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Christmas In July

Christmas In July…sounds pretty good about now.

Love, Actually

 

Family movie night gets more complicated when your kids are older and the latest Disney isn’t what they want to watch. Count on opinions (plenty of them), from everyone in your family about what to watch and while, of course, you want to let everyone weigh in and express their preferences, it hardly helps you pick out a suitable family movie.

We like action, adventure, romantic comedies and, of course, the classics (like Rear Window, Philadelphia Story and Casablanca) in our house with a fair amount of science fiction and post-apocalyptic stories thrown in for good measure. It’s doesn’t really count as a family movie night if everyone is plugged into their own devices, so we worked on compromising and taking turns. Each week a family member gets a turn choosing a movie and everyone else gets to deal with the choice, broaden their horizons, and watch something that may not be – ahem – definitely is not, their first choice. It can be challenging, this decision making process, but it leads to great discussions about story lines, plot devices, and suspended disbelief that carry on to the next week.

How to decide what to watch? Well, there’s cable, and there are great streaming services (we all have our favorites), and I just found Feeln. What is it? Feeln is a streaming service that brings you a great selection of great stories that are hand-picked and include Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Hollywood movies and TV series as well as original programming. 

Now they are offering a Christmas in July special where you get a free* Roku® Streaming Stick® with a 2 year Feeln subscription ($98 value for $47.98)

Here are some of the July features:

New Christmas Themed Titles
Love Actually
Christmas With Holly
A Dog Named Christmas
Silver Bells
A Season for Miracles
Fallen Angel
November Christmas
Christmas Mail
Christmas Dream
Christmas in the Trenches
The Price of Miracles
The Gift of the Magi
Gifts and Presence
Tiny Miracle
Diner Formal
To a Soldier
Without a House
Robbie the Reindeer
Heartland Christmas
All I Want for Christmas
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Christmas Visitor
Holiday in Your Heart
Mr. St. Nick
The Night They Saved Christmas
Off Season
One Christmas
Picking Up and Dropping Off
The Christmas Box
The Christmas Card
Silent Night

 

 

Disclosure:

I was not compensated for this post but did receive a subscription to Feeln for review purposes. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

 

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Blogging Conferences Summer 2015

It seems as if this week is chock a block with blogging related events and while I do love to get out and meet fellow bloggers, it can be overwhelming to have a super scheduled week. Need ways to keep it together? Yes, me too, that’s why I’m writing this – I need the reminders.IMG_1424

1. Load up that calendar on your phone with the dates, times and locations of the events and the links to the tickets in the notes section. Build in plenty of travel time, you’ll be glad you did.

2. Traveling with a few events to go to? Try on planned outfits ahead of time and try to pack early and light! Nothing like finding out you are missing a button or the shirt you were planning on wearing is ripped. Comfy shoes! Seriously! You will be on your feet non-stop.

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Card design by Rugg Road Paper Company, Boston

3. Download apps like Uber and Lyft to get you where you need to be. In the city? Or grab a metro card and try public transportation – it’s the fastest way to get around.

4. Have plenty of business cards – if you can write on them all the better. You think you will remember but there’s a lot going on. Take notes.

5. Bring your smile and look forward to getting to meet other bloggers and company representatives, and that means looking up from your phone now and then.

Have fun! I’ll see you there!

 

Getting Back On Track with Learnivore

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Some Much Needed Lifelong Learning with Learnivore

It was a long, cold winter – something I don’t have to tell those of you who stuck it out here (ahem, not you, Mom and Dad), and my daily routine of a good hour plus walk with our dog was disrupted. Okay, it stopped cold…if you’ll pardon the pun. The usual brisk walk became me in all my warmest gear as I begged, cried, and pleaded into the scarf that covered most of my face to my dog to just hurry up already so we could go back inside. It was not my finest hour, or hers, really.

Despite a few trips to the gym and some epic snow shoveling sessions, it was hard to stay on track, and I didn’t. At all. And with the nice weather upon us,  I have no more excuses, just a habit of less exercise. So when the local social network company, Learnivore, offered a class for me to sample and review (any class), I immediately chose yoga. It’s been a while since I practiced daily, and I knew some individual attention would help motivate me.

The super easy to navigate Learnivore site (you can log in with Facebook or an email address) lets you explore classes that are set up under the fantastic headings of Athletics, Arts or Academics. It’s easy to narrow your search by geographic area, too. And each instructor has a profile page so you can read all about them before you even book a class. There were several options for yoga within 10 miles of my home, too. After reading a few profiles, I booked a yoga class with Christie R. – it was easy to communicate through Learnivore to set a time and date.

The morning of the class, one of my nieces dropped by (she is out of school for the year), and I invited her to join me in my class. After checking in with Christie, we were off to my first yoga class in a while. My niece is quite a few years younger than I am, and a terrific athlete to boot, so I was hoping she would distract Christie from my ineptitude. Maybe a little. I needn’t have worried.

Christie Rosen - Yoga Instructor for Learnivore, Boston, MA, Capability Mom
Christie Rosen

Christie is warm and lovely with a wonderful manner, and was easily able to accommodate our two very different skill and ability levels, and somehow managed to keep us focused and on task (we lean to chatty, this niece and I). Christie’s home studio was equipped with blocks, bands and blankets to help with proper positioning, and I did so appreciate the care she takes to make sure each pose is thoughtfully and properly executed. Christie is an incredible instructor – kind, patient, caring and knowledgeable. What a great and gentle reintroduction to an activity I love and will definitely continue. I also noticed there are instructors for Track and Field – maybe now that I’m getting back in shape I’ll join a Master’s team, but first I might need a refresher class or two…

Are you a lifelong learner? Learnivore has classes for the whole family, too. Here’s a listing of the available classes: Screen shot 2015-05-27 at 4.36.35 PM

Athletics
All Air Sports Archery Baseball Basketball Bowling Boxing Camping & Hiking Caving & Canyoning Climbing Cricket CrossFit Cycle & Spin Dance – Athletic Diving Driving & Racing Equestrian Extreme Sports Fencing Field Hockey Fishing Fitness & Training Football Golf Gymnastics Hunting & Firearms Kayaking & Rafting Lacrosse Martial Arts Massage & Physical Therapy Nutrition Other – Athletics Paintball Parkour Pilates Poker & Cards Rowing Running & Endurance Sailing & Boating Self Defense Skateboarding Skating & Hockey Ski & Snow Sports Soccer Softball Surfing Survival & Orienteering Swimming Tennis & Racquet Sports Track & Field Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Sports Wrestling Yoga

Arts
All Beauty Brewing Circus Arts Craft Creative Writing Culinary Arts Dance Design Dramatic Arts Fashion Film Gardening Knitting Life Music – Brass Music – Composition & Arranging Music – General Music – Guitar Music – Low Strings Music – Other Music – Percussion Music – Piano Music – Viola & Violin Music – Voice Music – Woodwinds Other – Arts Photography Sewing Travel Visual Arts Wine & Spirits Woodworking

Academics
All Academic Writing Accounting Alternative Medicine Anthropology Archaeology Architecture Art History Astronomy Biological Sciences Business Chess Child Development Computer Science Economics Education Engineering Finance History Home School Journalism Languages – Chinese Languages – ESL Languages – French Languages – Other Languages – Spanish Law Literature Management & Leadership Marketing Mathematics Medicine Other – Academics Philosophy Physics & Chemistry Political Science Psychology Reading Mechanics Religion Social Sciences Speaking & Presentation Special Education Speech Sustainability Technology Test Prep

Check Learnivore out on your favorite social media platform.

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 Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are, as always, my own.

 

Do Good and Get a Great Haircut for $20….Seriously

Do Good and Get a Great Haircut for $20…Seriously.

 

THE AWARD-WINNING ANTHONY DAVID SALON BURLINGTON TO HOST CUT FOR A CURE 

Supporting Sarcoma Research at Mass General Hospital Cancer Center

When:  Sunday, March 1, from 11-2

Where: Anthony David Salon

120 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

 

On Sunday, March 1, from 11-2 the Anthony David Salon, Burlington, MA., will host the first annual Cut For A Cure to help raise funds for Sarcoma research.  The event was created by Marian Sales, a five year cancer survivor. Marian promised herself that on her 5th anniversary of cancer freedom she would create a fundraiser to give back to the Hospital that saved her life and the lives of many others. To honor her commitment to raise money, Marian enlisted the help of Anthony Vitale, owner of the Anthony David Salon. No stranger himself to raising funds for many worthwhile causes, Anthony immediately signed on and together they created Cut For A Cure with the hope of raising at least $5,000.

Their idea – offer amazing haircuts (valued at $65 and up) for a $20 donation. You can help by getting a great haircut or just donate online if you can’t make the event.

The super nice and talented stylists will cut your hair – and if the hair is more than six inches long it can be donated as well. Or donate directly to Cut For A Cure: Supporting Sarcoma Research at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

All proceeds raised will support Sarcoma Research.

What’s my connection, you ask? Well, last month I visited this salon to review it ( look for it here) and was so thrilled with the results that I just made another appointment. Fantastic, talented, caring people and a lovely place.

Anthony David Salon is located at 120 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA. 781 272-0002.

For more information contact:

cutforacure@yahoo.com 

or

Anthony David Salon

or

Cut For A Cure

This initiative is a registered Mass General Community Fundraiser. Mass General does not enter into direct sponsorship of this effort, provide any financial support, or assume any liability for its conduct. Massachusetts General Hospital is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. To learn more visit giving.massgeneral.org

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