Friday, July 19, 2019

Happy Summer Friday!

I love Summer Fridays. I feel like there is so much promise for a long, lazy weekend. Around the country it's supposed to be ridiculously warm, so try to stay cool. Check in on your elderly family members or neighbors and Bbe sure to take your pets inside too!

'The Lion King" opens today. Being inside a cool theatre sounds like a perfect place to be! Whatever you do, I hope you and your favorite people have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Celebrating "The Lion King" release this weekend

I can't hear "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" without singing along. Loudly. Actually, every song from "The Lion King" (1994) is highly addictive. When this original film was released, it didn't matter if you were six years old or seventy-six years old, when you watched "The Lion King," you sang along and when you heard it at home or in the car, you owned that song. Even now, years later, seeing the original version of "The Lion King" makes me happy.

So, like me, you probably already have your tickets for "The Lion King," the 2019 version which opens this weekend. I've watched the trailer so many times and I'm in awe regarding director, Jon Favreau's filmmaking technique.  The cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa.

If you need more of "The Lion King" in your life and you happen to live near Walt Disney World, lucky you. Check out this Foodie Guide to "The Lion King" offerings at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

I would start with this Simba ice cream sandwich (that's a chocolate tail and it's available at Tamu Tamu) and close the evening with the Serengeti Sangria (Dawa Bar, Harambe Market and Boneyard Bar).

If you are in Disney's Animal Kingdom, starting July 19th, experience "The Lion King" scavenger hunt. Pick up a map at Outpost, Discovery Trading Company, Island Mercantile or Mombasa Marketplace and find your favorite characters hidden around Harambe Village. Return your map to Mombasa Marketplace in Harambe or The Outpost Shop in the Oasis by September 29, 2019 or while supplies last for a savanna surprise. 

And, of course, "The Lion King"  merchandise collection is available online and in the Disney Parks. I love this Alex & Ani bangle and I plan on getting Waverly the Nala plush

Stay cool this weekend in a theatre  and let me know what you think of this new version.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

My Favorite Spotify Playlist; Sunny Summer Days

It's hard for me to think of a happy time that didn't have music associated with it. One of my favorite things is to create playlists for the moments in my life, from happy Saturdays to rainy days and music to pick me up when I'm feeling down. Even when Waverly was born, we created a Spotify playlist. While I listen to all of the playlists at one time or another, this Sunny Summer Days playlist is the one I listen to the most. It's filled with music that just makes me happy. I listen to this playlist almost every day and when I'm traveling, it instantly makes wherever I am feel comfortable.

There are songs that I associate with summer as a kid wearing my rainbow bathing suit every day under my shorts and tee (because you never knew where you would end up when you left for the day on your bike), songs that remind me of my favorite people and special moments and songs that  just make me feel sunny inside.

I hope that when you listen to this playlist, you feel happy and sunny too.

What's songs are on your favorite playlist?

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Your own kind of happy

One of my girlfriends texted me and asked "I should want to get married, right?"

Me: "I don't know. Do you WANT to get married?" I called her. This was phone call worthy, not text worthy.

Friend: "God, no. I mean he's terrific but not in a forever-I-will-make-you-meatloaf-every-week kind of way."

Me: "Then you may want to put a pause on the whole marriage thing. Why are you asking me this? Is he about to propose?"

Friend: "I hope not but it seems like everyone is engaged and having kids and I'm just really happy being by myself and dating. My mother thinks I should get a cat or something to start. I don't get it."

That's the thing. Our parents, friends and every sometimes ourselves, we think we should do something or like something or want this thing that supposedly everyone wants. I don't agree with this. I think it's perfectly OK to not want to get married or have kids or pursue a career because someone else thinks this is what your life's path is.

If you want to get married or have kids or move to a tiny beach town in another country or adopt a pair of elderly dogs or pursue your own career that maybe is't what your parents dreamed of for you but will make you feel happy, do it. Do it for YOU, though, not because you think you should or you were programmed since childhood to do something.

You are the only one who can determine what brings you happiness. What is it that would make you jump out of bed every morning, looking forward to the day? Close your eyes and imagine your life one year from now. Do you feel happy or are you anxious? What are you doing? Who are you with? Now open your eyes. Wherever you are in your life, you have the power to make yourself happy. It's there for you.

So, accept the ring or don't accept the ring. Go back to school. Design jewelry. Reconnect with God. Move into a smaller space that better your suits who you are. Look for a different job that you're happy to go to every day.  Volunteer to walk dogs at the no-kill shelter. Paint. Skate. Start a family. Whatever it is, start moving towards your happy today.

Sometimes starting can be the hardest part but sometimes it can be the very best.
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