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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!

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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

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

Peach Music Festival 2013

This past Saturday I attended the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA. It was my second festival of the summer (first was GrassRoots), and my first and only big name fest for the year. I was only able to go for the day Saturday because I didn’t want to leave the babe for too long, but it was a BLAST! It was definitely the coolest venue I’ve ever been to. There is a water park on site with a lazy river, wave pool, and water slides! The weather was hot and sunny too, perfect water park weather.

Butterfly on my Hoop

I brought my newest hoop that I made for myself (pictured above). It is purple/teal leopard print with purple sequin deco tape, black, and fluorescent yellow (black light reactive) gaffer tape. I will be listing it soon at the HoopBunny shop! The sad thing was, I didn’t even use it once all day! It was so crowded there wasn’t really enough open space to comfortably hoop to the music at the main stage. A butterfly landed on my hoop while I was waiting in the parking lot for the shuttle bus to the venue (I’m not even going to get into that terrible situation), and that was about as must action as my hoop got all day! I was having so much fun, this is also the only photo I took all day 🙂

I did see one girl hooping in the crowd on the lawn in front of the main stage with an awesome future hoop. She was only hooping in between sets and seemed to only be waist hooping because of the limited space. It was nice to see that hoopers were respecting others’ personal space. I hate being at a crowded event where hoopers are hitting people or taking up a ton of space to hoop. I feel like that causes certain people to really dislike hoops and hula hoopers. Believe me, there are some hoop haters out there! Lots of love and respect at the Peach Fest! Hopefully I can make it for the whole weekend next year.

Peace, Love, & Hooping xx

My First Hoop Video!

I have recorded my first hooping video! Well, actually it’s not technically my first video, but I recorded my other videos with an actual video camera and when I went to upload them, realized my computer doesn’t have a video uploader & BF threw away the CD for the camera. Urgh.

Anyway, here is my NEWEST video. It is mostly hand hooping. The new trick I am currently working on is the vertical behind the back pass (I think that’s what it is called anyway). It is when the hoop is spinning on the vertical axis behind my back. It’s a lot harder than it looks! I have a cut on my nose that is finally healing which was caused by the hoop somehow coming in front of my while practicing this and landing right on my sunglasses… ouch! From that I learned not to wear glasses while hooping!

If you want to learn how to do vertical behind the back hooping, check out this tutorial by Caroleeena:

Goodluck & Happy Hooping!

Ashley xo

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