15 Movies to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

Christmas Movies

For those of you who are December 1st holiday purists, you’re now officially allowed to start watching Christmas movies! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 15 Movies to Get You in the Christmas Spirit! How many have you seen?

 

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Waiting on…The Unexpected Everything

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that people are eagerly waiting on.


the unexpected everything by morgan matson

Title: The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: March 2016

Find it on Goodreads


Goodreads Synopsis:

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.And where’s the fun in that?

Why I’m waiting…

It’s as simple as this. Morgan Matson has yet to write a book that I haven’t utterly adored. She’s one of the best YA contemporary writers out there who can write realistic fiction that will give you all the feels.

What are you waiting on? Leave a link in the comments below!

10 Tips for Staying at Disney’s Aulani Resort, Hawaii

In May this year I was lucky enough to stay at the fabulous Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii. Being a Disneyphile, I was super psyched to find out that there was a Disney resort on Oahu and I knew I had to stay there. I planned a split stay, spending half my time in Waikiki to be close to the tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants etc, and then the other half of my trip was spent soaking up the sun and enjoying Hawaii – Disney style.

Although Aulani is a Disney resort it’s not over the top Disney. The resort has tried to stay true to Hawaii’s Polynesian culture and style while still providing that family friendly Disney magic vibe that people love. Here are some of my tips for staying at Disney’s Aulani Resort. I would love it if you share some of your tips in the comments below!

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Gilmore Girls Season 8: What We Want to See

By now you would have heard the news that Netflix is ordering a brand new, albeit short, season of Gilmore Girls. And AMEN Netflix, AMEN. Fans have been campaigning hard for a long time and we are finally getting it people! Scott Patterson, it appears, was on to something when he spoke about wanting a new series at Oz Comic Con this year (for more details click here). So, with all that in mind, what are we at Cactus Pop, wanting to see in this new season?

Source: Home of the Nutty

Source: Home of the Nutty

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What to Watch on Halloween if You’re a Wimp

If you want to get into the Halloween spirit but can’t stomach slasher flicks and find yourself wide-eyed in bed after watching anything spooky, try on these scaredy-cat friendly movies for size. Note: Although most of these movies are okay for adult wimps and come with a PG rating, some are PG-13 and definitely aren’t for little kids, namely The Witches, Edward Scissorhands and Return to Oz which have some creepy scenes.

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One episode and you’re hooked!

Sometimes, all it takes is one episode. It probably isn’t even the first episode of the series. Or the second. In fact it’s probably strategically placed mid-season to make sure you keep watching. You know the episode I’m talking about. Where all the tension builds up and you know  it’s about to all blow up. Maybe literally. But from that episode you are totally hooked and wait with baited breath for the next episode. We can probably all pick an episode from a favourite tv show. It’s the one you use to try and sell it to your friends. Well, here’s us putting our selling skills to the test. Beware of spoilers?

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Cereal Killers: Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Vs. Cookie Crisp

Cereal Killers

A couple of weekends ago the cactus pop crew headed down to USA Foods to stock up on some American goodies. We put two cereals to the test. Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, a new twist on the traditional Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and the classic (?) Cookie Crisp. Warning: lots of sugar was consumed in the making of this post.

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A Comprehensive Guide to the Brain Food on iZombie

izombie brains food brain

If you’re as much of a sicko as me and actually enjoyed seeing the different brain meals featured in Season 1 of iZombie, then you’ll love this post. A comprehensive brain food guide – dig in!

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September YA Reading Wrap Up

Last month I went back and read some Australian YA that I missed the first time around, as well as a more recent YA contemporary romance.

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10 Reasons You Should Be Watching En Otra Piel/In Her Skin

En Otra Piel. A fantastic gem of a Spanish telenovela currently airing on SBS (as Part of Me and/or In Her Skin) with all the previous episodes available at SBS On Demand. Produced by Telemundo  (an American Spanish-language television network) the basic plot centres around two women – 53-year-old famous pianist Monica from LA and 20-something waitress Adriana from Mexico City. Both die and somehow, through a bunch of bizarre circumstances involving a ‘talisman’, Monica’s soul ends up taking over Adriana’s body (while Adriana’s soul is wandering around lost apparently).

Monica Serrano in Monica Serrano's body and Monica Serrano in Adriana Aguilar's body.

Monica Serrano in Monica Serrano’s body and Monica Serrano in Adriana Aguilar’s body. Source 

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