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Clever Keepsake Crafts for People Who Don’t Have Time

Clever Keepsake Crafts for People Who Don’t Have Time

Apr 15, 2015

Spring is in the air! Time to clean, purge, and organize. Every year, this season fills me with the desire to start a keepsake project for my kids that will–one day–leave them speechless and teary-eyed with joy. I just don’t have time. Projects like scrapbooking take a lot of energy and dedication to complete (not to mention a ton of supplies). Many of us don’t have the space or the will to make it through these kinds of hobbies. Though I would love to present my children with beautiful mementos of their childhood, a scrapbook is not in the cards. I can’t even organize their photos on my hard drive. Still, while I’m cleaning for spring, I get nostalgic packing away their little outfits and artwork. In this article written for BuzzFeed, 7 Adorable Ways To Commemorate Your Kids Without Scrapbooking, I share seven ideas that have a low supply/storage/or time commitment. In most of these, the major requirement is to think about it from time to time and make a purposeful contribution. The idea is to choose one thing, like bath toys, and make a purposeful collection of those items. For one of these crafts, a mother collects tidbits from her son’s pockets over the years. If you are emptying pockets for the wash anyway, why not stuff the contents into a jar? Easy. Low effort. Great future impact. My absolute favorite idea, one I started for my girls, is to make them an e-mail account. For better or worse, I have my phone in hand all the time. Any time something adorable happens, I have a thought I’d like to share, or I snap a picture of their accomplishment, I send it right to them. When they turn 18, I plan on giving them the password to the account. Of course, I can always curate posts I send (or others send) before that birthday. Naturally, I sent a bunch of emails when I first opened the accounts. Since then, I e-mail when I think of it or something big happens. Still, by the time they hit 18, they will have a nice collection of thoughts, observations, and pictures. I even send them the answers to their birthday questions. This digital...

Movies that are so bad they’re awesome!

Movies that are so bad they’re awesome!

Apr 14, 2015

Someone on Facebook yesterday put up a post asking everyone to list their favorite bad movie and that got me thinking: Ever sit down to watch a movie and it was so bad that it was great? I love a good/bad movie. These movies become our guilty pleasures and we might even be a little embarrassed if someone found out that we liked one of them. I actually don’t hide it. I love bad films along with the good. It is one of my joys in life to share these movies with others and hope they see the charm in them that I do.  These are the movies that filmmakers were very serious about when they made them and somehow they ended up campy, over the top and at times the acting in them was less than stellar. I have selected 4 of these films for my column this week. Although the movies might only win the Razzie Awards they do have one thing in common: Kick ass women characters that I cherish watching. Now grab some popcorn and a soda and sit back and relax, this is going to be bad….really bad, and you’re going to love it. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: The Great Ladies of Bad Cinema Edition.  First up is one of my favorite bad sci-fi films. Shot in 1959 on a shoe string budget and not released until 1962 I gladly give you: Virginia Leith as Jan Compton in “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” Dr. Bill Cortner (Herb Evers) is a brilliant surgeon although his methods are a bit unorthodox. He has been experimenting with keeping human tissue alive for transplants. He is determined to make a name for himself. He has been working by trial and error and midway through the film we will meet one of his mistakes. On a night like any other Bill and his fiancee’ Jan are out on a drive when they have a terrible accident and poor Jan is decapitated. Bill who has been working with keeping human tissue alive collects her head and using all his skill manages to revive it. Now Jan’s head sits in a tray in...

“My Role Models Growing Up” or “A Look at Some Retro Bad Girls”

“My Role Models Growing Up” or “A Look at Some Retro Bad Girls”

Apr 7, 2015

When we are growing up we watch television, movies and sports. As children we sometimes like what we see in a person and want to grow up to be just like them. It was no different in my day except we only had about 5 channels to choose from. We did not have cable or movies at our fingertips (there weren’t even VCR’s when most of these programs originally aired) but we had our heroes and we wanted to be like them. Who did you want to be when you grew up? We all had someone that we wanted to be just like. For people my age this will be a pleasant walk down memory lane. For my younger readers, you may not even be aware of who some of these ladies are. You would probably find the shows lame by today’s standards. I assure you, in my day, these ladies kicked ass! This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Television Edition: Retro Ladies Who Were Beautiful and Tough First up on our Retro Bad Girl Countdown: Sgt. “Pepper” Anderson  “Police Woman” (1974-1978) Once upon a time the only women you saw on TV were mothers, wives, maids, secretaries,school teachers and maybe waitresses. “Police Woman” was groundbreaking television because the lead was a cop. She was beautiful and she was tough. This was practically unheard of. A strong woman and the show was about her. This gave little girls dreams that they didn’t just have to stand in a kitchen and bake cakes and I am sure more than one boy’s heart fluttered at this sexy lady. Pepper had an exciting career. She was a member of the L.A.P.D., C.C.U division. (Criminal Conspiracy Unit). She was part of an undercover team and many times went undercover in dangerous situations as a hooker, prison inmate or nurse just to name a few. They investigated all kinds of crimes from murder, to theft and blackmail to rape and drugs. The guest stars on the show were also top caliber including Sandra Dee, Patty Duke, William Shatner and Ruby Dee just to name a few. There was even a doll produced where young girls could create their own...

“May I interest anyone in coffee or dessert or manners?”

“May I interest anyone in coffee or dessert or manners?”

Apr 6, 2015

Here is my next column on things that get under my skin. I thought of this one yesterday when my husband and I were out for lunch and the woman behind me was being incredibly rude to the restaurant staff. I am serious about everything I am saying in this column and hope it has enough humor in it to make you smile. Alexandra xoxo Over the years I have worked as a server more than once. Sometimes the job can be fun and exciting while at other times it can seem completely thankless. Serving in a restaurant can be exciting and fast paced yet it can also be stressful and emotionally taxing. I am writing this column on behalf of everyone who waits tables to earn an income. It is a list of simple things that you (the diner) should be aware of. It is called common courtesy. There are certain things you should never do while in a restaurant and please take this to heart: I am not pointing fingers. Some of you may do some of these things and not even realize that you are doing it and that is okay. Learn and move forward. If you follow my little list of tips you will make your server happy and make your overall dining experience a much more satisfying one.   A Guide to Good Manners When Dining Out 1. Choosing where to dine When choosing an eatery in which to dine there is one question you should ask yourself. Do I have time for a sit down meal or should I grab something quick at fast food restaurant? There are so many things to factor in here: a. what day of the week is it? I know that may sound funny but restaurants tend to be busier on certain nights of the week. Think of the business on Friday and Saturday night vs. Monday night. On Wednesday do they get large groups after bible studies? Do they have kids night on Tuesday? Is it a sport themed establishment that will have the big game on 5 televisions? All theses things can determine how long service will take. b. what time of...

10 Ways to Hit the ‘Reset’ Button

I don’t know about you, but I have, more than once in my life, wished there were a big ‘reset’ button sitting around that I could smack. Really smack it. Reset my day, my month….. I’m usually, if I really think about it, looking to reset my attitude. Today’s post is short and sweet. Here are 10 ways I’ve found to reset my “Blargh!!!!” and start anew: Go outside. In nature. Look at it and smell it. If you don’t have nature, imagine it or stick your face in a hedge, for real. Drink a glass of cold water, slowly. With your eyes closed. Nap. Pay attention to your breath for five minutes. Again, eyes closed. While we’re at it, close your eyes (eyes closed helps you to turn your attention inward and filter out the fray). Laugh. Make a friend date, or a self date, to do something fun. Notice if you are feeling overwhelmed or stuck, perhaps you have forgotten to do something, like eat. So eat, and make it healthy, with great texture. And don’t do other things while you are eating. Pick something you really want to do from your bucket list, and engage with it, by surfing the web, writing about it, or finding a photo and daydreaming. Here, you are reorienting to your ‘why’ and to your dreams. Take a day off; Take a vacation; Quit your job; Find a new one; Make. A. Change. The urge for a reset, or a time out, is usually an indication that what is happening in and around you is not in alignment with your truth, preference or authenticity. It’s a call to look, and can also be a call for change. Next time this happens to you, instead of plowing on through, take a moment to stop, look, and take action on your own behalf. This message brought to you by the committee for finding more fun and less sludge in life. No suggestion in this article is to be put into practice without a healthy dose of common sense, or is a replacement for medical advice or psychological counseling. About the author: Jen Kahn MS, RYT works with clients using...

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