I did it. Without swearing off carbs completely. Without giving up booze. I lost a few pounds and toned this old ass lady up !! How did I do it ? Do I have proof? Reluctantly, I show you the pictures along the way … I am THRILLED TO SHARE MY PLAN.Continue reading “Eff you KETO”
Sounded too good to be true … amazing expensive designer dresses, rompers, shirts and yes activewear is sent to me at home. I don’t wash it , iron it … wait, I don’t even have to hang the clothes up in my closet? All this without busting my budget? Yup, I decided to check out RENT THE RUNWAY for myself.
Continue reading “RENTAL CLOTHES – SERIOUSLY ??”
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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 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.
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…
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.
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)
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)
The Preston and Steve CARDBOARD CLASSIC WAS FREAKIN’ SCARY.
I wrote a great blog all about facing your fear. Looks like I deleted it.
SO – HERE’S THE DEAL – CHECK OUT MY YOUTUBE VIDEO !!
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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?”
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)
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 !!
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 !!
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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 !!
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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.
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.
There’s more … if you can trick some of your Mom friends into joining you the whole deal gets even more fun !!
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…
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 ?
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!