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Reduce Your Stress in Under 20 Minutes

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Are you feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? Check out the new episode of "You Should Know" with Lucia Nazzaro, a HooplaHa original series and learn one easy and priceless technique for using your breathing to increase your sense of well being and state of mind. The grind of day to day life can be hard, but it doesn't have to take a toll on your happiness. Take a deep breath and refresh your...

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A Military Mom Honors Fallen Son by Comforting Others

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:15 PM

In honor of Memorial Day, this Chicken Soup Moment brings you the story of a brave solider and his loving mother. Ida Gonzalez is a strong mother. Her son was killed serving for the U.S. Army in Baghdad, Iraq in August 2008. Since his death, Ida's life has taken on a new purpose: empowering others. Ida founded Butterfly Circle of Friends, a nonprofit in her hometown of Spotswood, NJ, to help those in need in the local community and worldwide. Her biggest goal is to help families who have also lost children to find hope and healing in their life. Remember to honor the heroes of past and...
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Brothers Share Their Special Connection

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:13 PM

What's your favorite thing about your brother? In honor of Brother's Day on Sunday, May 24, check out this video and find out what these three sets of brothers value the most about each other. Even though brotherly love creates a unique and irreplaceable bond, you don't need to have a brother to understand the importance of laughter, love and...
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Woman Starts Nonprofit for Children to Honor Her Late Military Brother

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 1:37 PM

In just a few short days the country will be washing down their patio furniture and lighting up their grills for Memorial Day, the official start of the summer season! Memorial Day is also the perfect opportunity to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have fought and...

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Devoted Friend Brings the Personal Touch Back to Birthdays

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 4:50 PM

Do you rely primarily on social media to deliver birthday wishes? Jeremy Epstein, a successful marketing professional, likes to distribute his birthday wishes with a personal touch we so infrequently see in today's media age. He calls people on the PHONE for their birthdays!

Jeremy makes, on average, four birthday calls a day, 365 days a year to his closest friends, family and associates to personally wish them a happy birthday. That's over 1,800 birthday calls this year alone! It's a traditional gesture that was inspired by his grandfather. Today, Jeremy wants the people in his life to know how special they are on their birthdays and not let the convenience of technology do it for...

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Mom of 15 Makes Family Meals Fun

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:22 PM

Are you a busy mom who needs a little advice from a woman with experience? Look no further and meet the woman who knows, Lyette Reback, mother of 15 on the premier episode of "Mom 15," a brand new HooplaHa Original Series. Lyette grew up an only child. When she met her husband, David, it was love at first sight, and they were immediately engaged. It didn't take long for the newlyweds to decide they wanted a large family. They adopted 15 children. As I'm sure you can imagine, Lyette and David have a very busy life, making sure their children are happy, productive and doing what they love. Lyette strives to teach her children the importance of family, patriotism and the ways they can make the world a better place, but creates long lasting memories for her children by helping the laugh, love and have fun!

On this episode, Lyette reveals her secrets behind stretching the dollar of her grocery budget while not compromising on taste and flavor. Lyette and David have mastered the art of quick and easy meals, preparing and recycling ingredients and maximizing their groceries by making meals in the crock pot. Whether you're cooking for a family of 15 or for yourself, everyone could use a little advice on how to save a buck or two!

This video series was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by Jean Carlo Ramierez. Need a little more advice for the busy mom on the go? Check out the Just For Mom YouTube channel, part of the HooplaHa Network...and don't forget to...

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Eccentric Senior Shows Us How To Live Life to the Fullest

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 4:16 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 her kazoo or steel drums... 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 premiere episode of "The Wonderful World of Darla," Darla and her husband, Ben, reveal the story behind their passion for music and share with us the many unique instruments they love to play. Together, the duo have never been too afraid to try a new song or a new instrument as long as they had fun doing...

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N.Y.C. Actor Promotes Anti-Bullying Through Hip-Hop Education

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:11 PM

When you're a kid, the pressure to fit in can feel insurmountable. The situation is made worse when a they witness an episode of peer bullying and feel confused about how to handle it.

That's why New York City actor, musician and substitute teacher, Nate Lombardi founded Groovy Projects, an educational initiative incorporating music, rap and performance to empower elementary school students to combat bullying by showing them positivity can be current and cool. Nate has shaped the lives of kids all over the country, using music and performance to not only connect them to their studies, but to connect them to each other.

Interested in more uplifting videos? Check out the HooplaHa YouTube page...and don't forget to...

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Joys, Challenges of Motherhood Revealed in New Book and Storytelling Tour

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Have you ever been curious what your mother's favorite stories of parenthood are? Check out this video featuring Ann Imig, founder of Listen To Your Mother, an online and live story telling platform for mothers everywhere to share the joys, triumphs, challenges and humor of being a Mom. Ann originated her booming business as a blog, documenting her adventures as a stay at home mom, however, when she visited the BlogHer conference in 2009, her interactions with other mothers sparked an idea for a live reading show for a women to share their stories.

Today, Ann's "Listen To Your Mother" is a highly sought after traveling show, appearing in 39 cities featuring live readings celebrating the complexity of motherhood. She has also released her first book, Listen To Your Mother, a collection of personal Mom stories, including pieces from many New York Times best selling authors.

In search of more stories celebrating motherhood? Visit the Just For Mom YouTube channel, part of the HooplaHa Network...and don't forget to...

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Daughter With Down Syndrome Inspires Mom to Create Fashion Accessory Business

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:01 PM

This is the ultimate story of a mothers love for her child. Boynton Beach, FL mom, Laurie Ruehlman wanted to spend more quality time with her daughter, Payton, who has Down Syndrome. They decided to buy some paint and silk scarves and see how the creations turned out. Although Laurie never doubted Payton's talents, she couldn't believe how beautiful her daughter's scarf turned out to be. It wasn't long after, Laurie turned her favorite mother - daughter past time into a thriving business; Caring Couture.

Laurie saw how much Payton loved painting her scarves and she decided to employ the talents of other special needs artists like her! Laurie gathers her workers together at the Gold Coat Down Syndrome Organization on a part time basis, recruiting their services whenever her merchandise is running low. Not only do the employees at Caring Couture love what they do, it gives them an opportunity for career development and a sense of belonging!

Want to hear more store about moms who rock? Check out the Just For Moms YouTube channel, part of the HooplaHa Network...and don't forget to...

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Rubber Duck Race Raises Money For Charities

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 3:24 PM

Rubber Ducky, you're the one... Yes, in this Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment we bring you those cute little yellow duckies we all loved as a kid. But what makes them so special now is they are used to raise money for charity! Cool, right?

In Pawcatuck, CT, rubber ducks mean the chance to win big money and prizes in the annual duck race! As a way to raise money for over 50 local charities, the town sends 20,000 brand new rubber ducks racing down the Pawcatuck River. And the winner is...

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Handsome Soap Star's Surprise Visit to Senior Center

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:06 PM

The daily life of retirement can become very humdrum without the stimulation of family, friends and a career. That's why Daniel Cosgrove, the dashing soap star of the NBC daytime television show, Days of Our Lives decided to pay a few ladies a surprise visit to the Westport Center For Senior Activities in Westport, CT one afternoon to learn what about their lives makes them smile!

These vivacious, talented, witty women shared with Daniel some of their most prominent lifetime memories, including the joys of family and friends and the historical icons they still look up to today. The ladies' chat with Daniel not only revealed a beautiful treasure trove of life's wisdom, but also how what matters most in life remains the same even as we grow older.

This video was produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot/edited by Chris Panton. Want to see more inspirational videos, check out the HooplaHa YouTube page...and don't forget to...

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Coaches Curing Cancer Donates Gifts to Pediatric Cancer Research

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:45 PM

When Grainne Owen gave birth to twins, she had to work hard to keep up with her sports loving and exuberant son, Killian. When Killian was five years old, however, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. During Killian's four and half year battle with the disease, doctors informed Grainne and her husband, Clay, that they had located a potential cure for Killian's cancer but did not have the money to get it into treatment.

When Killian passed away, Grainne founded Curing Kid's Cancer. In memory of Killian's love for sports, Grainne encouraged children's sports teams in search for a post season gift for their coach, to make a donation to the charity in the coach's honor. Since 2005, Grainne raised $6 million and named The Aflac Cancer Center at Children's Health Care of Atlanta one of the main beneficiaries by endowing the Killian Owen Curing Kids Cancer Clinical Research Office with a $1.5 million endowment. Today, the charity has been able to fund some of the most cutting edge innovative treatments now available, giving any child battling the illness a better chance at survival.

To find out more about Curing Kids Cancer, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

This video was produced, shot and edited by Dave Francombe. Interested in my touching stories? Check out the HooplaHa YouTube channel...and don't forget to...

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Autistic High Schooler Suits Up For Sacramento Kings

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drain a three point shot on a real NBA court? Jocyleen Ditico, a high schooler from California was given just the opportunity. Jocyleen suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through the support of her guardians and the watchful eye of the high school basketball coach, Jocyleen began to overcome her disorder and joined the basketball team. Jocyleen proved herself an asset on the court throughout her premier season, scoring 16 points in one game.

Gradually her tenacity and determination paid off, gaining the attention of the Sacramento Kings, where they invited her to shoot hoops on the home court for an afternoon as the Sacramento Kings ball girl. Jocyleen not only drained a few jump shots, but proved that perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by Inclusion Films. Interested in more inspiring stories? Check out the Kids Are Awesome YouTube page, part of the HooplaHa Network....and don't forget to...

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Rescue Road Trip Finds Shelter Dogs Forever Homes

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:55 PM

There is an abundance of shelter dogs in the deep south. That's why Greg Mahle founded a transport service called Rescue Road Trip to relieve these unwanted dogs from their death sentence and ship them north to the arms of loving and eager canine owners. The trip starts on Tuesdays in Ohio, goes south of the Mason Dixon Line to retrieve the dogs and then circles back up north for joyful reunions later in the week.

Want to follow Greg Mahle as he finds unloved pets forever homes? You can visit his website or connect with him on Facebook.

This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/ edited by Heather Holloway. Eager for more touching pet videos? Visit the Heartwarming Animals YouTube channel, part of the HooplaHa Network...and don't forget to...

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A Commuter Love Story: Romance Across the Aisle

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 10:45 AM

In this Chicken Soup for the Soul Moment we bring you a not-so-average love story. Your morning commute to work can be dreadful. But it turned out to be the best part of the day for Susan and John. After commuting together and watching one another from afar for nearly two months, Susan finally worked up the nerve to end the mystery and asked to share a seat next to John. The two formed an instant connection and have been married ever since.

Hungry for more heart warming love stories, check out the Chicken Soup for the Soul YouTube channel, part of the HooplaHa Network.

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One Family's Unwritten Recipe For Matzah Ball Soup

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 3:31 PM

Not every kitchen creation comes from a cookbook. Some of the most memorable meals come from the ones passed down from generation to generation. Learn the family secrets that make this traditional Passover dish of Matzah Ball Soup so special on the premier episode of Unwritten Recipes with Felicia Levinson, a brand new HooplaHa Original Series. Felicia, mother, thespian and comfort cook 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 love.

Thinking of making this recipe shown here for your friends and family this Passover? Check out Felicia's blog Unwritten Recipes for written instructions of Felicia's Matzah Ball Soup, as well as countless other infamous creations.

This video was shot and edited by John Houghton. Want for more HooplaHa Originals that are sure to satisfy any busy mom? Check out the Just For Mom You Tube channel part of the HooplaHa network...and don't forget to...

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Baby, Meet Yourself: Seeing Reflections for the First Time

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 3:45 PM

The only thing better than a cute baby is their own reaction to their irresistible cuteness! Check out this video to see the joy on babies' faces as they glance at their own reflection for the first time. Their priceless reaction will not only put a smile on your face, but maybe even appreciate the look of your own reflection that much more!

This HooplaHa Original was edited by Andrew "Oz" Osborne. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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A Triple Amputee's Dream Wedding Brings Community Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 10:16 PM

In this Chicken Soup for the Soul moment, we bring you the most beautiful wedding story. Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez lost both legs and his right arm in an explosion in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. On April 27, 2013, the community of Temecula, California came together to give Juan and his bride Alexis their dream wedding. Everything for the event from the reception venue and rehearsal dinner to the entertainment, photography, flowers, cake and makeup, were donated by various local businesses to the young couple. Special thanks to wedding coordinator Jennifer Molloy of Amore Events who helped make this video and dream wedding possible!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books that, for over 20 years, have allowed people just like you to share extraordinary stories that can change someone's life, or even the world. We have been proud to share this inspirational HooplaHa video story with...

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Woman's Newfound Talent Helps Overcome Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:16 AM

In this week's Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment, you'll meet Candyce, a former addict who never thought she would one day be an artist. As part of her rehabilitation, she chose to get better with the help of Geezer Gallery, an organization that provides seniors with opportunities to tap into their creative potential and hone the skills they need to create quality pieces of work. Learning and putting those skills to use provides Candyce with not only the chance to make something visually beautiful, but also the chance to inspire others to feed their passions, rather than get lost in destructive behavior.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books that, for over 20 years, have allowed people just like you to share extraordinary stories that can change someone's life, or even the world. We have been proud to share this inspirational HooplaHa video story with...

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