Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Review: Ana's Story


            I was a little apprehensive to read Ana’s Story being that it’s written by the conservative president’s daughter, and I being a pretty firm liberal. I kinda wondered if Jenna would have the same problem stringing together words that her father seems to.
            However, I’m always up for new things, and the hype around the book drew me in. In the end, I was glad I decided to set my political party aside and read Ana’s Story.
            The book tells the story of a young girl named Ana, who has a rough life to say the least. Some days I think my life is rough, but never again will I have this misguided thought. Compared to Ana, I seem to have yet lived.
            Just about everything and anything that can go wrong in a person’s life seems to plague Ana. She is orphaned early on as a result of her parents dieing of aids, an illness that has also stricken Ana.
            After the death of her father, and moving in with her abuela, Ana is sexually assaulted by her abuela’s boyfriend and beaten by her abuela.
            Looking for greener grass Ana moves in with yet another family member only to be thrown into another cycle of abuse.
            Searching for yet another place of solace Ana inhabits an orphanage and then a home for HIV/AIDS sufferers.
            By the end of the book Ana’s story had me. It astounded me at how she could be so optimistic with all that she had been through.
Some days I’m so pessimistic and emo it’s amazing I even get up in the morning, and my biggest problem is stress with school and such. However, never again will I look at my life as such a burden. I want to try to be more optimistic, like Ana.
The one thing I didn’t like about the book was that it ended. I wanted to continue to read Ana’s story; even though there’s no more to tell since the book followed her up to her life currently.
The book seemed to end abruptly. I wondered what the point of the book was if it had no ending.
But the point, as Jenna has said in many tv interviews, was to inspire and educate. It was to inspire kids to help kids like Ana who were facing unbearable odds. It was to educate kids on the kind of life children like Ana were living.
One of my favorite parts of the book was in the back of the book Jenna provided readers with resources where they can direct their new found motivation and education.
This book worm says: this is THE must read of the year, five out of five stars. Invest the $4.00 in the book and already you’ll be making a difference, a portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Quick idea, since this is a Halloween post. Visit http://www.unicefusa.org/trickortreat to easily make a difference this Halloween. 


Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Downtown Fiction @ The Recher 10/27/11

I know the video quality is horrible, but still if you wanna watch at least the audio isn't that bad. And maybe, just maybe, you'll get the essence of seeing a The Downtown Fiction set live from these videos.



Nick World Wide Day of Play

This video is a little old, but this was still one of the coolest events I've ever attended. Also it's never a bad time to remember to get out and get active! ;)

Support her!

I saw this girl at a little bar on Broadway when I was in Nashville. This girl had a really awesome vibe and she was really talented. Now she's coming out with a new ep and she's trying to sell a few on Kickstarter. And you should check her out. Here's the link to her kickstarter. Let me know what you think! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kinseyrose/kinsey-rose 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Check Out This Cool Project For a Recording Studio in DC

Viva Go-Go Studio Applies for Funding From the Pepsi Refresh Project

(Washington DC)- Viva Go-Go Studio needs your help to gain funding from the Pepsi Refresh Project this fall! The funding will allow Viva Go-Go Studio to open in the Washington DC area. It will be a recording studio to create a place where children and the community can learn to record music and learn about different types of music genres.

The Pepsi Refresh Project grants funding to the top submitted ideas each month. The winning ideas will help better communities around the world with projects in a variety of categories including the arts, music and education.

Washington DC was the birthplace of Go-Go music. The Viva Go-Go Studio plans to use the local resources of the Go-Go genre and involve local Go-Go musicians in the project. The Viva Go-Go studio however, will not be limited to Go-Go music. All musicians, rappers and singers will be invited to use the recording studio.

By providing a place where community members can enhance their talent and learn about music, the Viva Go-Go studio will encourage the musical arts and Go-Go to grow in the metro DC area.

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To learn more about the Pepsi Refresh Project and Viva Go-Go studio, visit facebook.com/vivagogo or follow @VivaGoGoStudio on Twitter.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Product Review: John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner


By: Lauren Miller

So apparently I'm making this blog a product review blog. Concerts have been slow, my money is low and I need a way to keep this blog alive and kicking so I figured why not review a few products. I received a free beauty bag from Target the other day. It was packed full of all types of hair and skin care products and it came in the cutest little make up bag ever.

My favorite product in the entire bag was this John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. Let me put my hair into perspective. I haven't gotten it cut in FOREVER. My ends are split like crazy and on top of that I color my hair a lot. Although I don't use a lot of heat styling. There still is a lot of damage going on in my hair. So much so that it was starting to feel really rough and prickly on the ends.

While this shampoo & conditioner isn't a miracle cream (I definitely need to get my hair cut soon) my formerly straw like hair feels silky smooth and healthy from root to tip. On top of that the product smelled so absolutely delicious. It wasn't quite to the yummy smell of Aussie's Australian wonderfulness, but something about this shampoo had a clean, professional, nice smell to it.

This shampoo comes with a little price tag to it. It comes in at about $8.00 for 8.45 fluid ounces. But for once I really do think that you will be paying for quality with this product.

I give this one 4 out of 5 stars. The only improvement would be price and size of bottles. But I guess that's what couponing is for.

Are there any products out there that you wanna see my review? Let me know in the comments below and I will check them out!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Throwback

Today I was playing the new Just Dance 3 for Wii and I noticed that they had "Hit Me Baby (One More Time)," which I played and which consequently led to me listening to Britney Spears for the rest of my night. It's amazing what all she has done for pop music and the female lead singer. She may be dumb as a box of rocks, but the Britney brand is absolutely intriguing. Here's one of my favorite Brit Brit songs "Lucky." Sometimes it's fun when life imitates art imitates life.

Share your thoughts on Britney or any pop star. Let's get a little, fun throwback playlist going!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Help TWLOHA Win Big!

Check out the press release below to learn about To Write Love on Her Arms & make sure to vote for them to win $1 Million Dollars from Chase.

October 3, 2011 - To Write Love On Her Arms joined twenty-four other charities in Round One of the American Giving Awards presented by Chase, a voting contest on Facebook to honor the past winners of Chase Community Giving. Voting is open from until next Wednesday, October 5th at 12pm EST. All charities have been divided into five categories, allowing one from each group to continue on to Round Two, starting December 2nd. Each charity that continues on will receive $125,000 and the chance to win $1 million dollars at the end of Round Two. TWLOHA has already received support via Twitter from Miley Cyrus, in addition to Perez Hilton, Christina Perri, Switchfoot, and Anberlin. Please help TWLOHA continue on to Round Two by liking the American Giving Awards presented by Chase Facebook page and voting for TWLOHA, here: http://on.fb.me/obHaXc.
 
 At TWLOHA, they often talk about being a bridge to help. Taking the first step to talk to a friend about something painful is scary, as is packing a suitcase to go to a treatment center for the first or fifth time. They exist as a safe passage offering hope and encouragement along the way. Winning the American Giving Award will allow TWLOHA to strengthen that bridge, to take their message of hope and help on the road to more places and in more creative ways than they've ever been able to do before, such as:

- Investing in building an interactive platform that will allow people to contribute directly to treatment and recovery in their local community.   

- Providing more widespread counseling scholarships for people with little or no insurance, alleviating the stress of a financial burden that often accompanies treatment and recovery options.

- Expanding the vision by taking HEAVY AND LIGHT - an evening of songs, conversation, and hope - on the road. There is a unique kind of community that happens when people gather in a room with songs and honest stories that resonate. Nights like this can change a perspective for people, and that shift could be the beginning of change or even a life saved.

- Strengthening the launch of the brand new high school campaign The Storytellers, a way for high school students to bring the story of TWLOHA and message of hope to their own campus through organizing and engineering community events.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inspire, inform, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $850,000 directly into treatment and recovery and answered over 160,000 emails from over 100 countries. 

For more information, please visit:
www.twloha.com