Are you Cooking up Clutter in Your Kitchen?

The Organized Mom, Lorraine Brock Offers Sound Advice on How we Can Clean up in the Kitchen!
j0430542.jpgIs your kitchen due for an organized makeover? Do packs of ketchup and coupons line your drawers? Are bills, magazines and expired medication stuffed in your cupboards? These are all sure signs of a disorganized kitchen and often an incredibly busy person.
Frequently in the rush of life, people put things where they fit rather than where they belong. Over time, clutter accumulates and spreads … taking up more space than if it were organized.
As a mom, I know that the kitchen is where life unfolds in your home. Meals are eaten, discussions are had and plans are made. Because of this, the kitchen becomes the drop spot for many unrelated items in the home.
Allow me to help you get your kitchen sorted, purged and organized by sharing a few secrets that Professional Organizers do every day.
The first step is to group like items together; pens with pens and batteries with batteries and so on. Once you have sorted all the items in the space you are organizing, then it’s time to purge. Get rid of items that are expired or that you no longer use. It’s ok to let items go…you will love the extra space and will be able to see what you actually have.
Next, assign a space for the remaining items you want to keep. Think about how you use each item. Do you use it daily or rarely? Are you the only one that uses it or do the kids need to be able to reach it?
The fun part of organizing is buying cute containers for containerizing your items. You can buy drawer dividers or repurpose items like Velveeta cheese or cracker boxes for drawer organizers. Look for containers that hold items such as after school snacks or lunch items. Labeling always helps, too.
For pantries, first check the inside of the pantry door. If you’re not already using that space, consider wire shelving or even a clear pocket shoe organizer. This will give you additional storage space. Because containerizing is so much fun; often people over spend on cute and fun organizing products that they really don’t need. So, be careful to not just buy something that’s cute if you have no clue where to use it.
Lastly, once the organizing is complete and everything is back in a home, evaluate where everything is located with your family. Make sure each member knows where the new home is for each item. If you don’t, you might find them digging to find what they are looking for; and that might equal another mess.
Just keep in mind the acronym for these steps is S-P-A-C- E. Sort, Purge, Assign, Containerize, and Evaluate.
IMG_3957_retouched.jpgLorraine Brock is a professional organizer, family coach, speaker, and founder and owner of “Get Organized!” “Get Organized!” is a professional organizing company in the Dallas, Texas area. “Get Organized!” specializes in organizing and de-cluttering homes as well as implementing systems in the home for better family management.
A popular media guest, Lorraine has appeared on Dallas’ two top morning television shows: Good Morning Texas and Good Day Fox, and has been featured on various radio outlets. She has been hallmarked in many local, regional, and national print and online magazines, such as the Dallas Morning News, The North Texas Kids Magazine, SheKnows.com, and Daily Candy Kids. To get more helpful advice from Lorraine, visit her blog Get Organized!

The Family Dinner with Laurie David

This week, we had a fabulous interview with Laurie David, activist, mom and author of The Family Dinner – a brand new book that hits stores November 3 and features everything from anecdotes about Laurie and her family (including her ex husband Larry David), recipes from her longtime family cook as well as friends and relatives. Plus, The Family Dinner has beautiful photographs throughout (check out Laurie’s adorable nephew Logan serving up pizza) as well as tips on how you can get your family back to the dinner table with great conversation starters, games and more.
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Listen in to our recent Blog Talk Radio interview with Laurie and if you live in the tri-state area and would like to meet her in person, she’ll be in New York City on November 3 (invitation is above). Join her for a lively discussion and book signing and if you can’t make it, you can visit the The Family Dinner website and share your own recipe ideas and stories too. Plus, if you’d like to enter to win a copy of The Family Dinner, comment below with a favorite suppertime story. Make sure you leave us your email address too so that we can contact you if you win!

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Halloween Sneak Peak: Regis & Kelly Costumes

JerseyShoreHalloween1.JPGIt’s that time of the year! On October 29, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” presents “LIVE’s” REALITY BITES AGAIN: CHOMPED FROM THE HEADLINES” Halloween spectacular. This year, LIVE will feature more than 30 costumes spotlighting the most talked-about names in pop culture, including the Kardashians, characters from “Modern Family,” the kids of “Jersey Shore” and many, many more. Hilarious actor Will Ferrell joins in on all the fun, and LIVE’s exciting Halloween costume contest will return as well. It’s open to any viewer who shows up at the LIVE studio by 8:00 a.m. on October 29 dressed in costume. This year’s grand prize is a $15,000 gift card for HomeGoods (love that store!!!) Check www.liveregisandkelly.com for local time and channel.

Sound of Music Reunion on Oprah!

still4.jpgThe day I’ve been waiting for is about to arrive (yes, I am a musical theater fanatic!!!). For the first time in 45 years, the entire cast of the Sound of Music will be reuniting on the Oprah Winfrey Show on October 28 and the show promises to include a performance from the singing group The von Trapp Children, which features members of the real von Trapp family.
For Sound of Music lovers who still hum “Maria” on the way to work and are huge fans of “Glee” (that would be me), Legacy Recordings, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce the release THE SOUND OF MUSIC: 45th ANNIVERSARY EDITION. The CD will include the soundtrack from the much-loved film, plus a vibrant new recording of the film’s signature tune, “My Favorite Things,” sung by “Glee” star Lea Michele (love that!)
And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does. For the first time since 1973, The Sound of Music twirls back into nearly 500 theaters nationwide in stunning high definition to commemorate the beloved musical’s 45th anniversary. The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event includes the sing-along version of the fully restored feature with classic songs that have delighted fans for decades, such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “The Sound of Music,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

Nintendo Art Academy Review

Artsy_264.jpgRecently, my kids and I got to attend a really cool event at the Whitney museum in New York City hosted by the folks at Nintendo in anticipation of the release of their latest DS game Nintendo Art Academy. If you ever wondered how artists develop a sketch into a full fledged painting, then this is the ideal game for you.
There are 10 art lessons included in the game that offer step by step instructions on sketching, shading, painting and more. Plus, you can even take a picture with the Dsi camera and transform it into a black and white image and then re-create it in free hand. Take a look…

art-academy-screen-500x457.jpgPlus, there are incredible gallery photos that are included with Art Academy that you can also re-create – I happen to love the penguins but my daughter opted for a shot of a cute dog and proceeded to turn the image into a black and white version, added a grid over it and then started to create her own picture.
Art Gallery is so intricate that the lessons even offer suggestions on what pencils and paint brushes you should use while crafting your piece. Check out this video featuring a children’s book illustrator who got the chance to try out Art Academy and highly recommends it to budding artists.

As someone who has always loved art but struggled to re-create anything except a Snoopy or Charlie Brown caricature, I really enjoyed taking the art lessons and actually being able to re-create images and photos. Plus, here’s the best part of Art Academy – you can paint to your hearts content and never make a mess!
Art Academy retails for $19.99 and is available in stores beginning this week.

Argh Me Hearties

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Win a treasure chest filled with Pirate’s Booty!
With just a few more days until Halloween I hope everyone has their costumes ready to go and something to give out to those trick or treaters when they come knocking at your door! Some parents are terrified thinking about the amount of candy their children are going to consume. “Halloween can be a challenging time for parents who encourage their kids to eat healthy throughout the year,” said Emily Whelan Anschlowar, MS, RD, and in-house nutrition expert at Pirate Brands, makers of all-natural snacks including Pirate’s Booty.
Here are some “Healthy Halloween” tips from Pirate’s Booty:
• Fill ’em up. Feed children a full, nutritious meal before heading out to trick-or-treat. That way they’ll be less likely to devour candy while out on the trail.
• Trade agreement. Offer coins or a coveted toy in place of the candy.
• Cavity cutback. Some dentist offices have actually started implementing candy buyback programs the day after Halloween. Kids receive a monetary reward, while the candy gets shipped to different organizations like U.S. troops abroad.
• Treat others. Donate sweets to a local food bank.
• Divide and conquer. Measure out the candy into individual serving sizes. Two to three little treats after a meal will fill that sweet tooth.
• A helping hand(out). Distribute non-candy treats such as a baked, low-fat snack like Pirate’s Booty.
Send me a picture of your little matey in a pirate costume with your name and address and you could win a treasure chest filled with jewels, eye patches, swords and of course, delicious Pirate’s Booty! Send pictures to danielle.rolemommy@gmail.com by Tuesday November 2nd.
For more information visit: www.piratebrands.com.

Live Webcast Today with Prevention Magazine


The fun continues today at Role Mommy! Starting at 12:30 pm, we’ll be hosting a live webcast on our site, moderated by the editors of Prevention Magazine! The event will will feature models and experts to highlight skin care, beauty, nails and hair. Visit this page and watch the event live and then have the opportunity to chat online and ask questions in real-time.
Plus, there will also be offering a giveaways throughout the hour and one of our participants will be able to take home a Prevention Gift pack too! If you’re on Twitter, follow @preventionmag and Facebook.com/preventionmagazine

Twitter Tuesdays with “The Talk”

the_talk_twitter_icon.jpgIt’s been a while since we’ve done one of our regular TV tweet ups and we’re happy to report, we are back! But this time, we’ll be doing them in the afternoons. To be precise, we’ll be live tweeting during “The Talk,” a new daytime talk show which premiered last week on CBS and features Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Sara Gilbert and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
This Tuesday, the show will be tackling the important topic of Bullying and Cyberbullying and as part of the hour, we will be live tweeting beginning at 2pm ET and we invite you to join us. Just enter #TheTalk on www.tweetchat.com, follow @MarissaJWinokur @rolemommy, @TheTalk_CBS @kimorlando @getsmarkcookie and @hip2housewife and you are good to go. Hope you can join us and if you have any stories you’d like to share, please comment now! And if you missed last week’s interview with Jamie Lee Curtis, take a look and catch up with “The Talk” – oh and ignore what she says about not tweeting 🙂 Join us for an important chat this Tuesday!

Bully Dads

iStock_000010088643XSmall.jpgIn light of Bullying Prevention Awareness month, I’ve been writing a lot about mean girls and mean moms. But today, I’m tackling a subject that truly hit home this weekend in more ways than one. Bully dads.
If you’re the parent of a child who plays sports, then you’ve probably had a few run-ins with these types before. They are overly agressive on the field. They yell at their players if they make a mistake during game play and they argue with other coaches and the umpires when things don’t go their way.
For the most part, the childish behavior exhibited by these dads doesn’t really bother me. I watch from the stands as they argue amongst themselves when a decision on the field doesn’t pan out the way they expected. From time to time, I’ve also seen coaches who know their player is out, but they let it slide so their team can score an extra run. I do get upset however, when their stupidity crosses the line and affects my own child.
This weekend, my son was excited to play his first baseball playoff game. And when he took the field, he was on fire. For the most part, whenever he got up to the plate, he hit the ball deep into the outfield. As one of the only boys in the league who uses a wooden bat, we were pretty proud of him. Supposedly, it’s harder to hit the ball with wood than you can with aluminum and despite the handicap, he was doing just fine. That is, until one of the coaches from the opposing team raised a red flag.
At some point during the game, a father from the other team instructed his son to take a look at the bat and when it was my son’s turn at the plate, one of the coaches told my husband (who is also a team coach) they had concerns about him. When my husband responded the boy in question was his son, the coach stood his ground and allowed one of the 14 year old umpires to take the bat away from him. They then proceeded to hit the bat on the ground several times – as if expecting the bat had been tampered with prior to the game. Did they honestly believe my son or husband for that matter would compromise the game by doing something illegal to an eight year old boy’s bat?
The next thing I knew, one of the dads screamed out from the sidelines, “Wooden bats aren’t allowed in Little League.” That’s funny, considering my son had been playing with a wooden bat since he was five years old and their team technically wasn’t part of Little League. Incidentally, according to the official Little League website: “Little League Baseball has always advocated that local leagues and individuals may choose wood or non-wood bats for use in our program.”
As my son began to cry, the coach from the opposing team back-pedaled and said they were concerned about the safety of the other players. Imagine if our son were to crack the bat and the wood went flying and a splinter grazed a child’s eye. Now imagine if you will an aluminum bat flying through the air after a kid hits a ball and knocking another child unconscious because he wasn’t paying attention. Splinter vs. concussion – you do the math.
After the coaches realized they had made a serious blunder, they gave my son his bat back and he took his stance at the plate. I wish I could say the next thing that happened was he hit it out of the park, but unfortunately, the bully dads took the wind out of his sails and he popped up to the infield.
When a child participates in team sports, the experience is supposed to foster camaraderie and friendship – not intense rivalry, deceit and skepticism. And the more dads exhibit bully-like behavior on the field, the more our own kids may hate being a part of it or worse yet, develop those same negative traits. Is that what you want for your child? Well I for one don’t.
Have you had a run-in on the ball field with a bully dad? Share your story now!