If you ask me, there’s one thing in the world that there’s just too little of, and it’s not love. I’m talking about
S-L-E-E-P. I’m always trying to get more of it and make the most out of what little time I do get.
So I had a thought… why not ask someone who’s truly an expert on the subject; someone who spends more time snoozing than most of us spend at work? I’m talking, of course, about Morris the Cat.
For those of you who don’t know him – or who’ve let sleep deprivation cloud your memory – Morris is the iconic spokescat for 9Lives cat food and has starred in over 50 commercials. When he’s not in front of the camera or chowing down on 9Lives, you can bet he’s napping in his trailer, ahem carrying case.
He’s taken time out of his busy schedule to answer some reader questions about the very im-purr-tant issue of sleep.
I’ve been experiencing difficulties with falling asleep, tossing and turning once my head hits the pillow. I don’t get it because I feel tired all day at work; then I come home, brush my teeth, flip on the TV, and just… lie there. I’m hoping I can learn from the expert. Morris, what am I doing wrong?
Sleepless in San Fur-nando
Dear Sleepless in San Fur-nando,
Your case, unfortunately, is not at all uncommon. When you’re going all day long at the speed of a cheetah, it’s no wonder your mind darts around like a red laser dot at bedtime. Luckily, as a cat, I spend up to 140 hours per week sleeping and I can tell you there is hope! For starters, I notice you mentioned turning on the TV before bed. Cats don’t watch TV – this is partly because the majority of us can’t speak English that well, but mostly because it interferes with our snooze time. Scientifically speaking, the ‘glow’ emitted by an electronic screen enters the brain and slows the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. So next time you want to turn on the tube before bed, try counting sheep instead – or better yet, mice!
I’m a cat but as you know, even animals have ‘spirit animals.’ Mine is an owl – a night owl to be exact. I love to play “catch the speck of dust” or “chase your tail in the middle of the bed” into the wee hours of the morning. My humans have no idea what they’re missing out on. They just lay there snoring and swat at me when I come too close. How can I make them see that daytime is lame, and the real party happens under stars (the stick-on, glow-in-the-dark kind)?
Dear Hyper Harry,
Sadly, this is a case you may not win. Humans need their sleep at night. You get to spend all day snoozing and they only get a few precious hours when the sun goes down. Your humans can, however, make sure that they understand why it is you’re pouncing about and provide things to make nighttime more fun. For instance, your humans could consider getting a kitty condo or put out bags or boxes for you to explore. For extra credit, they can hide treats around the house so you can go on a midnight scavenger hunt. Or, if you’re really lucky, they’ll bring home a kitty best friend for you to play with whenever you please. Other cats might be up at night because they get hungry, in which case their humans could try an automatic food dispenser to provide small meals throughout the night. Remember, the more you let your humans sleep at night, the more energy they’ll have to play with you during the day!
My cat and I are BFFs. We do everything together – play, eat, snuggle – we make a purrfect team. But in the bedroom, I prefer to have my space. My cat, on the other hand, thinks there’s no better place to sleep than right on my head! Why does she do this? I’m not all that fun when I’m sleeping.
Dear Tired Tails,
You have been bestowed a great honor. As cats, we don’t always wear our hearts on our paws, but one tell-tail sign we love and trust you is when we choose to make YOU our bed. Plus, you’re warm. And getting our warmth from you helps us to conserve our own energy for more important things like eating. The rhythm of your breath also creates a calming effect and the curve of your face, stomach, or legs perfectly forms to our bodies. Basically, you’re like a waterbed, heated blanket, and memory foam all in one! So the next time your cat goes to curl up on you, think of it as a compliment and drift off to sleep knowing you are loved… and you’re very comfortable.
Thank you, Morris the Cat, for your wonderful nighttime tips! For more info on Morris’ mission to help cats and humans live well – including his initiative to donate one million 9Lives meals to rescue kitties – check out his Live Well & Prospurr website.
March 7, 2016 – 2:59 PM - | Posted in guest post, pets | No Comments »
WWE Studios has had some really fun animated movies that keeps families and kids entertained, and 2017 will be another film to look forward to for wrestling fans, especially kids.
Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios announced today an animated sequel to Surf’s Up, the 2007 Academy Award nominated action-comedy about surfing penguins. The companies are co-financing and producing the movie which is expected to release in 2017, in time for the original films’ 10th anniversary. Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania will be distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with WWE Studios providing marketing support by leveraging its extensive multi-platform reach.
Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big wave riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer. Genndy Tartakovsky’s protégé Henry Yu (story artist on Sym-Bionic Titan and both Hotel Transylvania feature films) makes his directorial debut with this project, which is produced by Michelle Wong (production manager on Hotel Transylvania 2) and features computer animation from Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) is writing the screenplay.
“We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Animation to bring Cody Maverick back to audiences for more adventures, paired with our WWE Superstars in what promises to be a fun animated film for the entire family,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President.
“WWE has a proven track record with family audiences, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with them and dive back into the fun world of our surfing penguins,” adds Kristine Belson, President, Sony Pictures Animation.
I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
March 1, 2016 – 8:35 PM - | Posted in Entertainment, WWE | No Comments »
Superheroes are big with the kids these days, ok, who are we kidding, they’re big with adults too. Unfortunately, most of the more popular characters are boys/men, so who are the superheroes that the girls can look up to?
If your kids are looking for action-packed girl power, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls. DC Entertainment’s latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heros on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. What I love is how dynamic the characters are, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun; there is a character for everyone.
Having two girls of my own, one who is super into comics and superheros I think this is a great series to show girl power and how strong females can be in this world today and in their own lives.
Check out the online experience your kids can have as well on the DC Super Hero Girls Website where your kids can play games, download free printable activities and more!
The DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel makes it easy for kids to watch their favorite characters, on-demand, and from any device.
March 1, 2016 – 8:15 PM - | Posted in Giveaways, Reviews | No Comments »
Having kids can be scary, I’m not talking about raising them, financially affording them or even parenting correctly. What I’m talking about is the havoc that childbirth can do on a woman’s body. It sucks, plain and simple. Would I give it all up to not have kids and have the body I had before, that functioned properly? Absolutely NOT! I love my girls, and love that I have them, but that’s the breaks, you have kids, you have some things that just don’t work quite the same anymore, and that includes your bladder.
Light bladder leakage is a huge problem for women, especially after having kids, but I’ll be honest, it’s also a problem when you’re a diabetic like me. I pee, A LOT, multiple times through the day, normally it’s more when my sugar is a bit too high, but it really doesn’t help when you already have a little bit of an issue of bladder leakage.
We travel a lot as a family, going multiple places, the last thing I want while traveling is an “oops moment” so I rely on making sure I can have a “Poise Moment” instead. Light leaks are no joke, whether I be traveling, walking or working out, the last thing I want is an unwelcomed surprise due to a cough, sneeze or just a movement. Sure, this is a personal problem, but it’s one many women have, and one we should talk about.
I make sure, that no matter what, I can go on about my everyday life without worry, thanks to Poise Pads that I can purchase at Kroger. At the gym, I don’t have to worry about running away from the issue, I can get my sweat on, and workout in without the worry of an “Oops Moment” happening to me, especially in a public place.
Light Bladder leakage didn’t just happen, in fact, it didn’t start happening to me until this year, that’s a whole 12 years after the birth of my first child, and 10 years after the birth of my 2nd. I tend to think since becoming a diabetic, and having to just go a lot more my wall broke down and said, lady, you’re lucky you went this far…. Poise has come about and has been a life saver in so many different situations.
I remember laughing at my mom, when she had this issue many years ago. She laughed too hard and BOOM, and “Oops Moment” and we (as kids of course) laughed our heads off. Thanks to Poise, my kids won’t have to endure that moment when I exclaim “shoot, I pee’d a little” because I have the discreet protection on my side.
Don’t worry about thinking everyone will know, Poise has size options for everyone, but also has the thin shaped pads which are perfect for being discreet, as well as comfortable, clean and fresh. I’ll always have an extra on hand in my bag to carry with me at all times!
Light Bladder Leakage is something that no one talks about, it’s time that we stand up as women, and help each other acknowledge that yes, it happens, you’re not the only one with that problem, and there’s a way to help. If you have bladder leakage head to your local Kroger store and check out the Poise Thin Shaped Pads that can be worn daily, while allowing you to feel confident, clean and comfortable.
You can find out more information by visiting Poise.com, Poise on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also find your nearest Kroger on their Website, and also visit them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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February 29, 2016 – 12:19 AM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »
Many of us know the name Malala Yousafzai, but what exactly do you know about the story of this 18 year old activist?
Malala campaigned for girls education in Pakistan, because of her voice and campaign she was attacked by the Taliban who shot her, and she almost lost her young life. She has since recovered and even though being shot and almost dying, she has not let this scare her into giving up. Malala continues to campaign and has become the voice for many girls and women as she gives uplifting speeches, and has even received the Nobel Peace Prize.
HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Kisaruni Girls School in Massai Mara, Kenya. May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
The film He Named Me Malala directed by Davis Guggenheim follows the life of Malala and tells her story and gives us more insight into who she is, who her family is, and her life under the Taliban.
Malala’s main influence as we find out is her father, who also campaigns for education and even has his own school in Swat Valley. Malala was named after a story of an Afghan female warrior who rallied local Pashtum fighters in the 1880s against British troops in the Battle of Mainwand. She led them to victory, but sadly was shot in the head. Since Malala was shot, her and her family have since moved to England.
HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. July 12, 2013. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Although Malala is an amazing individual and a great role model for girls and women, we find out through this film that she really is just a regular teenager who has the same issues and problems as other 18 year old girls. As any teenage girl, moving to England is a big adjustment, and her mother speaks about this during the film.
Davis Guggenheim does a great job in bringing together Malala and her namesake Afghan warrior to help us understand who she is, and how her father sees her taking up and looking as her namesake.
Malala tells us that her father only named her Malala, he did not make her Malala. She appreciates and recognizes the importance of her father and the rest of her family but takes responsibility for her own choices and life. A great message for girls to hear!
Malala’s life, and her story is incredible, and something all young girls should see this Monday February 29th as National Geographic premiers the global broadcast of He Named Me Malala at 8pm ET / 7pm CT.
About the Movie:
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for 20th Century Fox. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
February 24, 2016 – 9:30 PM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »