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Erica’s Hot 100

28 May

Maxim just published their Hot 100 for 2012, and let me tell you, outraged was not the word to describe how I felt. When I picture a top 100 list it must have timeliness and it must acknowledge the celebrity’s relevance in that year.

Maxim’s number one? Bar Rafaeli. Really Maxim? First of all, a Victoria’s Secret model as your number one hottest woman? That’s just lazy! That’s like picking oxygen as your favorite gas to breath! Obviously a lingerie model is hot, that is literally her full-time job! And Bar Rafaeli? She didn’t even lead the ladies out at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year!

Also listed? Vanessa Hudgens, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel and Amanda Bynes. Sure, they’re good looking girls, but they have had no relevance in the last year. What are they doing there? There’s so much other super hot ladies that deserved proper places from this year!

Obviously I couldn’t stand to let this atrocity sit idly by like it didn’t neglect some ultimate hotties of 2012. So here’s my list. These ladies are not just hot because they look good in a bikini or have had a scandal or what not. They’re hot because they have sexy personalities, and are a plain ol’ hot presence on tv, movies and media. They’re hot even with their clothes on, a threatening kind of hot. See who I picked and what spot they earned!

Please note: This took research! Literal, jumping from website-to-website research. Never thought my life would come to that. Honestly, I’m okay with it.
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This New Time Magazine Cover is Really Messing with my Head

11 May

When I first heard that people were upset about the new Time magazine cover (for all those that have somehow not heard of it in the last few days, just look at the giant photo in this blog) I reacted with my standard eye roll. My original impression was that people were just ticked off at seeing a lady’s sideboob on the front of a magazine, and that it was too graphic to display to the public.

I didn’t really think of what might actually be upsetting people about the entire story, because I was too busy being grossed out by young children and their weird habits to really explore this cover further. Plus, I always try to avoid being the person that has to complain about anything media-related, because I deal with enough complaints from readers of my own magazine about crazy, pointless stuff every day.

So I’ve decided, I have no problem with the fact that Time decided to publish this cover or the subsequent story, the fact that they did is awesome and wonderful! I do, however, have a problem with homegirl on the front. The woman that decided it was okay to take her child and stick him in such a personal and controversial position at such a young age without giving him the chance to express how he felt. The kid on the front is only 3, so obviously he would do whatever his mom says is right, but in a few years, when he’s a kid trying to grow up, he’ll be faced with that every day. And no matter how natural this may be to some, to 9-year-old boys it will always, always be a kid kissing his moms boob. And when this kid tries to get his first girlfriend, this will be something they might just remember.

In the article the mom, 26-year-old Jamie Lynn Grumet said:

“”People have to realize this is biologically normal,” she said, adding, “The more people see it, the more it’ll become normal in our culture. That’s what I’m hoping. I want people to see it.””

Exposing your children to benefit your own causes is just plain selfish, and what this mom did in an attempt to gain acceptance for her hippie-dippie beliefs is, to me, selfish. It doesn’t matter how confident you are in yourself or your cause, at the end of the day, as a mother, you should focus on the backlash you are exposing your child to first. Maybe this lady’s cause isn’t as important as a more secure and safe future for her child.

RIP Avery

2 May

I recently read an article about a baby in Texas, Avery, born with SMA, or Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I had never heard of this disease either, but it is disease of the spinal cord and brain stem that kills more babies than any other genetic disease.

from Avery's Bucket List

Shortly after her birth Avery was only given a few months to live, so her parents decided to create Avery’s Bucket List for her, to accomplish some big moments in a person’s life before she lost hers. They fed her hard foods like cupcakes and lollipops, got her a drivers license,  even got her a first kiss, on the cheek by a little boy also with SMA.

Just about a week after first hearing about Avery I have learned that she’s passed away after going into cardiac arrest unexpectedly on April 30. Born on 11-11-11, she was only 5 and a half months old.

from Avery's Bucket List

There aren’t really words to describe how special the Canahuati family is. In the face of such pain they put their grief aside to provide everything they could for their little girl. I honestly don’t know if, when faced with such a painful situation, I wouldn’t just spend all day in bed crying. Her parents are two very, very strong people that pushed everything to the side when their daughter needed them. They were destined to be a family, because Avery needed two people as remarkable as her two parents to keep smiling.

I decided to donate to her organization, mainly because I was really touched by the family and their dedication to their adorable little girl, but also because every dollar donated will be matched to meet a $1,000,000 goal to launch an SMA Gene Therapy program.

I was amazed that a disease so deadly and so popular was foreign to me, and I’m lucky to have had the chance to read Avery’s story, even if for a short time, and learn more about this disease. What I am really grateful of, however, is the chance to have read about Avery and her family. They really set an example for me, and I admire them for that.

Click here to donate if you have the means, and no matter what, take today and try and live it a little bit more, for people like Avery who lived theirs to the fullest.

Why Lush Went Too Far

27 Apr

Three years ago (wow I can’t believe it’s been that long) while backpacking through Italy with my friend, Lizz, I ran out of shampoo. This was a serious, serious problem as, after almost a month of travelling with the same duffle bag of clothes, that was about the only thing keeping me from not smelling like a moldy ball of sweat and grime. I was gross.

While walking around Rome one day Lizz and I stumbled on a store called Lush, a cosmetic store with only all-natural, organic, handmade products. They also had shampoo bars, which was beyond necessary (and traveled better than liquid shampoo, FYI!).  That was my first experience with the store, but since then Lush shops have been popping up everywhere, including in the mall right by me.

I really do like their products, they smell and feel amazing, but I can’t quite say that I like Lush anymore. This week, in the front window of Lush’s Regent Street (London) shop, they decided to put on a performance as an attempt to put an end to animal testing on cosmetic products. They stuck a 24-year-old performance artist in a nude leotard on a table, then streamed a 10-hour long series (before clicking that link please be aware that it includes a very graphic video of the performance) of torturous procedures, depicting what animals go through during one day at an animal testing lab. A “doctor” in a white lab lab coat and mask stretched the woman’s mouth open, choking her with lotions and creams, sprayed contact solution in her eyes, even shaved her head. It was long, graphic and in my opinion extremely unnecessary.

Obviously I’m against animal testing for cosmetics or any other product, because I’m not a heartless monster. Obviously I don’t want to subject animals to pain or poison them or stick them in cages to be used as basically live bait. Obviously. And I don’t know anyone that agrees to animal testing either. But this bizarre and brutal performance does not help curb animal testing, it just displays really terrifying and disturbing images to innocent civilians. It puts a fear in children that stumbled across it while walking past the shop or looking online. It harms human beings and does nothing to end animal cruelty.

It was a cheap and poorly-planned publicity stunt for the company. I don’t know if I’ll ever shop at Lush again, because I’m really offended that they would subject a human being to such pain and their customers to such offenses all to prove an already-obvious point. They could have asked people to sign a petition and people would have signed it without that performance, because animal testing is wrong regardless of that.

If you want to make a difference when it comes to animal testing, check out this list (after the jump) of brands that still test products on animals and don’t buy them. It’s that simple. Hit them where it hurts, in the wallet, and don’t terrify others who don’t have their hand in what goes on with these companies. Keep this list in your wallet, and next time you go shopping skip over the bad guys. It’s as easy as that.

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This Just In: Anchorman Sequel!?

28 Mar

Who doesn’t love Will Ferrel. Honestly if you don’t you’re no friend of mine.

Well everyone’s favorite anchorman Ron Burgundy stopped by the “Conan show” to announce a sequel to “Anchorman”! AHHHHH LOUD NOISES! I’m so excited!

Check out the video here! I don’t know what we’re yelling about!

It’s time to step up our game

7 Mar

Ever since I was young I’ve tried hard to be as involved in the conflicts of Africa as I could. In high school my Literature of the Holocaust class raised over $5,000 to help provide the refugee camps of Darfur with clean drinking water. Entering college and being preoccupied with being in college definitely distracted me from something that used to be very important to me, and having very little money for the last decade has made it more difficult to donate.

This video made me remember that while I was busy sleeping in and drinking, children were dying at the hands of monsters. The world is a scary place when we take the time to step outside of our bubble, but we can help!

This grassroots movement aims to arrest Joseph Kony by the end of 2012 and help put an end to child soldiers in Uganda. It’s driven entirely by us, the people with a voice, and by social media.

Check out the video, and most importantly share it! You may be as broke as I am, but we can let those that influence our media hear this message and help do something to stop it. So let’s use the sites that we are already glued to all day, every day to save lives!

Get Your Craft On!

2 Mar

As we all know, March is National Craft Month. Oh… you didn’t know that? Yeah I guess no one does but whatever.

To celebrate I would like to totally jam my blog up with fun, funky, affordable crafts and creations. Obviously I’ll post some myself, but I’m a working woman! And unfortunately that means I don’t have as much time to craft as I would like to… meaning all day, every day, every single second.

If you have a craft, painting, recipe or creative tip to share please submit your ideas to the masses. Click the “submit” tab in the upper right corner for details on how to do your thang. Submissions will of course get complete and total credit for everything they do. Besides that, stay tuned for this month of crafting glory!

Happy National Craft Month!