Her’s Day Thursday

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Y’all know I’m all about empowering young women and girls to believe that they can be anything and do anything. I want to raise my daughter to shoot for the stars (same goes for her little brother) and to not let anyone say she (or he, in Indy’s case) can’t do anything (except skydiving; Momma won’t allow that. Sorry, kids.).

Because of this–and my love of documentaries–I have scoured Netflix and found some awesome documentaries and docu-series that highlight amazing women (as well as causes to help young women and girls) that are absolutely amazing!

Here’s my Top Four List of “You Go, Girl!” films on Netflix:

The Ascent of Woman 

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This four-part, BBC docu-series by Dr. Amanda Foreman explores women’s history in ancient civilizations, revolutionaries, and achievements of women throughout history.

 

The Women’s List 

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This film focuses on fifteen different women from different careers and their influences on women’s issues.

 

Warrior Women

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Warrior Women is an inside-look at some kick-a ladies from history that have become legends in their own right. From Joan of Arc to Mulan, host Lucy Lawless (AKA, Xena!) tells the stories of these BAMFs.

Girl Rising

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Y’all, this one is probably my favorite. This film focuses on nine different girls from various parts of the world and documents their triumphs and struggles. Its incredibly eye-opening!

 

What about you? What are some of your favorite “girl power” shows? Any of these make your list? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

I was looking through my Pinterest board of Try It Tuesday ideas and I realized that there were a ton of “Life Hacks” that I haven’t tried yet. What are Life Hacks? I’m sure you’ve seen them on Pinterest:

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So today I decided that I would try a couple to see if they actually work! (I haven’t tried the one above…Have you?)

The first LH I tried was this one:

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As you know, I have been docu-crazy lately! Pretty much everything on my Netflix list that isn’t British television, is a documentary! I was a little skeptical, but I went to the site. And boy, oh boy, I was NOT disappointed!

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They have HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of documentaries! They’re all split up into different subject matters, so you kind of have to wade through them all. BUT, I found like 20 different documentaries I’ve been wanting to watch that aren’t on Netflix! Woo!

 

I really want to brush up on my Spanish. I took three years of it in high school and actually started out in college as a Spanish Ed major. But, I ended up changing it to Journalism. I’ve been wanting to make more of an effort to get better at speaking and hopefully teach Hermione some Español too! So when I saw this LH, I was super excited!

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I accidentally typed “.org” instead of “.com” and I was super disappointed because a weird website came up. But after realizing my mistake, I typed the appropriate address and got this:

Duo Lingo

 

The program starts out with a simple sentence. You roll your mouse over each word and it translates each word for you. After a few moments of this, you are taken to the screen above where you type the sentence out yourself. You keep doing little exercises like this, earning points which unlocks new activities. You can also choose the “immersion” option, which will send you to an article in a foreign language and will then translate it for you.

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Its really cool! And I’m betting the kiddos would LURVE it!

 

Have you tried any Life Hacks?

 

Spring in Oklahoma

Today marks the first official day of spring. We should all be happy, right? After all, this could very well mean the end of the cold weather and snow that has been plaguing most of America the past few months.

But not all of us are too jazzed about spring. Sure, we’re happy about the warmer weather and the fact we’ll actually be able to go outside without bundling up like Randy from A Christmas Story. So why are people (namely Oklahomans) not too excited for spring? How do I put this…?

Well, this is spring for most of America:

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This is spring in Oklahoma:

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After last year’s deadly outbreak of tornadoes in late May, there’s a lot of trepidation on the part of us Okies. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve complained to about the cold and said, “Man, I’m ready for spring!” that responded with a sad smile and said, “I could go without spring. I’m not ready for that again.”

Around here, there’s no need to ask what “that” means. We know. The aftermath of that can still be seen throughout much of Moore and Shawnee: empty lots, trees with no branches, and–saddest of all–makeshift memorials honoring those who lost their lives that day.  True, its been a hard road. But, thankfully, changes are being made. More schools have been discussing (and actually building) safe rooms for their students, faculty, and staff. And just this week, the Moore City Council put new building codes in effect to make homes more tornado-resistant.

But, I think what has helped this city more than anything is our resilience. Yes, what happened was absolutely tragic. People lost their homes, their loved ones, and their sense of security. We also gained a lot too: strength, hope in our neighbors, and the knowledge that not all people are only out to get, they’re also out to give.

That’s part of the message behind a new documentary titled: Where Was God?  According to the film’s website, Director Travis Palmer “follows several families and individuals who recount the timeline of destruction and share their experiences of the devastating and miraculous events that changed their lives forever.”

It premieres May 16th at the Moore Warren Theater. If you want it screened in your area, click this link and request a viewing!