We know you, dear MamaPop readers, have lives. Places to go, things to do, jobs to keep and what-not. Which is why we now offer you a look back on the week that was on MamaPop by way of our most popular posts of the past seven days. Please to enjoy.
Olympic fever—or is it furor?—has taken over All Teh Mediaz! Television and internet are a non-stop parade of toned, buff, super-ripped men and women from around the world, and new stars are being made with each swim stroke, canoe paddle, and Amanar vault.
And ohmygoodness! So many taut hineys in shiny spandex…or whatever space age fabric Olympic athletes are wrapping their hineys in these days. A person could be forgiven for thinking it’s the butt-hugging shorts that make all those glutes look so good. You know, instead of the thousands of hours in the gym and a diet weighed out in ounces to the last lean turkey cutlet.
A few weeks ago, I was trying to think of something that I could easily add to my exercise regimen at home that might be an option during the cold winter months when going outside isn’t a sane option. I had owned Jillian Michaels‘ 30-Day Shred DVD at some point (I think if you were a mom blogger or were mom-blogger-adjacent in, like, 2007-2009, you were issued it) and thought that might be a good option. Then I figured that, by this point, I should be able to find all three levels on YouTube. And I was right, but I soon realized that workout videos on YouTube are plentiful and kind of bizarre. I’ve compiled a few of my favorites to share with you.
If you’re like me, you have fond childhood memories of watching U.S. Olympic gymnasts go for the gold.
In 1984, at age seven, I was absolutely romanced by a tiny, spunky athelete…and one that just so happened to be from West Virginia. Just like me!
So you can almost hear the sad trombones that sounded when I found out that the 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team had won the gold medal in the London games….about five hours before I wanted to know….while I was still at work trying to artfully word an email gently suggesting that you have to have your computer’s speakers on to hear sounds.
Lower nose forest lovers: this one’s for you/me/us. Some say that mustaches are an acquired taste, and luckily it seems to be one I picked up along the way, probably in a barber shop’s back alley when I wasn’t paying attention. I’ve come around to love and respect a properly grown and tended mustache, the same way I also used to hate wearing shorts and then BAM they’re back again and how’d they get so cute all of a sudden. If you do something right, it can be a magical thing.
There’s a special ingredient that will turn the dullest of shindigs into a raging dance party: the perfect playlist. Some songs simply demand that you get out of your seat or peel yourself off the wall and hit the dance floor. Unfortunately, I will be on the west coast during Sparklecorn tomorrow, but after four years at MamaPop, I’m here to tell you that Sparklecorn isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind, and I aim to boogie along my comrades in spirit. So, whether you’re partying at Sparklecorn or simply throwing your own personal dance party at home, here are some tunes you simply must put into the mix.