More Magazine Reinvention Convention Discount!

l_MORE_ReinvConv.jpgJust received a great discount on the upcoming More Magazine Reinvention Convention on Monday, October 6 in NYC which gives Role Mommy readers $100 off the ticket price. Take a look at the incredible panelists they’ve lined up and if you can’t make it, shoot me a question you’d like to ask and I’ll give you a shout out at the event. Below, is a list of speakers for the day and more information about the Reinvention Convention.
Speaker: Carly Fiorina, Business leader and best-selling author of Tough Choices
Speaker: Jean Chatzky, More contributing editor, financial expert and best-selling author of Make Money, Not Excuses
Speaker: Isaac Mizrahi, fashion designer and author of How to Have Style (Gotham, 2008)
Moderated by: Cybill Shepherd, actress, singer and activist; panelists will include Karen Allen, actress and entrepreneur, Vanessa Williams, actress and entertainer, and other Women of Hollywood
Speaker: Dr. Pamela Peeke, Chief Medical Correspondent of Discovery Health TV
Moderator: Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor, NBC News
Panel: Dr. Laura Berman, relationship expert and Director of the Berman Center
Dr. Gail Saltz, psychiatrist, columnist, bestselling author and Today Show contributor Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, Founder and Director of the UPMC Weight Management Center; Diet and Nutrition Editor of NBC’s Today Show
Speaker: Lisa Johnson, co-author of Don’t Think Pink and The Free Agency Formula
If you’d like to register today, click on the link below and enter the promo code to receive your discount! Hope to see you there!
Promo Code: MOREFRND
Registration Site:

I Got A Golden Ticket!

images-1.jpeg“I never thought that I would be…”
Yes, I’ve been humming that tune all week ever since I received a fabulous invitation by Glamour Reel Moments and Suave to be one of only 8 mom bloggers in the United States – yes, only 8 of us were selected – to be flown to Los Angeles on an all expense paid pampering trip where I’m going to get a makeover, manicure and pedicure compliments of Suave and then be treated like a celebrity when I attend the premiere of Glamour Reel Moments with films directed by…get ready for it…DEMI MOORE!!!! And COURTNEY COX!!! And Kristen Kiwi Smith (who wrote Legally Blonde and the House Bunny) – plus I’m going to get to have breakfast with Kristen too along with some blogger friends that I’ve met virtually and can’t wait to connect in person!
Oh, and did I mention there will be an after party at the famed Chateau Marmont that yours truly will be attending too??? Since I have always been the one to schlep talent down red carpets and babysit them at events, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be given the chance to be treated like a princess for a few days. In fact, they even asked me for my shoe size the other day…wonder if I’m getting fitted for a glass slipper.
Nevertheless, Role Mommies, sometimes when you put yourself out there and share your deepest and darkest thoughts about your struggles with weight, parenthood, career stress and more, you never know what magical things could happen for you!
And so in the next few weeks, I’ll be shoving off on my trip and mark my words, I’ll be sharing every minute of it with you – in photo and video. What a great way to spend my birthday. Thank you Suave and Glamour Reel Moments, for making a mom like me feel like a star…even if it’s for just a few days. Moore (that’s Demi to you) to come!!!

Who Won the Debate?

Well, I sat through the debate tonight and who do I think kicked some serious butt? Hate to say it, but hands down, John McCain won round one and even one blogger at AOL totally agrees.
While Obama tried to hang in there, it pretty much seemed like he was being lectured by an angry teacher who has been there, done that and doesn’t want some new guy who hardly has any experience telling him how to run this country.
So does McCain’s mastery of foreign policy make me want to vote for him? Not really. So I’m still hopelessly undecided. Guess I’ll have to wait for round two – or just catch SNL’s take this weekend!

Check Out the Latest Games from Nintendo!

MCF 6.JPGOnce again, the folks at Nintendo have been very good to me and my family. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a cool cocktail party in conjunction with the launch of Nintendo’s holiday games. While many of them haven’t been released yet (you’re going to love the band game they’ve created for Wii), I was invited to a penthouse suite at a swanky hotel in midtown where I bumped into a few of my favorite mom bloggers, including Kim from Mom in the City, Jessica at New York City Moms blog, and Mary Warren at New York Metroparents and Robin with NYC Moms too.
As we sipped wine and sampled some appetizers, we were then called into a room where we were “interrogated” by a detective looking into the murder of Phil T. Rich. I felt like I was transported into a real life version of Clue and had a great time trying to solve the mystery. A few weeks later, we received the Nintendo game in the mail and my son and I have been having a great time tracking down the clues.
For some specifics on the game, here’s the lowdown straight from Nintendo:
MCF 1.JPGMystery Case Files: MillionHeir showcases a multitude of beautiful, intricately detailed painted scenes in which players seek out cleverly hidden items to progress through an interactive detective story. There are 12 potential heirs to examine, 30 detailed scenes to peruse and more than 1,000 hidden objects to find.
With the game’s intuitive touch-screen control, fans can quickly delve into the world of Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir and begin their investigation. Players use special analytical tools and interact with on-screen objects simply by using the Nintendo DS stylus.
Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir is the only Mystery Case Files game to include multiplayer options. In multiplayer modes, players can search for clues together or compete head-to-head. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir also includes game-sharing with DS Download Play so friends and family can share the experience.
Characters: Phil T. Rich and a rich cast of possible heirs.
Mini-games: Finding hidden objects is not the only activity in Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir. Between investigations, players are presented with entertaining brain teasers that must be solved in order to progress. These mini-games add to the depth of the experience by including game-play mechanics that reach beyond the core searching elements. All of the mini-games use the Nintendo DS stylus in ways that provide a true Touch Generations experience.
If you’d like to check it out for yourself, Click Here to find out more more about this fun game for kids and parents too!

A Letter from One Mom to the World…

Dear Friends,
I am a wife and mother to two beautiful daughters, ages 4 and 8. I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer at the age of 35. My diagnosis came as a complete shock since there was no family history of any cancer and I was leading what I thought was a healthy, though stressful, typical Mom lifestyle. A few weeks after my diagnosis, during routine pre-chemo testing, the news went from bad to worse–the cancer had already spread and my initial diagnosis was stage IV breast cancer. We were devastated! At the time, we were told that only 20 percent of patients with my diagnosis lived another five years.
(Listen to an audio excerpt below on how Dorit shared the news with her daughter)
Initially, I thought I was just told that I was dying from breast cancer. Now, I believe that I am living with advanced breast cancer, waging a battle against a tough enemy. My cancer diagnosis has brought about a significant transformation in my life. Some of its impact is obvious–enduring treatments and tests, physical discomfort, and some sleepless nights. But other changes may seem surprising, such as acceptance of my situation, perseverance to beat a formidable opponent, and appreciation of the blessings I have in my life. Before my cancer diagnosis, I got caught up in trivial details that now seem so unimportant, like how others perceive me. I believe that my cancer diagnosis has been a gift; it has changed my life and helped me realize that I have so many things to be grateful for, like my family and good friends.
My Involvement with Gal to Gal…
shapiro_dorit_avatar-small.jpgI first heard about Design-Her-Gals and the Gal to Gal Foundation in May 2006, more than two years ago. I had been diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer six months earlier, and I was very excited to hear about an organization that was working so hard to raise awareness about women and their families living with this serious condition. And the gals were so cute and glam–my then-six-year-old daughter just loved creating gals, and I admit it, I did too. Since I was in the midst of my first chemo regimen, I was glad to find a scarf option that my gal could wear. I remember writing to DHG, asking if a “beat cancer” t-shirt could be created, as that had become my mantra during my tough battle. Jeanne Fitzmaurice, the Gal’s Gal, wrote back to me and that began a virtual friendship that has blossomed over the past two years.
In October 2007, when I heard about the virtual walk the Gal to Gal Foundation was conducting, I enthusiastically joined with my daughters and husband. I felt so deeply that the world needs to know about what living with stage IV breast cancer is like, that I wrote to my local newspapers and television stations. My letter to the editor was published in our neighborhood paper, and my oldest daughter and I were interviewed for our local news. The story was eventually shown by nearly 15 affiliates around the country. My involvement with the Gal to Gal Foundation shifted from huge fan and supporter to Board Member, when Jeanne invited me to formally participate in the Foundation and bring my skills and enthusiasm to enhance our mission.
In May 2008, exactly two years from when I first heard about DHG and GTG, Jeanne and the Board of Directors asked me to serve as President of the Gal to Gal Foundation Board of Directors. I am truly humbled by the honor to represent an organization who lends a voice to women like me who are living with stage IV breast cancer every day. I feel a strong, personal connection to our mission, and my participation with GTG has given me a new-found purpose and inspired me to speak up for the women who may not feel comfortable using the term “survivor,” but are surviving every day, facing obstacles with courage and hope. Though I never had the privilege of meeting Robin and Janis, the inspiration for our Foundation, my goal is to honor their memories as well as the memories of all the women who have lost their battles to this tough enemy so that women and families living with stage IV breast cancer are never forgotten and receive the support they need and deserve. I hope you will join me in supporting this wonderful organization until there comes a day when we are not needed because we have found a cure and no one must face living with this diagnosis.
Right now we are busy planning for our next Virtual Walk, which will begin on October 1, 2008. We are working with our generous sponsors and hope to bring you a virtual walk with new features, more fun, a Facebook Group and an even greater purpose that will directly impact the lives of women and men living with stage IV breast cancer.
With Love and Gratitude,
Dorit Shapiro
To receive the Gal to Gal Walk newsletter, Click Here and then register at on October 1 and join us in exciting cross country virtual walk to make a difference in the lives of stage IV breast cancer patients and their families.

Fresh Direct – Enter to Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

images.jpegFreshDirect is continually expanding it’s offerings to make life easier for moms, babies and toddlers. With their bigger and better Baby Store they’ve added over 70 new products including all your favorite brands of baby food, formula and supplies for the baby bag and the changing table, in more bulk sizes! Plus, expert nutritionist Eileen Vider, MS, RD is also offering up healthful tips and tricks for new parents including simple and nutritious One-Click Recipes for your baby.
Baby Food Recipes:
– Tips on feeding fish to your family without fear:
Based on customer feedback, Fresh Direct has expanded it’s new product line. Here’s a link to over 70 new products.
Back to School Lunch Picks Nutrition Recommendations
New Parents’ Survival Kit – how to survive those first few months
Table Food for Toddlers
Delicious Heat and Eat Kid’s Dinners:
If you want instant savings on your online order, visit Fresh Direct and enter the following information:
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If you comment on this blog and share why you love online food shopping, you may be a winner. We’ve got a $50 gift certificates ready to give away so comment now and we’ll contact you if you’ve been selected.*
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Want to be Inspired…Read The Last Lecture

images-4.jpegSeveral months ago, when I thought I was fulfilling a dream of mine to become a full-time writer and reporter, one of my assignments was to peruse YouTube and find videos that would strike a chord with parents (I know…the task would not earn me a Pulitzer). And so, one evening, I stumbled upon “The Last Lecture.” As I sat at my kitchen table with eyes glued to Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon who was dying of pancreatic cancer, I was amazed that despite his grim prognosis, he spent the better part of the hour-long session encouraging students to never give up on their lifelong dreams.
Within minutes, I instantly alerted my editor to Pausch and his awe-inspiring class and guess what? I was ignored. They didn’t take my word for it that his video was going to resonate with millions of adults who have yet to figure out what they really want to be when they grow up. That is, until Oprah came knocking. And that’s when Professor Randy Pausch’s story and his inspirational message took on a life of it’s own.
Now, nearly 10 months after I first saw that incredible video, I just finished his book, The Last Lecture, which was written by Jeffrey Zaslow, a reporter I actually worked with more than a decade ago, who I fondly recall was one of the nicest journalists I had ever met. So it didn’t surprise me when I discovered that Jeff was the one who would pen Randy Pausch’s life story.
images-5.jpegI picked up The Last Lecture this past Friday and finished it three days later. As my kids and husband played hide and seek in the hallway, I brushed back tears when I read about all the things Pausch was going to miss about his wife and his kids. What I took away from his motivational story was that most of our lives are filled with brick walls that prevent us from achieving our true potential. But if we have dreams that we truly want to pursue, then we’ve got to find a way to break through those walls in order to live life to the fullest. Though he only lived 47 years, Randy Pausch achieved his childhood dreams and left an indelible mark on countless lives. I feel so fortunate to have watched his lecture and read his book and all I can say is if you are a dreamer like me but haven’t yet broken through your personal brick walls, then what are you waiting for? Buy The Last Lecture, read it from cover to cover, hug your kids tight and follow your dreams. I’m sure that’s what Randy Pausch would have wanted for all of us. And if you don’t believe me, take a look at his commencement speech at Carnegie Mellon. While he was only given 3-6 months to live, Pausch fooled everyone and survived more than 10 months before he lost his battle this past July. So if you have time in your busy day to be inspired, read Randy’s story or watch The Last Lecture. You never know, it may convince you to finally pursue your passion and break a wall or two while you’re at it. Oh, and BTW – I quit that writing job several months ago…turns out that wasn’t the dream I was supposed to fulfill. Still trying to figure out what it is, but somehow I think it involves me on Broadway. Since Pausch admitted he was a fan of cliche’s I’ll leave you with this one: Dare to dream!