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WATCH: Learn the Unwritten Recipe for This July 4th Dessert Favorite

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Not every kitchen creation comes from a cookbook. Sometimes it's the story about the snack that makes it taste that much better! In this new episode of "Unwritten Recipes," a HooplaHa original series, Felicia Levinson reveals the family favorite dessert that made the jingle of the neighborhood ice cream truck sound like white noise! Felicia, mother, thespian and comfort food creator, concocts dishes from the recipes she learned from mother, grandmother and other special family moments. Every dish comes with a story, and every one is packaged with...
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WATCH: 8-Year-Old Performs 600 Acts of Kindness in Memory of Her Grandma

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 2:38 PM

How do you honor the memory of a loved one you've lost? After the passing of her grandmother, then-6-year-old Alex McKelvey vowed to complete 60 acts of kindness by her grandmother's 60th birthday, March 22, 2014. Although people cope with loss differently, Alex chose to honor the memory of her...

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WATCH: Moms Honor Their Departed Soldiers By Joining Motorcycle Gang

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:18 PM

For a parent, there is no greater loss than the passing of a child. That's why Grace Darling Seibold formed Gold Star Mothers after her son died in action during World War 1. Today, Gold Star Mothers is a thriving community for mothers everywhere, grieving the loss of a son or daughter who died protecting their country. The organization has chapters countrywide that organize patriotic events in remembrance of those they lost, but also to raise money for this American tradition of...

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WATCH: Keep Your Burgers Juicy, But the Buns Dry

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:15 PM

Are you a busy mom? Do you need some quick tips to help you get things done in your kitchen faster, easier, and better? Check out this brand new episode of Kitchen Hacks with Marysol Castro, mom of two, as she shares some of her inventive ways to enjoy your favorite backyard eats to the fullest. Who doesn't love a juicy hamburger at their BBQ, but I'll bet the soggy, messy bun bums you out! Watch this video and find out a few, simple ways to satisfy your craving for a juicy burger without the mess! These simple and easy tips will allow you spend more time enjoying the foods you love and less time and clean up preparing...

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WATCH: 10 Absurdly Funny American Laws

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:58 PM

Happy Fourth of July week! What better way to celebrate the creation of the United States than to check out some bizarrely inventive laws our state governments created? Did you know that in Massachusetts gorillas are not allowed in the backseat of your car? Check out this video and find out what other hilarious legislation has been passed in the last 250...

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WATCH: Adorable Baby Takes His Very First Steps

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 1:40 PM

This Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment captures one of life's most special moments... a baby's first steps! One day they are crawling and the next they decide they are ready. They pull themselves up and make that first move. It's so exciting to watch and experience with them. We are lucky enough to witness this little boy's first steps. He is so proud of his accomplishment... and we are...
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WATCH: 31-Year-Old Honors Late Mother's Wish By Having His Bar Mitzvah

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 1:21 PM

When Matthew Jurgens' mother passed away when he only 2 years old, her last request from Rabbi Pearl was for her son to have his Bar Mitzvah. As time went by, and Matthew's father remarried, he was instead baptized into the Catholic church. As fate would have it, when Matthew turned 30, Rabbi Pearl contacted him to honor the promise he had made to Matthew's mother decades past. Matthew began to study and at the ripe age of 31, was finally able to honor the memory of his mother and go through his adolescent rite of passage. Regardless of your faith, it is never too late to keep a promise or live the life you've dreamed...

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Animals Getting Scared And Confused By Their Own Reflections

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:55 AM

Animals are lovable already, but they become irresistible when you put them in front of a mirror. Check out this video to see the confusion of these animals as they absorb the sight of themselves in the mirror. Their priceless reaction will put a smile on your face.

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WATCH: Professional Organizer Turns Messy Man Cave Into Playroom Paradise

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 12:59 PM

For professional organizer Barbara Reich, no cluttered room is a challenge. With a 360-degree approach to organizing, Barbara can take any room from messy to magical! With more than 15 years of experience, Barbara has appeared on TODAY and has also written an award-winning book for Simon & Schuster, Secrets Of An Organized Mom, where she teaches readers how to apply the four steps of organizing -- Purge, Design, Organize, Maintain. In HooplaHa's hit web series, Life Organized with Barbara Reich, Barbara puts her organizational skills to work in an effort to improve the lives of those who need it most.

In this newest episode, Barbara works her organization magic in the home of James and Kathy Hurler. They are two busy parents of three adopted albino Chinese children, Logan, Bei and Fei. James is an enthusiastic collector of Star Wars figurines and a plethora of toys. As their family has grown, James and Kathy have struggled to find enough space for both James and the kids to play. In addition to the limited space, the lack of organization in the house makes matters more complicated for the visually impaired children who are legally blind as a result of albanism. Barbara took the bull by the horns, decluttering the family den, consolidating and separating the grown up toys the the children's toys, creating a cohesive space for the grown and the still growing to unwind and...

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WATCH: Eccentric 77-Year-Old Stays Fit With Belly Dancing

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:15 PM

There is no doubt that 77-year-old Darla Shaw is an eccentric... and she is proud of that label. When she is not teaching as a full time college professor, she may be playing in her Kazoo and steel drum band... or attending her belly dancing class, or teaching Alzheimer awareness to middle school students, or traveling to Bhutan to help underprivileged kids. And these are just a few of her weekly activities... the list goes on! Her endless energy, desire to learn new things and share this knowledge with others is an inspiration to anyone one at any age!

In this brand new episode of a HooplaHa original series, "The Wonderful World of Darla," Darla reveals what she does to keep her mind and body stay healthy and active. If she's not teaching aerobics, she's enjoying the cool beats in her belly dancing class. At any given day she may also be working fine tuning her lay ups playing half court basketball, or just keeping her feet busy with a little tap dancing. Whatever Darla is doing, she's having fun doing it and keeping herself healthy for years to...

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WATCH: Adorable Puppy Visits Relieve Stress in the Workplace

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Do your employees seem a little over worked? Enlist the services of Snuggle Delivery! The Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, FL started a program where for a small donation to the organization, they will load up a van filled with adorably adoptable puppies to your office or work place for a few hours of cuddle time! Snuggle Delivery not only reduces stress and brighten the day of employees, but it also pairs puppies with their forever homes! In addition, the Snuggle Delivery donation directly impacts all animals at the...

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WATCH: Mischievous Cats Stealing Dog Beds

(4) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 12:47 PM

How well do your cat and your dog get along? Check out this video and watch the classic domesticated pet rivalry at it's best as these dogs fight for ownership over their very own beds! These cats won't give up without a fight as they stubbornly sprawl out as these dogs yelp, bark and do their darndest to win their bed back. Their hilarious reactions will not only have you laughing for hours, but will make you watch your own bed more...

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WATCH: 'Juicing For The Homeless' Donates Fresh Fruit Drinks

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 2:16 PM

In this Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment we bring you something fresh and healthy! The GIVE Project, a non-profit organization in California, started hosting an event called "Juicing For The Homeless" in 2010. The event serves fresh, organic juice to over 1000 homeless men, women and children in Downtown Los Angeles. The GIVE project's main goal is to spread the conscious, healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Hungry for more Chicken Soup? Check out the Chicken Soup For The Soul YouTube channel, part of the HooplaHa...

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WATCH: These Healthy Foods Can Make You More Attractive

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Now that the summer season is in full swing, we are all doing our best to look as good as we can in our tank tops and shorts. Don't think that you have to spend all your day laying in the sun to give yourself a natural glow!

Check out the new episode of "You Should Know" with Lucia Nazzaro, a HooplaHa Original series and learn one healthy way to make yourself more attractive! You can leave the sun screen in the bathroom cabinet, all you need to do is eat plenty of fruits and veggies that are rich with a carotenoids, a color pigment, that makes your skin glow and naturally improves your...

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WATCH: Determined 12-Year-Old Runs Non-Profit To Feed Hungry Children

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 3:10 PM

What is the first thing that you think when you see a man on a street corner asking for money for his next meal? Seven-year-old Will Lourcey jumped into action! Instead of joining a book club for his summer vacation, he started FROGS Dinner Club, Friends Reaching Our Goals, a community outreach program that gathers young kids together to plan fun events that raise money, awareness and help feed hungry children who don't have a warm, healthy meal on their dinner table.

As of today, on behalf of Frogs Dinner Club Will has amazingly prepared over 175,000 meals for hungry children through Tarrant Area Food Bank, packaged 50,000 backpacks for the Backpacks for Kids Program and helped serve 10,000 families through Mobile Food Pantry. The Frog Dinner Club motto is to have fun while helping others, and that's just what Will has...

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WATCH: Meet the Rabbi With a Sweet Jump Shot

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 3:02 PM

You may know a lot about your faith, but did you ever take the time to get to know your clergy leaders? Although we look to them for religious and spiritual guidance, we often overlook the human spirit that lies underneath the robes! Believe it or not, they are just like you and me! In "Clergy Chronicles: The Side You Never See," a unique original series, HooplaHa unveils the human perspective on our spiritual leaders' joys in life that really make them smile.

This brand new episode goes inside the life of Rabbi Ron Fish, most recently of Congregation Beth El in Norwalk, CT, and soon to be the leader of Temple Israel of Sharon, MA, as he takes us on his spiritual journey as a basketball player, Red Sox and Cowboys fan, as well as the star of "Fiddler on the...

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WATCH: Spread Fewer Germs With This Tissue Hack

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 2:06 PM

Is allergy season making your living room a mess? End the suffering with expert mom advice from Ereka Vetrini on this brand-new episode of Mom Hacks, a HooplaHa Original Series. You might not be able to stop the sneezing, but you can at least clean up the mess! Check out...

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WATCH: 10 Smile Facts That Will Turn Your Frown Upside Down

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:30 PM

Happy Smile Power Day! Did you know that there are 27 muscles involved in the act of smiling? Would you ever have guessed that the average adult only smiles 17 times days a day? Be an over achiever! Embrace the power of your gorgeous smile and check out this video to learn 10 facts that are certain to make you smile...

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WATCH: Community Completes Kindness Missions to Make Strangers Smile

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:12 PM

In this Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment we are spreading kindness! In Syracuse, N.Y., volunteers went on a mission to put a smile on a stranger's face. American Bear Films and Guerrilla Goodness partnered together for an event called Kindness Captured: A Day of Bravery and Kindness.

This event sent participants on missions to do random acts of kindness to strangers. In addition to Syracuse, the event also took place simultaneously in New York City, Dallas, Boston, Seattle and Richmond, Va. The missions included picking a flower and giving it to a stranger, or writing a happy note and sliding it under an unknown door. "We want to share the idea you can really brighten someone's day," said Greg Grano, one of the founders of American Bear...

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WATCH: Widow Finds Purpose in Raising Guide Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the difficulties of life and couldn't figure out where to turn? Meet Lorraine Trapani of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Lorraine's husband tragically lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. After he passed, Lorraine did the best she could to distract herself with work, gaining nearly 100 pounds...

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