Farley’s Finds: Film, Food & Favorites – December 8th

Farley’s Finds: Film, Food and Favorites is a blog where I share with you what I love, what is deserving of a toast of whiskey, where I’ll be (events) and what I’m looking forward to this upcoming week. It’s sounds totally self-centered, but REALLY it’s because I stumble on some really amazing things other people are doing and I want to share them with you. So there!

With the New Year approaching, I am going to say this – I am not making any lists this year or making any resolutions. I am simply giving myself permission to enjoy living in whatever shape or course that takes. <3

Sharing the Love: 

So weeks ago I remember seeing a gorgeous couple at the Phoenix Flea market downtown. They looked like models plucked right out of an Urban Outfitters ad gracing the streets of downtown Phoenix with their beauty. I discovered recently that they are indeed a bit of a celebrity couple that go by the NewDarlings on Instagram. The pair came from New York and now live in an apartment in Phoenix with a feed focused on travel and fashion. I can’t tell if they are for real or if their whole online persona is completely curated by some behind the scenes hipster wizard, but I can say that their stuff is really lovely and well … darling and I pretty much want their life.



I kept meaning to write about this because I was sooooo stinking excited, but there’s a gal with a company called Chick Lit Designs that turns books into phone cases, iPad cases and even purses. They are exquisite! She’s got everything from classic fairytales like ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Peter Pan’ to pop culture stables like Beetlejuice’s ‘Handbook for the Recently Deceased’ which I indeed purchased and now want like 20 more!



Every morning as part of my a.m. routine I try to catch up on my Instagram feed, I check the NY Times News app, the azcentral news app and Buzzfeed News app. Yesterday, BF had an article about 23 apps in 2015 that changed your life. I went on a downloading spree. I did not, however, download all 23 but I did download quite a few. They had apps for all sorts of crucial life wants and needs like an app that automatically sets aside money to build up a savings to an app that tracks your “you know what” for the ladies to photo editing apps, travel apps with flight trackers and more! Have fun, I did.



A toast to:  

This is going to be a broad toast and a future hopeful toast, but I want to recognize and thank all of the people who are stepping up to help me with a very special project that is dear to my heart. So many people from work and from BookPals AZ and from my close circle of friends are rising to the occasion and it deeply touches my soul. Thank you, for being amazing and selfless and caring.

The week before Christmas, one of our columnists whom you all know and love, Ms. Karina Bland, wrote a story about a little girl who is living at the Child Crisis Arizona Center in Mesa. Read the story here.

She’s seven years old and just wants a family. This story touched my heart and after blubbering like a baby for ten minutes, I composed myself enough to write Karina an email of appreciation. She responded back and mentioned that the little girl said that all she really wants is someone to read to her at night because she gets nightmares.

I can do that. WE CAN DO THAT.

We will be donating this young lady a Kindle Fire and on the Kindle Fire, I’m hoping to upload dozens of stories for her to listen to before bed!


That’s where you come in. It’s a simple ask – all you have to do is record yourself reading a story of your choice appropriate for a 7 year old girl and send me the link. You have several options to do this:



·         Email MP3: If you feel you can upload clean audio as an MP3 file using an appropriate device or smartphone, please feel free to send me an email with the final MP3 file.

·         YouTube: You may video yourself reading (again clean audio is needed) on your phone and upload the video directly to YouTube.

o   Please record yourself in a quiet, enclosed space like a closet for best sound.

o   When you upload, make sure you make it a private link. Only those with the direct link can access the video. Email me that YouTube link.

·         Come in to record: We will be designating time to record in the sound studio next week January 4 – 8, during regular office hours. Please email me if you would like to reserve a spot to record while at the office.



·         Your full first and last name

·         The title and author of the selected book

·         The reason why you chose this book

THAT’s ITTT!!!! Easy Peasy!

****BONUS: If you want to be an over-achiever, feel free to record yourself talking about one way to get rid of or deal with nightmares! J

NOTE: “She’s in first-grade and can read chapter books, her favorites are from the “Magic Treehouse” series. The children in those books have great adventures. One day, she wants to go on an African safari and see a real giraffe”

We will be partnering with several local organizations to make this happen. Thank you all in advance for your part in making a difference in one child’s life.

Valentin Navarro is probably one of my favorite people of all time. Partially because he’s one of the sweetest humans that exist, partially because he’s my equal in devotion to Disney in fandom and knowledge, if not my superior (I mean he did have a Disney Christmas tree and themed party in 2015) and mostly because he is unapologetically himself. He is true and he is bigger than life and I admire him for that in every way possible. Thank you Val, for inspiring me to be a better human.



It’s waaaaay beyond the 12 Days of Christmas, I totally get that, but I have to acknowledge the fact that my coworkers are pretty much the coolest people ever. Scott Craven had the gull to write the lyrics for a modern age and I had the balls to make it into a video. WATCH IT HERE

It’s probably been a couple of centuries since anyone received, or even asked for, calling birds and French hens for Christmas. And not just one of each, but dozens.

And who, other than a Kardashian, could possibly wear 40 gold rings, the sum total of bling given by the time ”The Twelve Days of Christmas” comes to a merciful end?

The traditional song is in need of modernization, reflecting a society that has no lords, leaping or not. Nor would neighbors be happy with drummers drumming and pipers piping, and any such impromptu concert likely would violate local noise ordinances.

The song was a lovely addition to pop culture when it was published in England in 1780, a nice distraction from rampant disease. Dancing ladies and milking maids provided a much-needed distraction, a luxury worth lauding in melody and verse.

Since much has occurred in the last 235 years, the song is long overdue for a makeover. We present the new “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as written by and for the It Generation: Millennials.

On the first day of Christmas Millennials will get…

Twelve bucks in savings

Eleven new iPhones!

Ten Google searches

Nine new job offers

Eight Netflix binges

Seven Santa selfies

Six Snapchat regrets

Five Uber rides!

Four vegan dogs

Three-hundred tweets

Two Tindr swipes

And a life time of student-loan debt 




Out and About:


Improv AND Scene Study classes taught by Melissa Farley  


THIS WEEK: Take a risk, discover something new inside yourself .
COST: Free your first time, $10 per class, $5 if you bring a friend
ADDRESS: 702 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
TIME: 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Please RSVP by commenting on this post or emailing me at MelissaAnnMarieFarley@gmail.com for Tuesday, Dec. 29.


I will be celebrating with friends and family, but this is a great event! There’s multiple shows so check it out and ring in the New Year with laughs!

Ring in the NEW YEAR with THE BEST show in town! Interactive, spontaneous, no two shows the same! Why go to a show, when you can be part of the show?!? An unforgettable evening is in store when you join the Improv comedy show for New Years Eve!

About the Improv show:
A “short-form” improv comedy show, similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway?”

The show consists of performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improv games. Topics for the games are based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host.

The number and type of games played vary from episode to episode. However, some games become more common over time, while others fade from use. New games are created throughout the show’s run. Some games, such as “Tag”, are based on traditional improv games, while others are uniquely created for the series.

While all games are designed to test the performer’s improvisational skill, some also test other skills, such as singing or doing impressions.

Some games require suggestions or topics. The host sometimes calls to the audience for suggestions that a game requires, while for other games this information is given by the host, or is submitted by the audience in advance, and chosen from those submissions.



Can’t wait for:  Each week it’s such a pleasure and an honor to host and create segments for azcentral.com! Thank you to everyone for watching, reading and supporting me in this! I love it and I love you for watching! This week I’ll be celebrating the New Year with loved ones, location scouting this weekend for an upcoming film and getting my life in set for 2016!