Tweets & Facebook Posts of the Week

Since I spend half my day being distracted by tweets and Facebook posts, I’ve decided to compile the top three for the week that caught my attention…
1. The @BronxZoosCobra. Ever since a deadly snake went on the lam at the Bronx Zoo, someone who must be an aspiring comedy writer created a twitter handle for the slithery creature and amassed over 228,000 followers in a matter of days! They finally captured the snake and this undercover Tweeter made the news.
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2. Betty White is going to host her own reality show. This one came from Facebook by way of MSNBC. No matter how I found out, I am so getting my senior citizen parents and their friends to audition for this new show about seniors. Honestly, if they shot the whole thing at my parent’s retirement community in Bonyton Beach, Florida, they’d probably attract millions of viewers.
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3. The Oprah Live Tweet-up. The Queen of Talk Shows actually live tweeted during her behind the scenes show on OWN. Coolest thing about that show was seeing Jill Van Lokeren – an amazing producer who I knew from way back when since we both started out at The Maury Povich Show. Kudos to Oprah for tweeting back to real people and for whoever convinced her to do it. Nicely done! Meanwhile, this week, we get to see Hugh Jackman injure his eye while zip-lining onto the stage. Never a dull moment with Oprah!
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Have any Tweets or Facebook posts you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them!

Role Mommy Fave Five

This Fave Five comes from our favorite California Mom Kristin, who also is our guest co-host for Role Mommy and friends primetime show on Blog Talk Radio. Just in time for Mother’s Day, check out Kristin’s picks for May!
1. The Love/Avon Army of Women are looking for a few good women…. It began last October during breast cancer awareness month but it continues forever, Dr. Susan Love is working to sign up a million women to help in the fight against breast cancer. It is free and yet she only has 276,984 women signed up. So check it out and join, you will be helping another woman and you never know… maybe even your daughter’s generation some day.
2. I love Facebook because it helps me keep in contact with all my friends but I REALLY love it when my friends (like Sara) post links to incredible videos that I might not otherwise see. This one is a video from Taylor Swift, she is an incredible young lady who really “gets it”. So grab your tissues first then click here…
3. I am a Spirited Woman! Not only do I shout that out randomly around my house but I am also the featured entertainment writer for the Spirited Woman blog. This week we are holding a “Comment Contest” (and you know you can’t hold your tongue any longer). From May 1 thru May 7, you can comment on as many posts as you want and as many times as you want. Then we will judge your comments and if you win you will be featured on the Spirited Woman blog.
4. I am new to this whole Mom blogger world but thanks to Beth I am hooked!!! I can not wait for Thursday, May 7th and the first National Mom’s Nite Out, we deserve a night out! I worked with HP and Momlogic on their Mother Of All Bloggers promotion and you should go on and vote. I wish I could win the HP Mini 1000 (the perfect companion for mom) because it is slender (less than 1″ thick), starts at only 2.25 pounds so you can slip it in your bag AND it has a built in HP mini webcam. Click here and vote. Plus, since I live in the L.A. area, I was lucky enough to be invited to the local celebration hosted by and at the Mint. For more information, click here. BTW, Kristin – I contributed a chapter to the new True Mom Confessions book…page 150 🙂
5. And the last thing that I love is that it is MAY DAY! I used to think my mom was a little nutty because she celebrated every holiday (yes, even Groundhog’s Day) but now I AM her. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is Mary’s month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbor’s doorsteps so today my daughters and I are bringing back the tradition by making flower shaped cookies and delivering to the neighbors in baskets. Happy May Day!

Too Much Noise

I’m sitting here in my den in dead silence and yet when I’m online reading an endless stream of Twitter and Facebook comments, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there’s way too much noise out there on the digital highway. No matter how quiet it is, we as consumers, bloggers, writers and entrepreneurs are being bombarded by messages. Messages about our personal goings on. Messages about great articles we should be reading or videos we should be watching. While I find myself conversing less and less on the phone, I’ve found that online communication is overtaking my life.
On the Twitter front, I watch as the people I follow are all at a digital convention I had never even heard of until this year. And then on Facebook, some of those people have trickled their comments over to my friend page. And so, I jump off the page and visit a few of my favorite blogs. But no one is writing blog posts. Instead, they’re tweeting, podcasting, vlogging, talking about SXSW (if you’re there you know who you are) anything, but writing scintillating content.
There used to be a time where I’d write for hours, but today, unless I can come up with 140 characters or less about my personal and professional pursuits, I am pretty much toast. And now matter how hard I try to stay away from it, I’ve become addicted. Addicted to Twitter, Facebook and Google. Let’s face it, without Google, I’d be lost. Whenever I have a question about anything (from breast buds, to leg cramps to what to do with your family on a lazy Saturday afternoon), I have a consult with Google and within seconds, find exactly what I’m looking for.
But the worst addiction in this social networking traffic jam is my Blackberry. I cannot shake my addiction to email and even though it’s not that important, I am constantly checking to see who is writing, spamming, following me, Facebook-ing, you get the drift. Wait, I think I hear some real noise. Looks like the troops have returned home to break up the deafening silence. I guess it’s time to leave my Twitter and Facebook friends behind for a while so I can return to the real world and make dinner. Until next time…

25 Random Things About Me

IMG_4058.jpgJust did this cool thing on my Facebook page where I shared 25 random things you might not know about me. And so, I figured, why not share it with my favorite Role Mommies. And if you’d like to tell us some things about yourself that none of us know about, share a comment!
1. I’m the ultimate procrastinator.
2. My husband calls me the tornado because I am a clutter-holic – hate to throw anything away.
3. My real dream in life was to perform on Broadway. Instead, I’m now performing at my local shul :). Take a look at me now (I sang and wrote the lyrics to this catchy number).
4. I sometimes contemplate liposuction to reconstruct my cankles but am too afraid of the anesthesia (and the pain).
5. I have two amazing kids who make me laugh every day – even when they’re driving me nuts.
6. My husband is pretty great too – very supportive and now, organizing my business life…finally!
7. I have a cat that acts like a dog.
8. I don’t like onions.
9. I’m allergic to sauerkraut.
10. My favorite show on TV is Brothers and Sisters.
11. My favorite movies of all time are: St. Elmo’s Fire, Sleepless in Seattle and Steel Magnolias.
12. I secretly love to watch Zoey 101 with my daughter despite the fact that Jamie Lynn Spears got knocked up.
13. Fall is my favorite season and summer my least favorite since I have to wear shorts and can’t stand my knees.
14. I have been a Weight Watchers member since I was 12 years old.
15. My wedding song is “Just You and I.”
16. The video on our wedding tape is “You’re all I need to Get By.”
17. My favorite vacation of all time- my honeymoon to Italy – although we got into many travel related fights and almost had an annulment by the time we got to Rome.
18. I don’t sleep much these days (brain is always whirring)
19. My favorite holiday with my family is Passover.
20. Favorite food – pizza.
21. Favorite dessert – Weight Watchers chocolate ice cream cone (I know I am insane).
22. I never give myself enough time in the morning to get my kids ready for school.
23. I still have the hairbrush my Grandma Dora used back in the 70’s and I use it every day.
24. My Grandma Dora supposedly haunts my house (love that).
25. I feel very lucky to have a wonderful family, great friends and relatives who are always on hand to inspire me and make me laugh!

10,000 Staples Shoppers to Win Up to $5000!

Last week, I was invited to attend a lunch hosted by Staples and Coach Tom – the retailer’s current spokesman who, after appearing that morning on the Today Show, had a lively discussion over burgers and fries with mom bloggers and pregnancy website editors.
Coach Tom was on hand to talk about a cool giveaway campaign Staples is running this holiday season. Here’s the scoop – if you shop at Staples, you could be eligible to win $5000 worth of office supplies and there will be 10,000 winners so your odds of winning are pretty good! So if you’re planning to shop for a laptop or printer, camera, desk, photo paper, stationery, file cabinets, you name it, shop at Staples and you just may wind up walking out a winner.
Meanwhile, after I was interrogated by Coach Tom about Role Mommy and our web traffic (here’s to readers clicking on this page thousands of times), he reached over into his gym bag and handed me a trophy. He then started giving trophies and medals to everyone else at the table – including the wait staff and then after he left our lunch, proceeded to distribute trophies to unsuspecting New Yorkers and tourists.
When I returned to my office, Coach Tom left me a twitter message and when I didn’t post a reply, he wrote back a few days later wondering why no one was responding to him. So I twitter-ed back that he should write about the Motrin moms controversy and he’d be sure to get a few followers. And you know what? He twitter-ed right back with a really funny comeback line and since then, I’m really liking that Coach Tom guy. If you’d like to follow Coach Tom on Twitter, then click here or if you’re on Facebook, you can click here to add him as a friend too. Plus there are plenty of funny YouTube videos featuring Coach Tom (like the one above) – so get to know him – he may be giving Jared at Subway or the Verizon guy a run for their money.
And if you’re in need of office supplies, then look no further than Staples – shop till you win – you never know – with 10,000 winners you can totally increase your odds if you shop there a few times a week – heck the Staples near me even carries paper towels, water and snacks – if only there was a frozen food and deli meat section – I’d be there three times a week!

Twitter Party Crasher

I have been desperately trying to get with the program with Twitter but you know what? I feel like a party crasher and every time I try to comment when someone makes a clever remark, no one ever responds. Translation – why are you interrupting our conversation you Twitter party crasher you?
I mean, I signed up for Twitter several months ago and didn’t know what all the fuss was about. Kept seeing emails flying back and forth on everyone’s Twitter handle (that would be nickname) and just ignored it thinking I’d never get around to “Twittering.” And then, suddenly, it happened. I tried it out and now as I watch all those tweets go back and forth without anyone responding to me, I’m starting to think I am so over the hill with the social networking crowd. I’m trying my best but I totally need a crash course in tweeting, vlogging, digging, using del.ic.ious, tagging, SEO, you name it, I need a tutorial from a 14 year old or a 20 year old attending college who just launched a social networking site.
Anyway, just venting that nobody is paying attention to my tweeting. I think I’m heading over to Facebook. At least my friends over there answer me when I make a lame comment.

I Am a Cheese Ball

images-6.jpeg Took the kids to see “High School Musical 3” today and I have a confession to make. I teared up during those corny scenes with Troy and Gabriela and then got all weepy at the end of the movie when everyone graduated. To be brutally honest, I loved the movie. Yes, I am lame but hear me out.
I love this movie because it takes me back to 1986. That’s when I was doing what I loved and had a lifetime ahead of me. And now, 22 years later with two kids and a husband, I sat in the movie theater wondering what would have happened in my life if I had gone for it. More importantly, while I didn’t necessarily wind up doing what I love, I want my kids to pursue whatever their heart desires.
I never thought that I could have peaked in high school and something tells me that I’m going to get a second chance at that original dream but for now, as I think about all the things I could have done differently, what I do know is that I did do something right. I married the right guy, had two amazing kids and am very grateful to have incredibly supportive parents, in-laws and friends who have been there for me in good times and bad. And best of all, thanks to the magic of Facebook, I’ve re-connected with those pals from high school who I shared the stage with and knew the old optimistic me. We may not have been Troy, Gabriela and Sharpei, but we were pretty talented back then and had the time of our lives. And really, that’s what it’s all about. Doing what you love while surrounding yourself with the people who love you.
So thanks High School Musical 3 – I guess you never thought you’d inspire an almost 40 year old mom, but you did. Now if only I can find a time machine so I can get my do-over.

My Life Through Facebook

Brian's Bar Mitzvah_01.jpgIn the past week, I’ve been reunited with classmates I haven’t heard from in more than 20 years. Out of the blue, their familiar names popped up on my Facebook account and suddenly, I was intrigued. One asked me if I was the person who starred in the 6th grade production of Ms. Dibono’s original musical “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (yes, that was me in a frilly shirt, Dorothy Hamill hair, pepto bismol skirt and knee socks) and the other was a long lost friend from Junior High School who reached out and shared a photo of me wearing a tuxedo shirt and black shiny pants, sitting next to him at his Bar Mitzvah along with my arch nemesis, who sat on the other side of him wearing the exact same outfit.
The funny thing was, I think I purposely erased those images from my mind. The sixth grade shot since I was still chubby at the time and was desperately trying to shed unwanted pounds on Weight Watchers (yes, I probably was the youngest member to join in WW’s history) and the second because who actually wears a tuxedo shirt to a Bar Mitzvah and thinks that’s trendy? When I was at my oldest friend’s son’s Bar Mitzvah last month, I’m convinced I would have been ridiculed by the 12 year old girls wearing cocktail dresses and heels. Hey, I would have laughed at myself. What was I (or my mom) thinking anyway?
It’s funny how those memories from elementary and junior high school are pretty dim or nonexistent – partly because I was an awkward kid with absolutely no sense of style. But once I hit high school, watch out! I invested in Stagelight make-up, grew out my Dorothy Hamill bob and wore flouncy shirts that made me look like a pirate. By my senior year, I got a job at Bennetton where I proceeded to buy out the store and take all my jerseys, leggings and mohair sweaters with me to college.
As my friends and I wore fuschia eye shadow and light pink lip gloss, we looked like the Jewish version of the cast from “Pretty in Pink.” I even remember my girlfriends and I calling ourselves “The Sexy Six” (yes, we were a bit full of ourselves) – I regained my confidence by then and pursued my passions without fear of failure. While most people hate their high school years, I instead selectively erased my memories of elementary school and junior high because I was one of the classic nerdy kids you would have seen on “The Wonder Years” who had crushes on boys who wouldn’t even give me the time of day.
But my worst memories didn’t even come from the boys. It was those heartless girls who pulled awful tricks on me – like the one who called another friend while I was at her house and proceeded to say terrible things about me just so I could see how our friend on the other line could easily make fun of me too. Or another who told a mutual friend not to speak with me and they froze me out of their group for months. Or the time my tuxedoed partner in crime decided to apply to the same high school I wanted to attend and managed to get in but I didn’t. She also had a knack for rubbing it in my face when she’d get a better grade on an exam than me. During those years when I was obsessed with my grades and obviously not my wardrobe, I was a classic attractor of Frenemies.
Today, when I look at my own kids, I begin to become apprehensive as my daughter prepares to start fourth grade. While that’s the same year I was tormented for being chubby (my nickname was Stubby Beth), I feel relieved that my child has become a veritable fashion plate, doesn’t have any weight issues and has the confidence to stand up to bullies and competitive, cutthroat girls. Though it won’t be easy, at least my childhood experiences have armed me with the ammunition I’ll need to protect my own kids. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.