Her’s Day Thursday

Hers Day Thursday Girl


This week, I’ve found some awesome books and toys that will help your little lady become a strong woman!


For Your Teen (and you)! 


This book covers an array of issues that teenage girls deal with today: body image, friends and bullies, divorce, and anxiety. According to the synopsis on Amazon, the author’s goal is to show young girls that they are stronger than they think and CAN overcome obstacles in their lives: Parents, schoolwork, boyfriends, college . . .it’s enough to make any teenage girl wish she could just snap her fingers and make it all go away. But with the click of her heels, she’ll soon discover that the means to dealing with stress were always within her power. Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough helps teenage girls find the wisdom within to overcome stress in their lives.



For Your Nature-Lover


This activity pack comes with an activity journal full of outdoor and science activities! There’s even space for your little botanist to adopt a tree and track its progress for an entire year!


For Your Super Hero 


It did my heart good to see so many little girls dressed up as super heroes this Halloween! I can’t even tell you how many little Wonder Women  I saw out trick-or-treating because I lost count! Give your little hero a pal to snuggle with and someone to tag along on her amazing adventures! Get it here!


For Your Activist in Training


This board book is full of amazing women throughout history and modern time that have influenced change for the better! This Little Trailblazer features Rosa Parks, Maria Tallchief, Malala Yousafzai, and Florence Nightingale (among others)! A definite must-read for your little revolutionary!



Remember That One Show…?

The other day, Huff the Hubs and I were talking about shows we watched as kids. We tried thinking of the titles, but mostly we kept saying, “Remember that one show…?” because we couldn’t remember any of the titles.


Well thanks to boredom and the Internet, I’ve found some of my favorite old television shows (and happily, some are on DVD! Woot woot!). So now I’m going to take you down Nostalgia Lane!


SeaQuest DSV

The captain even has a Picard look to him, don't ya think?

The captain even has a Picard look to him, don’t ya think?

I don’t really remember too much about this show other than the fact the Jonathan Brandis was the star and he was to Seaquest what Will Wheaton was to Star Trek TNG.  I know it had something to do with being in a submarine…They were basically the Star Fleet of the sea.


Ocean Girl

Sorry, honey. You're not a real Disney mermaid unless you have a pet talking fish.

Sorry, honey. You’re not a real Disney mermaid unless you have a pet talking fish.

This was another Disney gem. I don’t remember actually watching the show, I just remember the commercials during The Muppet Show that my sisters and I used to make fun of. It was two brothers (one was good-looking, the other not so much; which always made me refer to them as the Prince William and Harry of Disney) standing on the beach and they see a girl in the ocean. And what do they say? “There was a girl, in the ocean.” Yes. That was the whole commercial. And the name of the show? Ocean Girl. This reminds me of Jim Gaffigan’s “You buy Mennen” stand up.


Flash Forward

"So you're saying you're really a mechanic on a space ship called Serenity? What are the odds?"

“So you’re saying you’re really a mechanic on a space ship called Serenity? What are the odds?”

This show was watched religiously in our house! It came on either right before or right after Bug Juice (AKA, America’s first reality show) so I was not to be bothered for that hour. This show tells the story of Tucker and Becca, two best friends since birth/next door neighbors that repeatedly tell people they’re “just friends” even though they secretly love each other. The episode where they kiss (the last episode!) is my favorite. Even as a twelve-year old I was like, “Its about freaking time!” (Also, a young Ryan Gosling is in a few episodes, vying for the attention of Becca. Sadly, he keeps his shirt on the whole time.)


Ready or Not



This was another one of my favorite Canadian imports. Ready or Not was about two best friends that could not have been more different. Amanda was a whiny, spoiled, princess whereas Busy was a butch, sunflower seed spittin’, tomboy. The possibilities were endless! Well, not so much, seeing as how it only ran for four years. but I still watched!


Teen Angel

Is that Devon Sawa?! And Marcia Brady?!

Is that Devon Sawa?! And Marcia Brady?!

Please tell me I’m not the only one that remembers this TGIF show. It only ran for a season, so you may not unless you were a big TGIF nerd like me. The premise of Teen Angel was: boy dares friend to eat 6-month old hamburger that had fallen under his bed. Friend takes the dare and dies. Dead friend is assigned by God’s cousin to be live friend’s guardian angel and hilarity ensues…I’m starting to see why this show only lasted a season.  


What about you? What obscure television shows do you remember/miss?

Lost Heartthrobs

The other night at dinner, I made a crack about reading the intelligent periodicals of my youth: Teen Beat, Bop, and of course, the thought-provoking Tiger Beat. Afterward, I started thinking: What happened to the guys that used to line my walls?


(Well, technically speaking most of my walls were covered in Hanson posters and I know what those guys are up to. I’m in their fan club, friended them on Facebook, and follow their tweets. But its not like I’m obsessed or anything. Honest. Sidebar: Taylor’s favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. In case you were wondering.)


I started thinking about the “top four” heartthrobs that used to garner squeals of delight from my sisters and I. I also wanted to know what in the heck happened to my boys after the 90’s and the fall of ABC’s TGIF! What, did they fall into some alternate dimension with Jaleel White and Bob Saget? WHERE ARE THEY?


1. Josh Hartnett

I didn't know Teen Beat magazines were so heavy-duty!

Sometimes I just like to sit on my dresser and think.

We all know Josh Hartnett as the soft-spoken, girlfriend stealing friend of Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor. But I first saw him in Halloween: H20. And no, it wasn’t about a well-hydrated holiday. From the looks of his IMDB page, he’s been busy. Although, I doubt anyone’s seen his movies lately. What, you didn’t see Bunraku? In the land of straight-to-DVD-movies its got to be right up there with Killer Sauna.

No wonder he got Kate Beckinsale.

No wonder he got Kate Beckinsale.


2. Rider Strong

Oh that middle parted hair. *Swoon*.

Oh that middle parted hair. *Swoon*.

Rider Strong will forever be burned in my memory as the hilarious, yet slightly dim-witted friend of Corey Matthews on my favorite Friday night show, Boys Meets World. Since then, Rider has been a little quiet. (However, Rider did find time to go to college and earn a degree in English from Columbia University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bennington College!). When rumors of a BMW re-make flooded the internet, there were also rumors that “Uncle Shawn” was not going to make an appearance. If the peeps over at ABC want this thing done right, they’ll bring back Rider!

What's up, Suave? Er, I mean Shawn?

What’s up, Suave? Er, I mean Shawn?


3. Andrew Keegan

Its a boy, its a plan, its a SUPER TEEN!

Its a boy, its a plan, its a SUPER TEEN!

Some remember Andrew as the jerk that stood up DJ on Full House. Others know him as the boyfriend of Randy Quaid’s daughter in Independence Day. And many know him as Joey Donner from 10 Things I Hate About You. Wherever we know him from, we can all agree: Andrew was smokin’ hot. I don’t know if it was the hair or the surfer-guy ‘tude, but Andrew was a staple on my MASH list. Since his stint as single teenage father on 7th Heaven ended in 2004, Andrew has done some work here and there, but has pretty much fallen off the radar. But, one things for sure. Dude still looks good!

Anyone else think he's got an Orlando Bloom look?

Anyone else think he’s got an Orlando Bloom look?


4. Erik Von Detten

Kids, in the 90's, we all washed our hair with olive oil.

Kids, in the 90’s, we all washed our hair with olive oil.

Back when the Disney Channel was awesome and made a “movie of the month” each month, I longed for the weekends when they’d show Brink. What, you don’t know about Brink? Let me educate you. Brink was a kid who loved to skate because of how it made him feel. However his nemesis (think Draco Malfoy in roller blades) was skating just because he made money off of it. Insert cheesy dialogue, a few predictable plot twists, and an overly-critical father and you’ve got the greatest Disney Channel movie EVER. Seriously. I’ve still got it recorded on VHS. You can totes borrow it. Anyway, since then, Erik’s done some work here and there (did you know he’s the voice of Sid in Toy Story?!), courting the Princess of Genovia and winning Celebrity Mole: Hawaii. Since 2010, he’s been a little M.I.A. Hopefully he hasn’t gone the way of Sid and is now a garbage man.

I'm a soul skater!

I’m a soul skater!


Any heartthrobs you wish would make a come back?