Archive for the “Just for fun!” Category


Growing up it was an August ritual to go shopping for new school shoes, and the habit has kinda stuck because end of summer is my favorite time to shop for shoes.  But, like many women, I’m also guilty of having an already full closet of shoes, some of which are rarely worn, and in fact, I found out that Americans (men and woman) have about 1.5 billion shoes that they never wear!

So this year I’ve decided to give up a few of my rarely used kicks in hopes that someone else will put them to good use.  An organization doing a really fantastic job of collecting and distributing new and gently worn shoes is Soles4Souls, a non-profit whose mission is to give the gift of shoes to people in need both in the U.S. and abroad.

They’ve made it easy to donate, too, by partnering with large and small businesses across the country.  You can find a participating donation center just by entering your zip code on their website, or you can even host a shoe drive at your school if you want to get others involved in your altruistic endeavor.

From disaster relief to homeless shelters, summer camps for disadvantaged children and orphanages, there are millions of people across the globe in need of shoes, and this is just one small way that we can help.  So, goodbye, cute pink running shoes circa 2001 (and not-so-cute old school orange Pumas)- here’s hoping you make some other feet happy.

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If you’ll be in or near the Santa Monica area this July, and you’re looking for a fun weekend activity my friend Rebecca Heller (author of “Surf Like a Girl”) is hosting a surf workshop along with Perfect Day Surf Camp where you can learn to surf in an all female, non-competitive and girl friendly environment.   It’s sponsored by Roxy and here are all the details for the weekend:

Who: All the ladies (ages 17 and up, please)
When: Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19
Time: 9 - 11am  (Please arrive by 8:45am)
Where: Santa Monica Beach, Parking Lot #9 North of the Pier
What to bring: Wear a bathing suit and sunscreen. Bring a towel and water. We will supply wetsuits and foam surfboards.
Cost: $150 both days/$80 one day

If this sounds like fun (and trust me, it will be!) then email Rebecca (rebecca [at] surflikeagirl [dot] net) to sign up for the weekend. Maybe I’ll see you out on the waves!

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MTV News is searching for the Class of ‘09 Valedictorian - a high school student from this year’s graduating class who can put to words what it means to be part of the class of ‘09.

Want to enter? Just go to your.mtv.com to create a user account and upload your video (which should be no longer than three minutes) and answer the question: “What are the defining factors of your generation, and how are these factors reflected in the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the class of ‘09?”

The winner will be flown to New York for lunch with Sway and a taping of the brand new MTV series “It’s On with Alexa Chung.” The winning video will also appear on MTVNews.com and may even air on MTV!

So if you think you have what it takes to represent the Class of ‘09, get your video uploaded by June 30th! Good luck!

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Earlier this year, I posted a link to the Save Me A Spot in College Scholarship Contest, and now I have to share a video from one of the grand prize winners.  I think it is truly awesome!

You Gotta Get in Line - Orange County - Middle School - Grand Prize Nominee from Campaign for College Opportunity on Vimeo.

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Threadless, my favorite purveyor of t-shirts, is doing a cool promotion this week for Earth Day.  Buy one of their original, affordable tees, and they’ll donate $1 to PlantaBillion.org. And in celebration of Earth Day they’ve launched a bunch of new green-themed designs.  This one’s my favorite…

Be Green by T-Shirts for Robots (TM)

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There is a GREAT site you have to check out called The Girl Project.  It’s a national collection of photographs taken by teenage girls that represent girlhood and life as seen through the eyes of young women in America. I am so impressed by the originality and rawness of the photographs, and the cool thing is that you can be part of this project if you’re a girl between the ages of 13-18.

Visit the website, send an email to Kate, and The Girl Project will send you a disposable camera with which you’re supposed to document your life with interesting photographs.  Once you’ve finished the roll of film, send the camera back to The Girl Project, and your photographs may be featured on The Girl Project website and potentially in their soon-to-be-released book.  Check out The Girl Project blog to get an idea of the types of creative shots they like to see.

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This week marks the official start of the 2009 “Stuck at Prom” Contest sponsored by Duck brand Duct Tape, and it also happens to bring back some sweet memories from my first year working in college admissions at Columbia University.  One of the most memorable admissions essays I read was from a Minnesota girl who wrote about the construction of her duct tape prom dress–she even sent along a picture so that I could fully appreciate her designing skills.  And now, you too, have a chance at designing your very own duct tape creation and taking home the scholarship prize of $3,000.

The contest ends June 8, 2009, and here’s the link to more information about rules and stuff.  If you end up making a duct tape design, will you please send me your photos to post on the website?  Here are a couple past creations to get those creative juices flowing…

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For those of you who aren’t anxiously awaiting emails and fat envelopes, you’re probably thinking about, studying for, or perhaps even procrastinating (like I did) for the SAT or ACT.  But there’s an awesome little site that just might make learning vocab fun, or at least give you a warm, fuzzy feeling for helping out some people in need.

Check out FreeRice.com where your correct answers to questions on a variety of subjects will result in the donation of 10 grains of rice to a family in need.  That may not seem like a lot, but if you spend an hour on the site flexing your amazing vocab skills you just might get the brush-up you need to ace that SAT and feed a family in need.  And all it costs is a little time and brainpower.  Just watch out–it’s a little addictive.

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Those who know me well can attest to the fact that I am a hoodie girl, so when I saw Champion’s Hoodie Remix I was just a little bit excited and had to share it with you.  So here’s the deal, visit Champion’s Hoodie Remix website where you can design your own fabulous hoodie.  The contest ends March 31st, so you’ve got some time to really finesse your design.  Once you submit your hoodie to the gallery, users can vote for their favorites, and the designer of the winning hoodie will get their hoodie produced as well as some $$$.  May the best hoodie win!

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Totally unrelated to college but great (and hilariously true) advice nonetheless, check out 9-yr-old Alec Greven promoting his new book How to Talk to Girls.

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