbeat and great for dancing, whereas others a bit slower and perfect for rainy days spent relaxing! I believe most of these songs are pretty recent as well. Here are the songs that I have been playing on repeat this season:

  • Workin’ On It – Meghan Trainor (ft. Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan)
  • Wait A Minute! – WILLOW
  • my future – Billie Eilish
  • Good Love – The Greys
  • Make You Mine – PUBLIC
  • All the Fu***** Time – Loote
  • Borderline – Tame Impala
  • Please Don’t Touch – RAYE
  • 85% – Loote, gnash
  • Hard On Yourself – Charlie Puth, blackbear
  • Funny – Zedd, Jasmine Thompson
  • Bad Behaviour – Mabel
  • Go Crazy –Chris Brown, Young Thug
  • Dance With Me – Diplo (ft. Thomas Rhett & Young Thug
  • POPSTAR– DJ Khaled (ft. Drake)
  • Come & Go – Juice WRLD, Marshmello
  • Mood – 24Goldn (ft.  iann dior)
  • Holy – Justin Bieber (ft. Chance the Rapper)
  • OK Not To Be OK – Marshmello, Demi Lovato
  • My ex’s best friend – Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear
  • Parachute – AM!R
  • Higher (remix) – Brian Fresco, Just A Gent (ft. Chance The Rapper & Blue Hawaii)
  • Lord Knows – BRIDGE
  • Midnight Sky – Miley Cyrus
  • Rollin – Calvin Harris (ft. Future & Khalid)
  • Dynamite – BTS
  • October – George Ogilvie
  • Who’s Laughing Now – Ava Max
  • Ready to Fall – Boundary Run
  • Woo – Rihanna
  • Put Your Records On – Ritt Momney
  • Tears of Gold – Faouzia
  • Never Stop – Tyler Brown Williams
  • I’ll Never Let Go – Jeffrey Amor
  • Mountain – Boundary Run
  • Perfectly Imperfect – Declan J Donovan
  • Lonely – Justin Bieber (ft. benny blanco)
  • stupid – Tate McRae
  • positions – Ariana Grande
  • Le temps est bon – Bon Entendeur, Isabelle Pierre
  • The Bakery – Melanie Martinez
  • safety net – Ariana Grande (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)

Thank you for checking out today’s blog post! Let me know what songs you’ve been playing on repeat in a comment below!

Summer 2020 Playlist

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing my summer 2020 playlist with you all! I am such a big music lover, and I don’t believe that I can get through a day without listening to my favorite artists (there are too many to name). Sadly, my summer is coming to an end very soon, and I am heading into my last year of college! It’s so strange how the beginning of this year felt like an eternity, but as soon as May/June came around, the days have been flying by! We are living through a pretty chaotic year, but I hope that however you’ve spent the past few months, you used some time to take care of yourself. One thing that can always put me in a good mood is my favorite music! Listed below are some songs that I have been playing on repeat all summer long. Once again, my music taste is all over the place; there is so much that I enjoy listening to! Leave me a comment below telling me a few of your current favorite songs!

  • X – Jonas Brothers, KAROL G
  • Five More Minutes – Jonas Brothers
  • Daisies – Katy Perry
  • End This (L.O.V.E.) – Hailee Steinfeld
  • Be Kind – Marshmello, Halsey
  • Bitter – FLETCHER, Kito
  • Dancing With Your Ghost – Sasha Sloan
  • Phases – PRETTYMUCH
  • Bad Girlfriend – Anne-Marie
  • Looking at Me – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Myself – Bazzi
  • Nice To Meet Ya – Niall Horan
  • All This Love – Robin Schulz, HARLOE
  • Crazy AF – In Real Life
  • Ritual – Tiesto, Jonas Blue, Rita Ora
  • Valentino – Years & Years, MNEK
  • Nobody – DJ Neptune, Mr Eazi, Joeboy
  • Cardigan, Heaven or Hell, Euphoria, Wasted – Don Toliver
  • Party Girl – StaySolidRocky
  • Honeymoon Fades – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Don’t Worry Bout Me – Zara Larsson
  • Secrets – Regard, RAYE
  • Superstar – Marina
  • New Light – John Mayer
  • Souvenir – Selena Gomez
  • Take Yourself Home – Troye Sivan
  • Know Your Worth – Khalid, Disclosure
  • Ready – Alessia Cara
  • More Hearts Than Mine – Ingrid Andress
  • listen before i go – Billie Eilish
  • Only Want You – Rita Ora
  • We Got Love – Joel Corry Remix – Sigala, Ella Henderson, Joel Corry
  • Sour Candy – Lady Gaga, BLACKPINK
  • Physical – Dua Lipa
  • I’m Alright – Shania Twain
  • You Broke Me First – Tate McRae
  • I Still Do – Why Don’t We
  • Heartless – Diplo, Julia Michaels, Morgan Wallen
  • Up All Night – Khalid
  • Too Many Hearts to Break – Kelsy Karter
  • Get You – Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis
  • Much Too Much – Lennon Stella
  • Here We Go Again – Sigma, Louisa
  • Shadow – Jimmy Levy
  • BELIEVE IT – PARTYNEXTDOOR, Rihanna
  • Young & Alive – Bazzi
  • All I Think About Is You – Ansel Elgort
  • L.O.V.(e). – Ella Eyre
  • Going Out Of My Way – M.O, Mr Eazi
  • WMT – Kaash Paige
  • Couple of Kids – Maggie Lindemann
  • Love Again – New Hope Club
  • Lonely – Noah Cyrus
  • Falling – Harry Styles
  • Long Run – Deacon, Nina Nesbitt

Spring 2020 Playlist

I cannot go one day without listening to music. I listen to music when I’m driving, when I’m working out, and even when I am just sitting around with friends. Today, I am sharing some of the songs that I have been listening on repeat all season long! As I’ve mentioned in other playlist posts, my music taste is all over the place, but pop is my favorite! Let me know what songs are on your spring 2020 playlist in a comment below!

  • Feelings – Lauv
  • Lie To Me – 5 SOS ft. Julia Michaels
  • To Die For – Sam Smith
  • About Love – MARINA
  • Forever – Lewis Capaldi
  • I.F.L.Y – Bazzi
  • Vulnerable, People You Know, Feel Me – Selena Gomez (I am obsessed with her new album “Rare”)
  • In My Bed – Rotimi ft. Wale
  • Glitter – BENEE
  • Emotionally Scarred – Lil Baby
  • Genetics – Meghan Trainor ft. The Pussycat Dolls
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears – Ava Max
  • Higher – Ally Brooke and Matoma
  • she’s all yours – Loote
  • Safe – Daya
  • In Your Eyes, Save Your Tears, Blinding Lights – The Weeknd (His new album “After Hours” is so good!)
  • Traphouse – Tory Lanez ft. Nyce
  • Keep It From You – GLADES
  • Break My Heart – Dua Lipa
  • Favorite Dream – The Careful Ones
  • Kings & Queens – Ava Max
  • Worry About Me – Ellie Goulding ft. blackbear
  • Train Wreck – James Arthur
  • Kissing Other People – Lennon Stella
  • Cruel Intentions – Delacey ft. G-Eazy
  • Creep On Me – GASHI ft. French Montana and DJ Snake
  • Underwater – Cody Simpson
  • Eyes Off You – PRETTYMUCH
  • COULD HAVE BEEN YOU – Jake Miller
  • Almost In Love – Olivia O’Brien
  • Be A Light – Thomas Rhett (ft. Keith Urban, Chris Tomlin, Hillary Scott, and Reba McEntire
  • Salt – Ava Max
  • YOSEMITE – Travis Scott
  • All For You – Wilkinson ft. Karen Harding
  • More Than OK – R3HAB and Clara Mae and Frank Walker
  • Hurt – Sasha Sloan
  • Something New – Wiz Khalifa ft. Ty Dolla $ign
  • This Town – Kygo ft. Sasha Sloan
  • Worst Behavior – SACHI ft. Sam DeRosa
  • Thinking ‘Bout You – Dustin Lynch ft. Lauren Alaina
  • Drive – DJ Fresh
  • To Each His Own – Talos
  • Love Riddim – Remix – Rotimi ft. Akon
  • Go To Sleep – Bearson  ft. Kailee Morgue
  • Bad – Lennon Stella
  • Shedontknowbutsheknows – Tove Lo
  • Safe With You – Delaney Jane
  • I’m Ready – Sam Smith with Demi Lovato
  • HIT ME up – Stefflon Don
  • Don’t Get Me Started – Pia Mia, Gunna, Carnage
  • Ride with Me – Pink Sweat$
  • Still Learning – Halsey
  • Fallen so Young – Declan J Donovan
  • Don’t Even Know You Anymore – Netsky ft. Bazzi and Lil Wayne
  • Sunrise In The East – Becky Hill
  • Slow Burn – Kacey Musgraves
  • Bitter Love – Pia Mia
  • Like It Is – Kygo, Zara Larsson, Tyga
  • Think About Us – Little Mix
  • Back to Life – Hailee Steinfeld
  • To Hell and Back – Maren Morris
  • Be Kind – Marshmello, Halsey
  • Stuck with U – Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber

Winter 2019-2020 Playlist

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing my winter playlist! These are some songs that I have been loving lately. Some of them are a little older while some are more recent. As usual, most of it is pop music, but my music taste is really all over the place! Let me know in a comment below what some of your current favorite songs are!

  • Teeth – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Say So – Doja Cat
  • Should’ve Said It, My Oh My, This Love, Used To This – Camila Cabello (Basically, I love her whole album “Romance”)
  • My Way – Ava Max
  • Over – Fox Sinclair
  • Juicy – Doja Cat
  • Good Thing – Zedd & Kehlani
  • Lovely – Billie Eilish
  • Yummy – Justin Bieber
  • Anywhere – Rita Ora
  • No Idea – Don Toliver
  • Wrong Direction – Hailee Steinfeld
  • Somebody Like That – Tenille Arts
  • Sober – Bad Wolves
  • Watermelon Sugar, Golden, Adore you – Harry Styles (I have been loving his new album “Fine Line”)
  • The Good Ones – Gabby Barrett
  • Better Off This Way – Bad Wolves
  • We Made It – Louis Tomlinson
  • Badass Woman – Meghan Trainor
  • Why – Bazzi
  • What Could’ve Been – Gone West
  • Everything I Wanted –  Billie Eilish
  • In My Bed – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Wave – Meghan Trainor ft. Mike Sabath
  • me & ur ghost – blackbear
  • Paris – Sabrina Carpenter
  • when the party’s over – Billie Eilish
  • Somebody Else – The 1975
  • All For You – Wilkinson & Karen Harding
  • South of the Border – Ed Sheeran feat. Camila Cabello
  • Nice to Meet Ya – Meghan Trainor ft. Nicki Manaj
  • Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi (I think that this might be my favorite song at the moment. His voice is beautiful and I really enjoy his music)
  • All I Want – Olivia Rodrigo
  • Knees – Bebe Rhexa
  • 10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber
  • There You Are – ZAYN
  • I Warned Myself – Charlie Puth
  • July – Noah Cyrus
  • Dance Monkey – Tones and I
  • Grace – Lewis Capaldi
  • I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce, Lee Brice
  • Everybody Loves You – Charlotte Lawrence
  • How Do You Sleep? – Sam Smith

Christmas Music and Movie Favorites

One thing that can always get me in the holiday spirit is Christmas music! As soon as Thanksgiving is over (and even sometimes before), I’m blasting all of the Christmas music and watching some of my favorite Christmas movies! Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite holiday movies and music with you all!

First, Let’s talk movies! When I was a kid, I always looked forward to watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Even today I would sit down and watch those movies! I also loved a movie called Olive, the Other Reindeer and The Tangerine Bear. I haven’t seen these two in forever but I have memories of watching them all the time.

Some of my Christmas movie favorites are Elf, Home Alone (I like the second one the most), and Jingle All the Way. One of my all time favorite Christmas movies is The Holiday. There’s just something about this movie that gets me every time, and I have loved it since the first time I saw it. If you haven’t watched this movie, GO WATCH IT! It is so sweet and a perfect mix of comedy and romance.

Ever since Glee, I have been following Lea Michele’s career and this year she was in a new movie called Same Time Next Christmas. I just watched it the other night with my family and I thought it was a cute Christmas movie. Speaking of Lea Michele, her new album called Christmas in The City came out last month and I’ve been listening to it constantly! Her voice is so beautiful and some of my favorite songs on the album are I’ll Be Home For Christmas, White Christmas, Angels We Have Heard On High, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. If you haven’t heard her album, I recommend listening to it because it is perfect.

As some of you may know if you read my recent posts in the “Entertainment to Share” section of my blog, I love the Jonas Brothers! They recently came out with a new song called Like It’s Christmas so this one has been on repeat lately as well!

When I was little, my dad was always playing music. Around Christmas time, he would play these two albums that we continued to play every single year, and they have always reminded me of Christmas time and my family. First, he would play Amy Grant’s album A Christmas To Remember. Amy Grant reminds me of my childhood, and I feel like listening to these songs always brings me back to the best times. If we didn’t play this album around Christmas it would feel so strange. Some of my favorite songs from this album are A Christmas To Remember, Jingle Bell Rock, Christmas Lullaby, and Christmas Can’t Be Very Far Away.

The other album that my dad always plays is called Rockin’ Christmas and I have vivid memories of me, my dad, and my brother playing these songs as we decorated the Christmas tree and danced around. This album included songs from different artists, but my favorites were always Run Rudolph Run, Zat You Santa Claus, and Noel.

There are also those classic Christmas songs that everyone knows. Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You has always been a favorite, and basically anything by Nat King Cole (especially The Christmas Song). I always say it, but Michael Buble’s voice IS Christmas. Every time I hear him sing, it just reminds me of the holidays. I love listening to his version of It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas and I also love Grown Up Christmas List.

I remember when me and my siblings were little, on Christmas Eve, my dad would read us ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas before we went to bed. Once he was finished reading, we were all still wide awake of course. We were always too excited to fall asleep. Every year, my mom would make us a cup of raw oats and glitter and we would go outside to our front yard and throw it around so that “Santa’s reindeer would see it and make sure to stop by”. One year, my brother and I swore we heard something on the roof. As we’ve gotten older, we do not take part in these little traditions anymore, but it makes me smile when I think back, and I hope to continue them with my own children one day.

Thank you so much for reading! Leave me a comment below and tell me what some of your favorite Christmas movies and songs are!

Fall 2019 Playlist

Hey everyone! Today I just wanted to share my fall playlist with you! Some of these songs are more recent, and others are a little older, but these are the songs that I have been listening to on repeat lately! My music taste is kind of all over the place, but as you will be able to tell, pop music is my favorite. This will be my last fall related post, so after this you should expect quite a few holiday themed posts which I am so excited to share! Let me know what’s on your fall playlist in a comment below!

. Shameless – Camila Cabello

. Liar – Camila Cabello

. G Walk – Lil Mosey, Chris Brown

. Don’t Call Me Angel – Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Ray

. If You Need Me – Julia Michaels

. Ransom – Lil Tecca

. Cry For Me – Camila Cabello

. Zero – Chris Brown

. Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

. Space – Maren Morris

. Easy – Camila Cabello (OK, I just love anything that she does. So obsessed with her!)

. Lights Up – Harry Styles

. Freaking Me Out – Ava Max

. Visions – Dirty Heads

. Playing To Win – Fox Sinclair

. Lose You To Love Me – Selena Gomez

. Wish You Well – Sigala, Becky Hill

. Roxanne – Arizona Zervas

. Look At Her Now – Selena Gomez

. CPR – Summer Walker

. Body, Tonight, Come Thru – Summer Walker (basically her whole album “Over It”)

. Hesitate – Jonas Brothers

. Circles – Post Malone

. Graveyard – Halsey

. Noticed – Lil Mosey

. Every Single Time – Jonas Brothers

. What A Time – Julia Micheals feat. Niall Horan

. I Love You – Billie Eilish

. The Principal, Nurse’s Office, Strawberry Shortcake – Melanie Martinez (her new album K-12 is amazing and so creative! If you haven’t heard it, go check it out. There’s a message in every song).

. Say My Name- David Guetta

. Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa

. Lovely – Billie Eilish

. Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone