My Top Ten Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movies

I have long been known amongst my friends as the one with questionable taste in movies. I happen to think I have fantastic taste....These movies are classics! Okay, not really, but they are mindless (mostly) fun that will make you laugh! Also, some of them feature truly outdated and awful special effects, which in my world is a bonus. This is not a definitive list (though a list is by definition definitive.) Nor does this list include all my guilty please movies.

10.  Hackers--I did not see this movie until I was in my 20's, but man it has sky rocketed to the top for me. It is so bad. I love it. Bonus points for Penn Jillette.

9. Mannequin--I don't remember when I first saw this movie, but I do know I was not old enough to truly appreciate it. I did not get all the innuendo, nor was able to fully appreciate Hollywood Montrose. I did love the cartoon opening credits though!

8. White Chicks--this one was nominated for a Razzie! Lets be honest, there is no way to classify this movie as anything except a guilty pleasure. It is trash. Pure, funny, horrible trash. "Your mother shops at Saks."

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Secret of the Ooze--I love all things TMNT, but the sequel features Vanilla Ice and his most "famous" song, Go Ninja, Go. This movie also has my favorite line ever, "Yeah, a little too Ralph." Obviously no quote has full power out of context, and this one is less than useless here, but it kills my husband and me every time one of us uses it in real life.

6. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead--The sheer outrageousness of this movie is enough to make it a must watch.  A mom goes to Australia for vacation, but leaves her five (!) kids at home. The oldest is almost 18, but mom isn't very trusting, so she hires an old lady to watch them. The old lady is mean and horrid, but don't worry viewers, she dies! Then instead of calling mom in Australia, Christina Applegate forges a resume and lands an amazing job. Because this is a movie, the lies are found out, but nothing bad happens to anyone. (Well, except the babysitter, who died fifteen minutes in and whose body was shoved in a trunk....)

5. Encino Man--Dude is digging a pool (!) in his backyard and inadvertently uncovers a frozen caveman! Genius. I wish they would remake this right now. I don't know any teenage actors anymore, so I would want them to keep the same cast. Rudy, Pauly Shore, and Brenden Frasier + Brenden Frasier's toupee. This has Oscar bait written ALL OVER IT!

4.She's The Man--Way back in 2006, Amanda Bynes was adorable. She wasn't driving drunk, running over people, or being strange on Twitter. She was however, being strange in her movies. She's the Man is a Shakespeare play for the "Duh" generation. Viola wants to play soccer, but her team gets cut, so she pretends to be her twin brother and tries out for his new school's team. Extra extra extra bonus point for Channing Tatum. "Well hey there pretty lady."

3. King Ralph--First, I think you should know that I own this movie on VHS and DVD. If that is not enough to prove my love, well I don't know what else I can do for you! The gist here is the entire royal family gets together for a family photo, but the camera is in water. ZAP! The ENTIRE royal family is electrocuted. (This movie could never happen now, because we are a digital world!) People search the world and find one last descendant, Ralph, a beer loving, bowling American. He then becomes the King. Of England.

2. Mortal Kombat--Do you like movies with great fight scenes? What about killer special effects? How about strong acting and a moving story? Yes? Well then avoid this movie. Do you like crappy acting? A stilted story that doesn't really make sense? Fights that are clearly choreographed? Bad special effects and techno music? Then we are probably friends.

1.Drop Dead Gorgeous--I will argue that this movie is just plain good. It is a dark comedy, beauty pageant contestants in a small town keep dropping dead. The title is quite literal in that way. It is filmed in a documentary style, and captures several of the girls' untimely deaths. We are also treated to gems of dialogue like this: " I don't eat shellfish. Mom always says, "Don't ever eat nothin' that can carry its house around with it. Who knows the last time it's been cleaned." She should know." Funnily enough, I have a similar philosophy.

DIY Princess "Cut-Out"

I am working on decorations for A's 4th birthday. (Yes it is still months away. Yes this probably makes me a crazy person. No I don't care.) I saw these great princess cut outs on a party from Catch My Party. So, I decided to take a trip to my local Lowe's and make my own!

Now, I am going to be honest. The pictures of the process are from my "rough draft Rapunzel". I have since redone her to make her closer to the size of the other ones. The process is the same though, so that part won't matter!

What you will need:
  •  MDF particle board (I used 5/8x48x96)
  • Overhead projector
  • Printable transparencies
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Paint (I used acrylics)
  • Paint brushes 

Step 1: Go to Lowe's. I used the 4x8 foot MDF particle board. The very nice gentleman at Lowe's cut the board for me into 4x2 pieces and loaded them in the car. (Lowes)

Step 2: Decide on your pictures, then print them on to a transparency. You can buy these by the sheet at Staples, Office Depot, or Office Max for about a dollar a sheet. (If you are one of those amazingly talented people who can free hand draw, then do that!)

Step 3: Draw your princess! I used an overhead projector to size the image.
This is the rough draft Rapunzel. I ended up redoing her.

This is the second Rapunzel.
I traced the image using a pencil.
Then went over it in sharpie.

Step 4: Paint it! Learn from my mistake, paint your background first! I did a lot of detail work, then went to paint the background. I had to be very careful to not get too close to my princess. I found it was easier to paint the bright blue first, let it dry, then do the detail work required on the princesses.

And that is it! Once you have done your first coat, let everything dry, then do a second coat on large areas, or touch ups to smaller ones.

I did use metallic paints for the crowns and hair accents. I think it gives it some pop. You can see this in the Aurora pretty well.

A for a size comparison.


Rough draft Rapunzel and new, big Rapunzel.

I have two others ready to go, and as soon as I have a pick-up I am headed back to Lowe's. I want to make a 4x4 to make an actual cut-out that the kids will be able to put their faces in. I am  trying for Ariel and Eric. We will see!

Dreaming of Disney and Mother Goose

We are planning a trip to Disney as a family in August. 2/6 marked 179 days out, which meant I got to book our first ADR!

For those not obsessed with Disney speak, an ADR is an advanced dining reservation. Ever since we decided we wanted to go to Disney, planning for is has pretty much occupied my free time. I've used the following sites to "research":
I will be updating the blog about Disney from time to time as our plans firm up a bit more, so look for those down the road.

On the home front....A's preschool class put on a Mother Goose Medley. J and I were both able to attend. It was adorable! The teachers and the kids did a great job!

 A and I before we left for work/school this morning.
Outfit details:
On me--Shirt from Penney's, pants from New York and Co, shoes from New York and Co, glasses from Coastal.
On A--Dress is a hand-me-down from a friend, leggings from Tumbleweed Couture, shoes from Target.