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In the Spotlight: Lilolu

29 Aug

If you are a mother, a lover of nature, someone who likes pretty pictures or inspiring quotes, aspiring cook, curious about frugal living and/or a non-materialistic individual who needs creative inspiration, you are going to love Lilolu’s blog.  I was immediately interested, but was sold when I saw Lissie, Florence and the Machine, and Metric at the top of her playlist.

Click here to check her out!

Here’s a sample of something interesting I learned on her blog.  She participated in National TV Turn-off Week in April and gave her readers the following facts:

Interesting Facts

  • Number of 30-second commercials seen in a year by average child: 20,000
  • Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children:38.5
  • Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
  • Percentage of children ages 6-17 who have TV’s in their bedrooms: 50
  • Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
  • Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
  • Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
  • Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66

20 Things to do on National TV Turnoff Week:

  1. Read a book or magazine.
  2. Attend community concerts.
  3. Put together a puzzle.
  4. Visit the library.
  5. Listen to the radio.
  6. Plan a picnic.
  7. Go bird watching.
  8. Volunteer for a community organization or charity.
  9. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  10. Learn to cook.
  11. Plant a garden.
  12. Go camping (even if it’s in your backyard).
  13. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  14. Start a journal.
  15. Go to a museum
  16. Take a nature hike.
  17. Learn to say simple phrases in a few different languages.
  18. Bake two batches of cookies; one for your family and one for a neighbor.
  19. Watch the night sky through binoculars; identify the different constellations.  Observe the moon.
  20. Begin a family project.
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I personally don’t watch tv except for True Blood on Sunday nights (in 45 minutes, woot!) but have a hard time getting my family to turn it off as well.  I was proud when my daughter’s first grade teacher (this was two years ago), “My mommy says tv will rot your brain.”  She is obsessed with Wizards of Waverly Place anyway.  :)

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a nation-wide effort designated to a certain week – you could do this with your family any time!  I’m going to try to get my interested after I get them used to all the other household changes taking place.  Let me know if you try it out!

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You're Missing Out on Memphis – the musical

20 Oct

As I was driving away from Memphis months ago, U-Haul behind me, I began to cry.  The man in my passenger seat, an old boyfriend, asked me what was wrong, with a slight smirk on his face.  I got very choked up when I responded, “It’s the only place I felt at home.”

The smirk disappeared as he replied, “I’m sorry, Brandi.”  I don’t know that anyone else truly understood my pain, truly knew how much that drive hurt me, but him.  And that’s why I forgive him for what he did after that, and I can’t be too angry with him.  I had another dream about him last night.  In this one I gave him my number and told him to call if he wanted to hang out.  “Do you really think it will work?” he asked and I laughed, “Of course not!  But I want you to know that it’s okay anyway.”  I sometimes consider doing just that.  But the chemistry between us is too strong… we’ll wind up hooking up, and it will end in disaster.  Besides, I don’t care about him like that, at all.  But still, out of all the moments he and I have shared since we began dating in 1995, that one moment in the car  heading South from Memphis meant more to me than all the others combined.  I am glad to have had someone there during that painful separation between me and my home.

And now Memphis the musical has opened on Broadway.  I expected Memphians to give it the worst reviews (they are a pissy bunch, the Memphis hipsters), but to my pleasant surprise it has received props from the Bluff City inhabitants.  I haven’t seen it myself, so I will refer you to the most awesome I Love Memphis Blog.  You can get to the homepage via the blogroll on the right, but first read the review of the musical by clicking the picture below:

You're missing out…

14 Oct

Because you’re not swapping mix cds with your girlfriends like I am.  I can’t wait to see what I get, and I can’t wait to compile something awesome for them.

This is what I look like now.  Only I’m using some busted earplugs.  Only one of them works, wtf??  Why are all my preciouses falling apart?

Anyway, I will update about how the mix cds are going.  Girls, let me know when you receive yours and we can compile our playlists/feedback on wordpress in some way.  Thanks for the chat tonight!

You're missing out

27 Sep

You should check out Edith Zimmerman and her awesomeness, including food art:

Also, I like that her blog has “butt-raping sorcerers” and “barbie coloring book” as categories.  Even more bonus points for writing stories about inventing tiny whales.  I believe I’m developing a girl crush on Edith.

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