Hey out there. I came across something today that I wanted to share with everyone. I feel as if my fellow lady bloggers will like this a lot but I severely encourage the males to participate as well. While perusing a friend’s blog, I came across a widget that supported The Red Pump Project. Being a girl who loves a good red pump, I clicked and found out that the Project is for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day falls on March 10 and the Project is asking for the help of all us bloggers out there. Check out www.redpump.org and sign up for the cause. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be given the HTML code for the widget you see to the right of my blog here. Your blog link will also be added to their “Red Pump Wearers” page. Let’s all join together and get the word out there. And I mean let’s face it ladies. How awesome do you think great fashion mixed with a great cause is?
Rock the Red Pump. March 10, 2011.
My favorite books of all time have got to be the ones I used to read when I was a kid. I taught myself how to read (with some help from my grandmother) at the merry old age of 3 and I haven’t stopped since. The books I read when I was younger are the ones that shaped who I am today and are what helped me to become a lover of literature. I had honestly forgotten about a lot of those jewels until the other day. You may be wondering why I am reminiscing about the days of yore. Well I’ll tell you.
While perusing through Listopia on GoodReads the other day, I saw a list of books entitled “The Ones That Got You Hooked.” It was a list compiled by users of the first book they read that truly got them hooked on reading. And as I went through this list, I came across all my favorite books from the stone age, most of which I had completely forgotten about, but once I saw the cover, it all came flooding back to my memory. I feel like the majority of us forget where we got our start and I’m ashamed to say that I had forgotten the books that brought me to where I am today and the ones that showed me what I want to do in life. What are some of these selections you might ask? Well let’s have a look-see.
- The Junie B. Jones series: These are basically the books I learned to read on. Junie B. was the 6 year-old rebel that lied secretly in the heart of all of us. Every book was an adventure from The Stupid Smelly Bus to Almost Being a Flower Girl, even to finally becoming a First Grader. This series is all about childhood innocence and the trouble it can get you in and is still one of my favorites to this day.
- The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series: Ohhh mylanta I loved these books so much and am currently on the hunt for them so I can once again have them in my collection. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle was the modern day Mary Poppins/Supernanny. Whenever a parent was having trouble with a rebellious child, they would call up Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Mrs. PW only needed a week with the children and promised to have them cured of their rambunctious ways by the end of the week. She had a remedy for every problem from not wanting to eat vegetables to not wanting to clean a room. These books are hilarious and truly are a gem for any age.
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: If you haven’t heard of this book, you are missing out. I went through a phase where I read this book at least once every day for like two or three months. I just really loved the story. It was all about perseverance and that steam shovel was pretty sweet.
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School: This book was uniquely awesome. Wayside School was one twisted establishment. Literally. Everything was completely backwards, from the teachers to the students to the layout of the school itself. Each individual chapter was dedicated to one student in a particular class and gave their “sideways” story. It was definitely a fun read and is another series I am on the hunt for once again.
- The Berenstein Bears: Do I really need to explain this one? I mean it’s the Berenstein Bears. They were an essential addition to anyone’s book collection.
- Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator: I may be shunned for saying this, but I liked this book a lot better than The Chocolate Factory. I thought it was a lot more fun to read and provided a more in-depth story. Yes, I worried about things like that when I was young. What can I say? I’m a nerd. But there was actually an adventure in this book and we also got a deeper look into Charlie’s family.
- The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle: This is one of the books from my childhood that I actually still own. The cover is absolutely falling apart which is a sign to how much I loved it and how often I read it. I mean this story was/is awesome. He’s a super cool old man who can talk to animals! Who doesn’t wish that they could do that? And he had awesome adventures with the animals and went to exotic islands. A quintessential read for any young person with a great imagination.
- Amelia Bedelia: The maid with the rhyming name who couldn’t do anything right. She was one of my favorite literary characters growing up and I loved reading about his misadventures. I would run and tell my mom whenever Amelia did something backwards and I just remember laughing myself to tears while trying to re-enact the whole scene to her.
These are definitely not the only books that I was obsessed with as a child but they are the ones that I hold most dear and are certainly the ones that helped to ignite my love for reading. Please feel free to share your favorite childhood books with me too!
I am here to say that I love and admire Lady Gaga. I’m not ashamed to say it. And I’m really sick of hearing people say that she’s a freak and I’m sick of people criticizing not only her wardrobe choices, but her life choices as well. People said the same type of things about Michael Jackson and look what the wonderful world of media did for him. Lady GaGa, like Michael Jackson, is a musical revolutionary. She has brought an entirely new sound and style to the music stream and she should be applauded and not chastised. We need something different besides the 12 year Disney channel pop sensations and the “good girl gone bad” scantily clads who’ve been handed a microphone. Yes, her lyrics and some of her outfits may be racy and provocative but tell me one song in today’s music market that doesn’t either degrade women or use a cuss word every other line or talk about sex, drugs, or alcohol. Lady GaGa has met the Queen of England people. She’s performed with THE LEGEND Elton John. And she’s sat down with Barbara Walters. She’s like a Beatle. She’s inspired fashion designers everywhere and has gotten people on their feet for Haiti.
Music is my life. It picks me up when I am down and adds to my happy days. And as sad as you may think this is, Lady GaGa and her music has inspired me to be more confident and has certainly added pizazz to my dance moves. She’s not afraid to come out in a plastic orbit dress with triangle makeup on her eyes. She doesn’t care what people think of her or what people say about her. She can be an inspiration to a lot of young girls, but mothers are too scared to let them watch her. It’s like she’s Harry Potter or something. But I promise that one day you will see her on the list of music legends right beside Michael Jackson and Elvis. And you will regret never having given her a chance.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Sex and the City. It’s kind of a guilty pleasure of mine right up there next to Twilight and online window shopping. Even though I was only 9 when the show first aired on HBO and was far too young to watch such a racy show, I soon discovered it right before it went off the air 6 years later. I remember watching the series finale with my best friend in her living room and absolutely loving everything about Carrie Bradshaw and her relationship with Mr. Big. It was the kind of relationship I wanted. Granted, I was only 15 at the time and had very unrealistic expectations about men. But I still wanted my Prince Charming to come to Paris and rescue me and carry me off into the sunset. I mean hey, a girl can dream right?
Ever since that night, I started watching all the episodes that I could. TBS started showing reruns at night and soon there were marathons of old episodes available. I didn’t want to buy the DVD’s for fear of what my mom might say. And then we were introduced to the wonders of Charter On Demand. It had every episode ever aired and I would sit in the living room with my best heels on with some sweet tea in a martini glass. Yes, I stooped that low. I was obsessed. With the fashion, with the romance, with the sisterhood. Did I mention the fashion? Carrie Bradshaw was everything I wanted to be. I’ve always been a huge fan of Sarah Jessica Parker and to have her play one of my favorite characters on televison was the best of both worlds. She was a writer. I was a writer. She had a column and lived in the cutest New York apartment. She had romances and flings and nights out on the town all in her best Dior and Chanel accessories. But through it all her heart belonged to one man and she finally got him in the end. She had the best three girl friends anyone could ask for and lived the life I had envisioned for myself once I graduated college and got my degree in journalism. I still admire her to this day. I know that she’s a fictional character, but I really don’t feel like the real SJP is much different from Carrie. (Besides the 2 kids thing). That show gave women hope. It gave them an outlet and it gave them a greater sense of freedom to do what they wanted with their life.
So while I’m still a few short months from being able to drink my own Cosmopolitan, and while I cannot afford the designer labels that Carrie and her friends could, I still put as much effort into my everyday life as she did. I try to hold my head up as high as I can and look my damn best while doing it. Not only have I learned to have more confidence and to make my life what I want it to be, but I’ve learned that a bright red shoe and a kick ass necklace can make any outfit pop.
Two weeks ago I discovered the wonder that is oneword.com. If you are experiencing some deathly writer’s block or are like me and just love to write in general, this is your new daily ticket.
The general purpose of the site is to help get your creative juices flowing. Each day there is a new featured word and you have merely 60 seconds to write anything about that word. The whole point is not to think, but just to jump into writing and see what comes of it. I like to call it “word vomit.” At the end of the minute, you are given a chance to finish your sentence but I will admit, I have cheated once or twice and ran a little longer with my writing just to get my ideas out. But your entry is submitted and you can read others along with yours.
This website has really cured me of the writer’s apathy I have been experiencing the past few months and has helped me to get more inspired to write and has provided me more creative ideas. So when the dirty devil that is writer’s block hits you like a ton of bricks, throw out the paper and pencil and click on your golden violin: the ever-present purple “go” button.
So I also want to share with you things that I love that you might love too. And here is the first of those things. If you have never heard of philosophy, it’s a skin care and beauty line that features inspirational quotes on all of their product packages. I recently picked up their body wash called Unconditional Love and was moved not only by the scent, but by the quote on the front:
Once upon a time there was a person who swore they would love you forever. Their love moved on but your love stayed in the same place. Consider the opportunity to love the greatest of all blessings, even when love doesn’t go your way. The love you give is the love you get and it is all good no matter where love takes you. Let the ability to love another belong to you forever and ever because real love stories never end.