Tori Spelling Spills Her Secrets

Tori Spelling has decided to spill her secrets to the world and I cannot be happier. I love Tori and her show…I’m glad that she’s all good considering the way she grew up. (Besides we have the same name…SHHHHHH!!!)

Here are some of the juicy bits that have been spilled:

On ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′

– I had an insta-crush on Brian Austin Green. Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and I became friends … I cheated on [my first boyfriend] by hooking up with my costar Brian. Brian was the only guy on the show my age. We had something going (or not going) over the years we worked together. We were always fighting, making up, having fun, and hating each other. We were just young.

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– The center of this high school clique was Shannen and Jennie. Shannen had everything, but she could be arrogant and carefree. Jennie was outspoken when she thought Shannen was out of line. Sometimes they got along, but there were explosions. Once, they got into a fistfight … For the most part, the cast and crew functioned as a close family. And in the course of the ten years the show was on the air, everyone in the cast pretty much slept with everyone else. We all would laugh about it years later.

On Meeting Future Husband Dean McDermott

– I’d been instantly attracted to men before, but this was different. It was love at first sight. I fell so hard … I thought that was adorable. Then I noticed he had a wedding ring. When someone asked, he pulled out photos of his children. And — oh, yeah — I had a husband too. It was fun to flirt, but I knew nothing would happen … But: Dean and I went to a bar after dinner. And we spent the night at the Cartier Place. The following day when I woke up next to Dean, I had no regrets. Something was really wrong with my marriage. Not only because I slept with this guy—though that certainly wasn’t a positive sign—but because I didn’t regret it.

On Breaking the News About Dean to Husband Charlie Shanian

– I told him that I’d never been in love with him. I loved him and he’d been a friend to me, but I married him because he was a great guy, a guy who took care of me. Charlie didn’t want to hear it. He kept saying, “Where’s all this coming from? We have a perfect relationship.” Then he turned to me. “Did you cheat on me?” I said yes. He said, “It was with Dean, wasn’t it?” I said yes. He said, “I should have known.”

On Plastic Surgery

– If knew the styles were going to be the way they are now, I wouldn’t have gotten my boobs done in the ’90s. The clothes now wear so much better when you’re smaller. In the ’90s it was all about big boobs in halter tops.

Fireplace Takin’ Center Stage

A few weeks ago I did a family room e-design for a client who told me she had a fireplace with the stone running all the way up to the ceiling.  I was blown away by how beautiful this fireplace was when I saw the pictures Brenda sent! The dilemma? How to position the seating around the fireplace and media center.  This is a common problem folks tend to have when trying to configure their family rooms. They want to highlight the focal point of the space, while making it a functional room at the same time!


Family Room Stats:
Center Stage: Fireplace
Function: TV and relaxing room


Here’s the stunner:



Here’s the layout (sofa is to the right of the fireplace against the wall)



The main thing I tried to fix was the flow of the space.  Sometimes the best way to create a better flow is to bring furniture to the middle of the room, instead of pushing it all up against the walls.  Also, by turning the couch (the pretty new one you’ll see in the inspiration board!) perpendicular to the fireplace, we still incorporated the focal point without making it feel like it was out of place or just floating on the wall. I also moved the entertainment center to the opposite wall, since it was the only wall without windows, an archway, or fireplace.  To balance that side of the room, I sourced some bookshelves to give it height.  A fun garden stool, end table with a mirrored top, and introducing some blues and greens really helped to freshen the space.


Here’s the new layout I came up with:



The inspiration board for the family room is clean, traditional, soothing and has a touch of modern elements seen in the occasional chair, cube ottomans, mirrors and pillow fabrics.



And finally, here is the media wall that I designed:



I think the flow will be wonderful and the greens and blue will be perfect with the colors in the fireplace materials. Can’t wait to see the room’s progress! What do you think? Have you ever had a space planning issue like these when trying to draw attention to a focal point?


If you need help in designing a room in your home, please visit my e-design page or email me at michaelawarner90@gmail.com
I’d love to help you create a space you love by coming up with an inspiration board, layout, or help you solve a quick design dilemma.

When you say the words Entertainment Unit what comes to mind?

Something like this?
Yup..me too. A lot of people are moving away from things like this. We don’t even have one. Our TV sits on the wall. Not that the tv ever goes on…but that’s another story.
I love that everyone seems to be thinking outside the box now when it comes to places to place their TV’s.
Last week I picked this up
I thought it would make a wonderful entertainment unit or buffet. Maybe it was the glass that got me. I just couldn’t leave it.
And it sold
Before I had the chance to paint it. Which is wonderful. That way it’s not just my vision for a finished product…I get to have collaborators. :)
We hashed out a few ideas and came up with something absolutely wonderful.
What do you think?
 I’m in love. I think I say that a lot. Maybe it’s just an addiction to furniture. Either way I thought the finished product would be great in any home.
 You know how some pieces fit this style or that style…this one has it all.
 And if the new owner ever wants to change it out and make it into something else….perfect. It can become anything.
Can’t wait for her to meet this piece in person next week.
Till then I’m just going to enjoy looking at her. (and yes, in my mind this is a her)

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Furniture layout…big or small space, you’ve gotta nail this!

 Pay attention! This is an important one. There are a whole lot of ways to skin a kitty on this one but there is only one rule. It may be the golden rule in furniture layout or it may just be my own golden rule, I’m not real sure but here she goes….

CREATE A CONVERSATION AREA. Make it intimate, no matter if your space is huge or if it’s small and you have no choice in it being intimate. I hear a lot of excuses for bad furniture layout! “we need every seat in the space facing the TV” or “my space is too small to fit any furniture” or “I have a long living room, how can I divide it up” or, and I love this one “there are too many windows in my living room and no space to put the furniture” WHAT?!? Never complain about having too much light!!

In response to some of these main dilemmas I have found some images of layout solutions that I hope will inspire some ideas!

One of the easier no brainer ways to create a conversation space is to layout your area symmetrically. This establishes balance, organizes the space and means you don’t need to spend a lot of time trying to reinvent the wheel.

BELOW: I like this layout because it makes a great conversation area and also addresses the two major concerns of everyone needing to see the TV and having enough seating for a big family. It has become very trendy and also very functional to use benches as extra seating. It also visually squares off the area and although your kids are not going to sit and watch TV on them, they are great to pull up to the coffee table for extra guest seating.

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BELOW: This layout allows for lots of seating without having to commit to buying a sectional. Having two sofas is less of a commitment if you decide you want to break apart the room later or rearrange for a fresh look down the line. For an alternative layout, the couch facing the fireplace could switch places with the two chairs and it would function well this way too.

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BELOW: This is another layout using a couch rather than sectional. You still have your largest piece squared up to the TV and two over sized chairs squaring off the area and pulled in to make the space intimate. You could angle these like they are or face them both forward to be more symmetrical. The chair angled out on the corner further pulls together the conversation space and closes off the space between the living and dining areas, making the space seems cozier.

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BELOW: This is a great layout for making an intimate area when you have a narrow small space. The bench squares off the area, creates extra seating but also does not obscure your line of vision from the other room that transitions into the living space.  Also a great example of how furniture can successfully be placed in front of a window and look great!
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BELOW: Speaking of positioning furniture in front of a window… These chairs frame this window so beautifully! I love the unexpected use of the long console rather than just having a small table between the chairs. This is a great example of how getting creative and thinking outside the box can really make your space unique!
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BELOW: Another success at placing furniture in front of a window! I love this layout for a front sitting room that may open to another room behind the rounded chairs. The symmetry of the mirrors and the tables on either side of the couch make the window stand out more than it would if nothing were standing in its way.
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BELOW: This one is great because it is an example of making your fireplace your focal point by not hanging your TV above it. In this room, lets assume that we have wall space opposite the couch where a TV could exist. Now your furniture doesn’t need to be arranged to hover in front the fireplace but rather now you can use it as your accent wall. This mantle looks awesome with this offset mirror or could be a great place to display a pop of color with artwork.

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BELOW: Another great example of how you can make you can make your fireplace your feature instead of your TV shelf. The other thing I love about this is that the long sofa creates a divide between the living room and kitchen but yet it still low enough profile that it doesn’t seem closed off.

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BELOW: I love this one too because normally people will avoid putting furniture in front of their fireplace because it may cover it up as the feature wall. However, when done the right way it draws more attention to it!

Still looking for more options…Here is a great cheat sheet to help you lay out a room.

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Now every living space cannot fit the easy intimate squared off space plan. When you have an extremely large and long area to work with it may look a little stark to create a small intimate space in the center of the room. In this case it may be necessary to think of some ways to create two spaces in one open area. Now here are a few layouts to address this situation.

BELOW: A long space is divided in two areas. In this case the main couch and some additional seating is situated in front of the fireplace on one side and a sofa table is used to divide the spaces. The other side is a intimate lounge area, perfect for entertaining.

 

 

BELOW: A similar space but this one uses two couches facing one another to create the second space for entertaining.

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BELOW: These two spaces use couches back to back, with a sofa table between to divide the room.

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BELOW: I love this solution for a particularly wide space. In this case, they have used two coffee tables, maximizing the area but still making it feel cohesive.

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Fireplace Takin’ Center Stage

 A few weeks ago I did a family room e-design for a client who told me she had a fireplace with the stone running all the way up to the ceiling.  I was blown away by how beautiful this fireplace was when I saw the pictures Brenda sent! The dilemma? How to position the seating around the fireplace and media center.  This is a common problem folks tend to have when trying to configure their family rooms. They want to highlight the focal point of the space, while making it a functional room at the same time!



Family Room Stats:
Center Stage: Fireplace
Function: TV and relaxing room


Here’s the stunner:



Here’s the layout (sofa is to the right of the fireplace against the wall)



The main thing I tried to fix was the flow of the space.  Sometimes the best way to create a better flow is to bring furniture to the middle of the room, instead of pushing it all up against the walls.  Also, by turning the couch (the pretty new one you’ll see in the inspiration board!) perpendicular to the fireplace, we still incorporated the focal point without making it feel like it was out of place or just floating on the wall. I also moved the entertainment center to the opposite wall, since it was the only wall without windows, an archway, or fireplace.  To balance that side of the room, I sourced some bookshelves to give it height.  A fun garden stool, end table with a mirrored top, and introducing some blues and greens really helped to freshen the space.


Here’s the new layout I came up with:



The inspiration board for the family room is clean, traditional, soothing and has a touch of modern elements seen in the occasional chair, cube ottomans, mirrors and pillow fabrics.



And finally, here is the media wall that I designed:



I think the flow will be wonderful and the greens and blue will be perfect with the colors in the fireplace materials. Can’t wait to see the room’s progress! What do you think? Have you ever had a space planning issue like these when trying to draw attention to a focal point?

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Best of Los Angeles: RockSweat Fitness

Are you and your friends often torn between the decision to work out or go out? Thanks to RockSweat, you can now do both at the same time. Malibu residents Evan and Diane Harrison represent the radio industry vet and group fitness pro behind the concept. Says Evan “I’m a fitness junkie, but I always felt like the connection between music and fitness was missing. I realized that great music venues with amazing sound systems, smoke machines and projected images to give a full concert environment usually sit vacant in the morning, after the cleaning crew leaves.” After approaching various LA clubs with their idea, RockSweat found its stage at Sunset Blvd’s iconic music venue The Roxy.

RockSweat combines a 45-minute full body workout set to the backdrop of a rockin’ concert, equipped with a live DJ, emcee, a great sound system, and all the bells and whistles of a live music show. The workouts are a fusion of high intensity interval training, dance cardio, Pilates, and ends with a short session of yoga. Playlists span all genres and decades too, with everything from Rolling Stones, Tiesto, Madonna, Tupac, Ed Sheeran, and beyond. It won’t replace your normal workout routine, but it’s a sure bet to be more fun. Tickets can be purchased online; make sure to visit the website for information on session times.

Jammin’ for Jones Benefit Concert

Help Raise Awareness for Parkinson’s Disease and MS

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 8:00 PM

Location: Saban Theatre – 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Hosted by Kevin Nealon
Join the cause with Stephen Bishop and friends on April 28 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. This benefit concert will include performances by Dionne Warwick, British pop star Rumer, Micky Dolenz (of the Monkees), Howard Jones and video tributes from One Direction, Randy Newman & Michael McDonald.Beloved songwriter and musician Jeff Jones has been stricken with both MS and Parkinson’s disease and is struggling to survive. Jeff toured with the Monkees and has written songs for Art Garfunkel, Johnny Mathis, Stephen Bishop, Alabama, and Hurricane.

Jeff describes living with MS and Parkinson’s like, “Walking up hill in mud with 40 lbs weights around your ankles.” Please support this campaign to help Jeff get through these tough times.

Ticket prices range from $50 to $175 (plus fees).To buy tickets, please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004E57EE4E535E?SREF=TWEventKeyword  or the Saban Theatre Box Office

Money raised goes towards Jeff’s medical expenses.

To donate online, please visit:  http://www.gofundme.com/jamminforjones

Take 6 and The Manhattan Transfer Kick Off National Tour

 

Combing forces for the first time, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will begin a special collaboration in Los Angeles at Catalina Jazz Club on March 23 and 24 before heading on a national tour. Each of these legendary acts has 10 Grammy Awards to their credit amongst a host of other recognitions. Each will perform a set, culminating with a duet featuring the tightest harmonies known in the music business as well as in innovative arrangements and funky grooves.

No ordinary double bill, this is a show that will create a once-in-a-lifetime event and Angelenos will be the first to witness it!  The two groups are known for their ability to move effortlessly among a wide range of styles from jazz to swing, pop, gospel and R&B.

This year marks The Manhattan Transfer’s 40th anniversary of their debut recording while Take 6 celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.

The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great jazz and pop hits that earned them induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their first hit, “Operator,” was followed by the history making “The Boy From New York City” making them the first group to win Grammy Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year. The 12 Grammy nominations they received for their album Vocalese in 1985 made it the second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller as most nominated album in one year, and cemented the group’s status as one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music. “Route 66” and their rendition of “Birdland” are yet more memorable classics of their 19 singles and 29 albums over their stellar career. With worldwide record sales in the millions, their melodic and jazz infused vocals continue to bring audiences back year after year spanning generations.

Take 6

Take 6 has been recognized as the quintessential a capella group in virtually every genre. They were inducted last year into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, from whom they have received 10 Dove Awards in addition to their Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year and more. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “Baddest vocal cats on the planet!” Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), Take 6 captivates the audience wherever they perform. They earned performances on Saturday Night Live, the Oscars, the Grammys, and have had the honor of performing for four sitting U.S. Presidents, and at the Democratic National Convention. One, their fifteenth album, is Take 6’s most recent recording. It is the group’s return to their spiritual heritage.
Both groups look forward to recording their new projects – including this collaboration.

LA Weekly Event Highlight: The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles

This is the year when two undisputed champions finally agreed to meet for one of the greatest shows in the history of their profession. We are discussing the vocal jazz supergroups Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, but we might as well be talking about Pacquiao/Mayweather in “The Fight of the Century.” Manhattan Transfer have been the trendsetter for vocal jazz groups since they were founded in 1969 by Tim Hauser, who was a part of every iteration until his death last October. Take 6 burst into the public ear in 1988 with their Grammy-winning, self-titled debut album, and they continue to be a beloved and important piece of gospel music and a cappella vocal harmony. When these two celestial groups get onstage together, expect the vocal jazz universe to implode under the immense gravitational force.

Award-Winning Recording Star Jo Dee Messina Co-Authors “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom”

101 Stories of Gratitude, Love, and Lessons

by Jo Dee Messina and Amy Newmark

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom by Jo Dee Messina

Award winning multi-platinum recording sensation Jo Dee Messina has co-authored a new collection in the entertaining, heartwarming Chicken Soup for the Soul series entitled “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom”that will be released in time for Mother’s Day. The book is a collection of 101 stories of love, learning, and gratitude that say a big “thank you” to mothers of all ages across the country. Messina, who is currently out on the road in support of her critically acclaimed fifth studio album ME, tells a story of her biggest and most supportive fan – her mom, and how through her love and support Jo Dee learned to be a mother herself to her two beautiful young boys. “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom,” co-authored by Messina and Amy Newmark, is available now for pre-order at Barnes & Noble and Amazon and is the perfect Mother’s Day present. You can get more information on the book athttp://www.chickensoup.com/book/47539/thanks-to-my-mom.

Messina’s song “Me” is the perfect companion track to “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom” as it explores what every mother has asked herself at one time or another, if she is “enough.” The book includes the lyrics to “Me” and a link to a special performance of the song by Messina. With lyrics like “…I’ve got to be perfect, Even when I feel bad, I’ve got to keep giving, When I gave all I have,” this song as well as the book will strike a chord with mothers everywhere. Listen to the song: https://soundcloud.com/jo-dee-messina/me-1

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom” shares stories about every aspect of motherhood and will have readers chuckling over moms who make waves, like the one who wheedles her way onto a secured Navy airbase just to deliver cookies to her son. And you’ll be impressed by the moms whose lessons about integrity, fair play, respect and compassion are still guiding their grown children’s lives. What will strike you the most is the lasting impact that mothers have on their kids, proving that all that hard work does indeed pay off. Mothers need to know they are appreciated, that they make a difference, and that their children view them as role models. And that’s just what this collection of entertaining, heartwarming stories accomplishes.

A portion of all Chicken Soup for the Soul sales goes to literacy, hunger and animal welfare programs that we work on with its charitable partner, the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

Jo Dee Messina

About Jo Dee Messina
Since breaking onto the music scene with the hit “Heads Carolina, Tales California,”  Messina has had nine #1 songs including “I’m Alright,” “Bring On The Rain” (a duet with Tim McGraw), “That’s The Way,” “Bye Bye,” and “My Give A Damn’s Busted,” as well as thirteen Top 20 singles. She has scored three #1 albums, sold more than 5 million albums worldwide and has received critical acclaim for her explosive singing style and electrifying performances. Jo Dee has won countless awards including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Artist of the Year, was the winner of the CMA’s prestigious Horizon Award and was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album.  Her last studio album, Delicious Surprise debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Charts and was certified Gold. Look out for her next album which will venture into rock ‘n roll – you never know what to expect from Jo Dee, but it’s always good!

About Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 22 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, a line of high quality food to bring people together for healthy meals, and a variety of licensed products and digital offerings, all inspired by stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul has recently expanded into visual storytelling through movies and television. Chicken Soup for the Soul is “changing the world one story at a time®.”

Dining Room Decorating Ideas

Fireplace mantels as a center point in the Interior Design of a room

 Home Interior Design Ideas , Fireplace mantels can easily make or break the interior design of an area whether or not you make use of your fireplace . Just because a fireplace occupies a large portion of a wall structure or master a corner, they normally draw the attention when you enter a room. Select the “cool” aspect by incorporating a great style or materials in your mantel.
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A lot of people comprehend fireplace mantels as these shelves that stretch out past the firebox. Nevertheless, a mantel may involve not just a decorative framework round the firebox, but additionally the facing that makes up the outside of the fireplace “walls.” In case your fireplace features a mantel shelf, the section or area over it can also be construed as a part of mantel at the same time.

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Several fireplace mantels are manufactured from non-flammable components pertaining to safety and they are included to the design until it finally butts in to the opening of the firebox. No facing is required. Nevertheless, if you choose to utilize other materials like plaster, drywall, fiberboard or even wood, you will need to make use of a noncombustible materials to produce a facing which frames the firebox. Talk to your local building security inspectors to look for the dimensions of this facing to avoid making a fire hazard.

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Simply because fire place mantels are a extremely noticeable aspect in any room, spend some time and look around for a few alternatives. Fireplace shops may have many different selections on their showroom floors. Perhaps home improvement centres can provide up some ideas. Do some researching on the web for ideas. Once you have simplified your designs, do some spending budget exercise to find out just how much you are prepared to spend on developing a new mantel.

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Generally there are a variety of premade kits available on the market which are aimed toward the home do-it-yourselfer. All these can be found in a range of styles and also materials such as wooden, metallic or goods with a wood veneer finish off. You may also buy pre-made mantel items which are an all natural wood or fiber board.

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With this particular alternative, it is more affordable and you may either paint or stain it for your requirements in order that it matches your room’s decoration.

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Starting up fireplace mantels from the very beginning is the optimum choice, but most people buy a house with a present fireplace. Whenever the mantel doesn’t reveal the fresh homeowner’s preference, they are able to either buy the premade kits as stated above or have a mantel custom made-to-order.

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This is particularly appealing option if the mantel region is an unusual shape.

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Nevertheless, expect to have custom made jobs to become expensive …. Home Interior Design Ideas .

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What Makes A Hall-Of-Famer?

The world has been blessed with many talented men and women who have dedicated their lives to the education and entertainment of children. The Children’s Entertainment Hall of Fame has been established as a place for the entertainment community to honor, remember, and learn from them.

As CEHOF organizes, its members will decide on the number, criteria, and election methodology for honorees. We can safely say, however, that the people shown on this site all share the following characteristics.

Multi-Faceted Talent. CEHOF honorees are not just hired hands, but an integral part of every project they work on. Along with the ability to communicate with skill and flair, the person may be involved with multiple disciplines (performing, writing, composing music, producing, etc.).

Longevity. Honorees have shown professional growth and sustained success for at least 25 years.

Commitment. Honorees are not just crossover successes, but contributing members of the children’s entertainment industry for those years.

Influence and Significance. Honorees have been important contributors to the industry.

Australian Entertainment, Toys and Games Early 1900’s

During the last century, Australian entertainment, toys and games were influenced by ties with other countries and climatic conditions, but there still remained those which were -unique. So what did Australians do for fun in the early part of the 1900’s?

 

Entertainment

As a country surrounded by water and with the climate to encourage it, swimming in the sea and fresh waters took off in the early 1900’s as a favoured form of entertainment in Australia, largely due to two Australian individuals in particular.

Although Indigenous Australians took to the water naked or half-naked as they had for over 60,000 years, convention and laws of the time imposed rigorous restrictions regarding swimming, and in particular ‘surf bathing’, for the descendants of Colonial Australians.

Before 1902, it was illegal to swim in the surf in daylight hours. Openly defying this law, in that year, a male swimmer entered the water at Manly Beach at midday. He was arrested but no charges were laid, and subsequently ‘surf bathing’ rose in popularity.

In 1907 Annette Kellermann’s defiant display of wearing a fitted one-piece costume, instead of the expected cumbersome dress and pantaloon combination, radically changed the course of swimming conduct for Australian women also.

Toys and Games

In the latter part of the Victorian era (1901), the majority of children were still heavily involved in the day to day working events of keeping a family fed, clothed and warm. Children were relied upon to ‘pull their weight’, but children everywhere would always find time to play.

Games predominantly involved outdoor activities, and with most families still consisting of many children, play mates were usually readily available. Toys would consist mostly of those that were hand crafted, or created from miscellaneous and nature items.

Tennis, cricket, football, basketball, hockey, rounders and marbles, were the preferred games of the children who were descendents of Colonial Australians. These games had been taught by generations prior, originating in Great Britain / United Kingdom.

The Indigenous Australians on the other hand, had been playing their own unique games for thousands of years, although it’s also possible to see the similarities of European games, in some of these traditional Aboriginal games.

Bubberah

A game involving (come-back) boomerang throwing. The boomerang which returned closest won. A boomerang is a flying tool with a curved shape traditionally used as a weapon.

Buroinjin

A ball game similar to basketball, but played with a ball made up of kangaroo skin sewn with tendons and stuffed with grass, called a ‘buroijin’.

Goomboobooddoo

A wrestling game where bodies were greased to make them slippery and family clans competed against each other. The side that threw the most men won.

Gorri

A game in which men and boys threw or rolled a small object along a line, at a moving target. Players were required to try to strike the moving object with spears.

Kokan

A hockey type game which used a small ball, called a ‘kokan’, and played on a long stretch of sandy beach. The ball was struck with a bat or club made from bamboo.

 

5 Quick and Dirty Tips for Planning Easy Children’s Entertainment Outings

Children with highly involved parents exhibit higher self esteem, greater academic performance, fewer behavioral issues, and generally more success than children with very busy or absent parents. For this reason, taking time each day to play, talk, and spend time with your kids is critically important to their development. But, planning activities that are fun for the whole family can be difficult. Here are five children’s entertainment tips to keeping everyone satisfied!

1. Take Turns Choosing the Activity

One of the best ways to get your kids invested and engaged in the family activity is to put the choice of what to do in their hands. It has been proven in classrooms that when children are allowed to choose the activity, they feel greater autonomy and thus, show much higher levels of participation than if they had no influence over the nature of the activity. To keep things budget-friendly, consider picking 4 or 5 options ahead of time and allowing your child to choose from those pre approved activities. This way your kid can feel like they chose the activity, but you do not have to turn down any of their wild and fanciful ideas.

2. Bring Entertainment and Games for the Trip

If your activity involves some travel, for instance if you are taking a trip to a state or national park, or a renaissance fair, you can cut down on your stress during the commute by planning entertainment for the trip. Whether you bring books, and iPad, or a portable DVD player with a few of their favorite movies, planning your children’s entertainment for the route will help avoid you avoid hearing “are we there yet?” every two minutes until you arrive at your destination.

3. Keep Them Fed

As you know, kids get hungry. But, by planning some food options in advance of your activity, you can avoid any issues involving rumbling tummies. One way to tackle this situation is to plan your meals into the activity. For instance, there are many family friendly dinner theater restaurants offering a full meal and drinks along with exciting entertainment that will keep your kids fascinated for days.

4. Allow Them to Bring Friends

If your kids are still reluctant to participate in any of your family fun activities and outings, tell them they can bring a friend and watch them light up. As children get into the preteen and teen years, their friends replace their family in terms of social importance. Rather than bemoan the loss of your loving little baby, take advantage of this opportunity to get to know your kids friends and still spend quality time with the whole family.

5. Keep Them Learning

Although kids love a trip to the mall or the flashing lights and ringing sounds of the arcade, memories of these trips will fade quickly. However, indulging in your kids interests and taking them on a truly novel experience will build memories that last and enforce the value of lifelong learning in your family.

Why children need Entertainment?

Come summer holidays and you can hear yells of children everywhere. Every child likes to play and why not that’s how we are all born.

Entertainment is important in a child’s life. Without some sort of entertainment children will get dull and frustrated. Entertainment plays an important role in the upbringing process of a child. It helps a child develops his skills and help him learn new things. Entertainment and recreation also gives parents a chance to have a rest from their children while they are busy with their entertainment activities. There is no specific form of entertainment which is helpful for a child’s growth. A child is entertained in different ways mainly

•Television: Television plays a very important in developing general knowledge in a child. One of the best educative programs for kids is discovery kid’s channel. Such types of educative programs helps a child nurture his knowledge and learn new things. There are also different quiz programs that can develop a child’s thinking for a better tomorrow. Its very important that parents induce their children to informative programs from the beginning. Some of the bet examples of informative programs are geographic channels, history channels, animal life channel, and discovery channel. Such channels help children to imagine and look at the world as a better place.

•Sports Activities: Sports activities are best form of physical entertainment for children. Children like to play and there is no denying that they should develop physically. Children should be encouraged to take part in different activities like summer clubs, indoor games, and outdoor games.

•Wild Life and recreation: Parents should encourage their children by taking them to wild life sanctuaries. Wild life sanctuaries are important source of information for children. One of the advantages of recreation activities associated with wildlife for children is fishing, bird watching, hunting and horse riding.

Bangkok With Kids: 5 Fun Things To Do On A Budget

Bangkok is an amazing, vibrant city that blends first- world cosmopolitan perks like air-conditioned shopping centres with the ancient cultures of Asia featuring centuries-old temples and monuments.  But what’s there to do with the kids and on a budget??

The answer is:  more than you think!

Here are our Top 5 Favourite Affordable Things To Do With Kids in Bangkok:


KIDZANIA

Have you had the ‘KidZania’ experience yet?  Bangkok is it’s newest location (it’s 11th worldwide) opening just in March 2013. First conceived in Mexico in 1999, its concept is as a children’s indoor theme park/entertainment centre whose goal is to offer not only ‘a safe and unique place for children aged 4-14yrs to play’, but to make it educational as well.  To do achieve that, each centre is set up as a city (complete with enclosed fake sky), built to scale, featuring individual buildings such as hospitals, fire stations, and shops, complete with paved roads, street lighting and even the occasional vehicle such as ambulance and fire truck rolling by.

While the adults must wait outside ‘on the street'(or think ‘in the mall as you wait for your other half who is in the shop’), the children roll-play the different activities featured in these premises.  Each activity has a specific time duration and number of children it can accommodate at one time.  For example some groups had a capacity of 15 kids while others were only 6. Typically, the activities lasted  approximately 20min, so if one group is full, you must wait this time for the next session or check out other activities that don’t have a wait.  (It’s a bit like waiting for the Roller Coaster at an amusement park–each ride can accommodate ‘x’ number of children, then you have to wait for the coaster to return before the next group can get on.)  Each activity is structured and the children are fully guided and supervised by the staff and also must wear the corresponding uniforms such as lab coats at the vets and in the hospital and fireman coats and hats that go with each position.  Some activities are viewable from outside by the parents, but others are not.

 
Depending on the nature of the role, the children are either ‘paid’ in Kidzania currency for their job or if it’s an activity, the children have to ‘pay’ in Kidzania currency to do it.  At the end of the day, the children can spend whatever currency they have left in the special gift shop.  Interestingly many of the ‘businesses’ were sponsored and branded by large corporate companies, such as AirAsia that had a mock plane and had pilot flight simulation training, flight attendant role-playing, as well as flight navigator roles.  The number of roles and activities available were overwhelming and although we were there from 10:30am (shortly after it opened) until it closed at 5pm, we still were not able to experience all that was on offer.  Although it doesn’t exactly fit into the budget category, KidZania is truly a unique experience
that the kiddies will LOVE and it’s educational too.

Info:  Kidzania is located on level 5 of the Siam Paragon shopping complex; however to located it inside is a bit tricky.  Try to enter the complex via the main atrium that features the wall of living plants then make your way upwards.  Kidzania is open Mon-Friday from 10am to 5pm and weekends from 10am to 3pm then 4pm to 9pm (you can only attend 1 session on weekends).  It gets busy there—weekdays are probably better but you may encounter school groups (as we did).  I’ve been told that you would be wise to pre-book your session too as sometimes they do sell-out.  Admission fees are not cheap: Adults (yes, they have to pay to stand around) are 400B($13.30 US) each and kids are 650B ($21.60 US) but if you spend the whole day there as we did, you get your money’s worth.  There is a special area for children aged 2-4yrs (and they are charged accordingly) but at the time of our visit, this area did not seem fully functioning. There are no in/out privileges nor is outside food permitted but there are restaurant/eateries inside for food purchase as well as a parents’ lounge and free Wi-Fi access.  Also note that not all staff could speak English so at times, especially for older children, this was a bit of a hinderance.

FANTASIA LAGOON

This was the most unique water park that we had ever been to.  Why?  It was set on the rooftop of a 6-storey suburban shopping complex!  While Fantasia Lagoon didn’t feature the biggest or best assortment of waterslides that we’ve ever been to, its 2 large corkscrew slides, 2 tube slides, 1 slide ‘ride’ (extra charge, so we didn’t try), 25m swimming pool plus 3 water play areas with kiddie slides for the little ones were very sufficient for us and our 6 & 7yr olds—so much so that we spent 7hrs there!  There’s also a ‘lazy river’ that where you could drift effortlessly around through parts of the park while perched on a tube.

We went on a weekday and practically had the place to ourselves with no line-ups at all for the slides although we were told that it was a different story on the weekends where it was very popular with the Thai locals as well as expats living nearby.

Having been recently refurbished, the facilities were faultless:  the change rooms were large, modern and clean, with toilets, private shower cubicles, and lockers.  There were many lifeguards on hand too.

Oh—and not only could you bring your own food inside, but you could also leave temporarily to have lunch/dinner in the food court on the bottom level of the shopping centre or even bring the food back in and eat poolside at the many shaded tables available.

Coupled with the fact that it only cost 100B ($3.30 US) each adult to enter and kids 80B, Fantasia Lagoon is a terrific day out and a refreshing respite from the heat, and hustle and bustle of Bangkok.  Now if only they could improve their musical selection—they played the same (Thai) song over and over again!

Info:  Fantasia Lagoon is open from 10am until 8pm (?).  It’s located at ‘The Mall Bang Khae’, which is west and slightly south of central Bangkok.  To get there, we took the BTS to the end of the line (which is currently Wong Wan Yai, which is past Taksin), then hopped on a taxi for 20 min for 111B ($3.70US).  Once at the shopping complex, take the glass elevator at the centre to the 7th floor, where you will find the cinemas.  There is another ‘grand staircase’ located here that takes you to the entrance of the Lagoon.

Also note that although admission is 100B each, there is a separate charge for locker rental (40B with 50B refundable deposit), towel rental if required, tube rental (40B with 50B refundable deposit), and bathing cap rental if required (bathing caps are mandatory for everyone, even if you are bald!).


DUSIT ZOO

Situated next to Parliament House, Dusit Zoo was once the private garden of King Rama V.  Now it’s run by the state and is home to over 1600 species of animals, including a vast assortment of monkeys, birds and reptiles.  The enclosures seem sufficient for the larger animals such as the giraffes, zebras and the hippos and the signage are particularly informative and very educational.  On our recent visit in July 2013, we also noticed the presence of some signage in braille.  The grounds are well laid out with an abundance of leafy trees to give much needed shade and respite from the heat and sun. There’s also a lagoon in the centre where you can rent paddle boats and there’s a small children’s playground near the bird aviaries.  There is a semi-enclosed stadium where they hold seal shows (3-4 shows per day on a set schedule).  Nearby there is also a food court where you can eat Thai food very economically.   A great day out.

Info:  The Dusit Zoo is open 7 days a week, from 8am to 6pm.  Admission for foreigners is adults @ 100B ($3.30 US) and children 50B ($1.75 US)—quite a bargain!

LUMPHINI PARK

This huge (142 acres) park is set in the Silom district of Bangkok and features a large man-made lake at its centre surrounded by leafy trees, green grass and lots of walking tracks. You’ll also find picnic tables, clean toilet facilities and the occasional lizard roaming around too.  And best of all, there is a large playground area for the kiddies.

Info:  Entrance is free and there’s a MRT station across the street.


Info:
 Wat Arun is open from 8am-5pm.  Entrance fee for foreigners is 80B (kids under 100cm are free, as for most things in Thailand).  Best accessed via Chao Phraya Express Boat (need to change boat to cross river).
WAT ARUN (THE TEMPLE OF DAWN)

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple dating back to the 17thC situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.  It’s a distinctive landmark, especially when seen in the early morning when it reflects the sun on its porcelain-tiled mosaic surface or at night when it is lit up.  Its central tower is in the Khmer style like some of that found at Angkor Wat so for the kids (and adults), this means fun climbing the steps on the exterior.  But remember:  while it’s fun to climb up, you must eventually come back down!  Tip:  don’t look down when doing this but just focus on placing your feet firmly on the narrow steps and you’ll be alright!

So there you have it.  We would really recommend that you allow lots of time for each of these.  With the exception of Wat Arun and Lumpini Park, we spent a full day at each of the activities.  Get there as close to opening time as you can too and try not to visit Kidzania or Fantasia Lagoon on a weekend.  Have fun!