Spend Your Holiday Movie Viewing on the Couch

Netflix_Web_Logo (1).jpgRecently, I was given the opportunity to become a Netflix Stream Team member. What does that mean you ask? Simple. After being sent a complimentary Apple TV video streaming device and a year membership to Netflix, I set up my TV, clicked the remote and took a trip down memory lane.
What I love most about Netflix is that I can watch TV shows and films from my past and then, after I’ve watched “The Breakfast Club” or “Pretty and Pink,” they actually start recommending films to me that I might be interested in.
My kids have also been bitten by the NetFlix bug. My daughter has been watching episodes of “Gossip Girl” non stop and I actually got my son hooked on one of my favorite shows of all time, “The Wonder Years.”
Sprinkled into the mix are also a few blockbusters that we’ve watched with my husband like “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and tear jerkers too including “Terms of Endearment” and a film with Kate Hudson that had me crying for nearly an hour called “A Little Bit of Heaven.” My daughter and I have already watched that one twice!
Now that the holidays are upon us, Netflix also has a ton of offerings for families with kids of all ages. Visit the Netflix website for the latest holiday movies offered this time of year. For younger kids, you can even find a host of films you can all sing-a-long with…just take a look!
There really is something for everyone with Netflix – so before you head out to the movies, spend an evening in with your family, take a walk down memory lane or get caught up on your favorite shows. No matter how you slice it, watching Netflix with your family is pure couch potato heaven.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free Apple TV and complimentary membership to Netflix. All opinions are strictly my own.

The Good Wife: Explosive Episode Airing this Sunday!

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do every Sunday night is curl up on the couch and dive into “The Good Wife” on CBS. From infidelity, to scandal, to politics to those intense courtroom scenes, the tension has been mounting this season as Alicia plots to leave Lockhart Gardner to start a new firm with her former colleagues. In this weekend’s explosive episode, Alicia and Cary’s plans to depart Lockhart/Gardner are suddenly exposed and a desperate battle to retain clients ensues. If you are like me and can’t wait to catch a sneak peak of the episode, then check this out now!
In anticipation of this intense episode, CBS wants to know…which team are you on? Team Lockhart/Gardner or Team Florick/Agos? Visit The Good Wife Facebook page and vote now!
If you haven’t watched the show, then now is definitely the time to get in on the action. “The Good Wife” stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, a wife and mother who reinvents her life following her husband’s sex and political corruption scandal. Four years into her tenure at the law firm of Lockhart/Gardner, Alicia accepts a prestigious partner offer from her bosses, Diane Lockhart, Will Gardner and David Lee. However, a mutual attraction with Will leaves Alicia conflicted after she agrees to renew her vows with her husband, Peter, who has won the gubernatorial election with the help of campaign manager Eli Gold. After much thought, Alicia agrees to leave Lockhart/Gardner to start a new firm with her colleague, Cary Agos, who is unable to convince investigator Kalinda Sharma to join them. Now, Alicia must find a way to balance her evolving career, her new position as First Lady of Illinois and her roles as a wife and mother to her teenage children, Zach and Grace. Emboldened by the prospect of taking control of her future, Alicia bravely ventures into unknown territory.

“The Good Wife” airs Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. To get caught up on the show and watch the five most pivotal episodes in “The Good Wife” history, check out the website and then make sure you watch the show this Sunday night!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

44 Memories…My Broke Girl Story

As I get ready to celebrate my 44th birthday, I have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful that I can now afford something other than spaghetti for dinner. I am thankful I have a really cute husband who gets better looking with age. And I am lucky to have two awesome kids who keep me on my toes and inspire me almost every day of the week. But there was a time when I wasn’t that content. And maybe the reason for my uneasiness was because I was broke.
Back in the 1990’s — yes a very long time ago — I had just moved to Manhattan with a girlfriend of mine and despite the fact I was making a measly $25,000 per year, we found an apartment on the upper west side that was a few feet away from Central Park. Sure, the rent wasn’t out of the stratosphere- it was $1400 per month and my friend and I split the bill. But here was the problem. I was making $1500 per month after taxes. Which meant that half of my money every month was going toward rent, leaving me with another $800 to survive in New York City. While my mom thought I was making the biggest mistake of my life, little did she know that taking a chance on a pricey Manhattan sublet would ultimately lead me to my future husband.
Needless to say, I wasn’t able to spend much back then, but some how I made ends meet. I took the subway to and from work. I walked a lot. I lived for sales. And, I found a lot of free things to do on the weekends — including rollerblading through Central Park and free Ladies Night happy hours. I ate a lot of spaghetti. I paid cash at the supermarket — before they actually accepted credit cards…imagine that! And best of all, I found a boyfriend the first month I moved into the city (that would be the cute husband I mentioned earlier) and fortunately for me, he treated a lot of the times we were out. But despite my bank account hovering near a zero balance every month, I managed to survive and thrive during those first few years out of college.
And I think that’s why I love the show 2 BROKE GIRLS — no matter how old you are, I’m sure everyone has a story about the time they survived on Ramen noodles so they could pay the utility bill. If you haven’t been watching this hilarious comedy yet, then honestly what are you waiting for? 2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about the unlikely friendship that develops between two very different young women who meet waitressing at a diner in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and form a bond over their dream of one day owning their own successful cupcake business. Only one thing stands in their way – they’re broke.
Sarcastic, street-smart Max Black met the sophisticated, school-smart Caroline Channing when the uptown trust fund princess was having a run of bad luck due to her father’s Wall Street scandal, which caused her to lose all her money and forced her to give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as an entitled rich girl, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she visualizes a lucrative future for them and they begin to save money to reach their start-up money goal of $250,000. As the girls’ cupcake tally expands week-to-week, they become closer to their goal and to each other. At the diner they are surrounded by their offbeat, colorful “work family”: Oleg, an overly flirtatious cook; Earl, a hip 75-year-old cashier; Han, the eager-to-please owner of the diner; and Sophie, the girls’ outrageous upstairs neighbor. As Max and Caroline climb toward their goal, we see that their “smarts” plus their “hearts” might just be the recipe for success.
2 BROKE GIRLS recently moved to Monday nights at 8:30 pm/7:30 c. Check out a sneak peak of tonight’s episode:

To find out more about 2 BROKE GIRLS, visit them on Facebook for updates on the latest episodes and if you’re like me and like to tweet along with the show, then use the hashtag #2BrokeGirls and you’ll be good to go!
This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

Can’t Wait to See: About Time

There are just some movies that have my name written all over them and “About Time” is one of those films. I’m headed to a sneak peak in the next few days at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater which serves dinner while you watch a movie (love it!) but in the meantime, take a look at the trailer and make a date to see it!

Losing Patience

photo (34).JPGIt’s Tuesday and that means I’m in a ranting state of mind. Not that I have much to complain about but this week, one thing does stand out. You see, about two weeks ago, I woke up to find that my eyelid was surprisingly dry. No matter what ointment I tried to apply to it, it just wouldn’t heal. And while any sane individual would make an appointment at the dermatologist, I just continued to self medicate.
First I used some fancy Chanel sample for eyes that burned my eyelid upon application and pretty much did nothing.
Next, I used Cetaphil moisturizer but again, no luck.
I also spread some Aquaphor, a Vitamin E stick and more eye cream on it and that’s when my scaly eyelid revolted. This past Saturday, while my husband and I returned from a Bar Mitzvah service, he glanced over at me and gave me this weird look.
“What happened to your eye?”
You know something is wrong when your husband gets alarmed looking at your face. And so, I pulled down the visor, flipped open the mirror and I looked like Woogie from “Something About Mary.” Okay – maybe not that bad but for anyone who saw the classic comedy, Woogie’s eye starts getting puffy and red with boils on it after he is reunited with Mary — the girl he stalked after she broke up with him in high school. But I digress.
As I kept rubbing my eye (not a good thing to do when it’s already in bad shape), we got back to my house and I showed my mom my eye and she became concerned. And trust me, if my mom gets concerned about me, then something is wrong because she’s usually not an alarmist. As I spent the day trying out another batch of ointments on my eye, my family convinced me to go to a walk in clinic if it didn’t get better.
But I didn’t.
Instead, I called the dermatologist the next day and found out she couldn’t fit me in until October 28. And it’s only October 8! So I did the next best thing. Tried to diagnose myself on Web MD and when it came back that I probably have eczema or an allergic reaction, I decided I could handle a little dryness and spare myself a clinic visit. I did take the site’s advice and attempted to put hydrocortisone on my eye and while it did seem to heal pretty quickly, it also burned when I applied it, so I decided to discontinue use before my eyelid started to shrivel up.
So I am back to using Aquaphor and you know what? It seems to be working. Hopefully, this dry eyelid patch will go away on its own because honestly, I am losing patience for doctors.

Tweet and Heard: The 10 Funniest Tweets About the Government Shutdown

I know the government shutdown is no joking matter but I can’t help but find some of these tweets hilarious! Leave it to Twitter to bring Republicans, Democrats,Tea Partiers, Independents, and Anarchists together to laugh at the incompetence of the U.S. government at this time.

10) If we survived the apocalypse I guess everything else seems small in comparison

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9) I bet there are members of Congress that don’t understand Internet lingo
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8) For the Breaking Bad obsessed
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7) The Grammar Police are in full force
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6) Watching grown men fight on ice skates is definitely more entertaining than a Congress debate 
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5) If the government shutdown inspires another movie with Justin Timberlake starring as Sean Parker, I’ll take it.
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4) Was National Treasure based on a true story? Is there really a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
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3) There’s nothing better than using Nicki Minaj lyrics to explain the government shutdown 
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2) Nope, they’re still spying on you
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1) All I can say is poor Leslie Knope
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TV’s Top 10 Most Unconventional Moms

Drinking, smoking, drugs, abuse, neglect, are just some of the words you would describe these moms. None of them will win Mother of the Year, but they sure are fun to watch! Did your nominee for most unconventional TV mom make our list?

TV’s Top 10 Most Unconventional Moms from beth Feldman on Vimeo.

If you can’t get enough of dysfunctional moms, then you are in luck. Check out the new CBS comedy, MOM which premieres on CBS on September 23 at 9:30 pm/8:30 c. MOM is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls, and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney as her critical, estranged mother. Take a look at the preview and make sure you tune in to the premiere episode!