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23 Fun Facts about Home Alone

Do you ask your drugstore cashier if the toothbrush you’re buying has been approved by the American Dental Association? Do you say “WOOF!” after looking at an ugly picture of your brother’s S.O.?  Do you lay awake at night and think about what toys, tools, and stuff around your house you can use if burglars break into your home? If so, you’ve probably seen Home Alone at least a good handful of times…


Easily one of the best Christmas movies ever, Home Alone is a must on my watch list come Christmastime.  While several of the cast members thought this movie would be a bit of a flop, it actually went on to be the most successful movie of 1990 and even won a Guinness Book of World Records Award. It spawned several sequels, a couple board games, a video game and a whole slew of merchandise…not to mention a great collection of one-liners that will go down in cinematic history as some of our all-time favorites, ami right?

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For those of us who grew up with Home Alone and its sequels, this collection of 23 Fun Facts about Home Alone is sure to make you happier than Harry sticking his burning hand in the snow.

23 Fun Facts About Home Alone

The role of Kevin was written specifically for Macaulay Culkin (John Hughes got the idea for Home Alone during the making of Uncle Buck, which also starred Culkin), but more than 100 pre-teens came in to audition for the role.

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Macaulay’s younger brother Kieran also scored a part in Home Alone as Kevin’s bed-wedding cousin, Fuller.

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In its opening weekend, Home Alone topped the box office, making $17 million. The movie maintained its number one spot for 12 weeks and remained in the top 10 until June 1991. It became the highest grossing film of 1990 and earned a Guinness World Record as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever domestically.

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The house used to film many of the Home Alone scenes is located at 671 Lincoln Ave. in Winnetka, Illinois. It recently sold to a new owner for $1.6 million.

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All of the film, including those few Paris shots, were actually filmed in Chicago.

The role of Harry was offered to both Robert De Niro and Jon Lovitz, both of whom turned down the part.  The role eventually went to Joe Pesci.

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Speaking of Joe Pesci, in order to get the most authentic performance possible, Pesci did his best to avoid Culkin on set so the actor would indeed be afraid of him.

And Culkin had good reason…during a rehearsal for the scene where Pesci says, “I’m gonna bite all your fingers off, one at a time”, Pesci actually bit Culkin’s finger and broke the skin.

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Pesci was also not too familiar with the family-friendly flick. The actor who starred in Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino was all too comfortable dropping the F bomb on occasion. To try and fix his knack for swearing, director Chris Columbus told him to use the word “fridge” instead.

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And it should come as no surprise that Harry and Marv shouldn’t have survived Kevin’s attack. In 2012, Dr. Ryan St. Clair diagnosed the likely outcome of their injuries. The iron that hit Harry in the face would have caused a “blowout fracture” leading to “serious disfigurement and debilitating double vision if not repaired properly”. The blowtorch that blew fire on Marv’s head would cause his skin and bone tissue on his head to be so damaged and rotted that his skull bone would essentially die. You can read the full report here.

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Daniel Stern agreed to let Kevin put a real tarantula on his face, however, he only agreed to one take. The blood-curdling scream was actually dubbed in later so as to not frighten the spider.

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The film Kevin watches, Angels with Filthy Souls, is not a real movie, so don’t bother looking it up. But how can we convince Hollywood to make this happen??

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The picture of Buzz’s girlfriend (WOOF) that Kevin finds in Buzz’s room was actually the art director’s son made to look like a girl. Columbus thought using a real girl’s photo would be too cruel.

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Kevin’s proclamation, “You guys give up, or are you thirsty for more?” was an improvised line by Culkin.

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The part of Tic-Tac Santa (Ken Hudson Campbell) was almost given to SNL actor, Chris Farley.

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Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were friends long before Home Alone. They shared screen time in the 1982 film, I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can and would almost always make each other laugh.

John Candy’s entire funeral home story, and all of his lines for that matter, was improvised.

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In an earlier version of the script, Uncle Frank was the one who actually paid the burglars to rip off Kevin’s family while he knew they’d be away. Look what ya did, ya little jerk!

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Screenwriter John Hughes wrote the entire script in just nine days after a bout of traveler’s anxiety.

When Peter McCallister is cleaning the kitchen counter, you can briefly see Kevin’s plane ticket in the trash…so the family really wouldn’t realize he was gone since he legit didn’t have a ticket.

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Catherine O’Hara revealed in 2014 that Culkin still calls her “mom”.

John Candy shared all of his screen time with Catherine O’Hara. The two previously worked together on SCTV and were good friends. Candy passed away on O’Hara’s 40th birthday, and O’Hara gave a tearful eulogy at his funeral.

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Culkin’s map that his character uses to set up the traps was actually drawn by Culkin.

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8 Handmade Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

Are you traveling for the holidays? Thank your hostess for everything they’ve done with one of these awesome homemade hostess gifts. Sure, you can pick up a box of chocolates on the way or spring for a $15 bottle of wine, but what better way to show someone how much you care than with something that’s homemade?

These fun crafts also make great gifts or stocking stuffers, so even if you’re not going to someone else’s house for the holidays, you can make one of these little trinkets for a quick and easy gift idea!

8 Handmade Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love


  1. Rosemary and Peppermint Scrub
  2. Slate Coasters
  3. Recipe Box
  4. Painted Utensils
  5. Monogrammed Cheese Board
  6. Crystal Wine Stoppers
  7. Hot Chocolate Gift Set
  8. Homemade Vanilla Extract


Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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The Best Things…


“The best things happen while you’re dancing.”
White Christmas

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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15 Cran-tastic Cranberry Recipes

For as long as I can remember, my favorite part of our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals was almost always the cranberry sauce.  I don’t know why…probably because my dad made it from scratch and it just made everything taste 1,000 times better, but I’m a sucker for those little tart berries!

And though they pack a big punch, cranberries are actually delicious in basically any type of food.  Combine them with cream cheese, goat cheese, or orange zest for a zing of flavor…bake them into cakes, muffins, cookie bars, or add them to smoothies and oatmeal.

If you love cranberries, you’re going to love this collection of cran-tastic cranberry recipes.  From simple cakes and cheesecakes to adventurous pancakes, sweet rolls, donuts and even ICE CREAM, these recipes are sure to become holiday favorites!

15 Cran-tastic Cranberry Recipes


  1. No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake
  2. Cranberry Shrub
  3. Bacon Cranberry Cheese Tartlets
  4. Cranberry Orange Dutch Baby
  5. Cranberry Cream Cheese Crumble Bars
  6. Orange Cranberry Relish
  7. Frozen Cranberry Spice Cocktail
  8. Cranberry White Chocolate Scones
  9. Chocolate Cranberry Cake
  10. Andouille Sausage Appetizer Bites
  11. Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
  12. Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls
  13. Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies
  14. Cranberry Ice Cream
  15. Cranberry White Chocolate Donuts

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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Anatomy of a Song Book Review + GIVEAWAY!

WIN A COPY OF Anatomy of a Song BELOW!

Whether it’s Taylor Swift’s “All to Well”, R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”, or Led Zepplin’s “Whole Lotta Love”, every great song usually starts with one hell of a backstory.


In Anatomy of a Song, based on the ongoing Wall Street Journal column, writer and music historian Marc Meyers brings five decades of music to life through his oral histories of 45 songs that have had some impact on rock, R&B, or pop culture. Writers, producers, musicians, and singers talk about the emotional meaning behind their songs, as well as the inspirations and techniques that helped every mistake, every nuance, every one-take recording all the more amazing.

When I first read Anatomy of a Song, it was a full sensory experience. After each chapter, I would take a break to pull up each song on YouTube and listen to it in its entirety. I’d listen for the little instrumental queues in “Shout” by the Isley Brothers…or the nods to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in “Proud Mary” by John Fogerty. Listening to these songs in order of release (they are in order of release in the book, also) really shows how musicians and singers are influenced and motivated by each other. I even put together a YouTube playlist with the songs in order for your listening pleasure!  For anyone with an appreciation for music and writing, this book is a fascinating read.

Check out my Anatomy of a Song playlist on YouTube to listen to all the songs featured in this book!

Filled with interviews by Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart, The Clash, Stevie Wonder, Keith Richards, Cyndi Lauper and many more, Anatomy of a Song is a love letter to the music that defined generations of listeners.

Want the chance to read this book yourself? Well, you’re in luck because I happen to have a copy to give away to one lucky reader!  All you need to do is write a comment below with your favorite song growing up and what it meant to you.  I’ll pick a random winner from the comments on December 8th!  Good luck!

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


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November 23, 2017 · 8:16 am

12 Unique DIY Advent Calendars

Whether you’re counting down the days to Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, a wedding or a baby being born, an Advent Calendar is a fun way to help the time go by!

These 12 Unique DIY Advent Calendars are great for families looking for a fun way to count down the days until Christmas.  Opening one little gift every day was one of my favorite family traditions, and I can’t wait to use some of these ideas with my family!


12 Unique DIY Advent Calendars

Gather up some Christmas-colored baby socks for a Stocking Sock Calendar. Fill each sock with candies or small trinkets. This would also be a cute way to count down the days to a baby’s birth or gender reveal!


This Punch Board Advent Calendar is great for kids! Fill each hole with candies or little toys to help them count down the days to Christmas, a birthday, or New Year’s.


Not all advent calendars have to have gifts. This Printable Advent Chain encourages families to spend time together with different daily activities. Once you’re done with that day’s task, add it to the paper chain for a fun Christmas decoration filled with memories.


Hang paper cups filled with goodies from the ceiling with this Paper Cup Advent Calendar.


This Balloon Calendar is great for counting down the days or hours until New Year’s Eve!


I love this Rustic Advent Calendar.  This doesn’t have a tutorial, but you could easily wrap small gifts and attach them to a strong branch for the same effect.


Turn an over-the-door shoe storage container into a countdown calendar with this Woodland Inspired Advent Calendar.

Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer Advent Calendar

If you don’t have the room to display a full advent calendar, you can arrange your gifts in a bucket for a similar, adorable effect.


Mini muffin pans are just begging to be advent calendars!  This Muffin Pan Advent Calendar is great for bakers.


This book advent calendar is one of my favorites. Wrap 24 books and put them under the tree. Unwrap one a night and read it together as a family.


This Ornament Advent Calendar gives you a cute decorated tree just in time for Christmas!


If you’re a house of adults, this Pringles Advent Calendar is just the vessel to fill with mini alcohol bottles, beer bottles, or wine!


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