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Archive for July, 2011

Dorsey Levens and Lisa Wu Hartwell joined me on Better Mornings Atlanta to talk about their upcoming stage play “Stripped”.
“Stripped” peels away the layers of the life of professional football player Jayden Dorsey, revealing the true charge and sacrifice of being a high profile athlete. In a striking play on “Stripped’s” theme, the cast includes former athletes turned actors Dorsey Levens, Ryan Stewart, and Karon Joseph Riley. Former Real Atlanta Housewives’ Lisa Wu Hartwell has a starring role as Dorsey’s wife. Known for her bubbly and warm personality, Lisa’s counterpart in the play reflects her real life status as the wife of former NFL player Ed Hartwell.
It was a natural choice to open at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, as both Dorsey and Ryan are alumni. Throughout their college, professional, and post professional careers, the GA Tech family has been a dependable support system.
“Stripped” opens on July 27th and runs until July 31st.
While enjoying a successful post-NFL stint in broadcasting, Dorsey Levens developed Levens Communications to bring his vision of entertainment to audiences. Levens Communication is a full-fledged entertainment company that presents quality material from the theatre, to film and television.

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It was very cool to have Cynthia Richards and her daughter Rainey on Better Mornings Atlanta recently. Cynthia won 3rd place in Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com’s seventh annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest. She won $250 for her entry.
It took 20 rolls of Toilet Paper, Duct Tape, Hot Glue, Mod Podge Glue and Fabric Glue to make Cynthia’s dress. She’s always loved designing… so when one of her friends suggested she make a toilet paper wedding dress she was all about it. She started making the dress with her 8 year old daughter. It took them nearly 2 months to finish it…but they weren’t working on it full time. She says it probably would have taken a week or 2 of she had been able to work on it more consistently.

She started by making the toilet paper corset… and at first she was sewing the toilet paper. Then she realized she could tape it instead… so it started going much faster. She made a the dress according to her actual measurements so the dress fits her. The corset around the back is how she gets in and out of it. It has duct tape ties on it.

Cynthia owns Livi Rae Lingerie in Kennesaw, GA. She designs her own line of lingerie called: Recycled – Goodwilled and Skilled. She buys used clothes from Goodwill stores and revamps them into something funky and fresh.

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Comedian Rob Schneider spent a little time on the set with Brandon and I for Better Mornings Atlanta.
Rob was in town set to perform 6 stand up shows at the Punchline over the 4th of July Holiday weekend.
Rob is well known for his longtime relationship with Adam Sandler and Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison. Schneider has starred in several Happy Madison projects, including “Bedtime Stories,” “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan,” “The Benchwarmers,” “50 First Dates,” “The Longest Yard,” “Eight Crazy Nights,” “Little Nicky” and “Mr. Deeds.” Also for Happy Madison, Schneider co-wrote and starred in “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “The Hot Chick” and “The Animal.” During his four seasons at “SNL,” Schneider was nominated for three Emmys and a Peabody Award.

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Jennifer Shields of Posh Tot Events joined us on Better Mornings Atlanta to give us some fun and simple ways to entertain your kids.
Think of it as sort of a “summer camp at home”.
Jennifer set up three different stations… one with arts & crafts another for water play and a third for dramatic play.
The kids can paint on an IKEA easel they’re cheap and do the trick.
Another entertaining idea is to creat sock puppets then later the kids can use a “dramatic play” station that the parents create. And of course dress up is always a good way for kids to spend part of the day.
Jennifer also showed me a water play station… which included a kiddie pool and toys from the dollar store. Sort-of a “make your own water park” idea.
Jennifer also passed along some great ideas to keep in mind when you’re creating your summer camp at home…
-Avoid hours in front of the TV and complaints of “I’m BORED” by mixing it up. Plan a Summer Camp at home week using the following ideas
-You don’t need to send them to expensive camps every week or spend money on outings. You can have a lot of fun at home or by utilizing local parks (many have splash grounds – will put details on the blog)
-Summer is about PLAY. Find ways to have fun with your kids while you can – they grow up fast.

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