My Thoughts on “The Hooping Life”…

I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I was contacted by the distributor for “The Hooping Life” documentary to see if I was interested in watching and reviewing the film. Like, is that even a question?! I’m not even really sure what exactly to say about the film itself except that I absolutely LOVED it, of course!

The Hooping LifeSince I have been a part of the hooping community for about 5 years now, I thought I was familiar with all the “famous” or well known hoopers (at least their names). But “The Hooping Life” introduced me to other hoopers I did not know about previously, like Karis and Sass. It also gave a more intimate view of well known hoopers like Hoopalicious, Christabel, and Baxter. What I really enjoyed about getting to know the 8 hoopers featured in the film was that they did not just show the happy and joyous parts of their lives or even their hoop lives. It showed the ugly truths concerning depression, jealousy, and traumatic events that happen in everyone’s lives. This made them very relatable, especially when they turned those negative emotions or events around with the help of their hula hoop and the hooping community.

“The Hooping Life” really shows the true spirit of the hooping community and how the hoop brings people together. They also discuss the healing power of the hoop, highlighting both the physical and mental health benefits. Overall, I’d say “The Hooping Life” is very inspirational. It has inspired my to get more involved with my local hoop community again. Seeing how Stefan and Baxter set up free hoop jams in their local parks made me want to do the same and to spread the hoop love wherever I can. It is also inspirational to see the effect that hooping has on inner city at risk children. It is amazing that something as simple as a hula hoop can help to keep them on the right track. I hope to someday see the famous Jeffrey! He was great. I think the most inspirational hooper in the film is definitely Christabel. She shares her struggles she has faced with work partners, finding her identity outside of her family and formal education, and major debt, but she overcame all of that and created a huge hoop brand (Hoop Girl) and career for herself. It really shows that as long as you are passionate and serious about something, you can be very successful and create your whole life around that passion.

I really loved the film, but it definitely left me wanting more! Not only did I want to know more about the hoopers featured, like Karis and Baxter, but there are other hoopers who I am surprised were not featured in the film. I think they should do a sequel and focus on others in the hoop community like SaFire, Philo Hagen of Hooping.org, Rayna McInturf (of Hoop Revolution, formerly of Hoopnotica), Lara Eastburn of SuperHooper, or Shakti Sunfire and her sister Luna Breeze. These are just some of the hoopers I have become familiar with (online) throughout my hooping journey. I also found it kind of strange that there was no mention of Hoopnotica throughout the whole movie. Although they have become a GIANT hoop brand and seem to be more about the business than the hoop love, they still play a huge role in hooping’s growing popularity and the “hoop revolution”.

Are there any hoopers you would you like to see featured in a hooping documentary? Tell me about them!!

Much hoop love,
Ashley xx

P.S. There actually IS a sequel to “The Hooping Life”, but it is a hooping instructional video, not another documentary. I will be reviewing that film as well in the very near future!

HoopBunny Thanksgiving Giveaway Winner

Thank you so so much to everyone who entered the 2nd HoopBunny Hula Hoop giveaway! There were almost 200 entries, so like the last giveaway I numbered each entry and used a random number generator to choose the winner. The winner of the HoopBunny Thanksgiving giveaway is Jennifer Kortier!!! Congratulations Jennifer! Please send an email with your choice of hula hoop (including colors & size) and your mailing address to HoopBunny@gmail.com. You can choose one from the HoopBunny Etsy shop or any combo of tapes that you see at the shop as well.

For everyone who entered the giveaway, you can use coupon code THANKFUL15 for 15% off a purchase at the HoopBunny shop from now until the end of the year!

Thank you everyone who entered the giveaway! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday too!

Love, Love, Love xx

HoopBunny Thanksgiving Hula Hoop Giveaway

IMG_2093There was such an amazing response to my last hula hoop giveaway that I’d like to do it again! Thank you again to everyone who entered the last giveaway, I loved watching all the new hoop tutorials and learning new tricks. I am thankful for all of you who support HoopBunny Hoops and the hooping community! <3

In honor of Thanksgiving coming up, I want to know what YOU are thankful for! For this giveaway I would like you hoopers to tell me the reasons why you are thankful for discovering the beautiful art of hooping and you could be chosen at random to receive a custom HoopBunny Hula Hoop of your choice! I will be accepting entries for the giveaway from now until 11/27/13 at 11:59 pm, there is no limit on the number of entries per person.

You can enter the giveaway in the following ways:

1. Post a reason you are thankful you discovered hooping to the comments below this post or to the HoopBunny Facebook page.

2. LIKE HoopBunny on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HoopBunny
(Let me know you LIKE HoopBunny in the Comments below!)

3. SHARE the HoopBunny giveaway on your Facebook Page.
(Make sure to tag the HoopBunny page in your status update and let me know in the comments!)

4. Follow @HoopBunny on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HoopBunny
(Let me know you follow @HoopBunny in the comments below!)

5. Tweet the HoopBunny giveaway to your followers on Twitter.
(Make sure to mention @HoopBunny in your giveaway tweet!)

**Post additional reasons you are thankful for hooping, share, & tweet each day to increase your chance of winning!**

Contest Entry Hooping Tutorial Videos

Last month I held HoopBunny’s first hula hoop giveaway! As part of the entry process, I asked hoopers to post their favorite hooping tutorial to the HoopBunny Facebook page. Here is a list of the awesome videos I received from you guys as entries into the contest! I’m excited to try all these sweet new moves! Thank you again to everyone who entered! I’m thinking about having another hoop giveaway very soon :-)

And last, but not least, Mary Jolene’s YouTube Channel: DollBabyKitty

Hope you enjoyed these tutorials as much as I did!
Happy Hooping! xx

HoopBunny Giveaway Winner!

HoopBunny Hula HoopsFirst of all, I want to thank everyone who participated in my first hoop giveaway! There was a great response with over 200 entries! In order to choose the winner fairly, I numbered each entry and put the total number into a random number generator. And so, the winner is Patience Faye Pechette! Congratulations Patience! Please email your choice of hoop (including colors & size) along with your address to HoopBunny@gmail.com.

To show my appreciation to everyone who entered the giveaway, use coupon code GIVETHANKS15 for 15% off any purchase at the HoopBunny shop! This coupon is valid until 11/30/13.

Happy Hooping everyone and thank you again!
xx