I Just Donated My Eggs to Charity

In the ongoing saga of being an overextended working mom with too little time on her hands, comes the tale of the Passover eggs. You see, about a week ago, my daughter muttered something about having to bring an important item to the Passover seder her class was going to be celebrating at Hebrew School. The problem was, she couldn’t remember what it was. As I made a mental note to find the mysterious letter that contained the requested items, I went back to cooking my once a week traditional Sunday night dinner and completely forgot about our important obligation to her class. That is, until today.
As I was sitting paying bills, I started writing on the back of a letter from the synagogue and then decided to turn the paper over and read what was there. Of course, it was the directive about what Passover product we needed to contribute to her class. So what did we get? Raw eggs. Yup, raw eggs. And so, even though I had a meeting in Manhattan in less than an hour, I high tailed it to Gristedes, slapped down $3.89 for a carton of Farmland’s Best, checked my gas gauge – I was running dangerously low on fuel – and decided, “Heck, I’ll make it,” and raced over to the school to make the drop.
Out of breath, I burst into the religious school office with a proud grin on my face since I had spared myself from an embarrassing situation by finally picking up what they had requested. With my carton raised high above my head, I triumphantly declared, “I brought the eggs! I mean, these are Rebecca’s eggs.” To which the religious school director replied, “Oh, we needed those last week. That’s when the catering staff boils them so that we can have them for our seder this afternoon”
“Wait a second,” I exclaimed. “You mean to tell me that I went out of my way to bring you eggs and now you’re saying I’m already too late?”
“It’s okay, we can use the eggs for cooking class – you can never have enough eggs,” she nervously replied as she attempted to convince me to relinquish the carton. Though I contemplated taking them back home, she pried the eggs from my vice grip, I parted ways with my purchase, hopped in my car, raced to Manhattan, returned at 5:30 pm, took my husband to the train station, raced back home to get my daughter from Hebrew School and then, the second I was about to pull into our driveway, my child exclaimed, “I left my clarinet at Hebrew School!” Translation…you need to turn back around and get it.
And so, with my gas tank hovering on empty, we drove back to the school for the third time that day, my daughter raced inside to pick up her instrument and I sat there wondering if I could put in dibs for what I’d like to bring to the class seder next year. I mean, if she had asked me to bring macaroons or matzoh, we probably wouldn’t have had this problem, but not me. I’m the mother they ask to bring the most perishable item on the menu. While everyone else brings food they can eat immediately upon breaking that Kosher for Passover seal, they see my name and say, let’s make the harried mom bring eggs. While we’re at it, why don’t they just have me cook up a 20 pound turkey just for kicks?
Okay, it’s not that I’m bitter or anything, I just don’t want to bring something to my kid’s class that they actually can’t use. Frankly, I could’ve used them at my house but now, some teen cooking class is going to get to use my eggs for some culinary creation that my daughter and I will never get to partake in. I guess I shouldn’t be so steamed over my latest attempt to be a conscientious mom. In the end, the moral of this story is it’s perfectly okay to donate your eggs even if you don’t know who is going to receive them. You can file that one under, ironic but true. Now I’m off to get gas and buy eggs. All in a day’s work.

The Wednesday Entertainment Fave Five

It’s Wednesday so that means one thing…it’s entertainment day! So without further ado, here are some of our fave five topics.
1. Michelle Obama is not Pregnant. Okay, tell us something we don’t know. For some bizarre reason there were rumors swirling that the First Lady was sporting a baby bump. But alas, thanks to O Magazine, we’ve gotten to the truth – she is not pregnant nor does she have any plans to get pregnant any time soon.
2. Madonna is trying to adopt…again. This time, the ageless pop diva is trying to adopt a little girl from Malawi but she’s running into some red tape since officials are saying she’s getting preferential treatment to fast track the process since she’s an A-List celebrity. Personally, I wonder what Lourdes and Rocco think about all their new siblings anyway? Inquiring moms want to know.
3. American Idol Update – Okay – why don’t they just hand Adam Lambert the entire competition. No contestant this year is in his league. He is unbelievable and they should just record his performances each week and release his CD once he’s done. And tune in on April Fool’s Day when David Cook returns to Idol and performs.
4. ER Series Finale – Though this season hasn’t been that terrific, I have to say that I will be tuning into the finale this Thursday night of one of my favorite medical dramas on network television. Plus, I’d love to see if Dr. Greg Ross makes a surprise appearance – or I’ll just be a big old sap and watch the clips from their most memorable shows.
5. Calista Flockhart Gets Engaged! While she already has a son with feature film star Harrison Ford, the couple finally plan to get hitched. Now hopefully, her character on Brothers & Sisters will stay married to Robert. Then we can all live happily ever after.

April Fool’s Alert…Stars Prank People on CBS

image001.jpgRole Mommy has just received a sneak peak video clip from I GET THAT A LOT, an April Fool’s Day CBS television special featuring celebrities pulling pranks on everyday people that will air this Wednesday, April 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). All I can say is, next year, I’d like to request being pranked by either Drew Barrymore or Reese Witherspoon. Then again, I’d rather go to lunch with them, but I guess that’s a totally different TV show altogether, which I would call: LET’S DO LUNCH. But I digress….
I GET THAT A LOT features celebrities tricking everyday citizens in a case of supposed “mistaken identity.” Working ordinary jobs, these celebrities confuse customers who can’t decide if it’s the actual celebrity or an astonishing look-alike. As these celebrity jesters continue to deny their true identities, various reactions from their customers solicit exasperated and hilarious responses.
Celebrity participants include singer/actress Jessica Simpson working at a computer repair store, supermodel Heidi Klum (“Project Runway”) working the counter at a pizza shop, Jeff Probst (Emmy Award-winning host of CBS’s “SURVIVOR”) running a cashier at a grocery store, Ice-T (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) posing as an athletic shoe salesman, Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes taking food orders at a Nashville diner and Mario Lopez (host of “Extra”) selling hot dogs from a vending stand in New York’s Central Park.
For more about CBS and all the great shows and specials they have on deck, visit their website at CBS.com.

Fave Five Tuesday

Today’s Fave Five features a potpourri of favorites – from a new online greeting card site, to great goodies, a fabulous blog post about the economy and more.
1. INNOVATIVE MOVING GREETING CARDS! If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to put a smile on people’s face, Snapily turns your photos into moving prints or as they brand it, a “LivingPrint.” You can easily create a card where 2 to 5 photos can be brought to motion on a card, for less than $4. Check it out: Snapily.
2. SAVE FOR THAT BIG EVENT OR VACATION WITH SMARTY PIG! SmartyPig is a one of a kind virtual piggy bank that can enable you to save for back-to-school expenses, teach your children about the responsibilities of money, and save for the things you really want. Recommended by Family Circle, SmartyPig launched in April 2008 as a unique way to automatically save for an upcoming vacation, with the same benefits: a social networking aspect, true incentives from top retailers, and ease-of-use. To find out more about this unique way to save, then click here.
3. MY STIMULUS PLAN – BEING GRATEFUL This amazing essay from Dagmar at IM Proofing is a fabulous addition to our finance friendly fave five.
4. FREE GIVEAWAYS ALL THE TIME! What’s better than buying something you really want? Winning it of course! Over at Goodies for Mom, they’re giving away amazing stuff 24/7 so check it out and get in on the action!
5. INTRODUCING….THE ROLE MOMMY CREDIT CARD! While all of us continue to face tough economic times, Role Mommy has found a way to stimulate the economy while making a difference in the lives of others. We are excited to announce that we’ve just introduced the Role Mommy credit card! Sign up for your free Platinum Visa card from UMB and once you make your first purchase, a $50 donation will be made to Role Mommy and we will contribute $25 of those funds to charities supporting women and children (including St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Love Our Children USA and the Gal to Gal Foundation) and the additional funds will support programs and events throughout the year that empower and enable women to pursue their passion while raising a family. Click on the following link for details

Introducing…The Role Mommy Credit Card

We’re excited to announce a brand new way that you can support Role Mommy!
When you apply for the new Role Mommy platinum Visa Card, our issuing bank (UMB) will donate $50 to Role Mommy the very first time you use it and we will donate a portion of these funds to charities supporting women and children along with programs and events dedicated to empowering moms to pursue their passion while raising a family! Additionally, UMB will donate a percentage of all your future purchases on the card to Role Mommy as well! All of this is done at no cost to you, and no cost to Role Mommy!
The more of us who participate, the bigger the impact we can make.
All the benefits of a platinum Visa card will be yours, along with the satisfaction of showing your support of Role Mommy’s mission every time you use your card.
If you click on the card above today, you’ll be taken to the UMB website where you can sign up for your free Role Mommy credit card. So get ready to sign up for your Role Mommy card and get ready to purchase with a passion!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does opening a credit card with UMB benefit Role Mommy?
A. Role Mommy receives $50 for each approved application that is activated and used within 90 days of approval. $25 of every donation will benefit charities supporting women and children including St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Love Our Children USA, the Gal to Gal Foundation (assisting patients and families battling stage IV cancer) Additionally, a percentage of every retail purchase made using the card will be donated to Role Mommy to support ongoing events and services throughout the year benefiting parents who are pursuing their passion while raising a family.
Q. Who is UMB?
UMB a multi-bank, multi-billion dollar holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, was recently ranked by Smart Money as “the highest-scoring traditional bank among our favorites.” As a leading card issuer with nearly 40 years of credit card experience, UMB offers a wide range of consumer and commercial Visa and private label products. For more information, visit www.umb.com.
Q. Is there an annual fee?
A. No, there is no annual fee.
Q. What is the interest rate on the card?
A. 0% for the first six month introductory period on purchases and balance transfers. After the six month introductory period, the interest rate will be the federal prime rate (no lower than 5.25%) + 5.90%.
Q. Can I apply over the phone?
A. Unfortunately, not at this time.
Q. How can I get an application by mail?
A. Paper applications will be available at select Role Mommy events or by contacting rolemommycfo@gmail.com. We encourage you to apply securely online to help us reduce marketing and processing costs.
Q. When I apply for the card, will my transaction be secure?
A. Yes. Your application will be transmitted to UMB through an encrypted security page.
Q. Do I have to activate and use the card within a certain time period for the Role Mommy to receive the $50?
A. Yes. But you only need to use the card once within the first 90 days for us to receive the $50 donation. Of course, we encourage you to make it your primary card because Role Mommy receives a percentage of every retail purchase at no additional cost to you.
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Role Mommy Celebrity Quote of the Day

images.jpeg“I finally get to take my kids to a movie I’m in and they do think I’m cool. Usually, they think I’m just a big dork. They’re like, “Mom, stop singing in the car. You’re embarrassing us!” But now they’re like, “Mom, can we see your movie?”
Mom of two, Reese Witherspoon, talks about how her kids reacted to her role in the new feature film “Monsters vs. Aliens”.
*Excerpt from the Chicago Sun Times

The Monday Fave Five

Since I usually prepare one meal per week, I figured our fave five for Monday would focus on my favorite foodie blogs. But first, I’m going to give you my friend Robin and Ellen’s recipe for crunchy broccoli. Would love to figure out how to do crunchy spinach, but for now China Grill in NYC has the lock on that secret recipe.
1. Robin & Ellen’s Crunchy Broccoli – Want your kids to think their broccoli tastes like potato chips? Here’s the simple recipe. Cut up the broccoli stalks. Sprinkle pepper and salt on the stalks, then add olive oil. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit in an aluminum pan and bake for 35 minutes. Voila, you’ve got crunchy broccoli and it tastes sooooo good!
2. Eat, Drink. Memory is a great food and recipe blog by travel and food writer Mary Macrae Warren. The site features everything from recipes, to videos, to stories of the writer’s love of food, wine and travel.
3. Allergy Moms Food and Recipe Blog For parents of children with allergies, this is a resourceful site that offers unique recipes that’ll put a smile on their face and please their tummies too!
4. Gourmet Mom on the Go This blog has fabulous recipes for every occasion and kids will totally love the mouth watering cakes, cookies and more from this talented culinary mom who seems to whip up amazing dishes on a daily basis.
5. Holiday Recipes for Passover and Easter If you’re looking to mix up the matzoh ball action this year, then visit Nosh With Me for some fun recipes. And if you’re celebrating Easter, then check out The Recipe Mom – she has some great food options for families getting ready to decorate those Easter eggs. Personally, I was thisclose to buying one of those Cadbury creme eggs today…but thankfully, didn’t give in to temptation…yet.

News Flash for Moms!

Since I am permanently trapped in the eighties and nineties, I’ve decided to offer a new entertainment report that covers all the stories that moms would care about – so you may not see things about Amy Winehouse, but you’ll certainly see items about Michael J. Fox, Brad Pitt, Jason Bateman and Valerie Bertinelli to name a few. So without further ado, here’s a late breaking entertainment news bite for moms…
danica.jpgWinnie Cooper Gets Married! And no, she did not marry Kevin Arnold. We just learned that Danica McKellar, best known for her role as the adorable Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years” has just gotten hitched. And while secretly I had hoped she’d wind up with Fred Savage one day, the two parted ways many moons ago and Fred is already married with kids. I have to say, “The Wonder Years” was one of my favorite shows as a teenager (along with Doogie Howser MD and Thirtysomething), and in honor of her wedding, here’s a clip reel we discovered of Kevin and Winnie’s best moments. Congrats Danica – may you have a wonderful honeymoon and we’ll be following you to see when you become a mom! And for those of you wondering which stars are pregnant at the moment, all you need to do is check out Celebrity Baby Blog – they have the inside scoop and an awesome photo gallery on all the latest moms to be.
(Photo credit: Del Rio Studios)