Role Mommy Fave Five

jlooscars.jpgThe New York Times has their week in review, but if you don’t have time to comb through it, here’s the next best thing…the five things you should have found out while you were working, carpooling, checking up on old friends on Facebook, you get my drift…
1. 80’s Actor Corey Haim found dead – Over at PopEater, where my friend Rob Shuter is a gossip columnist, you can find out all you need to know and more about how he died and his film and reality TV career.
2. You can use Verifone to process credit card payments on your iphone – for budding entrepreneurs constantly chasing after money, this is a great new option to charge your clients right on the spot and get paid instantly. Found out about this while watching Taxi TV. Cha Ching!
3. Great article on the Rise of Mommy Blogging in the NY Times – I knew I was onto something four years ago when I jumped into the blogosphere and now the NY Times has validated what I felt all along – parents want to hear from authentic voices and the best place to find them is online. And the best part is, blogging is becoming a lucrative career for many moms. Plus, some of my favorite peeps, Momfluential, Resourceful Mommy and Scary Mommy were featured. Nice work!
4. Ruffles are the New Black – If you watched the Oscars on Sunday then you probably learned one thing. Ruffles are so in, it isn’t funny. From J Lo to Demi Moore, every time I blinked, another ruffle dress appeared. Funny twist…guess which box office diva loves Ruffles potato chips?
5. The End of Hannah Montana – Okay – you do need to connect with your tweens too. If you’ve been hiding under a rock or too busy blogging, then you may not know that the last episode of Hannah Montana could be airing tonight. I still don’t know for sure since I never believe anything until I see it, but judging from last week, Miley is convinced that she wants to go back home to Nashville because her talking horse told her she must come home. Ooh, that is deep.

Tween-agers go Bananas for Cody Linley

Monkey (Step and Rolling Around) with Cody Linley by Nancy Friedman

Thumbnail image for sega-smb-2-2010-4.jpgCody Linley loves his mother. “My mom is amazingly strong and wise, ” the twenty year old star of Hannah Montana fame told me last night. “I’m really lucky to have a super-mom, because that’s what she is.”
There you have it, proof positive that Cody Linley is not only a tween heart throb, not only talented, not only the on-again, off-again, on-screen boyfriend of Hannah Montana (he plays Jake), he’s perfect in every way.
I got the chance to talk to Cody the other night at the launch party for Sega’s Super Monkey Ball Step and Roll the newly updated version of their wildly popular game for the Nintendo Wii, Super Monkey Ball. In a downtown restaurant filled with tween girls thrilled to be near him and (mostly) too embarrassed to talk to the young star, Cody played the game – in more ways than one.
sega-smb-2-2010-9.jpgWhen we got there, Cody was playing Super Monkey Ball Step and Roll. And like any kid (hey, if you’re young enough to be my kid, you are a kid) he was totally absorbed. Did he see the fawning metal mouthed tween-agers gawking? Probably not, he was too busy racing his Monkey around. Like the original Super Monkey Ball, the Step and Roll version has players move their favorite Monkey characters through an increasingly difficult serious of challenges. This version adds new characters, new brain teasers, and most important, the Wii Fitness Board. (As long as you have one – it doesn’t come with the game or anything and you can play it without one.) Now, players can use either their Wii Remote or their Wii Fit boards to move their Monkey through the many levels of the game. You can even set the game to count the Monkey Calories you burn – the more you move, the more you burn. (That’s what I like to call the “mother-marketing” aspect of the game: if you tell a mom she can burn calories doing something fun…you can bet she’s gonna do it.)
sega-smb-2-2010-44.jpgWhen it was time for Cody to play the celebrity game – to stop playing and get to work shaking hands, giving interviews, and posing for pictures, just like that, he changed gears. (Further proof of Cody’s perfection.) Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our kids did that? Imagine, if they had (home)work to get to, we asked them to stop playing a video game….and they did right away!!!!
In work mode, Cody thrilled my daughter by posing for a photo with her, giving her his autograph, and (and this was big) telling her he liked her shirt. He answered the questions sent to me by Role Mommy Beth Feldman’s daughter:
Question: Do you like Hannah Montana in real life?
Cody: We’re really good friends. I haven’t spoken to her in a couple of weeks, because she’s really busy. But she’s so nice, and her family is really great.
Question: How long have you been playing DS and Wii games?
Cody: Since I was two! I have older siblings, and they showed me a lot of stuff when I was young.
He also told me that he’s in New York rehearsing for his Broadway debut in the musical “Over Here” in which he reprises the role originated by John Travolta in the 1970’s. It’s set in the 1940’s, and he’s getting to use his Dancing with the Stars experience to do some Jitterbugging in the show. He loves New York, he says. Growing up in Texas, he didn’t have anything like Times Square or the Statue of Liberty outside of his window.
Through all of this, though, I couldn’t help but wonder – what does Cody Linley have to do with Sega, or Chiquita? (Chiquita and Sega are partnering up for the “Super Bananza Sweepstakes” where you can win prizes such as a complete game room makeover including a 50″ HDTV, sofas/chairs, and Wii console and Balance Board!)
And then I saw a bunch of tween-aged girls swarm Cody for a picture and an autograph, and I realized…it’s because everybody goes bananas over him!
Role Mommy correspondent Nancy Friedman is a former TV promotions producer turned writer, author, ghost writer extraordinaire, retired Bar/Bat Mitzvah singer and contributor to See Mom Run. Nancy, her husband and twin daughter and son live in NYC with their new puppy who was recently discovered by a big time pet agent (no joke). Her blog, From Hip to Housewife offers a hilarious glimpse into Nancy’s life as she ponders important feminine topics like aging gracefully without the influence of botox and her 20 year quest to lose the same 10 pounds.

The Friday Fave Five

1. Now that I’m feeling completely bloated after two nights of matzoh, turkey and sweet potato pudding with marshmallows, it’s time to get serious and this spring Weight Watchers has just the plan to give me the momentum to get moving. Once a member joins, they will have the chance to create a walking team or register for a 5K event and if they sign up for this challenge, they will get access to a free eight-week online training program – to help reach an activity goal of walking a 5K. In addition, all participants who complete the eight-week walking training program will be eligible to download a special President’s Challenge Award from Weight Watchers. The President’s Challenge is a free, motivational tracking program of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and encourages making activity part of everyday life.
2. Getting ready for Easter? Well, over at The Recipe Mom, she’s got some fabulous ideas for the holiday. Or, try this mouthwatering chocolate dipped Rice Krispie treat recipe.
3. Best looking Easter Eggs on the web. If you want to get creative with your kids, try this on for size!
4. Want to find out how to win a quick $25K? Simple, ask Jessica Silverman, who just won that much money after selecting the precise number of jelly beans in a jar. If winning money were only that easy.
5. Should you go see the Hannah Montana movie? Well, according to the first review I’ve read from the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the flick got a thumbs up from his kids. Despite the hype, my kids are actually over Hannah so I think we may escape this sequel. Incidentally, I’m secretly counting the days to “17 Again.” Come on, who’s with me on that one?