Is The Old Fashioned Barber Shop Making A Comeback?

If you've ever considered taking up being a barber as your occupation in life, you may have found yourself somewhat disillusioned when you discovered that there didn't seem to be very many traditional barber shops in your neighborhood. Perhaps you have always wanted to own a barber shop of your own, or simply prefer to deal with "quick and simple" men's styles, rather than deal with the high drama and endless changes of women's hair care and fashions.

Is The Traditional Barber Shop Dead? 

The past few decades have certainly seen an explosion in hair styling salon, cosmetology centers, and even personal groomers. Meanwhile, the old school barber shop seems to have been on a steep decline in popularity, as more and more men have started patronizing salons that were traditionally the province of the fair sex.

However, appearances can be very deceiving. The truth of the matter is that the traditional "All American" men's barber shop is far from dead. In fact, there's every indication that such classic shops for men are making a serious comeback in the 21st century. 

Keeping The Traditional Barber Shop Alive 

Part of the reason is that men are discovering that, despite the recent rise in unisex and "metro" fashions, they don't really care that much about dissolving the boundaries between the genders. In short, most men just want to be regular guys, and the traditional men's barber shop is one of the places they rely on to keep themselves that way. 

How You Can Do You Part To Keep The Tradition Safe

If you've ever found yourself worrying over the possibility of not having a traditional men's barber shop to turn to as the decades go by, it's time for you to take a stand. There is something that you can do to ensure that the classic barber shop will not disappear during your lifetime - or your sons' and grandsons'. You can enroll in barber school

Becoming a barber will guarantee that you will have an excellent set of skills to embark upon a productive and rewarding career with. Some day, you may even be able to open up a classic men's barber shop of your own. The important thing is that you will be doing your part to keep this classic tradition alive into the 21st century and, perhaps, well into the next.

Disney Snacks At Home: Countdown to #DisneySide @ Home

I'm so excited to share the different Disney snacks I have stumbled across. I love that most of these are either really healthy snacks, or an alternative to their competitors. These are items that can be purchased online or at a local retailer (recipes are not found here).

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party Bouquet

Edible Arrangements Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party bouquet

low calorie snacks
Foodles by Crunch Pak (Sponsor)

Juicy Juice has juice boxes with awesome characters on them. 

Good2Grow juices has adorable Disney Tops (I know Kodabug would love the Minnie one)

I would love to add to this list if anyone has suggestions. 

I love these snacks and it makes healthy snack time so much easier. 

New Favorite Gadget: Minzos #Turbo Pen

Disclaimer: I recieved a product to review. All opinions are my own.

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This Minzos Turbo Pen  is one of the coolest gadgets I have run across. It is a stylus, pen, lazer pointer, and LED light all in one. I love this thing when I'm out and about, at events, on vacation, or during an investigation. I have what I need without having to carry 4 different items, which really can be a pain in the behind. (Even better, it has a 1 year replacement warranty!)

The thickness is perfect for all it's uses and fits perfectly in your hand, it also weighs just enough, so that you feel the weight of a pen in your hand. However, I think my favorite thing about it is that it doesn't look like some crazy gadget. I can use it in peace without worrying about it getting jacked or everyone asking a million questions and wanting to touch it with their grubby fingers. (I know, I have issues).

Seriously, this is the best stylus ever made and everyone should have one!

Go Insta-Crazy with #Cube

Disclaimer: I have received a product to review. All opinions are my own.

Many of you know that I'm a little bit obsessed with Instagram. Well, the one thing that I'm not impressed with when it comes to Instagram is the lack of ability to display the photos. Of course, we live in a mobile world and most people have Instagram on their phones and can see, like, and comment on your photo. But that only does so much. Sometimes you may want to display those photos without having to wait for tiny prints. Sometimes you may want to use those photos at events, and that's not so easy.

HashtagCube (#Cube) has created the perfect solution to this problem. This (very large) digital photo frame is unique in that it displays photos from Instagram via wifi. It can be set up to display photos from certain users, certain hashtags, or photos that certain users liked. It can display a grid of photos or just one per screen, allowing the viewer to flip through the photos.

I am using our HashtagCube a little differently than most, although my process is being perfected still. I use it to display team photos and evidence at CSPRI, Paralina, and Carolina Cryptid Crew events. This is a great way to get our fans excited about what we do. I have one change to make and it will be perfect. I'm going to create a private Instagram account and only post photos of evidence. I'll use the HashtagCube to display the photos from that account. The fun thing about that is that I can share behind the scenes photos, and snippets of videos from our gopro and pov cameras. This will give those that attend our events something special. Something I've noticed is that it makes those attending want to share it with their social media. Win-Win

The features of this amazing product are awesome:

  • Wifi/ Socially connected
  • Realtime & Instant
  • Touch Display
  • Favorite Button
  • Smart & Updatable (there are upgrades to the software periodically)
  • Wireless
  • Rechargeable
  • 8" Square display; 4" tile images
  • $149

Disney Freebies: Countdown to #DisneySide @ Home

I'm sure you guys have noticed that awesome badge to the side that shows that I'm a host of a #DisneySide @Home party. I'm so excited and Tbomb is excited to help host a Disney Cars party. We are doing our party at church and I've even found the perfect devotion to go along with it. Leading up to this great party, I'm going to share some awesome things I've found along the way, starting with some great freebies! Although I've heard of some great freebies at the parks, I'm limiting these to items you can request from home.

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1. Get a Wrech-It-Ralph for free, along with tons of other freebies. Details here.

2. Free customized family decal. Too adorable! Get your own DisneySide sticker.

3. Get a free autographed postcard from your favorite Disney character.
Just send a letter to your favorite character and they'll send an autographed post card in return. Address to

Disneyland Resort,
Guest Communications
Attn: Character Fan Mail
PO Box 3232
Anaheim, CA 92803-3232 
Walt Disney World Communications
PO Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

4. Free Digital Games- Disney and Disney Junior

5. Free printables (paper dolls, recipes, games, and more.)

6. 4 Free Digital Books (Free sign up and available on desktop or mobile).

7. Free Wallpapers  (No viruses- official Disney Blog)

I hope you've enjoyed these freebies- there is more fun to come. I'll be sharing Disney snacks, apps, crafts, and even my favorite Disney blogs!

Press Release: Club Connect Adopt A School Program


-- Innovative Program to Bring Vital Literacy Resources to Schools Across America --

ALEXANDRIA, VA (Feb. 3, 2015) – United Way Worldwide in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Scholastic launched the “Club Connect Adopt-A-School” program across the country today. The ground breaking national program provides resources to the elementary schools most in need of improving early grade reading.

“The Club Connect Adopt a School program is an opportunity for all of us to work together and promote the value of reading and the importance of literacy,” said Brian Gallagher, CEO of United Way Worldwide. “Research shows that improving reading levels as early as third grade is a key strategy to reducing high school dropout rates. Our goal is to have every Title I school in America adopted through Club Connect.”

Club Connect helps participating elementary schools by providing relevant books and resources to promote reading and parent engagement throughout the entire year. In addition, every child receives a free one-year membership to the Club Connect website, which encourages a love for reading and offers incentives to read after school and through the summer. The interactive website features educational games, videos, e-books and more. Parental engagement is also a primary focus, which empowers the families to help their children read and learn, especially during the summer.

The program also includes a state-of-the-art “Reading Oasis” from Scholastic set up at all participating schools, a wonderful space with hundreds of books for grades PK-3, a stereo listening center and colorful furniture. The Reading Oasis is a safe and inviting location where families and community partners can meet and enjoy reading together while gaining access to books year-round.

“After traveling to visit principals in more than a dozen states, their message is consistent and clear…we need to do more to engage kids in reading after school and in the summer months,” said Bill O’Dowd, member of the Worldwide Leadership Council of United Way and creator of Club Connect. “At lower income levels there is only one age appropriate book in the home for every 300 children. Club Connect was designed to give these kids a chance.”

Fifteen schools have participated in Club Connect pilot programs, and provided valuable insights and positive feedback leading up to this national launch. The inaugural Reading Oasis installation is taking place today at Chalmette Elementary School in the greater New Orleans area, hosted by United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

“We are thrilled to bring Club Connect to our school,” said Doris Votier, Superintendent of Schools, St. Parish County Public Schools. “We know that reading is critical to academic success, and if these skills are not mastered in the early years, children will fall further and further behind. The incredible Reading Oasis and generous Club Connect memberships are wonderful opportunities for our students and their families.”

For $10,000 per year, donors can adopt a school and help hundreds of children. United Way Worldwide is also announcing a crowdfunding tool for people to give donations as small as $20 to the national program, or they can choose to direct their funds to a specific school’s Club Connect program. Individuals, corporations and organizations are encouraged to participate and adopt a school in their local communities. They can visit to adopt a school or donate to United Way Club Connect there. There are also numerous opportunities to volunteer at participating schools across the country.

About United Way
With more than 2.8 million volunteers and 9.7 million donors worldwide, and more than $5 billion raised every year, United Way is the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit. It is working in nearly 1,800 communities across 41 countries and territories to create community solutions that improve life for everyone. Across the world, United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, civic and faith organizations, as well as educators, labor, health organizations, government and more.

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle school principals in the United States and internationally. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning through policy and professional development, advocacy, programs, and resources for effective instructional leadership. NAESP advances the profession on behalf of all principals, providing specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and capacity-building educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at


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