Get Ready for Rio!

Rio_Poster.jpgHaveUHeard’s Shari Von Holten was our Roving Role Mommy Reporter at the Rio Premiere in Los Angeles…
I recently had the opportunity to attend the movie premiere of Rio in Los Angeles, California. This was the first movie premiere I have attended and being thisclose to two of the stars of the movie, Anne Hathaway and Leslie Mann was an added benefit – and has nothing to do with my praise for the movie.
Rio is a family movie with something for everyone – comedy, action, adventure and romance. Rio is about Blu, a rare macaw that is saved from the jungles of Rio de Janeiro and lives with his companion Linda for years in Minnesota before being asked to return to Rio to help save his species, which is almost extinct. Blu is truly a one of a kind bird – domesticated and flight challenged.
Rio is set in the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro and the flourishing rainforest of Brazil. The 3D animation centers on Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and another macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway). Blu and Jewel are “set up” to create little macaws. If it was only that easy. Kidnapped, the two macaws embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they find out about friendship, love and courage. ‘Rio’ also brings fun, laugh out loud characters (George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am and Tracy Morgan), a heart-warming story, some great Latin & modern music, and family-friendly song & dance.
The movie is a sure fire hit and definitely a must see for kids and adults alike!! Rio opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, April 15. Stay tuned for Shari’s interview with one of the film’s stars, actress and mom, Leslie Mann. In the meantime, check out this slideshow from the “Rio” blue carpet premiere.

Ask Single Mom Walking

Dear Single Mom Walking:
It has been a long time since I’ve had sex. I recently met a guy that I’m definitely attracted to physically, but that is all. Is it okay to sleep with him but not actually date him?
Signed:
One Night Only is All I Have to Give
Dear One Night Only:
Yes. That’s it, just “yes.” This might be the shortest answer I have ever written for a question but there really isn’t much else to say. Believe me. I’ve been through those droughts and they are not pretty. I’ve had friends recommend various forms of self – stimulation, many of which I tried but eventually gave up on because 1. They will never hug you, ever, no matter how many times you ask and 2) when I inquired as to whether or not they loved me, all I got was the silent treatment.
Which leads me to say:
FYI to all the women out there “getting some,” when your friend is not getting any, hasn’t gotten any and it looks like she may never ever get any again. Please do not suggest she buy herself a vibrator because…
1. Trust me when I say that is the most un-original idea you could possibly think of and
2. Chances are she has one and it’s not her first nor even her fourth so if you really want to help her out, for God’s sake, the least you can do is buy her 5 flats of “C” sized batteries because with friends like you, it looks like she’s going to need them.
As usual, I would be remiss not to warn you to make sure he puts a glove on it. Now he might fight you on this and say he doesn’t need it but remind him that he’s not about to screw a pillow, you’re a human being and you have every right to protect yourself. If he persists, whip out a copy of my daughter’s tuition bill (which I’d be happy to send you) as well as all the costs associated with keeping her fed, clothed and entertained and if he still refuses, then grab your vibrator out of your drawer and tell him, “he’d wear one if I asked him to and he comes in purple, blue and if I wanted, all kinds of glittery.”
Believe me, the guy will leave so fast it will make your head spin. Unfortunately, it will most likely be because he thinks you’re a freak but who cares.
You need to take care of you, so you have to wait another day, so what? Sure, I know what it feels like to be so horny that shaking a man’s hand can becomes your version of foreplay, but you need to hang in there.
However, when you do find the right guy, go for it. You might want to let him in on it. Fair is fair. I mean men have a feeling too you know. Otherwise, go for it. Have a great time. Mazel Tov, enjoy, oh and Happy Passover.
jessica bern 724 (1).JPGJessica Bern is a single mother to a 7yr old girl, a money sucking dog named Teddy and the ex wife of a man who left her for his mother. She writes at bernthis.com, where you she blogs all about it and where you can watch the Bernthis web series she created about a neurotic woman’s journey through her weekly visits to her therapist’s office. She also spends some of her time giving out sex/dating advice over at rolemommy.com and has worked her vlogging magic with aiminglow.com, Kodak and Seventh Generation.
For more from Jessica Bern, visit her blog, Bern This.

Stella & Dot

neclace.jpeg Spring is in the air! I don’t know about you, but I have been anxiously waiting to put away my heavy sweaters and take out my spring clothes! At the start of each new season I like to vamp up my wardrobe, and a cost effective, good way to do that is with some fun new accessories. Lucky for me a friend of mine just hosted a Stella & Dot party, where I bought a beautiful bracelet and necklace from a Stella & Dot Stylist. Four days later I received a package in the mail containing the most adorable boxes with my lovely new jewelry inside! If you have not heard of Stella & Dot, let me tell you a little bit about it.
Stella & Dot is a social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Their boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and on their website. The jewelry is designed by celebrated New York designers and featured in Gossip Girl, In Style and Lucky Magazine. You wouldn’t believe how many celebs are wearing it! The founder and CEO, Jessica Herrin, is a mother of two who wanted to create a new kind of company that would give today’s busy women a career alternative. Jessica did not believe the model for at-home businesses were working and wanted to try something new and unique, where you didn’t end up with a closet full of unwanted goods. The company has really taken off. It was named one of the 500 fastest growing private companies by Inc. magazine.
The stylist at my friend’s party, Ilyssa, is working in marketing about four days a week and started her Stella & Dot business on the side because she loved the jewelry and thought it would be fun. She now does a Trunk Show a couple times a week and soon she will be able to leave her day job, manage her business full time and spend more time with her two kids. The party that I went to last week was really nice. Shopping for fun jewelry and chatting with friends was a welcome departure from my nightly routine. I am also considering hosting my own Stella & Dot party. The hostess receives a percentage in jewelry of what the stylist makes from the party (free jewelry!). Prices range from $30 to $300 and they have so many choices of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms and rings. They even have the sweetest line of girls jewelry that would make the best present for any princess.
Take a look at the Stella & Dot website and if you have any questions about the business feel free to contact Ilyssa at ibg14@aol.com. If you are interested in hosting a party and live in the tri-state region, Ilyssa can be your stylist. If you live elsewhere, she can refer you to a Stylist in your area. Happy shopping!