Her’s Day Thursday

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With the twentieth anniversary of her untimely death this year, I thought it would appropriate to highlight one of my favorite women in modern history–Princess Diana. I’ve always been a huge fan of anything and everything British and a superfan of the British royals.

We all know the story of her unhappy marriage, rife with infidelity and lack of support from the very start, so I will not spend anymore time on that. Instead, I’d like to focus on her amazing impact and legacy “The People’s Princess” has left behind.

Her work with AIDS victims

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Back in the late 1980’s/early 19990’s, not a lot was known about HIV/AIDS. People were afraid to be in the same room with those afflicted with AIDS, let alone touch them. Princess Diana helped to break that stigma by using her “celebrity” to bring focus to not only the disease itself, but also to the humans suffering. She did this by going to various hospitals and touching, holding, and just showing genuine care and affection toward those with HIV/AIDS.

 

Her fight to rid Bosnia of landmines

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As a patron of The Halo Trust, Diana went to one of the most war-torn areas in the world at the time–Bosnia. She visited those who had been injured or lost someone due to the astronomical amount of landmines left over from a brutal civil war. Of the injured, children made up much of the victims.

 

Her homeless initiatives

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When Diana first became a royal, she made homelessness her top charitable priority. She was blown away at the amount of homeless–teens and veterans especially–there were in the capital city. Diana wanted to help those in need and also show her sons that they, too, needed to be aware of other people’s needs by taking her princes with her to The Passage, a homeless shelter in London. Prince William is still a patron of the charity and visits.

 

These are just a few examples of the way that Princess Diana was able to bring awareness to problems facing the world by her visits to various hospitals, hospices, orphanages, third-world countries and even her own backyard. Her impact can still be seen today, through the good works of her sons, Princes William and Harry.

 

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Her’s Day Thursday

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As many of you know, I am a HUGE Anglophile. Anything and everything British, I absolutely adore, especially the royal family. I may not always agree with their politics, but there is something about them that I can’t help but love! And, one of the royals just celebrated a HUGE accomplishment. This is why she is today’s wonderful woman highlighted on Her’s Day Thursday!

 

Queen Elizabeth II has now surpassed her great, great grandmother in becoming England’s longest reigning monarch! Queen Elizabeth II took the throne on February 6, 1952. (For those of you who have seen the Doctor Who episode titled “The Idiot’s Lantern”, you have seen some of the footage of her coronation and know what a big deal it was that her coronation was televised. And yes, I get much of my history knowledge from DW.)

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She has met twelve U.S. Presidents, twelve British Prime Ministers, and even has a message written to the crew of the Apollo 11 that is microfilmed and STILL on the moon today!

 

Though many see her as a staunch, stiff-upper-lipped symbol of old-fashioned times, she has actually helped push the royal family into modern times. She set out a formal decree ensuring that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn (whether it was to be a boy or a girl) would have royal titles and be placed in the line of succession. This was a huge moment because had Prince George been a girl and the queen not changed the law; the princess would have been replaced in the line of succession by her younger brother.

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Queen Elizabeth also strives to be relatable to the public. She is the only royal who has taken a car maintenance course and even changed her own spark plugs during the Second World War! The queen collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress as a sign of solidarity during the rationing in the 1940’s.

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The queen continues to try and modernize the monarchy, by taking steps to shut down the Civil List (the public fund that provides funds to the royal family), make private treasures available for public viewing, and become more accessible, herself, to the public.

 

Its good to be queen.

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Fan Girl Friday

Happy Friday! It has been one, long, HOT week here in the Middle of America. But I’ve found some cool treats to help us chillax (see what I did there?) into our weekend!

 

I love anything and everything related to the UK. I’ve been to London three times and my Netflix queue is filled to the brim with British shows. I’m also a Game of Thrones fan (even though I haven’t watched too much of this season). So when I saw this, I was so. Freaking. Excited!

It’s the Queen’s Guard playing the GoT theme song! And people say that Britons have no sense of humor…

 

Speaking of Brits; get ready Whovians! Word on the street at SDCC (aka, San Diego Comic Con—happening this week!) is that Peter Jackson, our favorite Hobbit-loving director, will be using his talents on the small screen! That’s right, PJ is going to direct an episode of Doctor Who!

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Do you have a picky eater in your house? Is dinnertime a battle? Make it fun with this game board-inspired plate from Give Simple!

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Just put your kid’s dinner in the little openings, and have them eat as they go! Then, when they reach the Finish Line, they can uncover a treat! (I actually know a few adults who need to eat off of this—HA!)

 

And speaking of eating (aka, my favorite hobby), dessert just got a whole lot better! Some students at Harvard came up with the most amazing invention ever: cake in a spray can!

Snack time is forever changed!

My Retail Wish List

You guys. I am so FREAKING excited. There is going to be…..drumroll please….an H&M in Oklahoma City!

*cue the Beatle-mania-decibel-shattering screams*

Oh yeah! According to OKC Talk (which I hear is pretty credible) there are going to be awesome shops popping up all over the Memorial Road area! Obviously, I’m most excited about the H&M (my sister and I frequented that store whilst in London and Liverpool).

However, they’re also planning on building some other things I’m not too jazzed about. Like yet another outdoor store. I’m sorry, after getting Academy, Dick’s, AND Bass Pro, I think we’re set. But I digress. I really wish I was on these planning committees. If I was, we’d have some AWESOME stores that every other major city in America seems to have except OKC. Such as:

 

IKEA

Behold, the gloriousness.

Behold, the gloriousness.

I. LOVE. IKEA. Not only do they have cute knick knacks and decor, they’ve also got DELICIOUS Swedish meatballs (seriously, have you ever tried those things? AMAZE-BALLS. Literally.) As of now, we have to drive aaaallllll the way to Dallas just to get something to fill our bright yellow and blue bags. Not cool, IKEA. Not cool.

 

Top Shop

So posh!

So posh!

Honestly, I’ve never even set foot in a Top Shop. They’re all the rage in London (and you know how I love my Brits) and Kate Middleton shops there ALL the time. I mostly want a Top Shop here in OKC so I can walk around and be all: “Look at all the things I can’t afford but if I could, I’d totes be twinkies with Kate!” (Honestly, if Kate met me, I really think we’d be instant BFFs. Seriously. Plus, our kids are the same age and equally adorable–although I’d give a slight edge to Hermione. I’m bias that way.)

 

Marks and Spencer

Delightfully British.

Delightfully British.

This is yet another British import. This place is magnificent. Its basically a high-end, nicer WalMart. I know what you’re thinking: “But Jess, isn’t Target our ‘high-end WalMart’?” And to that I say, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” You know how you can wear pajama pants to WalMart but not to Target? You want to wear at least jeans, a cute top, and throw on some mascara, right? At Marks and Spencer, be prepared to actually shower and shave your legs. Oh yeah, its THAT nice.

 

What would you like to see in OKC? (Besides the Dairy Queen that’s coming soon!)

Royally Excited

Most of you now I’m a total Anglophile; I love anything and everything British. I watch Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Graham Norton Show, drink Twinnings, eat biscuits (not cookies), and have even been across the pond three times. So it should come as no surprise that I am ridiculously excited about Kate and Will’s baby.

 

On a scale of 1-10, my anticipation level for the arrival of the bouncing baby boy or girl is at about a 9. The British, however, are probably hitting the 11 or 12 point mark. I haven’t seen them this excited since dentists started offering veneers (ba-da-bum-psh!).

 

Just check out all the commemorative gear they’ve come up with to celebrate the royal arrival!

 

For a little princess, monogrammed clothes complete with title so that no one forgets who’s really in charge:

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Time to change the prince/princess’s nappy! Make sure its embroidered!

 

 

Posh tableware (with a little painting of the Duke and Duchess’s pup, Lupo):

 

 

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This is for all those dinner parties the little royal will no doubtedly host with the Beckham’s children.

 

 

An iPhone cover for the royal baby fan (which, in my eyes, is royally creepy):

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Nothing screams: “I’m a wierdo” like an iPhone case with someone else’s baby on it.

 

There’s also a variety of books, mugs, truffles (I may need some of those), and commemorative cookies biscuits:

 

Royal Baby Gear

Notice the corgi on the mug with Granny the Queen?

 

My favorite though is this sleeper:

If I don't get my bottle soon, it'll be off with your head!

If I don’t get my bottle soon, it’ll be off with your head!

 

 

Whether the Duke and Duchess’s spawn is a prince or princess, George or Diana, I think we can all agree that this child will be adorable.

A Foggy Day in London-town…

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Sorry. I don’t know what came over me. I deeply regret that.

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So, Huff the Hubs and I are gearing up for our trip across the pond and I could not be more stressed excited. I’ve been knocking out my To Do Lists, my packing list is somewhat finalized, and I’m going to get my spray tan this evening. (Yeah, I said it. What?)

HtH and I were talking the other night and he was asking me all sorts of questions about London. I’ve been there twice, so I know a thing or two. Mostly his questions were: “What kind of food will we eat? Do they have good food? Is the food there fresher than here? Do they have more ethnic options?” (You see where his priorities lie)

After describing some of the places I saw/ate at while in the UK, we started talking about my obsession with the peeps across the pond. Huff the Hubs asked: “So what are your favorite things about the British?”

That was tough. I mean, there’s Downton Abbey, the royals, fish and chips, and David Beckham. The list is endless! But I think I narrowed down my reasons for being such a major anglophile:

1. They gave us Monty Python.

2. Uh, hello…What else are they most famous for?!

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3. And who could have tea without some biscuits? (Note: My sister and I were introduced to these back in ’08. We demolished an entire  roll while waiting for our train from Liverpool to London. I regret nothing.)

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4. Their television shows are EPIC:

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5. They inspired this skit from SNL:

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I honestly don’t know why I’m so obsessed with anything and everything British. Maybe its the accents, maybe its the fact that they keep calm and carry on. Whatever it is, I can’t seem to get enough. So, if in a few weeks, you see a crazed pregnant woman jump over a guard rail just to touch baby bumps with the Duchess of Cambridge, you’ll know it was me.