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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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)