How Do I Love the Emmys? Let me count the ways…

1b62ec4e9c2ad4fa_Emmys-2012-Best-Dressed.xxxlarge_1.jpegLet me just say that as a lifelong television junkie, I happen to look forward to the Emmy Awards each year. I love seeing if my favorite stars will bring home a statue and always love checking out the latest red carpet fashions.
This year did not disappoint. From absolutely gorgeous dresses — my personal fave was Ginnifer Goodwin’s classic embroidered gown — to drop dead funny comedy bits — another LOL moment of the night came from Melissa McCarthy who seemed to be reprising her role as Megan from “Bridesmaids” — sharing why she loves the best actor nominees:

But wait, it gets funnier. Host Jimmy Fallon had the audience in hysterics with a memorial montage that ran during the show honoring him. Josh Groban sang “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” as a ballad and had everyone in stitches. And then, ensued a viral Twitter outbreak when he told everyone to tweet that Tracy Morgan had passed out on stage, generating over 25,000 tweets in less than five minutes.
But the true stars of the show were the dresses. Honestly, who could pay attention with the amount of colorful gowns that were parading the stage. From Julianne Moore, Claire Daines and Julie Bowen’s yellow stunners, to Sofia Vergara’s va va voom turquoise sequined dress, color was truly on display throughout the night and the ladies did not disappoint. Take a look…
The best part of the evening was that some of my favorite stars, friends and former co-workers took home Emmys. From “Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan — who joined the show’s creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri on stage to take home the show’s ninth Emmy statue, to director Glenn Weiss, who nabbed an Emmy for directing the Tony Awards, to funnyman Jon Cryer who won best actor in a comedy, it was so great to see that nice guys do in fact finish first.
Best of all, my favorite comedy on TV, “Modern Family” came up victorious on several fronts — winning awards for best supporting actress and actor, best writing and best comedy show. Can’t wait for the new season to begin!
The show also made me realize that I need to watch more cable series — especially “Homeland” and “Veep.” So there you have it — the Emmys in a nutshell. Now it’s time to do some serious TV watching. Let the primetime season begin!

Use Trulia Website and Apps for Real Estate Advice and Listings

Written by Role Mommy Contributor Jennifer Comet Wagner

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I recently attended a party hosted by Trulia, a company that provides a range of real estate services, including a website and apps to people looking to buy or rent a home. I was introduced to the array of helpful tools available through Trulia and was very impressed.
The Trulia website offers more than just real estate listings. Some of the other tools and services offered on Trulia are:
1. An estimate of what your home is worth
2. Information on market trends, crime reporting and school review in many areas
3. Connections to recommended agents
4. Get useful tips for buying and selling real estate through Q&A, advice, blogs and guides.
5. Get notifications when nearby houses are listed or sold, prices are cut and open houses are scheduled.
6. See thousands of home design photos
7. Check out celebrity homes (The party was held in a pentouse that Billy Joel previously owned when married to Christie Brinkley).
Trulia offers apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android and the Kindle Fire. In addition to basic apps there is also a mortage app and apps specifically for rentals.
Michael Corbett, real estate and lifestyle host of Extra and the host of Extra’s Mansions and Millionaires, is a resident real estate expert at Trulia and co-hosted the party. He has written three successful real estate books, his newest one being Before You Buy: The Homebuyers Handbook for Today’s Market.
If you are even thinking about buying, selling or renting a home, check out Trulia. You’ll be surprised at how much you will learn about real estate.
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