Rolemommy Chats with Drew Barrymore!

Inspired by the incredible true story that touched the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of an animal-loving volunteer (DREW BARRYMORE) and a small-town news reporter (JOHN KRASINSKI) to rally an entire community–and eventually rival world superpowers–to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Drew’s character is based on real life activist Cindy Lowry. Rolemommy sat down with Drew to discuss her latest role, insisting on doing her own stunts and how with just a little makeup, her beauty always shines through.
BGM_1SHT_13-5X20_RGB_3.jpegRM: Your character, Rachel Kramer, is so amazing. She really puts herself on the line and in the same way, from the bullhorn to that amazing scene, jumping in the water with the whales. And I was just wondering, is there anything you feel that passionately about where you could see really putting yourself on the line?
DREW: I think a lot of things. I feel that way about film making or work. And then, I’ve tried to become more philanthropically aware and I think when you’re trying to do your job and it’s very meaningful to you, it really is meaningful. You want to learn and grow up and get outside of yourself and do things that are meaningful to other people, whether that’s very private or in a very small capacity or the bigger you can try to be.
RM: How did you research your role in the film portraying real life environmentalist Cindy Lowry?
DREW: We met up in New York and spent some time. I started interviewing her and putting the microphone down and just recording hours and hours of her talking. And then, she came out to LA and stayed with me, and we stayed together for a while. And then, she came out to Alaska for the whole beginning of filming.
We would hike and we would eat and we would wake up and talk, and we just really got to know each other. And definitely, the recording devices went by the wayside because I just really enjoyed being with her, and it just all started to resonate. And I was glad that we really genuinely got along versus that sort of faux connection. I thought, all right, all right, I like you so much, this is gonna be so great. Okay, I want to do this justice. And she’s a really feisty woman, too, which I like.
RM: We were wondering if it harder to play someone, a real person as opposed to a fictional character?
DREW: In some senses, it’s hard. If you’re playing somebody people know, then the imitation is so excruciatingly intimidating because I would wish that I just didn’t exist and I could just be that person. And I sort of get really angry at myself that I’m even in the way of just the best imitation I can try to study. But then, you think, no, I can’t get rid of myself, so how can I add to this.
And then, playing someone who you want everybody to know about and who was such an important person in this whole movement, you just want to sort of do right by it and get it right and do it well, which is a little bit different than imitation.
RM: At one pivotal point in the movie, Drew’s character gets on here scuba gear and goes down to check on the baby whale when she knows something just isn’t right. Rolemommy asked “Can you talk about jumping in the cold water in Alaska?
DREW: (Who shivered while recalling the filming) It was so cold, but–Freezing, freezing, but just wonderful. Again, it’s that sort of conviction where you’re like I just want to do it, please let me do it. I think they were afraid the conditions were too bad…Ken, our director, wanted us to be in Alaska, and he wanted to make sure that the whales looked and felt real. I mean, it’s in the room. And I know that that makes a difference for us, and I think it makes a difference when you’re watching it because it is in the room and not painted in later in another location…They were talking about a (body) double, and I thought, no, no, please no. So, I think you end up sort of begging to do something just because you really want to be the person that gets to do it.
RM: Filming on location in Alaska allowed Drew to take a breathier from Hollywood’s fast pace and she says she loved it.
DREW: We all lived on the same floor, so it was very dormitory, and I got a lot of letters from my friends because I tend to shut down when I’m doing parts as an actor and just want to not email and not be on the cell phone. And it’s a great excuse for me to say, I’ll see you in three months. But, if we want to write letters, here’s the address. And it’s a full tilt snail mail campaign.
RM: Since Drew portrays Greenpeace environmentalist Rachel Kramer, who leads the effort to free three trapped whales in the Arctic Circle –in the movie, it looked like she wasn’t wearing any makeup. At one point, her character pulled out a lipstick, and it was the one time that she was wearing makeup. We asked Drew if they put makeup on her in the movie because if they didn’t, she looked beautiful. She is the face of Cover Girl this year.
DREW: Oh, gosh. Thank you. I did wear a little tiny, tiny bit. I think that if you’re happy on the inside with a little concealer is amazing.
RM: Do you feel more comfortable with that kind of granola girl image, which you had in the movie, or in person, when you look very glamorous and better than ever.
DREW: Thank you! I like to play dress up. Sometimes, I want to wear all pink and put on a lot of makeup and then, sometimes, it’s sweat pants. I don’t think there’s anything more that I value than my sweatpants. I just like being at home and being cozy.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ BIG MIRACLE is in theaters February 3rd.

Top 5 Mis-Understood Finance Words

Top 5 Mis-Understood Finance Words
People often hear words in the finance world and because they hear them so frequently, they don’t truly understand their meaning. Below are the five most common misunderstood and misused words in finance world.
1. “Hedge”
You hear it most often when talking about hedge funds in the news. Hedging is a fancy way to say insurance. If you hedge a bet, you make sure something is there to back it up if it fails. If you are a hedge fund, you do the same thing but buying in bigger quantities at higher risk (and reward).
2. “Short”
You hear it when talking about the market, in the popular book “The Big Short.” It just means that you think something is going to fail or go down. So if you “short” a stock you think it’s going in the crapper. If you “short” America, you think it’s going to fail.
3. “Equity”
A stock is an equity. Period. It’s a fancy word to talk about stock or portion of a company you own. You are hearing it a lot in the media lately with regards to “private equity” — that’s just a way to own parts of company that isn’t available in public stock or equity exchanges.
4. “Bond”
You also hear it as “fixed income” or “paper.” It’s buying a portion of debt in turn for a percentage of profit. You can buy “paper” from the government, known as Treasury bonds, or “paper” from companies known as corporate bonds. The riskier the company or country you are buying from, the more income you will get in return. It’s fixed, unlike the profits in the stock market because you know what you are getting and it’s typically less risky that investing in public companies.
5. “AAA”
You get a credit score, so does a country. We are hearing a lot about countries losing the AAA rating. That’s a way to tell the risk of that particular country. So when you buy a “bond” that’s not AAA, which is the highest, it has more likelihood of failing. So AA+ is below AAA and then AA, AA-, A+, A, A-, then down to BBB…Greece, for example, which is bankrupt has CC. It’s a grade for anything we can invest in, just like the cleanliness grades at restaurants.
Written by, Nicole Lapin whose everyday financial insight is followed by millions through appearances on CNN, Morning Joe, NPR and more. Nicole is also the owner of website which has lots of great female-friendly content. Nicole’s message is to “Remind women — rich or poor — that you don’t need to break the bank to be fabulous.”

Crispy Greens and FruitziO

Written by Role Mommy contributor Danielle Feigenbaum
7.jpg We all know the deal, we’ve been hearing it our whole lives, “eat your fruits and veggies” so you can grow healthy and strong. As we get older and want to shed a few pounds, we look for healthy foods to help us loose. As parents, we want our children to eat healthy, which can be a problem for some… like me. My kids do not eat many fruits, especially as snacks, and I have tried everything.
Enter Crispy Greens! Crispy Green Crispy Fruit are made from 100-percent freeze-dried fruit with no additives or preservatives and are full of delicious fresh fruit taste. Crispy Fruit snacks are available in convenient single-serving bags and come in six delicious flavors: Crispy Apples, Crispy Asian Pears, Crispy Bananas, Crispy Cantaloupe, Crispy Mangoes and Crispy Pineapples. Made with the finest freeze-dried fruit slices, FruitziO snacks combine the wholesomeness of fresh fruit with a pinch of cane sugar. Packaged in convenient, travel-friendly, re-sealable pouches. Each package contains less than 100 calories with varieties including Apples & Strawberries, Apricots, Kiwi, Peaches and Strawberries. I have been enjoying them while trying to lose weight and believe it or not… my kids like them too! They love the Crispy Bananas, Crispy Cantaloupe, and Crispy Mangoes the best. I love them all.
“A great way to encourage kids to eat healthy foods is to make them fun and yummy,” said Angela Liu, President and Founder of Crispy Green. You can feel really good about having your kids eat them every day because all of Crispy Green Crispy Fruit and FruitziO products are free from preservatives, fat, cholesterol, and are vegan-friendly, peanut/tree-nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and are kosher-certified. The special packaging of Crispy Green Crispy Fruit and FruitziO provides children and adults with a nutritious go-anywhere snack that they can enjoy anytime.
To find a retailer in your area that carries Crispy Green Crispy Fruit and FruitziO products, go to For more information, please visit

V-Day Gifts with a Tech Twist

i_30149.png Valentines Day is only a few weeks away, it’s time to think about gifts for the loves in your life. Those of you searching for alternatives to flowers and chocolates, look no further as Nintendo plays cupid this year with a variety of new game releases and technology that are perfect for best friends, family, and significant others.
For a gift with function and style, share one-of-a-kind gaming experiences with a match made in Valentine’s Day heaven: grab the latest games like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 or nintendogs + cats with “Hers” pink or “His” red flame Nintendo 3DS units, available at a new lower price with brand new system updates – including the ability to record 3D videos in continuous or stop-motion style, updated Nintendo eShop features and enhanced online gaming. Those who play together, stay together. The whole family can also enjoy friendly competition and fun with Wii games, as well as watch movies together through Netflix.
There’s nothing quite like surprising your kids with an adorable puppy or kitten on Valentine’s Day, but not everyone is ready for (or wants) a pet. Share the puppy (and kitty) love anywhere you go with virtual pets from nintendogs + cats. Moms can also feel good about buying their kids’ very first “pet” with this fun and educational experience (good practice before a real pet). The best gift of all is the gift of time so why not spend some family time together on Valentine’s Day doing the things you love! There are several Wii and Nintendo 3DS games families can enjoy together that are not only a blast to play but…shhhh, don’t tell the kids…it’s good for you! Check out multiplayer games such as Mario Kart 7 (3DS), Fortune Street (Wii) and Wii Fit Plus. These are gifts that last and are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Omega Water Review

imgres-6.jpegAs you know, I am desperately trying to lose weight and the one thing I know about dieting is that the more water you drink, the more you stand to lose. But here’s my dilemma. I hate water.
Let me rephrase that. I hate water because it has no taste. I actually like water as long as it’s flavored. So when the team at Omega water asked me to try out a case of their new flavored water, I thought – why not? I need to lose some lbs. and water that has vitamins in it that’s good for me and actually tastes good? Sign me up.
Since I never get my usual 8 glasses of water per day, I loved the fact that the bottles are so big – so I can finally get enough water into my system. So far, I’m down five pounds so I’m thinking the water definitely has something to do with it.
For more news about my weight loss challenge take a look at my video below and then check out the Omega Water website so you can find out where you can find it in your hometown.

*This compensated post was sponsored by Omega Water.

Take Back the Kitchen: Crazy Healthy Fruit and Nut Bars

If you are like me, you are often running out of the house in the morning, at times without breakfast. Below is the solution to the breakfast-less breakfast; homemade fruit and nut bars that are incredibly packed with nutrition. They include chia seeds which can be purchased at health foods stores and Whole Foods. Even your kids will love them. Enjoy!
Crazy Healthy Fruit and Nut Bars:
1 cup almonds1 cup raw cashews1 cup dates1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 TBS chia seeds
2 TBS brown rice syrup
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until wet and like a paste. Press into an 8″X8″ pyrex or brownie pan. Refrigerate and then cut into desired size pieces. Wrap individually in wax paper and keep refrigerated so you can grab one when you are on the go.
For more great recipes, visit Alma at Take Back the Kitchen.

Role Mommy Weight Loss Challenge: Week Four

We’re halfway through our husband and wife challenge and we are officially in a dead heat. Both down five pounds with five more to go. It is on. Seriously though, I have to say, today, when both my good friend and my daughter complimented me on the fact that I look thinner, I was on cloud nine. Even though I missed out on an opportunity to meet my favorite movie star of all time because I had to take my daughter for an xray, that’s okay – she said I looked thin and you know what, I’ll never forget it. And no worries – the xray turned out negative so I am not the most vain mom on the planet. Well, maybe just a little.
Take a look and enjoy…

In My Inbox: Is it a Cold or Flu?

imgres-3.jpegTis the season to catch an illness! Good thing we’ve got THE DOCTORS to give us the inside track on how to figure out if you’ve come down with a cold or the flu. On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 THE DOCTORS’ tackle their Cold & Flu Survival Guide.
Up to 20% of Americans will experience a cold or flu this winter season, so THE DOCTORS shows viewers how to avoid these common viruses, how to identify surprising household items that spread germs, and how to boost the immune system. Take a look at what they’re sharing:
· Is it a cold or flu? – THE DOCTORS relays the telltale signs of the cold virus vs. the flu virus, which can help in determining the best way to treat symptoms:
o Cold Symptoms (typical effects are experienced from the neck up):
Sore Throat
Stuffy Nose
o Flu Symptoms:
High Fever
Aches / Pains
Extreme Exhaustion
Dry Cough
· Dr. Lisa’s Germ-Free Make-Up Tips:
o Throw out plastic containers
When it comes to lipstick, metal containers keep air and potential bad germs out better than plastic.
o Scrape, Scoop, and Sharpen
Scrape off the top layer of powder foundations, scoop out first layer for liquid cover up and sharpen eyeliner before each use to limit the chance of picking up surface germs when applying make-up.
o Freeze Your Make-up Bag
Every three weeks, de-germ your bag by placing it in the freezer for a few hours to kill bacteria and viruses.
· Stuffy Nose? What are the best ways to unclog the schnoze?
The Neti Pot – Dr. Ordon shows how to properly use the Neti Pot, which thins out mucus and helps to open nasal passages.
Wasabi – Eating just a little of the popular sushi condiment will help to shrink mucus membranes and open up the sinuses.
Catnip! – Drinking herbal tea made from the catnip plant can act as a decongestant and clear your breathing passages.

What to Do When People Hide Behind Email

imgres.jpegThere’s something really frustrating about people who don’t respond to emails. I have to admit that I too am guilty of that offense and I really think it’s time that those of us who don’t respond to a request should take a few seconds out of our day to return someone’s message. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve emailed media contacts only to be completely ignored over and over again. You know how that makes me feel? Pretty crappy, that’s how.
My husband and I had a conversation about how email is making it easier for people to be incredibly rude to other people who are just trying to get your attention. So for those of you who blatantly ignore people by not responding to their emails, here are some great comeback email lines that should get your contacts on the other end to smile, laugh and maybe even respond.
1. Automated Response from an Investment Banker: I’m sorry, I’m unavailable at this time.
1. Your Email Response: I wish I were unavailable too but I’ve got to pay for my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah and if you don’t get back to me, I’ll have to cancel the DJ.
2. You send several emails to a web editor at a major women’s site and they don’t respond.
2. Your Email Response: Obviously, all of my messages must have gone to spam so just in case, I’m going to keep sending you this email until you find time in your incredibly busy schedule to get back to me.
3. Email Response: I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to pass.
3. Your Email Response: I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to jump off a bridge.
4. Email Response: Thanks for reaching out. I’ll be in touch.
4. Your Email Response: That’s great. So when exactly would you like to be in touch? I’m free next Monday if that works for you.
5. Email Response: I’ll be out on maternity leave for the next six months – don’t leave me a message because I’m not going to be checking my emails.
5. Your Email Response: So what’s your excuse been for the last six months?
6. No Email Response – First Time
6. Your Response: You obviously must have missed my email – so I’m going to send this to you again just in case.
7. No Email Response – Second Time
7. Your Email Response: I’m sure you saw my last email, but just in case, I’m sending you this again, just to annoy you. 🙂
8. No Email Response – Third Time
8: Your Email Response: I’m sure you must have been busy all week with much more important things, but if you can take five seconds out of your day to respond to me, I will be able to sleep more soundly tonight.
9. No Email Response – Fourth Time
9. Your Email Response: Seriously? I have been email stalking you for the last week and I know you’re seeing my emails. So if you don’t get back to me, I’ll just drop by your office to make sure you’re still alive.
10. No Email Response – Fifth Time
10: Your Email Response: Okay. You win. Before you put out a restraining order on me, I will cease and desist on sending you emails. You’re obviously not interested and I can take the hint. It’s not like I was born yesterday or anything. I just want you to know that I know that you know that you have been reading all of my emails. So for all the time it took for you to wade through my lackluster messages, you could have just written back, “Sorry I’m not interested.”
Have any good comeback lines you want to share? I’d love to hear them so I can start using them on Monday!