Parenthood: My New Favorite TV Show

parenthood-Lauren-Graham.jpgIf you’ve read Role Mommy for a while then you probably know that I’m a sap. I can’t get enough of a TV series or movie that makes me laugh and cry and I’m here to report, I’ve just found my next favorite guilty pleasure…Parenthood.
While I didn’t get to catch the premiere of the series, I hopped on over to Hulu and just caught it on my laptop and all I can say is Wow. Wow for featuring a show about a family that is so real and so dysfunctional but facing so many of the same issues that we all face as parents. The cast is stellar – from Lauren Graham to Peter Krause, Monica Potter, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Mae Whitman.
From the single mom (Lauren Graham) with two troubled teens who has to move back home with her parents to make ends meet; to the son (Peter Krause) who everyone relies on to fix everything, who finds his eight year old boy may be suffering from a condition he cannot fix; to the workaholic sister (Erika Christensen) whose five year old daughter prefers her stay at home dad to her; to the commitment phobic brother who finds out he may be the father of a five year old boy, I have finally found a new show to add to my must-see TV list – thank you NBC for giving Jay Leno the boot to late night. You finally have a winner on your hands on Tuesdays at 10 pm!
Serving as executive producers are Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Frost/Nixon”), Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”) – who wrote the pilot episode — and David Nevins (“Friday Night Lights,” “Arrested Development”). Emmy Award winner Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”) is the director and executive producer of the pilot.
So if you’re keeping score, that means Parenthood will be joining my must see line-up of Brothers and Sisters, American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and anything on Disney Channel or Nickelodeon.
Want to check out Parenthood for yourself? Well sit back, click on the video below and trust me, you’ll thank me for the TV tip!

Must See Webcast: Passions, Priorities & Community

I recently participated in a one-of-a-kind live web event that was held on behalf of the R Baby Foundation, which was established in 2006 to organize and fund efforts to improve the outcomes of medical care for infants, particularly those who contract certain viral infections within the first month of life. The R Baby Foundation is dedicated to helping newborn babies with often-misunderstood viral infections and other infectious diseases receive the highest quality of care and service through supporting education, research, treatment, training and life-saving equipment.
I had so much fun moderating the webcast along with the incredibly inspiring Emily McKhann, co-founder of The Motherhood. Panelists include R Baby founder Phyllis Rabinowitz, along with seasoned and successful mompreneurs: Brenda Berg, Nicole Feliciano, Lauren Parisier and Kimberly Seals Allers.
The session featured candid insights, intimate confessions and thoughtful advice from women who have built their lives and their businesses around their passions and priorities. In case you missed it, you can watch it below!

R Baby Foundation “Live” (Unedited) from TrakVu.com on Vimeo.

Feeling inspired but don’t know where to start first? Well, have no fear. Yours truly is launching an innovative fundraiser on behalf of RBaby. Starting today until Mother’s Day, I am offering one on one PR 365 consultation for your brand. And if you book a 30 minute session with me, I will donate the proceeds to the RBaby Foundation. Email me at beyondpr@gmail.com for details of how I can help you build your brand and you can help RBaby make a difference!
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Role Mommy Book Club

firefly-lane1.jpgLet me just say that I get most of my best book picks from two places – my girlfriends on my 8:48 commuter train and my mom. So when mom was raving about Firefly Lane, a new book she was reading while we were aboard our Princess Cruise, I told her if she loved it that much, then why not write a review for Role Mommy. And guess what, Role Bubbe came through with flying colors.
In the summer of 1974 Kate Mularkey meets Tullah (Tully) Hart. They become BFF.
Tully is raised by her grandmother. Tully’s mother is a pot smoking hippie who manages to come back into Tully’s life when she takes her to live on Firefly Lane. After a traumatic incident, Tully and Kate become best friends.
Tully is driven by her desire to be famous, while Kate although claims to want the same thing as Tully just wants to be a wife and mother.
Firefly Lane is set in Washington State and is a wonderful story of two women who share a 30 year friendship. Loving the music of ABBA and Fleetwood Mac makes this novel a must for all those who came of age in the 70’s and later – it is also a terrific read for anyone with a close girlfriends and most of all, should be shared with your best friend.

Check out These Great Oscar Desserts!

As the Oscars are quickly approaching, Hyundai, one of the main sponsors for the awards telecast, has some really clever and mouthwatering dessert ideas of this year’s nominated films including “Up in the Eclair” and “Inglorious Custards.” Check it out…

If you’re in the midst of planning a party, check out Hyundai’s fan page on Facebook – they even have a personality test to show what kind of party thrower you are – incidentally, according to my answers, I’m a docu-geek.
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