Twitter Tuesday with The Good Wife!

goodwifepaley.jpgIf you’re a fan of The Good Wife, then we hope you’ll join us this Tuesday, April 27 for our second installment of Twitter Tuesday, where we chat about the show and introduce special surprise guests. We’ll be joined by our co-hosts for the night, Amy at www.selfishmom.com and Melissa Chapman who writes the WCBS-TV parenting blog. Plus, Jennifer at Connect With Your Teens will also share insights from the show and our special evening at the Paley Center which featured a screening of Tuesday’s episode and an in person interview session with the cast, hosted by veteran TV Guide critic Matt Roush.
Since we got the chance to catch a sneak peak of the episode, you’ll be happy to know it’ll have you on the edge of your seat. The episode is filled with intense courtroom scenes, plus, the firm is under siege by nemesis Sam Stern who attempts to poach their top attorneys and Alicia finally makes a major decision about her marriage. You’ll have to tune in to CBS at 10 PM, ET/PT to find out what happens!
In the meantime, the Paley Center event was amazing, with each actor sharing the motivation behind their characters while revealing juicy details about what’s going to unfold at the end of the season. What was so refreshing about the evening was how funny the actors were as they came up with punchlines and comebacks that had the entire audience rolling in the aisles. My personal favorite was when Julianna Margulies recalled that recently in a NYC park, a couple came up to her and confided they were on “Team Frollick” while another coupe threw their two cents into the conversation and said they were opting for “Team Gardner.” Actor Matt Czhuchry, who plays Cary Agos in the series then added that he was on “Team Gardner” as well (since he was siding with his employer) and then, feeding into the “Twilight” craze quipped that he had created “Team Gardner” and “Team Frollick” t-shirts and would be selling them on his blog.
At another point in the evening, when Christine Baranski arrived late (she had been shooting an episode and had just been released from production), she inadvertently let the cat out of the bag regarding a major plot line (sorry won’t be giving any spoilers away here) and Josh Charles followed up by adding he was going to be spilling the beans on “Lost” and “Mad Men” that night too.
Julianna Marguiles seemed incredibly open and honest about what it’s been like portraying a character loosely based on disgraced politician’s wives like Silda Spitzer and Elizabeth Edwards. In fact, she said that when the show first started, she had heard that Elizabeth Edwards had been in touch with CBS and gave her approval about how the character of Alicia Florrick was being portrayed.
Margulies added that while researching the role, she remembers seeing photographs of Silda Spitzer prior to her finding out about her husband’s infidelities and she looked incredibly young and vivacious. Fast forward to the day she had to stand by her man while he announced to the world that he had cheated on her many times over with prostitutes, and Margulies remarked that Silda appeared as if she had “aged 10 years.” She then noticed a photograph of her six months after her husband had resigned and Margulies said she looked fabulous. And that’s what she wanted to capture in her portrayal of Alicia Florrik – wearing little make-up with visible lines in her face on the day her husband is disgraced, until today, where she’s truly gaining ground in the courtroom as an associate lawyer and in her social life, as she contemplates whether or not to leave her husband for another man.
There’s lots more from the session and the moment the Paley Center posts the footage, we’ll share it with our readers. In the meantime, check out the most talked about scene of the season so far and then we hope you’ll join us for Twitter Tuesday on April 27 with #TheGoodWife at 10 pm ET. We’ll be featuring a surprise guest plus, if you have any special questions for actor Chris Noth, please tweet them during the session – the top tweet-able questions will be included in his video interview for “The Good Wife” DVD!
Please follow the following Twitter handles @rolemommy @selfishmom @madijack @jenwag57 @TheGoodWife_CBS @GoodWifeGuest @CBSTweet. Next, you can join the action by either logging onto www.tweetchat.com or tweet grid and enter the hashtag #TheGoodWife. And feel free to comment on this post to let us know you’ll be there! In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of Tuesday’s episode:

Get ready for five brand new episodes of “The Good Wife” and hope to be tweeting with you this Tuesday!

The KaBOOM and KoolAid Playground Build

Mom Bloggers build a playground with Justine SimmonsThe one thing I really love about being a parenting blogger is getting the opportunity to showcase amazing people who are making the world a better place for communities in need. And last month, I got the chance to step away from the laptop, and roll up my sleeves with more than one dozen incredible moms as we helped build a playground for the community of Inglewood, California on behalf of KaBOOM! and Kool-Aid.  I was thrilled to have been an integral part of the event – reaching out to some of my favorite writers and blogging community leaders from across the country and meeting some incredible women on the west coast – including fabulous Lifetime Mom and Bizzie Mommy, Stephanie Elie, who joined me for an amazing day with Reverend Run (aka Joseph Simmons), his beautiful wife Justine and their kids, as well as the community of Inglewood, who came together to transform a barren lot into an amazing playground for kids!

KaBOOM! is a national non profit organization dedicated to bringing play back into the lives of children.  Since1995, the organization has built more than 1700 playgrounds in disadvantaged communities nationwide.  And this past week, with the help of Kool-Aid, the organization set out to change the lives of children and families living in Inglewood, CA.  Kool-Aid has been a proud sponsor of the organization for several years, having teamed up on 27 playground builds and counting! 

Wearing red smiley face Kool-Aid shirts and construction gloves, we were put to work as soon as we arrived. Our first mission was to assemble a slide and I was joined by Jennifer James, Mommy Niri and Bizzie Mommy as we attempted to fit the pieces together without it toppling on us.   Ironically, we were so busy tweeting about our experience, it was tough to hold onto the slide, while sharing photos and documenting our first task!  

Meanwhile, Kim at Traveling Mom and Carrie at Cruise Buzz joined a group of young firemen in training to assemble a bridge and ladder.   While it seemed as if they were making tremendous progress on their project, Niri, Jennifer and I moved on to another task when one of our screws became stuck and we had to find an expert to help us get our slide back on track!  

bench mural at KaBOOM! EventWhile our slide was being examined by Caleb, a KaBOOM! representative who bears a striking similarity to Ty Pennington, a KaBOOM! team member brought us over to a park bench that featured a beautiful sketch of a bridge, sea creatures and the ocean.  It was time to paint a mural…and within minutes, several of us gathered around the bench and began to bring it to life.  Incidentally, one of the most talented artists on our blogger team was Ciaran Blumenfeld with Momfluential!  Ciaran spent her time recreating an octopus, sea horses and even Nemo!  I, on the other hand had fun mixing paint colors and discovered that dark blue and white make a pretty shade of lavender!

By the time the bench was complete, I was tapped for a very important job…mixing concrete!  Together, with Liz at Los Angelista, Ana at Spanglish Baby and YvonneinLA, we grabbed shovels and began some serious hard work.  After mixing three loads of concrete, my forearms were aching!   Meanwhile, Tina and her daughter at Send Chocolate were busy shoveling mulch along with Traveling Mom, Cruise Buzz and Andrea at Hip Moms Who Work. Meanwhile, Jennifer at Mom Bloggers Club carried flowers over to the pergola and garden that was being built adjacent to the playground. The one thing I loved was that all of us got to do things we had never tried before and before we knew it, the entire place miraculously took shape in front of our eyes.

While we took a much deserved In and Out Burger and Kool-Aid fun fizz break – Reverend Run and his family arrived and began contributing their time and hard work to the build too!   While Rev Run, his wife Justine and their kids settled in, they began painting a bench nearby and shoveling more mulch to add to the build.  Several of us then got the chance to meet the family and chat with Justine Simmons, who is a passionate mom who talked about the importance of giving back to communities in need.  Plus, when she and Rev Run said they had never heard of a mommy blog before, we convinced her that she should start a blog of her own! Incidentally, Rev Run announced “Mommy bloggers are going to take over the world!” Take a look at my interview with Justine Simmons and hear how her family first became involved with KaBOOM! and Kool-Aid:

Beth Interviews Rev Runs Wife from Joseph Litzinger on Vimeo.

 

Ribbon Cutting at KaBOOM! PlaygroundAs the anticipation continued building the children of Inglewood were escorted into the playground area and stood nearby for the exciting ribbon cutting ceremony.  As the Kool-Aid man burst through a paper brick wall, cheers erupted through the crowd as they viewed the spectacular playground that had been built by hardworking members of their own community. Within seconds, Rev Run cut the ribbon, the kids were ecstatic and couldn’t wait to play!  And that is what happiness is all about!

For more information about KaBOOM! and how they are transforming playground spaces nationwide and encouraging families to host their own play days in their community, visit their site for details.

For a photo montage of our day, check out the photos below!

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