Kids Recipe: Alma’s Crispy & Flat Carrot Potato Tator Tots

Just say “NO!” to greasy tator tots and make this healthier version….tonight!
P1060355.jpgCrispy and Flat Carroty Potato Tator Tots:
3 medium sized chopped, steamed potatoes
2 chopped, steamed large carrots
2 TBS softened butter
1/2 tsp salt, more to taste
1/2 cup crushed cornflakes,whole wheat bread crumbs,panko or any other kind of crumb
Add the butter and salt.
Mash with a fork or potato masher or whip but VERY briefly so they don’t get gummy!
Roll into one inch balls
Roll the balls in the breadcrumbs and lay on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
Makes about 25-30 balls
Spray the balls with olive oil spray and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 1bout 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Flip over and bake another 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Yum!
alma072V4WEB-1 (1)-thumb-188x220-2703.jpgAlma Schneider, LCSW, is founder of Take Back the Kitchen. Like TBK, this blog is dedicated to helping people recognize and overcome the common and unique obstacles to being everything they hope to be in the kitchen. She writes for Womens Day on line magazine, she is a featured Kitchen Coach Expert on and healthy food sponsor for

Russell Brand Chats with Role Mommy

West Coast correspondent Kristin Flannery gets the chance to chat with Russell Brand. Take a look…
chris and kristen photography-1103.jpgWhat a wild ride introducing Russell Brand to a new brand of media – Mom Bloggers! During the HOP press junket, we sat down to meet Russell and I got to sit next to him! Opening this Friday, HOP is the new live action animated film in which Russell voices the lead character, E.B. – that’s right, the Easter Bunny!
Russell Brand: Mommy bloggers sounds like a nice saying. What if people who say it become so incorporated into language, so people would just use it normally? “There’s a Mommy blogger outside! For heaven’s sake, help her!”
When shooting HOP, Russell had to voice his character alone in a sound booth without interacting with any humans…
Question: So, you weren’t with any of your co-stars? How was that, acting alone?
Russell Brand: Lonely. What we should have had is we should have packed that booth with Mommy bloggers to give me something to do and an audience to play to. Tim Hill, the director, he’s nice and he was encouraging to me. They stuck me in a booth and just left me in there. I was lonely. There were some carrots. They said it would help with the character. I don’t like carrots. I could see better, though.
Hop_Still2.jpgQuestion: When somebody comes to you and says, “We would like you to play the Easter Bunny,” as a comedian, do you say to yourself, “Now, that’s funny,” or do you think, “I don’t know about that.”
Russell Brand: I liked the idea immediately. As soon as they asked, “Do you want to be the Easter Bunny?” They didn’t even finish asking and I said yes. At that point, they could have said, “holidays, bonnet.” But it was “bunny” and it turns out it was the right decision. I liked it.
Question: Did you ever or do you now believe in the Easter Bunny?
Russell Brand: I believe in the possibility of all things because of the nature of infinite space. If the universe is infinite, that means, inevitably, all possibilities exist.
So, somewhere, there is an Easter Bunny. Somewhere else, there’s a one-legged Easter Bunny. Somewhere else, there’s a robot Easter Bunny. There’s an Easter Bunny crossed with a Darth Vader because of infinity. With infinity, everything would occur.
Yes, in real life or as the Easter Bunny in HOP…. Russell Brand is funny! Don’t miss him this Friday when HOP premieres in theaters. To catch a preview, visit where your kids can play games and you can find the theater nearest you!

Get Fit & Lose Weight in just 15 minutes a day!

Fitness Guru Becky Winner shares three exercises that’ll help you get fit in time for summer!
iStock_000008268946XSmall.jpgAre you one of those people who wish they could lose weight but feel overwhelmed by your current cumbersome daily life schedule? Family, careers, children, pets, and household chores tend to create a schedule whereby time to exercise may seem like it is not an option. Not anymore! There is no need to block off 30-60 minute sessions to exercise. In just 15 minutes a day, you can get your heart pumping, build muscle with full body strength training moves, speed up your metabolism and lose weight!
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is the way to do it. This type of training is done for short periods of time because it is so intense, and it keeps your metabolism churning all day! When my schedule is jam packed I use this form of training to ensure I get the most out of my limited time at the gym. It also helps you remain consistent with your fitness program even on those days you think you have no time for exercise or are just not in the mood. I like this form of exercise for those days you just don’t feel like working out as the allure of 15-30 minute workout often motivates me to push through!
Here is how it is done:
Sprinting, Jump Rope, think short intervals of intense cardio training interlaced with recovery stages. So for instance, you can jump rope one minute, walk one minute, jump rope one minute, strength train one minute. Continue this interval for 15-30 minutes on and off.
Another example would be sprint 1 minute, walk 1 minute; continue to repeat intervals of sprinting and walking for 15-30 minutes.
Remember, you must exert a ton of energy then recover for a short time…..hence the title High Intensity Interval Training!
A great combo of exercises I like to put together that include full body strength training, and great intense cardio are mountain climbers and bicycle crunches. I will perform each exercise for one minute switching back and forth between the exercises each minute. See below for videos on how to properly perform these exercises.
Mountain Climber:

Bicycle Crunch:

Want to work out with me and try a HIIT workout? Check out my NEW IPHONE APP and give it a try! You will be addicted!
Becky Wenner is a highly qualified multi-level certified fitness instructor. She is certified as an Adventure Boot Camp Instructor and Fitness Nutrition Coach by the National Exercise and Sports Training Association (NESTA). Rebecca also holds other training certificates including Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Group Fitness Instruction from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She also holds her certification in kickboxing from AFAA and she is CPR and AED certified.

Role Mommy Fave Find: The Echo Smart Pen

imgres-16.jpegHere at Role Mommy, we’re always on the lookout for the latest greatest gadget to catch our eye and this time, it’s the Echo Smart Pen – a pen that enables you to take notes, record what you’ve written and share them via Facebook and email all with the touch of a button. And it’s even a calculator too. I know it may seem strange, but I am in love with my new pen. Take a look…