Made me smile: The Never-Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomahna

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Mahna Mahna

I’ve been a huge Muppets fan straight since childhood, so needless to say, I’ve been more than a little excited in these past couple of weeks leading up to the release of The Muppets tonight. I’ve been doing some excellent prep work, too:

And now today, while preparing to do a rather generic “made me smile” post about the Muppets, I came across something that seriously made me smile. In conjunction with the official Muppets site, Disney has created a website for an online video project called The Never-Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomahna. It invites viewers to record their own version of them saying/singing/shouting “Mahna Mahna”, which it then adds to a never-ending loop of people singing “Mahna Mahna” with the original muppets spliced in between. The loop currently includes lots of average folks, and some fun celebrity drop-ins, too, including Jason Segel, Sarah Silverman, Bret McKenzie, Ken Jeong, and more. Oh, and me, it includes me.

I can’t embed it, unfortunately, but click here to see me make a fool of myself singing “Mahna Mahna”. AND, if you want to waste 3 minutes doing something fun, click on the button below my video that says “Join This One” and join my Mahna Mahna chain!

Want something to tell me in the comments other than how dorky my video is? Tell me about your love for the Muppets, your favourite Muppet, or your favourite Muppets song!

Introducing my latest blog project, Picturing Postcards

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Cape Cod postcard

Those of you who know me well, likely know that I love postcards. What you might not have realized yet, however, is that I really like to start new blogs. It’s a bit of a strange habit, considering that so many people have trouble keeping up one blog, let alone multiple ones. But as I said to a friend recently, I often think of things in terms of “how can I put this on the internet”, so running several blogs makes sense for me.

But back to the postcards. This love was definitely fostered at a young age as my parents are avid postcard collectors, as well. For as long as I can remember, my parents’ fridge has been covered in postcards sent by family and friends on trips all around the world. So, naturally, I’ve begun to collect postcards on my own fridge, and now that my parents are retired, the majority of the cards I receive actually end up being from them! So since I’m fortunate enough to have a rather solid archive of postcards (and since I like to think about how I can put things on the internet), I recently decided to photograph my postcard collection and post them online, through a new blog I’ve called Picturing Postcards. In addition to posting the photos and a brief bit of information about who sent the postcard and where it’s from, I’m also adding each card to a public Google Map so that we can see where all my postcards have come from. I’ve only posted six cards so far, but the map is already looking really cool, if I may say so myself.

Currently I’m planning to post at least two new postcards a week – I’m hoping that once I finish cataloguing my archives, I’ll still be receiving enough new ones in the mail to maintain that schedule! And if you’re going a trip, why don’t you send me a postcard? Friends, don’t forget to email me and ask for my address!

Made me smile: What is the one thing you think of that always makes you smile?

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A few days ago I returned home after an amazing two-week trip to Alberta. The entire vacation was filled with “made me smile” moments, and I might share more of those in future posts.

On the second last day of my trip, my best friend and I spent the afternoon in Canmore, one of the most lovely little towns I’ve ever visited. Every which way you turn you’re surrounded by mountains. It’s truly magical. So while my friend and I were browsing through some cute gift shops, I noticed the most smile-worthy little notebook, pictured below:

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It’s hard not to smile when reading a list of so many perfect things. Many of the items on this notebook would be on my happy list, too, but one run of five in a row particularly jumped out at me: ice cream sundaes, a good book, a cup of tea, a bubble bath, blue skies.

So I’m cheating and picking those five things…but still, I ask you: What is the one thing you think of that always makes you smile?

Everybody dance now: Spreading the word about Dance Dance Party Party!

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Dance Dance Party Party TorontoConfession time: I love to dance. I’m not all that good at it, mind you, but I still absolutely love doing it. Usually in my living room. To songs that usually reside on people’s “guilty pleasure” list. Like Katrina & the Waves “Walking on Sunshine” or Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”. Ahem.

Anyway, about two years ago, I found out about an awesome monthly event in Toronto that would allow me to fulfill my love for dancing in a public, non-judgemental environment. Dance Dance Party Party Toronto has only three rules: no boys, no booze and no judgement. And every time I go, I always have one of the most fun Sunday afternoons ever.

So since I’m one of DDPP’s biggest fangirls, I was obviously ecstatic when I was recently asked to join the ranks of the Toronto organizers and become DDPP Toronto’s newest “den mother”. As a den mother, you’ll see me at almost all of the dance parties (not that I wasn’t almost always there before!), but I’ll also be helping with all the behind-the-scenes work of scheduling the dates, updating the website, making the playlists, and promoting like crazy. Since coming on board, I’ve set us up with a Twitter account, and if you’re into all things fun and dance-y, go follow us @DDPPToronto. You can also join our Facebook group, and follow our blog to keep up-to-date on our latest dance party news. Currently we’re running one dance party a month on a Sunday afternoon, but we’re considering moving to bi-weekly dance parties if we get enough demand!

So if you’re a lady who lives in or near Toronto, why don’t you come out and dance with us this Sunday, October 23? The party runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mad For Dance (263 Adelaide St. W.) and admission is $8 at the door. Bring a gal pal with you and I guarantee that you’ll double your fun!

If you have any questions about DDPP, let me know! And if you’re looking for something to tell me in the comments, why not share your favourite guilty pleasure dance song?

 

Made me smile: “The Disney Surprise” videos

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Cinderella Castle in Technicolor

As I try to breathe some new life into this blog (First step: redesign! I’m loving my new theme, and I hope you all do, too!), I’ve been trying to open my mind to new things that I might want to write about here and share with the world. One thing I’m always in search of, both online and off, are things that make me smile. I’m the kind of person that can easily let stress and worries get the best of me, so one of the ways I keep that under control is by focusing on finding things that make me smile, no matter how big or how small. To help spread some more happiness out into the world, I thought I’d start a regular blog feature where I can share things that “made me smile”, and I hope that they’ll help add some more smiles to your day, too.

For my inaugural “made me smile” post, I wanted to share my new favourite YouTube video meme, what I’m calling “The Disney Surprise”. Apparently there are tons of videos on YouTube featuring parents surprising their kids with trips to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Most of these videos feature the parents telling the kids about the trip at home on the day they’re leaving, in the car on the way to the airport, or, in one of them, as they’re driving through the Walt Disney World gates. The sheer joy on these kids’ faces and their often priceless reactions make me smile so hard, and I want to share my top 3 favourites with you:

1. Lily’s Disneyland Surprise

Lily’s video was the first of these videos that I watched, and it not only made me smile, but it made me cry a bit, too. Lily’s reaction once she figures out her big birthday surprise is incredibly sweet and heartwarming.

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