Belle Movie Review


If you haven’t heard of this movie you are missing out!  Belle was FANTASTIC!  I know I am a bit behind on this film since i came out in 2013, but if you are a period drama fan this needs to go on your must watch list.

Belle tells the story of a mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Officer.  The young girl is raised by her aristocratic aunt and uncle in conjunction with her abandoned cousin.  The girls grow up in privilege and happiness, but Belle must follow a different set of rules than her cousin Elizabeth due to the color of her skin.  So when it is time to enter society, the two cousins, who are as close as sisters, struggle with societal norms one for her color and the other for her lack of dowry.

If dealing with the realities of growing up a mixed race girl isn’t enough, Belle is caught between her two heritages when a politically charged case involving a slave ship comes to court awaiting her uncle’s ruling.  This ruling could change the face of the slave trade and the economy itself in England.  Will Belle be able to help push the changing tide forward or will she choose to sit silently “in her place” among her powerful family?

DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! Go add it to your watch list on Netflix or Amazon Fire or download it from on-demand on your DVR.  GO NOW, I’ll wait….okay done?

Not only is this movie great and extremely well cast, but it is based on a true story.   Belle, her cousin Elizabeth, her uncle the chief justice, the case about the Zong slave ship, it is all real!  Naturally, there is added flair and romance for the film, but knowing this movie is based on true events adds to the inspiration of the story.

Here is a photo of a portrait of the real Belle and her cousin that they recreate in the film.

Lady Elizabeth Murray and Dido Belle, once attributed to Zoffany

Have you seen a do not miss movie lately? If so, put it in the comments below.


Quick Tip: Present Carrier

Present Carrier

It’s no secret that i love Thirty One products, but when it comes to the holiday season, my medium tote is my favorite!

A few years ago, I got the medium tote in a snowman print (of course with our family name on it), as a free gift with purchase on a larger Thirty One order. I wasn’t expecting to use it very much, but boy was I wrong!

Throughout the year, whenever I buy a present earmarked for Christmas, I toss the gift in this tote that has taken up permeant residence at the top of my craft closet. It is a great way to keep all my pre-purchased Christmas gifts in one place till its time to wrap.

Then on the day at after Thanksgiving, I pull the tote down, throw on one of my favorite Christmas movies and wrap all the presents inside. It is the traditional kick off to the holiday season for me.

But its usefulness doesn’t stop there! I use it throughout the holidays to tote food and presents from party to party and from house to house (come on we have all been there) throughout the holiday season, in themed glory!

Once the holiday season comes to a close it resumes its place at the top of my craft closet and the process begins again.

Do you have a present carrier? If so, what type of bag do you use? How do you usually kick off the holidays?

FTC: This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. The thirty one link is linked to a friend of mine, as she is a seller, but you certainly can just click off of her site to the home page to use a different consultant or no consultant at all. 

From the Archives: Electronically Organized Christmas


As a Christmas Fanatic, I strive to keep the Holiday Season fun and festive and stress free in my house. One way I do that is with the Santa Bag App from the Apple App Store.

This app is literally the best Christmas shopping list App I have ever used (trust me I have tried a few). It has a the ability to track your budgets, ideas, gift statuses, and if you want to get really into the details you can even track gifts by store or store photos of the gifts you gave.

Santa Bag App

The base version of the App is FREE, but there is also a for purchase version that can archive your gifts and offers a few other useful functions. I use the free version each year, but it is kind of annoying to re-input all the people each year, I might upgrade this year. (thoughts?)

Let me know if you give Santa Bag a try this year or if you have a favorite gift list app.

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos and Logos are property of the Apple App Store.