Don’t be an $$$hole !!

There… I said it .. DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE. Ladies, I’m looking straight at you. It’s been awhile since I talked about something I call “girl on girl crime” ( just went and checked – my last blog post on this was in May so it’s fine – yes?) 

 It’s a phrase I first used when Sheinelle Jones worked with us a FOX 29. It’s something I talked about a lot with the lovely Kacie McDonnell.  Women can be assholes to women and I think it has to stop.  In a world where we are all looking at Facebook. Posting stolen jokes to look funny or delivering overly edited versions of ourselves, we need to stop being jerks to each other. I’ve done it — judging people for not measuring up to my ridiculous fake standards.  It needs to stop so that our girls … all of them … can have a better shot at friendship and success. 

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As you may know, I work in a TV station. That means that every day I voluntarily drive myself to a giant pile of ego and jealously.  Sure, most days are fine. But, on the other days there are people yelling over each other in the meetings just to be heard. There are people who think they deserve more attention than others because their salaries are bigger. There are people who think they don’t have to work as hard as the others. Men and women are being judged on their appearance and popularity. IT’S THE TV BIZ FOLKS !!  Some of the people are lovely. All of them are watching their backs… trying to figure out who really likes them … it’s not my favorite part of the job.

That’s why I try to surround myself with nice people when I am not at work. I don’t expect the people I surround myself at home with to be rooting against me. SO STOP ROOTING AGAINST THE PEOPLE YOU HANG OUT WITH !! If you think your friends are jerks … block their calls and move the hell on.

Below, you see pictures of some of my friends. What you likely don’t know is that I surround myself with friends from different crews. I have a 4th grade daughter and a son ( eek ) in 8th grade.  The women you see below are the Moms of the kids in both those grades.  I also have cool neighbors that I hang out with and yes some of the amazing people I work with are my actual friends … and it’s awesome.

There’s more … being nice does not have to be boring.  And – this ….

IF YOU ARE JEALOUS OF SOMEONE OR SOME THING THEY GET TO DO — SAY IT !! Telling a friend you are ‘ jealous’ that they get to take a nice trip or buy a nice handbag does not mean you aren’t rooting for them. I was thinking of this post because in a few weeks I will be speaking to teen girls about bullying. I’ll also be talking the social media shit show we’ve created.  The girls in high school believe that the ‘pro woman’ stuff is all for adult women.  I would say my adult girlfriends would feel the opposite.  So here we are with the whole damn world watching.  Are we going to be nice but crazy fun girls? Or are we going to sit and home wishing we had better friendships and cooler adventures??

I am saying no to “girl on girl crime” and yes to champagne, bad hair days and smiles.  Lots of smiles ladies !! Have a great week. DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE !!

 

It’s ok to let the kids break the rules !!

Kill me, sue me, hate me, judge me , but, I think it’s OK to let the kids (mine included) break the rules here and there.  Remember we are raising these little people in a world that is so monitored and scheduled that if something goes wrong everyone loses their minds.

We have a rule, like most families, about eating on the couch. The rule is we don’t do it.  But, this morning it looks like someone does not give a shit about that rule.  Also, my sweet lady found saltines.  Like the least healthy, most messy thing to eat on a couch. img_0478

But, she is READING !! So, I will not say a word.  She knows I know she’s busted.  I do feel if we let our kids bend some rules sometimes they will know a little bit more about navigating life. Sometimes a broken rule can lead to a nice ending.

CASE IN POINT:

Beer is not typically allowed at a tennis lesson.  Bottles are rarely allowed on a tennis court. But, when I thought I had broken my hand there was an ice cold bottle of beer waiting to soothe me. I MIGHT HAVE DIED without that beer.

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I didn’t drink it ( sadly) because I had to run kids to sports practices.  That’s a rule that we must follow.  Kids need to know the difference between the real rules and the bullshit.  I can always clean up glass on a tennis court.  Driving under the influence is not something anyone can ‘fix’.

Finally, my kiddos are growing up, so I am letting them spread their wings a bit ( cue the tears here)   My son asked two buddies to the Meek Mill concert.  As you can see they were close enough to see the stage but they were in a safe spot.

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Before the concert and during the opening acts I did allow this crew to hang in the ‘pit’ I allowed them to feel like they were all alone in a world of hip hop and bad decisions.  As you can see … they were not. I was right freakin there … well close to there.

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We had a great time and everyone is happy. BUT, THEY DID HEAR BAD WORDS AND SEE PEOPLE USING .. well, who knows.  The point is they were exposed to an adult environment and they were polite and nice.  They knew this was NOT THE TIME to break the rules.  They knew that they were being treated to a special night because I trust them.

Sure the boys asked to go here and there … sometimes I said yes other times I said no.  Bottom line, these over scheduled kids need room to play, grow and yes they need opportunities to screw up.

HERE’S TO minor BAD DECISIONS AND THE ABILITY TO FIX THEM.

Here’s to me – answering my door in the pj’s and scaring the shit out the neighbors. ( a bad decision I make way too often)

Have a great weekend everyone … don’t get into too much trouble.

Guess who I’m pissed off at today ?

Happy Whatever day you are reading this.  TODAY I have decided that I am pissed off at … PARENTS WHO REFUSE TO BE EMBARRASSING. What the what ? YOU HEARD ME. There are parents who are fine to attend all of the soccer games and school picnics but they are well dressed, quiet and on time. WHAT THE SHIT IS THAT ??

  This whole deal started the other night at my daughter’s 4th grade social.

SIDENOTE: There are no pictures of me because I was wearing a WAWA sweatshirt with a mustard stain on it…

 

On the 2nd to the last song, the DJ says, ” kids grab the grown-up who brought you here and dance”  First it was a slow dance. My daughter and I did some nice cheerleading/icescapades moves. Then it was SHAKE WHAT THE GOOD LAWD GAVE YA type dance.  My insane Mom Crew busted it out like it was midnight in South Beach (at least that’s what it felt like… not slutty just awesome moves)

As we were leaving a girl asked her Mom why she wasn’t dancing.  The Mom said ” I didn’t want to embarrass you.” WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT THE SHIT IS THAT ?

One of my greatest joys as Mom is embarrassing my kids. Social Media means I don’t even have to embarassing in person. ( see below) I have more dumb pictures ,but, that is not what this post is about. Plus I can’t find the one of me showing up at school in a shark costume.

 

Honestly, I don’t want to make my kids feel bad (ok sometimes) I want them to know that it’s ok to be weird and awesome.  That’s what makes the world fun. Apologies to librarians and accountants but following the rules and cleaning your room are sometimes required but not mandatory moves all the damn time. Plus, DANCING is part of the joy of life. In a grocery store … at a 4th grade DANCE PARTY .. even at a fancy gala where your boss is watching you screw up your MC duties ( hey Mare/ below) dancing is fun !! NOT EMBARRASSING.

 

Doing something embarrassing can also take the edge off a sad situation. I’ve definitely done some embarassing stuff when I didn’t know what to say at a funeral, the hospital ( yesterday) or when someone gave me bad news. People have told me the ridiculous, embarassing shit I do on TV helps them get through some awful times.

Also, when you are willing to occasionally take a risk, it makes it easier to try new grown-up stuff.  Just last week I was asked to play tennis in a cage when it was 32 degrees out at 8pm on a Tuesday. ( it’s called paddle tennis but it felt like prison tennis in that cage) My partner bought me a matching outfit and we showed up like weird winter twins. POTENTIALLY EMBARRASSING YES? I was thinking we were going to be like Reese Witherspoon in the bunny suit in …. LEGALLY BLONDE. ( I knew you knew)

 

But, as you can see. we rocked it !!  It was so fun to try something new. The AWESOME MATCHING OUTFITS let everyone know we were there for fun. We were not there to be ultra competitive in prison tennis. (we did win many prison matches however)

Bottom line – if you are not willing to be embarrassing I feel sorry for you. More importantly your kids. Perfect is boring. Bold is beautiful.  (ACCORDING TO ME)

 

 

 

Mom Hair is the damn worst …

It’s OSCAR DAY and I have a confession to make.  On the days where I have met Bradley, Liam and other potential boyfriends … my hair has really sucked.  It’s like I’m walking a giant billboard right at them … LOOKOUT – A MOM IS HEADED YOUR WAY. Embarrrrrrasing.

Sometimes it’s hot out.  Other times I have to go interview someone ( Bradley Cooper) in between Momtaxi runs and I didn’t want to look like a Momslut all dolled for lacrosse practice.  Bottom line, it has to stop.

I have an amazing hair dresser and I do honestly try to look less 1980’s Mom… more Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba Mom.  “Sure I have kids but I am also super hot.”  Haaahaha …   What I am learning is this… just like a successful diet or other life change the un-Mom-ing of your hair will take some time and effort. I started by trying to grow out my Mombangs…

I have also been taking pictures of the daily disasters and sending them to my hairsylist Rosa.  She always sends an encouraging text back, but, I am sure she too has been frustrated. Rosa must be thinking “seriously she decided to go with a ponytail when she talked to Fergie & Diddy?”

Each time I get my hair cut or colored I ask her for one piece of advice.  I have super fine flat hair so I have used every mousse, spray and goo on the market.  I have all also tried velco rollers, curling irons and massive amounts of cheap stiff hairspray.  The lovely Harry Josh & Ted Gibson ( big shot celebrity hairstylists) say that the ‘stiffer than The Queen’ hairspray look is a dead giveaway for Mom hair … DAMN YOU I LOVE THAT SPRAY. So, I have definitely been trying to use less.  I am also using hair extensions.  Tiny pieces of extra hair glued into a few strategic spots. I believe the curly frizzy hair girls get all of the attention in the product department… so the hair pieces have really worked well for me.  Teresa Guidice uses them … why can’t you ??

So… I know you are wishing you had your own Rosa yes?  Well, part of the reason for this post is to tell you that I shot a video with a few of her tips the last time I was there.  It’s up on my YOUTUBE page so you should really check it out…

 

Happy OSCARS DAY. Here’s hoping you guys have the sexiest nonMom hair in carline next week.  And… here’s to Rosa … therapist, hairqueen, Jlo look-a-like !! ( yup, she’s a Mom too dammit)

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Yo grown-up – what are you afraid of??

I’d love to tell you that I am this fearless, fun adventure girl.  But, you don’t want to hear the bullshit… right?  When it comes to travel, I typically do say yes.  But, I always follow the rules, go by someone else’s plan.  At a minimum I read a ton of books and make sure I have every second planned out. Last week that changed. I got adventurous in of all places, NEW FREAKIN’ ZEALAND !!

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I was there for a 20TH CENTURY FOX work trip.  I got to go to the place where LORD OF THE RINGS was filmed and do my own work.  Yes kids this carpool loving, working for the weekend Mom filmed an action scene for an upcoming movie.  I put on the ‘ motion capture’ suit and delivered my best CYBORG.  The good people of Philadelphia will get to see that treat in the next few weeks. PREVIEW: I KILLED IT !!

 

 

Back to the adventure.  I flew in early and made my owns plans in a world that is 18 hours and a whole damn day ahead of us.  It was scary at times but very cool.  I wanted to see NEW ZEALAND the way I wanted to see it!!   I wanted to explore, see the nature and meet the people.  The nature was cool. Very JURASIC PARK meets San Francisco and Ireland.

The people were even better. They are happy and they love us! They love the life they are living in a world that is miles and miles away from Disneyland and New York City. I think they love NEW FREAKIN ZEALAND because it is all theirs… no one is judging how they live or why.  They don’t care that it’s windy there all the time. SO DAMN WINDY. They don’t care that most Americans will never visit. They love their country and again … they love us !!img_8439

Now, due to my time constraints (I did leave behind two kids & a husband who was draining our bank accounts getting daily deliveries from restaurants instead of pizza shops) I was not able to have a month or two ” Eat Pray Love” type of deal.

What I did was arrive a day earlier than my colleagues and hit the eco tour and downtown areas of Wellington, NZ. I learned that they have a spot called Zealandia which is basically a walled off area where scientists are trying to re-capture the way NZ looked 500 years ago.  No mammals, no snakes and no kangaroos or goats. Lizards, bugs and birds are the priority and you have to make sure you are NOT bringing any critters in on your way inside Zealandia.  They check your bags and make you go through several gates and doors … I told you there were some Jurassic type details. img_8299

I also learned that Kiwi’s ( that’s what they call themselves) like to jump off of any kind of sidewalk or construction bin connected to water.  It’s amazing and fearless like them.

This is their summer after all.  You should know that I was in Wellington for most of my stay and it was perfect. Small town with a big city vibe with all the lamb & Rugby anyone could ask for. 

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More on my new buddies. They love beer and wine ( Sauvignon Blanc)  and they DO NOT CARE if the wind is blowing their hair all over the place.  On the way to work. On the way to parties, their hair and mine was blowing all over the place and guess what? It’s totally fine !!  ( I do wonder what happens on their wedding days…)

My final wild and crazy move happened on my way home.  I had a 6 hour layover in the Northern city of Auckland.   Typically I would sit my ass in a terminal reading all the US Weekly & People I could find in an attempt to make sure I didn’t miss a flight.  This time I said NO WAY!

I stored my luggage and hit the streets of Auckland without a single plan.  I shopped a few streets and then did ‘another something’ I never do.  I took myself to lunch.  No kids, no friends, no one but me.  I left the drink choice up to the bartender and had an amazing hour to myself in a town where I had zero responsibility.   It was magic.

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I promised zero bullshit, so, here you go.  I was super scared at times that I was going to be driven someplace and left for dead with zero cell signal.  My Uber driver did take me thru a tunnel that was 20 minutes long and again I was a bit anxious.  But, it all worked out and I have these memories that are amazing.  Sure I have shared them with you guys, but , really they are all mine in my tiny little brain… I own this trip in a way I have not owned a memory in a long time.

TAKE THE RISK – TAKE A CHANCE – GET OUTSIDE AND EXPLORE !!

ps. Want to see some cool video from the trip ??

Check out my @youtube channel !!


Yo grown-up – what are you afraid of??

It’s freakin’ cold … now what?

If you live in the NORTH and you have kids you have a few options. Get ready to go to 47 movies, bounce places and pottery classes OR GET THE HELL OUTSIDE.  No, it is not easy hearding the wild animals known as YOUR kids.  But, in the end, it’s totally worth it.

 

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Skiing, tubing and snowboarding are the best options.  No, they do not have to be expensive.  See those wild ladies up there ??  In Pennsylvania they can all ski and snowboard for FREE. They can take lessons and rent stuff for free too.  All 4th and 5th graders are part of the plan.  There are plenty of coupons, deals and discounts to get you and the wild animals out of the house this winter.

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There’s more … if you can trick some of your Mom friends into joining you the whole deal gets even more fun !!

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Now, you will have to try the stuff yourself if you want the kiddos to be successful. I myself was not a huge fan of tubing. But, these dummies ( above) would not take no for an answer.  Candidly, I am glad they forced me into it…

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There will be days when it is freezing. There will be days when your kids are crying because you packed the green socks and they wanted the blue ones. But, they would be complaining about something else even if they were sitting on your couch or bouncing away in a high priced bounce house.

I do hate a freezing cold, cloudy, yucky weekend.  But, I also hate people who complain and do nothing about it.  PICK A LANE PEOPLE – WHO ARE YOU ?

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And remember… your friends love you.  Even if they suggest tubing or some other ridiculous activity when it’s 10 degrees outside.

TRY SOMETHING NEW ! GET OUTSIDE ! SHOW THE KIDS HOW FUN YOU CAN BE!

TAKE YOUR 6 POUNDS AND SHOVE IT!

It’s October 13th.  Last night I ate sausage and drank beer our of a stein. Why? IT’S OCTOBER DUMMIES !! Pretzels and apple strudel were also on the menu and this is the damn problem. At this rate we will all be up 6 pounds by Thanksgiving.

Let’s face it, the leaves change in the Northeast, we all say f#$k it … let’s eat and not go the dumb gym!!  For the past few years I have gained about 6 pounds between Halloween and the Superbowl. NOT THIS YEAR PEOPLE !!

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I have already gone to the dumb gym a few times this week (see above) and I have opted out of the pizza in the newsroom and eaten a healthy lunch 5 DAYS IN FREAKIN ROW.  I don’t think we all have to be ‘bikini strict’ about this , but, there are some things we can do.

1. SAY YES TO THE PARTY !!

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When you have stuff to do … wearing Halloween costumes or NYE cocktail dresses (yes you too guys) you want to look and feel your best !!  I am going to let my social plans motivate my diet strategy this Fall.

2. Let the people around you know you are trying to be ” be good”

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My main workout Coach/ friend/motivator is Holly … above…   You might have noticed she is EXPECTING A BABY soon.  Does she eat pizza every night ? Sadly no because I then I would have an excuse.  Holly knows I am trying something new this season and while she is preparing for baby #2 she is eating healthy & sending me emojis and other fun texts. If a pregnant lady can eat well during the fall-o-days then I can too.

3. RELAX

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We all have kids to drive around … work that drives us crazy and friends we want to drink beer with !! You can do it all.  When you do … take a minute to notice.  I slipped in a workout earlier this week when I had to be in 3 places at once.  I took this selfie to remind myself that I got it in.

BOTTOM LINE: we can do this !!  It won’t be super easy, but, it won’t be super hard if we all stay consistent.  Like I tell my kids ( who never listen)

A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA GOES A LONG LONG WAY !!

I’M HEADED TO THE STUPID DUMB GYM TODAY … what are you doing to survive the ‘fall-o-days’