Sarah Palin on SNL

In case you missed Sarah Palin on SNL yestereday, have no fear. We tracked this down on the L.A. Times which even give the lyrics to the rap song those hilarious writers came up with for Palin which Amy Poehler performed. Plus, we’ve got the opening monologue too so check it out and enjoy!

Opening sketch with Sarah Palin, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and of course, Tina Fey!

Halloween with Hasbro

Thumbnail image for 025471eb0c9c_A400.jpgI know we’re less than two weeks away from the most sugary day of the year (that would be Halloween of course), so I wanted to let you in on a cool offering straight from the folks at Hasbro. This year, some of your kids (and mine) favorite classic toys – from Mr. Potato Head to Playdoh are getting in on the action. Before you slip on costumes and head out trick or treating, you can get your kids into the Halloween spirit by decorating their very own Trick or Tater – that would be Mr. Potato Head in costume. Or you can create fun Halloween shapes with playdoh. So if you’re looking for an activity that doesn’t involve sour gummy worms or $100 princess costumes, then head out to your local toy store today and pick up a Hasbro Halloween goody bag for your kids (and yourself too)! Plus, if you’d like to give away something other than candy this year, check out the Hasbro website – they have a ton of great products you can drop into those goodie bags that’ll still make all your Halloween visitors smile.

Role Mommy Recommends

270214333.jpgIt’s not every day when you get a delivery from the UPS guy and you open it and a toaster is inside along with a new product by Fiber One. So I have to admit, I was intrigued (and a bit happy since my own toaster is on the fritz). This morning, as I got the kids ready for soccer and softball practice, I raced into the kitchen, plugged in my new Proctor Silex and popped in a brown sugar cinnamon toaster pastry.
Now let me just preface this by saying that I am a frequent buyer of Fiber One’s products (since I do have issues with you know what), but I was over the moon to find a product that has fiber in it and tastes amazing. And for all of you Weight Watchers point followers – a toaster pastry is 3 points…works for me!
So far, the toaster pastries also come in strawberry, blueberry, chocolate fudge (I am now officially running to the supermarket with that news), but I have to say that the brown sugar cinnamon was quite yummy.
To find out more about Fiber One products, click here.

The Glamour Reel Moments Premiere!

IMG_2248.JPGSo it’s 1:03 am (technically 4:03 am east coast time) and I am wide awake. Why do you ask? Simple, I’m feeling a little bit like Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady.” You know the scene when she comes back from a social outing and she’s on cloud nine and starts singing “I Could’ve Danced All Night”? That’s how I feel about now. I just spent the night gazing at stars. Literally. Everywhere I looked, I saw another celebrity. Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Demi Moore, Lisa Kudrow, Anna Faris, Kirsten Dunst, Ashton Kutcher, Matthew Perry, David Arquette, Rachel Griffiths and many more attended the premiere of Glamour Reel Moments sponsored by Suave.
Joined by my BFF mom bloggers, Amy with Mom Advice, Dawn at Because I Said So, Liz at This Full House and Michelle at Scribbit, we spent an amazing day sightseeing, and then raced back to our hotel to glam up for the event.
of=50,590,442.jpegMeanwhile, I was determined to find myself a cute clutch bag so with only 30 minutes to spare, I hit the mall, wandered into Macy’s, loaded up on cosmetics at the Chanel counter (they have a new red lipstick that’s simply divine) and used my intuitive GPS system to lead me straight to a fabulous Calvin Klein bag. I then raced back, took a quick shower and then attended the Suave cocktail party where I got one more chance to hang out with hair stylist Luke O’Connor – did I mention how amazing he is? Well he is, and I’m hoping when he comes to New York to start becoming one of his regular customers if he can squeeze me in between Brooke Shields and one of the Gossip Girls.
Bloggers.jpgOnce we arrived, we had the opportunity to walk the red carpet and then stood off to the side as we watched the parade of stars enter the theater. When it was time to take our seats, it felt like a scene straight out of “Entourage” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” As I glanced off to the right, I noticed that Matthew Perry was in our row, Lisa Kudrow was four rows ahead of us and Demi Moore was only about 20 feet away. Meanwhile my seatmate, beauty blogger Cindy from Hello Doll Face, kept slipping away to the bathroom and managed to have encounters with all the directors – too bad I have the bladder of a camel.
Thumbnail image for Bill_Jean_directors.jpg(Photo Credit: Lester Holt/Wire Image for Glamour). When the lights began to dim, Bill Wackerman, the Publisher of Glamour introduced the three fabulous directors who came out to say a few words and he then gave a shout out to the Glamour readers whose stories were inspired by the short films (can anyone say dream of a lifetime). And then, following a short video about Film Aid International, which is sharing classic films and teaching video production in third world countries, it was show time.
Directors.jpgThe first film, directed by Courtney Cox and written by Courtney Cox and Thea Mann was called “The Monday Before Thanksgiving” and stars Laura Dern as a single woman who after a chance meeting on the one year anniversary of her mother’s passing makes a surprising realization about her own life. The story was inspired by Glamour reader Teresa Lowrey of Queens, NY.
The second film, “The Spleenectomy,” directed by Kiwi Smith, stars Anna Faris, Larry Smith and Ron Livingston and was written by Kiwi Smith and Marc Klein. The comedy centers on an aspiring mom/community theater actress who accidentally embarks on the audition of her life. The story was inspired by Stephanie Holcomb of Vinton, VA (met her and she is sooooo nice).
The third film was “Streak,” directed by Demi Moore and starring Rumer Willis, Brittany Snow, Madeline Zima and Sarah Wright and tells the story of a college senior’s brave act on her path to self acceptance. The film was inspired by reader Jenny Smick of Sedgich, ME.
After the film, we stood outside the doors of the theater and watched as Hollywood A-listers mingled and chatted with friends and family. Dawn got the chance to brush up against Matthew Perry and I was thisclose to Jennifer Aniston. Gotta love that one. I have to say, most of my favorite actresses looked absolutely gorgeous and it was a total thrill to have the opportunity to see Demi Moore and Courtney Cox in person. I am always in awe of women who have managed to do what they love while raising a family, so a big Role Mommy shout out goes to both those amazing moms.
Now onto the after party at the Chateau Marmont. I piled into our four seater surburban with beauty bloggers Nadine, with Jolie Nadine and Lianne, The Makeup Girl, and we were whisked over to the party. The moment we arrived, we were handed a glass of wine and a few minutes later, we stepped inside the party for an evening of people watching.
At first, we stood in the back near the bar and right over my shoulder, Kirsten Dunst was hanging out with a friend, while David Spade was off in the distance making his way through the crowd. But in the middle, now that was where the action was happening. We walked over to Suave’s VIP table where we chatted with Luke and Jean Lee and suddenly I thought I heard some familiar voices. When I turned my head, I realized I was standing right next to Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Laura Dern and so many more stars that I started to feel faint. Okay, maybe I’m a bit dramatic – I was just giddy with excitement. Plus, the DJ was blasting music from the 80’s and 90’s all night long so I felt like I was sent back in time to relive my past. If only Michael J. Fox were there too.
Anyhoo, next, I hung out with some of the fabulous Suave representatives including Janna, Jillian, Heather and Sara who had made sure that every aspect of our trip was picture perfect and gave us the star treatment these last few days.
So in a nutshell, the Glamour Reel Moments premiere was truly a night to remember. It would have been nice to have met some of the stars, but you never know what the future may hold. At the stroke of midnight (literally) it was time to head back to the hotel and start packing. But the celebrity sightings didn’t end when we left the Chateau Marmont. When we were about to head to our rooms, one of the Jonas Brothers (I believe Joe) walked out of the elevator and Dawn (oops…I meant Liz!) let out a scream. “It’s the Jonas Brothers!!!” Now that was a flipworthy moment – was just a little slow on the draw for that one.
Here’s a little video from our amazing night – unfortunately, I couldn’t include anything from the party because it was too dark and the Flip doesn’t come with a flash, but hope you enjoy what you see. Thanks again to Suave, Glamour and Weber Shandwick for this incredible experience. Now it’s back to reality and time to start decorating pumpkins. Guess you could call our tale a modern day Cinderella story – and thankfully for me, my Prince Charming was home watching the kids. For more on my adventure click on the following links:

Let the Makeover Begin

My Glamour Getaway Part II

My Glamour Getaway: Part III

Glamour Reel Moments – Part III

Brunch_Speaker Panel 3.jpegOur adventure continued with a mouthwatering brunch at the Sofitel – complete with healthy omelets, french toast, fruit, sausages, muffins and much more. As I sat chatting away with my new friends, Amy at Mom Advice, Dawn at Because I Said So, Michelle at Scribbit and Liz with This Full House, Jean Lee, Suave‘s associate brand marketer introduced us to Bill Wackerman, the Publisher of Glamour who along with Leslie Russo, Glamour’s Associate Publisher, came up with the concept for Glamour Reel Moments.
Now if you’re wondering, what is Glamour Reel Moments, well it’s pretty simple. Every year, Glamour asks its readers to submit real life stories to the magazine and after receiving several thousand entries, three are selected and are then transformed into short feature films that are directed by some of the most talented women in Hollywood.
The program started nearly 3 years ago in an effort to encourage more women to try their hand at directing. Only 7% currently direct films and so it is the goal of Glamour Reel Moments to celebrate their readers by sharing their voices through the eyes and lens of a woman. To date, Glamour Reel Moments is responsible for 14 directorial debuts.
images.jpegThis year’s effort featured films directed by Demi Moore, Courtney Cox and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith – a gifted comedy writer who penned “Legally Blonde,” “House Bunny” and many others. Kiwi appeared at the brunch along with producer Francesca Silvestri and moderator Andrea Buchanan and shared how she first broke into the business – she actually wanted to be a poet but realized poetry doesn’t pay the bills and so, she began writing screenplays. She also explained that when she heard about the Glamour Reel Moments opportunity, she instantly wanted to throw her hat into the ring and be considered as a director. Her good friends in Hollywood agreed and the next thing she knew, she was enlisting Anna Faris to star in a short comedy called “The Spleenectomy.”
Also featured was producer Francesca Silvestri, whose production company, Freestyle Productions works with the female director to select the winning stories. The event was moderated by Andrea Buchanan, a Glamour Reel Moments directing alum who happens to be releasing a new book in the coming months featuring essays from women who share their most embarrassing, humiliating and inspiring moments ever – sounds like a must read! If you’d like to read the entire interview from the event, then check out Michelle’s blog at Scribbit, she used her Flip to record the entire thing…(so clever!)
An important message that hit home for me from the talk was that despite the odds, one should never give up on what they believe in. Russo says when she first came up with the concept, she was told no one in Hollywood would be interested in taking on the project without being compensated for their efforts. With the support of A-list actresses and writers and of course, Glamour’s partner on the project, Suave, Leslie proved them all wrong and together with Freestyle Productions, they are now paving the way for female directors.
IMG_0306.JPGFollowing the brunch, we were given several hours to explore or shop and while I initially thought I’d hit the Beverly Center, I decided instead to join Dawn, Michelle, Liz and Amy on an action-packed sight seeing adventure which took us to Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign and the Santa Monica beach and pier. Check out my video below and then stay tuned for my next post…The Premiere!

My Glamour Reel Moments Getaway…Part II

DSCN2309.JPGYesterday was an absolute blast. Met a friend for brunch, did a bit of work and then was whisked away in a town car to my appointment with Luke O’Connor, celebrity hair stylist who actually took the day off from the set of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” so that he could be on hand to transform the lives of 8 lucky mom bloggers…including me!
After meeting with the Suave team and taking a look at their ad campaign for Suave – which is totally targeted to moms who have let themselves go and need to re-claim their looks and their lives, it was time for a mani pedi. After my 30 minute pamper session, it was time to meet Luke. Let me just say, he is the nicest guy who has styled the hair of some of the most gorgeous women on the planet like Brooke Shields, Debra Messing and Diane Keaton to name a few! But enough about telling you how it went, why not watch for yourself!

Let the Makeover Begin!

FSCN2301.JPGSo I arrived in Los Angeles yesterday and was met by a very sweet representative from Glamour Reel Moments who made sure that my flight was smooth and my luggage arrived safely (had a scare for a few moments that my bag was missing but thankfully, it arrived with my brand spankin’ new red dress tucked inside.)
DSCN2306.JPGI know I had mentioned yesterday that I was taking the crappiest camera known to mankind on this trip because my snazzy Nikon Coolpix is somewhere at their headquarters taking up shelf space and preventing me from capturing some of the coolest moments ever. And so, when I arrived at my room at the fabulous Sofitel hotel in Los Angeles, I was beyond thrilled when I looked at the amazing goody basket they had left for me. Why do you ask? Simple – because it came with a Flip camera! Yes – they have actually given me a Flip to capture my experience, along with sweets, treats, water, slippers and of course fabulous hair products from Suave that I already have had the chance to try out at home and I have to say – they are simply divine.
My makeover starts at 1pm so I’ll be sharing my transformation real soon. If only the trip came with lipo. Dare to dream. In the meantime, here’s a little photo and video montage of my Glamour Reel Moments Getaway. Part I (Before).

A Tribute to Dorit Shapiro

Dorit Shapiro, wife, mother of two and president of the Gal to Gal Foundation, lost her brave battle to breast cancer yesterday. She was 38 years old.
It was Dorit’s hope to spread the word about the Gal to Gal Foundation and their mission to help grant wishes and provide informational resources to patients and families struggling with this deadly disease. Even in her final days, Dorit worked tirelessly to get the message out about the importance of lending support to the brave men and women who are currently living with stage IV breast cancer. If you’d like to honor Dorit’s memory, please lend your support by joining the Gal to Gal Virtual Walk today.

“My goal is to honor the memories of all the women who have lost their battle to this tough enemy and that women and families battling stage IV breast cancer are never forgotten and receive the support they need and deserve. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this wonderful organization until there comes a day where we are not needed because we have found a cure and no one must face living with this diagnosis.”
–Dorit Shapiro, 1970-2008
To find out more about Dorit Shapiro, please read Living with Breast Cancer, by Jeanne Muchnick.